My name is Pai Buabthong I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Applied Physics and Materials Science at California Institute of Technology, working with Prof. Nathan S. Lewis in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). My research focuses on corrosion of semiconductors and protective coating for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting devices.

Previously, I studied physics with a minor in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I worked under Prof. Eugene Colla on temperature-dependence of ferroelectric properties in lead zirconate titanate.

I’ve spent a summer at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory under the Lee Teng undergraduate fellowship to work on an interferometric residual phase noise measurement.

In the summer of 2018, I interned at Lam Research Corp., to develop high dielectric coating for plasma etcher’s electrostatic chucks

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