Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2019 - 2022 Ph.D. Materials Science at Caltech – Pasadena, California

Research focused on ceramic coatings and glazes, with a specific interest in environmental degradation and surface interactions.

2017 - 2019 M.Sc. Materials Science at Caltech – Pasadena, California

2013 - 2017 B.A. Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

9/22 to 8/25 Beal Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Art Conservation Science

Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard – Cambridge, MA

Three year-long fellowship studying artists' materials and techniques through scientific analyses. Working with collections featured in the Harvard Art Museums and collaborating institutions, including a wide variety of artists' media: paintings, manuscripts, ceramics, metal and stone objects. Characterization techniques include Raman, FTIR, XRF, SEM-EDX and microfadeometry.


12/20 to 1/21 External Collaborator (working with Jennifer Mass)

Scientific Analysis of Fine Art (SAFA) – New York, NY

Short collaborative project between SAFA and Caltech. Used XRD analyses to help characterize decorative architectural panels with black PVD-deposited multilayer metal oxide coatings. Concurrently, helped interpret FTIR and SEM-EDX data to identify why these panels developed brown and white stains over time, and how this was related to reactions between titanium cladding and adhesive.

09/16 to 12/16 Undergraduate Senior Thesis Researcher (supervised by Prof. G. Spinks)

University of Wollongong – New South Wales, Australia

Carried out final year Research Project in the University of Wollongong, Australia. Thesis was titled “Fabricating 3D Structured Hydrogel Actuators”, where 3D printing was used to construct polymeric structures that could change form by absorbing or desorbing water, and by changing temperature.

06/16 to 08/16 Conservation Science Intern

Atelier del Restauro, Conservation & Scientific Analysis of Works of Art – Mosta, Malta

Worked on conservation treatments of sculptures, canvas paintings and furniture. Synthesized various types of solvent gels used to remove varnish layers in artworks. Studied the chemistry of pigments and learned how to make varnish paints. Fabricated stucco for limestone buildings out of Maltese sand, which involved monitoring the conductivity of the sand to withstand the problematic, humid climate of the Mediterranean island.

06/15 to 07/15 Summer Studentship in a Research Lab (supervised by Prof. R. Baker)

Trinity College Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

Worked on a project that studied how Uranium 238 can coordinate with an array of organic compounds. Synthesized organic ligands that were coordinated to Uranium.

06/14 to 07/14 Intern at Art Conservation Department (supervised by Muirne Lydon)

National Gallery of Ireland – Dublin, Ireland

Scientifically analyzed paint samples of Murillo’s The Prodigal Son Feasting and carried out further research on the materials and techniques used by Murillo.

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TEACHING AND ADVISING

· Teaching Assistant for Materials Research Lecture Seminar Series (January - April 2022, January - April 2020, January - April 2019). Organized and led student coffee hours with the guest speakers and showed the speakers around campus. Chaired weekly seminars, introducing the speakers and moderating Q&A.

· Co-mentored Tomas Grossmark (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) 2021) in the Faber lab, working on acid rain interactions with aluminosilicates.

· Co-mentored Zane Taylor (SURF 2020) in the Faber lab, working on Böttger lusterware.

· Teaching Assistant for Fundamentals of Materials Science at Caltech (September – December 2019). Held weekly office hours, tutoring and helping students with their homework problem sets. Taught laboratory classes demonstrating the crystallization of polypropylene, and guest-taught a class on Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams. Marked and graded weekly problem sets.

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AWARDS

· (2021) First place winner of 2021 Material Advantage Graduate Student Poster Contest

· (2021) First place winner of Art of Science Competition at Caltech

· (2020) Awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship by Zonta International

· (2017) Awarded Gold Medal with First Class Honours B.A. from Trinity College Dublin

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PUBLICATIONS

C. S. Chari, K. T. Faber, B. W. McEnerney, R. R. Hofer, C. M. Marrese-Reading, J. A. Wollmershauser (manuscript under preparation), “Hexagonal boron nitride and graphite bi-materials for electric propulsion”.

C. S. Chari, J. E. Heimann, G. A. Gates, Z. Rosenzweig, K. T. Faber, J. W. Bennett (manuscript under preparation), “From Acidic Soil to Acid Rain: Chemical Transformations of Clay Mineral Surfaces from Exposure to Sulfuric Acid”.

C. S. Chari, Z. W. Taylor, A. Bezur, S. Xie, K. T. Faber (2022) “Nanoscale Engineering of Gold Particles in 18th Century Böttger Lusters and Glazes”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2120753119

C. S. Chari and K. T. Faber (2022) "Oxidation resistance of AlN/BN via mullite-type Al₁₈B₄O₃₃". Journal of the European Ceramic Society . ISSN 0955-2219. doi:10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2022.02.037

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PRESENTATIONS

C. S. Chari & K.T. Faber (2020, January). Multifunctional ceramic layers of hexagonal boron nitride and graphite. 44th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites of the American Ceramic Society, Daytona Beach, FL.

C. S. Chari & K. T. Faber (2021, February). Influence of Boria on the Oxidation of Aluminum Nitride. 45th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites of the American Ceramic Society (Virtual).

S. L. Corona (presenter), S. Lee, C. S. Chari, J. Na, K. Samwer, W. L. Johnson (2021, March). The Secondary Phase of Bulk Metallic Glass. Talk presented at the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society annual meeting and exhibition TMS2021 (Virtual).

C. S. Chari & K. T. Faber (2021, October). Oxidation Protection of AlN/BN via Al18B4O33. Poster presented at the Materials Science & Technology technical meeting and exhibition MS&T21, Columbus, OH.

C. S. Chari, K. T. Faber, B. W. McEnerney, R. R. Hofer, C. M. Marrese-Reading, J. A. Wollmershauser (2021, November). Advanced materials for electric propulsion. Talk presented at the Division 35 Chief Technologist Seminar at the Jet Propulsions Laboratory. (Invited)

C. S. Chari, Z. W. Taylor, A. Bezur, S. Xie, K. T. Faber (2021, December). Meissen mysteries: Decoding the structure and technology of 18th-century European gold-based porcelain glazes. Talk presented at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University. (Invited)

J. E. Heimann (presenter), C. S. Chari, G. A. Gates, Z. Rosenzweig, K. T. Faber, J. W. Bennett (2021, December). A Density Functional Theory investigation of small molecule adsorption on mineral surfaces in cultural heritage. Talk presented at the American Ceramic Society Frontier of Ceramics & Glass Webinar. (Invited)

C. S. Chari, K. T. Faber, B. W. McEnerney, R. R. Hofer, C. M. Marrese-Reading, J. A. Wollmershauser (2022, January). Hexagonal boron nitride and graphite bi-materials for electric propulsion. Talk presented at the 46th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites of the American Ceramic Society (Virtual).

J. E. Heimann (presenter), C. S. Chari, K. T. Faber, J. W. Bennett, Z. Rosenzweig (2022, July). A Density Functional Theory Investigation of Small Molecule Adsorption on Mineral Surfaces in Cultural Heritage. Poster presented at the Gordon Research Seminar on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

C. S. Chari, J. E. Heimann, G. A. Gates, Z. Rosenzweig, J. W. Bennett, K. T. Faber (2022, July). Corrosion of Earthenware in Acidic Environments: An Experimental Investigation of Chemical Transformations in Clay Mineral Surfaces. Talk presented at the Gordon Research Seminar on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

J. E. Heimann (presenter), C. S. Chari, K. T. Faber, J. W. Bennett, Z. Rosenzweig (2022, July). A Density Functional Theory Investigation of Small Molecule Adsorption on Mineral Surfaces in Cultural Heritage. Poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

C. S. Chari, J. E. Heimann, G. A. Gates, Z. Rosenzweig, J. W. Bennett, K. T. Faber (2022, July). Corrosion of Earthenware in Acidic Environments: An Experimental Investigation of Chemical Transformations in Clay Mineral Surfaces. Talk presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research, Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

C. S. Chari, Z. W. Taylor, A. Bezur, S. Xie, K. T. Faber (2022, September). Meissen mysteries: Decoding the structure and technology of 18th-century European gold-based porcelain glazes. Talk presented at the ICON Heritage Science Talk Series (Virtual).


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PROFFESIONAL AFFILIATIONS


· Co-chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research (elected 2022, to be held in 2024)

· American Ceramic Society, President’s Council of Student Advisors

o Communication Committee Chair, responsible for running the social media pages of the council and organizing a monthly student column in the ACerS Bulletin. (October 2021 – 2022)

· American Ceramic Society, Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division of ACerS.

o Community forum Super Member (August 2020 – March 2021)

o President’s Council of Student Advisors Divisional Student Delegate (October 2021 – 2022)

· Applied Physics and Materials Science (APhMS) student-run Enrichment Committee at Caltech

o Social Chair, responsible for organizing social events for students in the department (July 2019 – 2020)

o Mentorship Program Chair, organized for incoming graduate students in APhMS (July 2019 – 2021)

· Member of the Global Graduate Researcher Network of ACerS and Caltech Society of Women Engineers.

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SKILLS


o Analytical mind & problem solver

o Experienced multi-tasker

o Strong communicator

o Collaborative & patient

o Trained in microscopic and spectroscopic methods: SEM, TEM, EDX, XRD, XPS, UV-Vis, FTIR

o User of: LaTeX, Origin, Matlab, Mathematica, VESTA and ChemDraw