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Michelle Louise Personick

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Hall-Atwater Laboratories,

Associate Professor, Integrative Sciences


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BA Middlebury College
PHD Northwestern University

Michelle Louise Personick

Research in the Personick lab focuses on the synthesis of noble metal and noble metal alloy nanoparticles with well-defined shapes and catalytically active high-energy surfaces. Our research takes place at the interface between inorganic chemistry and materials science, and we combine solution-phase nanoparticle synthesis with advanced materials characterization techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In addition, we evaluate the catalytic activity of new materials using both gas-phase (continuous flow reactor) and solution-phase (electrochemistry) techniques. Our overall goal is to develop tailored metal nanomaterials that function as improved catalysts for energy- and resource-efficient chemical synthesis and the clean production of energy.

Michelle Personick received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2013. Her doctoral research focused on the development of a comprehensive set of design guidelines for controlling the shape and crystallinity of gold and silver nanoparticles. From 2013 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University. As a member of the Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC) Energy Frontier Research Center, she studied selective oxidative transformations of alcohols on nanoporous gold alloy catalysts. Personick joined the faculty at Wesleyan as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in July 2015. In 2016, she was awarded the Victor K. LaMer Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry in recognition of her research.  

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Office Hours

Mondays 2:30-4:00 pm in HA 135

Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm in the STEM Zone (Sci Li)

and by appointment.


Fall 2021
CHEM 361 - 01
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 521 - 01
Chemistry Symposia I

Spring 2022
CHEM 127 - 01
Molecules on the Menu