Kathleen Maleski is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Nanomaterials Group (Prof. Yury Gogotsi) in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics from Washington College in 2014, an M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University in 2017 and will receive a Ph.D. degree from Drexel University in December 2019.
Kathleen’s Ph.D. work was focused on the development of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbides, nitrides, and carbonitrides (MXenes) as optically-active materials. She developed solution processing and thin film fabrication methods, characterized the fundamental optical properties of MXenes in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared regions, and designed ways to tune the properties observed. She collaborated with several research groups to develop MXenes in thin film optoelectronic devices. In addition to research activities, Kathleen was involved in outreach activities serving on the student board of the Materials Research Society (MRS) as well as mentoring several undergraduate and high school student researchers.