Tyler Merz completed an MPhil in the Molecular Engineering (SD) group in 2011-12. His work focused on extending the connections made between organic material structures and their electro-optic characteristics pioneered by previous MPhil students in the SD group to organo-metallic compounds. This work primarily hinges upon the experimental validation of previous predictions via high throughput Teng-Man ellipsometry and structure determination of new materials via X-ray diffraction.
Tyler completed his undergraduate work at Ohio State University. His research projects there focused on the novel development of a scanning probe based technique to investigate the relationship between chemical defects and physical asperities on the nano-meter length scale. He also had summer internships at Cornell University and Technische Üniversität München. Tyler will continue his studies at Stanford University in their Applied Physics PhD program.