Sean Marks

  • Program Year: 2
  • Academic Institution: University of Pennsylvania
  • Field of Study: Chemical Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Amish Patel
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2017)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2015

Summary of Research

I study ice nucleation and inhibition using atomistic Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations in conjunction with enhanced sampling techniques. In particular, I seek to understand how the nanoscale characteristics of kinetic inhibitors enable them to recognize, bind to, and inhibit the growth of ice in a vast excess of liquid water. My ultimate goal is to use physical insight gleaned from molecular simulations to guide the design of next-generation antifreeze materials.

Awards

DOE CSGF (2016-)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Summa cum Laude (June 2015), Northwestern University
- High Honors (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015): Quarterly GPA of 4.00
- Dean's List (Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015): Quarterly GPA of 3.75 or higher

Omega Chi Epsilon Award (May 2015)
- Presented by the Northwestern University Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon
- Awarded "to an outstanding senior in Omega Chi Epsilon based on a high level of academic achievement and professional promise."

RISE Scholarship (March 2014)
- 3-month paid research internship at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Funded by the German Research Society (DFG).

National Merit Scholarship (2011-2015)
- 4-year undergraduate scholarship awarded based on exemplary performance on the pre-SAT.