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Personal Profile

Melissa Gish is a staff scientist in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at NREL. She received her doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Professor John Papanikolas. As part of the university’s Energy Frontier Research Center (Center for Solar Fuels), her work focused on the ultrafast photophysical dynamics of dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells. She joined NREL in 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Justin Johnson, studying ultrafast behavior of singlet fission molecules at interfaces. 

Research Interests

Ultrafast photophysical dynamics

Charge transfer kinetics

Femtosecond spectroscopic techniques

Professional Experience

Chair, Postdoc and Graduate Student Network, NREL (2020–2022)

Pride Coordinator, Full Spectrum Network, NREL (2019–2022)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor, Chemistry, University of Southern California


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