Thomas is co-advised by Prof. Rachel Segalman (ChemE) and Prof. Songi Han. The focus of his PhD studies is to develop fundamental understanding of the behavior of water at the surface of polymer membranes. He uses advanced magnetic resonance techniques such as Dynamic Nuclear Polarization to investigate the effect of molecular-scale structure and chemical topology on water dynamics and solute adsorption. This knowledge can then inform the inverse design of energy-efficient membranes for water purification.
2012 - 2018: B.S., Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, Brigham Young University.
2018 - present: Graduate Student Researcher, Chemical Engineering, University of California - Santa Barbara (Coadvisors: Prof. Rachel Segalman & Prof. Songi Han)
2017 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Scholar
2018 Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship (Safe Management of Nuclear Materials)
2018 Undergraduate Senior Award, Brigham Young University