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Amy Prieto, PhD

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Primary College

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Innovator Bio

I remember explaining to my mother that while I appreciated the physics behind it [Argonne National Lab beamline], I didn’t like working on problems I couldn’t see. Now I know I love visual things. Being able to build something I hold in my hand. I like the molecular level way of thinking that chemists have and solving problems that way. And in particular I like problems that are iterative. You make something, you test it to see if what you made is any good and whats really satisfying is you make your synthesis better and you make your properties better and you can measure that.

I tend to be attracted to problems that I think could eventually benefit humanity. And so that has ended up steering me toward things that are somewhat easy to put into a more practical context, even if it is several steps early in the path to application. While my lab work on solar cell materials is very far from what you would put into a solar cell currently, I can at least see the path. Those are the problems I get most excited about.

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Innovator Patents

US 9,809,896 B2: Self-Assembly of Coatings Utilizing Surface Charge.

US 9,741,999 B2: Lithium-Ion Battery.

US 9,692,083 B2: Lithium-Ion Battery Having Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solid Electrolyte.

EP 2 909 640 B1: Detection of Defects in Solid-Polymer Coatings.

EP 2 740 172 B1: Lithium-Ion Battery Having Interpenetrating Electrodes.

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