Derek Schwanz

Derek_SGraduate Student

I am a graduate student at Purdue studying materials engineering. Previously I have studied chemistry at Wartburg College and worked briefly in the pharmaceutical industry before getting my master’s at Purdue and joining Ramanathan’s group in 2016. I like learning about different types of materials and new purposes they can be used for as evidenced by my previous experience in bioactive agents, catalysts, and energy storage materials.

Currently, my research involves the characterization of composition – property relationships in tunable complex oxides. By precisely detecting dopant effects on local structure and corresponding properties, the mechanisms behind metal-insulator transition can be better understood. Ultimately, my work aims to use fundamental science and enable the expansion of cutting-edge technologies to solve non-traditional problems.