Sarah Coleman

Sarah  Coleman
MIT ChemE | Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Michael Strano
Department: Chemical Engineering
Areas of Research: Biological Engineering
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Increasing Capacitance of the Light-Emitting Plant (LEP)

abstract:Within the Strano group, I will be working with Dr. Kwak to continue her published work on the nanobionic light-emitting plant. Now that proof of concept has been established, more challenges are posed involving the feasibility and length of light emission. Currently the most critical issue is capacitance since the plant is not able to emit a large enough number of photons for time periods greater than an hour. This is where the majority of my work will be focused.

"I'm participating in SuperUROP because I've always loved research and wanted to take it to the next level while still an undergraduate. I'm most excited to apply my knowledge in chemical-biological engineering in an unfamiliar area (plant nanobionics) and see what happens!"