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Alyssa Ellsworth

Alyssa EllsworthI was awarded the Dr. Victor P. Thalacker Fellowship as a third year PhD candidate in the Loy laboratory.  My graduate work involves making use of the photoreactivity of small molecules to create and break weak-links in polymers.  My thesis focus is that new organic photoreactive moieties can be incorporated into polymer networks to allow an unprecedented level of control over their solubility, barrier and mechanical properties. In my free time I love snowboarding, reading, and doing anything active with my dog, Ziggy!