Sarah Gibbons completed her B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. She joined the Norwich University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in fall 2017 as an adjunct instructor and began her position as a lecturer in fall 2019.
As an undergraduate, Gibbons discovered her love of inorganic chemistry while working as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow in a joint project between UMCP and the Library of Congress. She studied the synthesis and structure of Iron Gall Ink, which was the ink used to write many historical documents, including the Declaration of Independence, in order to investigate the degradation of precious artifacts.
In her graduate work at Dartmouth College, Gibbons investigated various catalytic systems to generate new phosphine ligands using earth-abundant metal catalysts, in addition to generating a novel class of emissive materials from copper-phosphine complexes. In 2018, Gibbons was awarded the Karen E. Wetterhahn Graduate Chemistry Fellowship from the Dartmouth College Department of Chemistry in recognition of outstanding performance in chemistry. She also had the opportunity to mentor two undergraduate researchers at Dartmouth. She hopes to continue to mentor students in her independent research career at Norwich.
Gibbons is interested in water-soluble luminescent materials, green chemistry, and the reduction of laboratory waste. She has a strong commitment to active learning in the classroom and inclusive mentoring strategies, and hopes to begin working with undergraduate research students soon.
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