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Updated: Sep 7, 2019

Emily Raulerson is a fourth-year physical chemistry graduate student, one of the co-founders of BWIC, and president of the Council of Graduate Chemists (CGC) in the Chemistry Department at UT Austin. She recently returned from Kyushu University in Japan, where she worked as a visiting researcher on a collaborative project under the supervision of Professor Nobuhiro Yanai in the Kimizuka lab.

Emily (front center) with members of the Kimizuka lab.

Emily studies materials used for alternative energy applications in the Roberts group at UT, and in Japan, she applied her expertise to design photon upconversion systems in the solid state. The materials she works with can change the colors of light that they interact with, turning the absorbed light from red to blue.

Emily (front left) with students of Professor Yanai in the lab office.

The project was funded by the National Science Foundation's IRES program through Professor Ming Lee Tang's group at the University of California Riverside.

Emily Raulerson, Emily Rigsby, and Matthew Quan, the 2019 participants, upon arrival to Kyushu University.

Aside from her time in the lab, Emily was able to visit many cultural sites in Japan, including the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Peace Park in Nagasaki (pictured on the left below), traditional pottery villages throughout Kyushu (the hidden pottery village of Imari, a famous porcelain town in Saga Prefecture is pictured below in the center), and the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto (pictured on the right below) which is part of a hike through 10,000 gates to the top of Mt. Inari.

"At Kyushu University this summer I was able to be part of an exciting and fast-paced collaborative research project. Every day we tackled new challenges with creative solutions and in a short time, my collaborators became friends. Getting to experience new places, cultures, and ideas is one of the best parts of my job as a chemist--I'm so grateful to be able to do science that I love with talented people all over the world." -- Emily

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