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Curriculum Vitae

Eric Hansen
Personal Phone: 480.298.2839
MIT; Cambridge, MA

My career goal is to become a Chemistry professor at a research-oriented university.

Personal Summary

I am a PhD candidate interested in the synthesis and application of nanoparticles, incorporating the study of basic physical properties and rational ligand design into realistic solutions to medical and energy problems. I am currently investigating iron-related agents as T1-weighted MRI contrast agents as a non-toxic alternative to current gadolinium-based agents, which have recently shown toxicity issues during clinical use. In addition, I am interested in approaching synthetic challenges in the preparation of complicated ternary and quaternary materials, which find application in photovoltaics and luminescent solar concentrators. Beyond research, I take part in a number of outreach efforts to encourage a younger generations of students to explore science.

o Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Physical Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate.

o University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.S. Chemistry, Mathematics; May 2014.

Wildcat Excellence Award: August 2010-May 2014
Galileo Circle Scholar 2012
Goldwater Scholarship 2013
Astronaut Scholarship 2013
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention 2014
MIT Presidential Fellowship 2014
NDSEG Fellowship 2016

Awards and Honors
Dean’s List: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
Academic Year (AY) Academic Distinction: 2010-2011 AY, 2011-2012 AY
First Level Honors: Spring 2011
Dean’s List with Distinction: Fall 2011, Fall 2012
University of Arizona Outstanding Sophomore (Chemistry Department) Spring 2012
University of Arizona Outstanding Junior (Chemistry Department) Spring 2013
Honorable Mention—Undergraduate Poster Fair (April 2012)
Honorable Mention—Undergraduate Poster Fair (April 2013)
Honorable Mention—Undergraduate Poster Fair (April 2014)
ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry 2013
Phi Beta Kappa 2013
Honors College Award for Outstanding Students 2013
University of Arizona Pillar of Excellence 2014

Graduate Student Researcher, January 2015 – Present
Bawendi Group
o Synthesis of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and biologically-targeted ligands for site-specific MRI contrast enhancement.
o Synthesis and characterization of organoselenium compounds.
o Synthesis of ternary Cd-free, Pb-free quantum dots.

Undergraduate Researcher, Aug 2011 – Aug 2012
University of Arizona
Armstrong Group
o Synthesis of Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide and Cadmium Selenide nanoparticles and analysis of ligand removal procedure for improved power conversion efficiency in hybrid solar cells.

Undergraduate Researcher, Aug 2012 – July 2014
University of Arizona
Armstrong and Pemberton Group
o Independent methodological development to create electronically-active substrates to capture and analyze single quantum dots.

Northwestern International Institute of Nanotechnology (NIIN) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), June 2013 – August 2013
Northwestern University
Barnett Group
o Synthesis of a variety of solid oxide materials to investigate iron-doped strontium titanate as an anode in solid oxide fuel cells.

Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) Participant, May 2012 – July 2012 (Member: May 2012 – July 2014)
University of Arizona
Armstrong Group
o Synthesis of Cadmium Selenide nanoparticles as a model system to study the effect of precipitation techniques on the removal of excess ligand and formation of trap states.

MIT TA (5.111), Jan 2015 – May 2015
o Responsible for leading ~20 person recitation biweekly and grading of exams and weekly problem sets for a lecture of ~200 MIT undergraduates. Additionally, I managed and coded an online version of the course on MITx.

HHMI-MIT TA (5.111), Aug 2014 – Dec 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
o Responsible for leading ~20 person recitation biweekly and grading of exams and weekly problem sets for a lecture of ~300 MIT undergraduates.

Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant (CHEM 243a and 243b), Fall 2012 – May 2014
University of Arizona
o Only undergraduate to TA the course 2012-2014. Responsible for teaching and maintaining lab safety of ~25 University of Arizona undergraduates for 3 hour laboratory experiments in Organic Chemistry.

Organic Chemistry Grader (CHEM 243a and 243b), Fall 2012 – May 2014
University of Arizona
o Only undergraduate grader for course 2012-2014. Graded lecture exams (~5/semester).

MIT Outreach Volunteer, Fall 2014 – Fall 2015
o Presented chemistry demonstrations to science classes of ~35 students at MA High Schools to prompt interest in science.

MIT-DOW Alliance Outreach, Fall 2015 – Present
o Performed an in-person quantum dot synthesis and short-wave infrared camera demonstrations to ~20 university students interested in entering graduate school.

Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society German Exchange Program, Fall 2015 – Present
o Provided lab tours and an introduction to MIT research for ~30 exchange German graduate students.

Mathematics High School Outreach Tutor (Calculus), Spring 2011
University of Arizona
o Taught and tutored calculus at Tucson Magnet High School, sitting in on the course and helping during daily activity periods. Additionally, I developed and gave a classroom lecture.

Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships Volunteer, Spring 2013 – Fall 2014
University of Arizona
o Recruited and encouraged talented freshmen to apply for National Scholarships, providing editing services and navigating the application process.

Chemistry Club Volunteer, Aug 2010 – May 2013 (Secretary: Aug 2011 - May 2012)
University of Arizona
o Managed advertising efforts and organized the member-based annual trip to the American Chemical Society Conference.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Ambassadors Member, Fall 2011 – Fall 2014
University of Arizona
o Guided course registration and directed students to additional resources during College of Science Orientation.

1. Wei H†, Bruns OT†, Kaul MG†, Hansen EC, Barch M, Wisniowska A, Chen O, Chen Y, Li N, Okada S, Cordero JM, Heine M, Farrar CT, Montana DM, Adam G, Ittrich H, Jasanoff A, Nielsen P, and Bawendi MG. Exceedingly small iron oxide nanoparticles as positive MRI contrast agents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2017, 114, 2325-2330.