Research at Hendrix

John Andrew Christie '10

John Andrew Christie '10

John Andrew Christie '10

Mathematics and Chemistry Double Major

Graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana

Current projects

We're making mixed-valence ferrocene based molecular switches for quantum cellular automata (QCA). The hope is that in the future QCA technology can replace current complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. Collaborators include theoreticians, electrical engineers, and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) specialists.

Undergraduate Research

Apart from the capstone projects for each major, I was active in Dr. Gron's undergraduate research lab for a year and two summers and in Dr. Goodwin's undergraduate research lab for a semester

How Hendrix prepared me for success

My experiences in undergraduate research labs gave me an appreciation for the time required doing desk work such as data analysis and reading journal articles.

Future plans

Apart from obtaining my PhD, my future plans or aspirations include finding a role/job in "industry" to gain a broader vision of how chemistry makes it from the lab to the public. After a while, I'd like to settle down in an academic position.

My advice

If you're interested in science, get in a lab as quickly as you can. Also, in my experience a lot of the core classes are either retaught or touched up on in graduate school, so feel free to explore electives outside of your preferred field while you have the chance.