Amanda Baxter

Dornsife, Chemistry, Faculty Advisor: Surya Prakash

Amanda’s doctoral research is focused on synthetic inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. While at USC, Amanda worked on the first X-ray crystal structure of an α-fluoroalcohol and discovered a low sensitivity, high performance energetic material. She is the lead author on numerous publications and co-author on many more, all in leading international journals. Amanda is also the co-president of USC’s Women in Chemistry Club, a group that has organized lectures, career panels and mental health support across the department. In her second year at USC, Amanda was awarded the National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2017, she received the NSF GROW fellowship to study at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. She also received awards from USC’s Women in Science and Engineering. This summer, Amanda will join the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University as a recipient of the prestigious Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship.