Wassup, y’all?

My name is Adrian K. Davey and I am from Frederick, MD. 

I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. While there, I was a Meyerhoff Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scholar, Amgen scholar, and President of the UMBC Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) from 2017 to 2018. 

I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student and NSF GRFP scholar in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. My doctoral research centers on the use of functionalized metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) toward colorimetric carbon dioxide detection. 

Chemical engineering has excited me for many years. 

Did you know that there are steam tables that contain entropic, enthalpic, temperature, and pressure data for water?

And that these data are employed in understanding thermodynamic cycles? 

Of the chemical engineering “Big Three” (thermo, transport, and kinetics), I am a big thermo stan.  

Ideal gas law? Yup. Maxwell relations? I’ll have some of that! Modeling multi-component chemical equilibria? We love that!

Performing graduate research has been a tremendous experience. In the last year, I’ve gained skills in various characterization tools, such as ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), which have proven instrumental in optimizing a sensor to routinely detect CO2. I will be taking my Ph.D. qualifying exam in Fall 2020, where I’ll get to discuss the use of these instruments toward improved CO2 detection.

When not at the lab bench, I can be found at my desk in my apartment, writing Black young adult (YA) fantasy fiction. I’m also an avid Twitter user (@FreshFredKid); much of my content involves dismantling oppressive systems, stanning Beyoncé, and discussing my love for the Bleach anime franchise.

           Thank y’all for reading!!!!

— Adrian K. Davey

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