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Rachel Dziatko is a second year Ph.D. student in the Bragg lab group. Rachel is interested in studying the photophysics of novel aluminum based plasmonic materials using a wide variety of techniques including FTIR, UV-Vis, and transient absorption spectroscopy. She is working to design and build systems for measuring both steady-state and time-resolved spectra of aerosolized nanoparticles to determine how their optical properties differ from nanoparticles in liquid suspensions. She hopes to use these new techniques to study Al/AZO core-shell nanoparticles and explore their potential application in the enhancement of photocatalysis.