Rachel Carson College Faculty Fellows

Sikina Jinnah

Sikina Jinnah is Rachel Carson College's new faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Jinnah is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department, an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department, and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power and influence in global environmental governance, and in particular the role of transnational actors in environmental decision-making. Her most recent projects examine how key norms in global climate politics shape power relations, the role of U.S. preferential trade agreements in shaping environmental policy in trading partner nations, and the politics of climate engineering governance. 

Shaowei Chen
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5841 (Office), 831-459-1892 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, Physical Sciences Bldg 148
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 148 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 153C, 190 (Lab)
  • Office Hours TBA
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • Physical Science Building
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Material Science, Energy
  • Courses Physical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 164), Thermodynamics (CHEM 163B), Electrochemistry (CHEM 269)

Summary of Expertise

Synthesis, characterization, and manipulation of novel functional nanomaterials (metals and semiconductors); their long-range ordered assemblies and related nanoscale electron transfer; applications in fuel cells, photovoltaics and electronic devices

Research Interests

Physical Chemistry, Nanomaterials

The research program in the Chen group is centered around electron transfer chemistry at the nanoscale, which includes three research projects. In the first project, we are interested in the electron transfer properties of nanometer-sized functional particles and their organized assemblies. Our strategy is to employ a series of chemical as well as physical manipulations to shed light onto the molecular origin of these unprecedented electrochemical phenomena. In the second project, we examine the electrocatalytic activity of these functional nanomaterials for fuel cell electrochemistry, such as oxidation of fuel molecules at the anode and oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode. In the third project, we explore the applications of nanoparticle materials as effective antimicrobial reagents.

Biography, Education and Training

B.S. University of Science and Technology of China, 1991
M.S. Cornell University, 1993
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1996

Selected Publications