Rice alumna wins Carbon Journal Prize

Lauren Taylor '21 recognized for her outstanding Ph.D. thesis in carbon material science and technology.

Lauren Taylor headshot

Rice University alumna Lauren Taylor has received the 2022 Carbon Journal Prize, which is awarded to a recent graduate in recognition of an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in carbon material science and technology.

Taylor, who earned her Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Rice in 2021, is one of two winners of this year's award. As part of the prize, she receives $1,000 "to support travel and attendance at a conference of their choice, invited to submit a review paper to the journal and to join the extended editorial advisory board."

While at Rice, Taylor was advised by Matteo Pasquali, A.J. Hartsook Professor and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry and materials science and nanoengineering; and director of the Carbon Hub.

"'I'm very honored to be selected for the 2022 Carbon Journal Prize and thankful for all the support from my Ph.D. lab and alma mater," Taylor said.

She recently co-authored a paper reported on the Pasquali lab's discovery of a unique combination of acids that helps separate nanotubes in a solution and turn them into films, fibers or other materials with excellent electrical and mechanical properties. In 2021, Taylor led a study on flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing to gather accurate EKG and heart rate readings.

Taylor is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University.

By Mike Andrick, Rice Engineering Marketing & Communications