Peter Beaucage is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. With Profs. Uli Wiesner and Sol Gruner, he works on developing block copolymer-directed mesostructured materials for novel electronic properties and improved performance in energy conversion and storage devices. He also focuses on characterization of nanostructure formation in materials by in situ x-ray and neutron scattering. His broader interests lie in using materials design and development to develop novel solutions to problems of societal relevance in energy.
Peter is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he recieved his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Honors. During undergraduate, he focused on quantification of mesoscale order in graphene oxide and related two-dimensional materials, on technique development for ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering, and on elucidation of structure formation mechanisms in self-assembled sucrose-based drug delivery systems.
In his spare time, Peter serves as COO of Concordia Humana, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to relief projects worldwide. He has traveled extensively to Ethiopia and is currently working on developing a water system for the Ganda Boya, a remote village of 5,000 people in the East Hararghe region of the country. He also enjoys more recreational travel, photography, homebrewing, and hiking.