SCIART Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Jessica Heimann is the SCIART Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Rice University (2015) and her M.S. (2017) and Ph.D. (2019) from Yale University, where she was the John Gamble Kirkwood Fellow. Her thesis work focused on elucidating reaction mechanisms using rapid mixing stopped-flow techniques. Specifically, she studied the mechanism of carbon dioxide insertion into metal-element sigma-bonds, an elementary reaction proposed in many hydrogenative and dehydrogenative catalytic cycles. Dr. Heimann also had the opportunity to collaborate and do research at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Her current research aims to not only develop advanced spectroscopic and imaging techniques to map fluorescent lake pigments in works of art, but also better understand the natural ageing and degradation pathways of these pigments.