Dr. Natalia Gonzalez-Pech

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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Dr. Gonzalez-Pech joined the Hope faculty in 2019. Her teaching focus is analytical chemistry, and her research group designs nanomaterials for environmental applications.

Areas of Expertise

  • Incidental Nanoparticles in occupational settings
  • Nano-bio interactions
  • Nanomaterials for water remediation
  • Nanomaterials for solar cells

The GOCH (Gonzalez-Pech) group develops new nanomaterials for water remediation and energy-related applications in a sustainable manner. While solving environmental problems, students learn about environmental chemistry, material science and surface chemistry.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California San Diego
    Advisor: Professor Vicki H. Grassian
  • Ph.D., chemistry, Rice University
    Thesis title: Development of iron oxide nanomaterials-based technology for arsenic remediation
    Advisor: Professor Vicki L. Colvin
  • B.S. chemistry, Monterrey Tech (Monterrey, Mexico), Summa Cum Laude
    Thesis title: Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for Excitonic Solar Cells 
    Advisor: Dr. Monica Lira

Honors, Grants and Awards

  • Competitive Schaap funding, Department of Chemistry Schaap Endowment, Hope College, 2019–2020
  • Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE), joint effort between the University of Washington, North Carolina State University and California Polytechnic State University, 2019
  • Future Faculty Workshop: Grooming Diverse Leaders for the Future, University of Delaware, 2018
  • The Harry B. Weiser Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching, Rice University, 2012
  • Faculty for the Future Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation, 2011–2015
  • International travel support from Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, Rice University, summer 2011
  • Welch Graduate Research Program, Rice University, 2010–2011
  • J. Evans Atwell-Welch Graduate Fellowship, Rice University, 2010–2011
  • Research and Innovation Modality Diploma, Monterrey Tech, 2010
  • Excellence Scholarship, Monterrey Tech, 2005–2010
  • Xorge A. Dominguez Bursary Scholarship, Chemistry Department, Monterrey Tech, 2005–2010
  • CSIC JAE-Intro Scholarship, National Research Council (CSIC), 2008
  • Snyder Summer Research Scholar Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  • Summer Research Program, Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2006
  • Silver Medal Award, X Iberoamerican Olympiad of Chemistry in Lima, Peru, 2005
  • Bronze Medal Award, XXXVII International Olympiad of Chemistry in Taipei, Taiwan, 2005

Published Work

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Dr. Natalia Gonzalez-Pech

Phone Number616.395.6874

Schaap Science Center Room 2112 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423
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