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Bernadette Cladek

Bernadette CladekBernadette Cladek is a new Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Claudia Rawn in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Ms. Cladek is jointly supported by the Center for Materials Processing and the University of Tennessee’s Chancellor’s Fellowship. Prior to entering UTK, she received a B.F.A. in Crafts from the University of the Arts in 2011 and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015. During Ms. Cladek’s time at Alfred University, she participated in undergraduate research projects involving atomistic computer simulation, ceramic powder processing and characterization, and X-ray diffraction and scattering. While at Alfred University, she also participated in a co-op at Kohler Co. Ms. Cladek’s research interests include crystallography and diffraction (both X-ray and neutron) techniques, and her graduate research is focused on using in situ neutron diffraction to investigate the decomposition of mixed-gas hydrates. She is interested in the effects of mixing gases, such as carbon dioxide with methane, on the temperature and pressure of decomposition. Natural hydrates are a potential source for methane and CO₂ sequestration. Ms. Cladek is currently assembling a hydrate-synthesis lab, which will be included in the new Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) ceramics processing laboratory.

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