Sarah Schyck


Status:  Master’s, 2nd year Physics


Project: Mercury (II) Fluoride

Advisor: Dr. Michael Pravica

 Sarah Schyck


  • Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Georgia in Physics awarded December 15, 2015.
  • Master of Science degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was started in August, 2016 with expected graduation in 2018.


Previously, Sarah Schyck worked with nano-engineered materials under the supervision of Dr. Zhao at UGA. She operated electron beam physical vapor deposition chambers and sputtering deposition systems to create thin-films, nano-rods (via OAD), and other nanostructures. There she also learned how to create a monolayer of polystyrene beads. When she worked at SRNL, she utilized wet chemistry to synthesize nanostructures with a main focus on noble metal nanostructures. She also heated magnetic nanoparticles with induction heating.  She characterized these nano-materials using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Zetasizer via dynamic light scattering, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS).

Currently, she is working in Dr. Pravica’s lab on a combination of techniques like hard x-ray or laser assisted photochemistry at extreme conditions. In particular, developing and studying new chemical reactions based on fluoride synthesize using materials like HgF2, XeF2, CsF, etc. Main characterization methods utilized for studying hard x-ray induced chemical reaction at extreme conditions are Raman and IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques, etc.

National Laboratories:

  • Jan, 2016: ORAU Intern at Savannah River National Laboratory
  • May, 2016: LSE Intern at Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Argonne National Laboratory (APS) ID-B, BM-B total amount of shifts 13
  • Mid IR experiment at Canadian Light Source (CLS)
  • Far IR experiments at CLS


  • Poster Presentation for ORAU 2016 at SRNL
  • Poster Presentation at 2017 SSAA annual review conference