Gronski completing research at Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research and Development

April 17, 2013
UW-Platteville researchers

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Kjerstin Gronski, freshman chemistry and microsystems nanotechnology major from Platteville, Wis., is completing undergraduate research at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research and Development.

Gronski completed her work of characterizing series of polymers to find their physical properties and see how they change with the addition of graphene. She presented her research at the Material Research Society conference in San Francisco, Calif., on April 1-3. Gronski and Robinson Flaig, junior chemistry major from Platteville, Wis. and NCCRD research student who also worked on the project, presented a poster and entered their paper to be published in the Journal of Material Research.

Gronski began working at the lab in summer 2012 after graduating from high school. “It really gave me a head start on advanced chemistry,” she said. “It’s hands-on and I can take what I am learning in class and apply it right away to things I have done in the lab.”

She plans on continuing working at the NCCRD throughout her college career. “I am looking to attend graduate school in material sciences and having undergraduate research in that field will really help,” said Gronski. “I always knew I wanted to do something in chemistry, and working at the lab has helped me zero in on exactly what I want to work with.”

The NCCRD is managed by Dr. James Hamilton, UW-Platteville chemistry and engineering physics professor and director of the NCCRD, and Dr. Jorge Camacho, UW-Platteville chemistry and engineering physics professor.

For more information on the UW-Platteville chemistry program and the NCCRD contact Hamilton at

Contact: Kjerstin Gronski, UW-Platteville student,

Written by: Nicole Smith, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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