Tammy Chou

Education
Ph.D. 2006
Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
B.S. 2000
Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Recognition and Awards
Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Award, 2004-2005 University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Joint Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JIN) Fellowship, 2003-2004
University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Joint Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JIN) Fellowship, 2002-2003
Nominated by the University for the 2001 Astronaut Foundation Scholarship
Society of Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) "Outstanding Female Graduate Student" Award, 2000-2001
MSE Bundy Scholarship, 2000

Work Experience
2006-Present
Research Associate, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2005-2006
Teaching Assistant, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2002-2006
Research Assistant, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2000-2002
Teaching Assistant, College of Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2000-2002
Intern in R&D, Boston Scientific Corporation, Redmond, WA

Publications
The list of my publications can be found at the following website: http://staff.washington.edu/tchou/pub.html

Research Areas

Graduate Research
The main focus of my graduate studies involved the development and synthesis of various oxide materials in the nanoscale for the exploration of the chemistry and the nanostructure of various oxide electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications. Other projects that were explored include the following: 1) sol-gel processing of organic-inorganic hybrid coatings for corrosion protection of stainless steel and improved adhesion on polyester; 2) sol electrophoresis and self-assembly of functionalized, hierarchically-structured mesoporous silica; and 3) processing of ordered, dye-functionalized titania nanorods for sensor applications.
My full dissertation can be found at the following website: http://students.washington.edu/tchou/dissertation.html

PostDoc Research
Currently, in collaboration with Boston Scientific Corporation, my research area involves the development and synthesis of sol-gel-derived hybrid films with porous structure for controlled or sustained drug release. Various oxide materials with hierarchical or layered structures, capable of both drug storage and controlled drug release, are currently being explored. Our main goal is to develop biocompatible and biodegradable films capable of efficient drug delivery within tissue and other organs with drug release behavior consisting of an initial burst and subsequent zero-order release for a prolonged period of time.

Contact Information
Email: tchou@u.washington.edu