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"For exceptional contributions to the discovery of topological materials through Zintl chemistry and advances in synthesis."Background:
Tanya Berry is a PCCM postdoctoral fellow and works on topological materials with Prof. Leslie M. Schoop since Fall 2022. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis in 2015 and worked on microwave-assisted nanoparticle synthesis with Prof. Susan M. Kauzlarich. After graduation, she worked on half Heusler thermoelectric materials with Prof. Claudia Felser at MPI CPfS until 2017. Tanya then got her Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry in 2022 from JHU with Prof. Tyrel M. McQueen. During her Ph.D. she worked in a variety of areas with a primary focus on magnetic quantum materials and she received Sarah and Adolph Roseman Achievement Award for her work. Her research focuses on the fundamental understanding of theoretical models, materials discovery based on chemical design principles, synthesis, and materials characterization for new quantum materials.