Dr. Byron H. Farnum

  • Associate Professor – Auburn University (2022 – )
  • Assistant Professor – Auburn University (2016 – 2022)
  • Postdoc – UNC-Chapel Hill (2012 – 2016)
  • Ph.D. – Johns Hopkins University (2008 – 2012)
  • B.S. – University of South Carolina (2004 – 2008)

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Byron was born and raised in Camden, SC and received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 2008 working with John Ferry on metal oxide photocatalysts for environmental remediation. He then obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the research group of Jerry Meyer at Johns Hopkins University in 2012. His dissertation focused on understanding the complexities of electron transfer associated with dye-sensitized solar cells. After completing his thesis, he joined the group of Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral research associate working on interfacial electron transfer reactions with degenerately doped metal oxide nanocrystals. In the summer of 2016, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University as an Assistant Professor to begin his own academic career. Byron’s scientific interests lie in the fields of inorganic and physical chemistry with emphasis in the areas of solar energy conversion, electrochemical energy storage, electron transfer, and nanostructured materials. Outside of research, Byron enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, gardening, and spending time with his wife (Kathryn), daughters (Olivia and Adeline), and dog (Sedona).

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