Dr. Sara Harvey

Dr. Sara Harvey
Office: CFS 91041
Department Chair

Dr. Sara Harvey earned her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008.  At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Harvey was awarded a BA with Honors in Chemistry in 2001.  She is currently an assistant professor at Los Angeles Pierce College where she teaches Chemistry 60, 101, and 102.   

While at UCLA, Dr. Harvey served as a Teaching Assistant from September 2002 to March 2008, instructing more than 800 students in eight different chemistry courses for 17 quarters in both general and organic chemistry courses.

 Dr. Harvey worked as a graduate research assistant for Professor Thomas G. Mason at UCLA in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  During this time, she investigated the formation and structure of nanoemulsions, determined the structure factor of monodisperse repulsive nanoemulsion droplets using small angle neutron scattering (SANS), examined the optical properties of nanoemulsions as a function of droplet size and volume fraction, and investigated nanoscale double emulsions stabilized by single component block copolypeptides. 

Dr. Harvey earned a Research Interns in Science and Engineering (RISE) fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She discovered her love for research as an undergraduate research assistant for Professor Guillermo C. Bazan working on the synthesis of an organic LED. She finished her undergraduate research at UCSB in the laboratory of Professor Steven Buratto studying the luminescence of CdSe quantum dots.