Dr Adam Zaczek

Subject Chemistry
Fellow type By-Fellows
Year started 2019

Biography


Adam is a Teaching By-Fellow in Chemistry. He received his BS in chemistry in 2014 from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his PhD in chemistry in 2018 from Syracuse University. During his graduate school research, Adam focused on the polymorphic behavior of small-molecule organic crystals. Much of this work involved the use of terahertz spectroscopy, low-frequency Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Combining these techniques with solid-state density functional theory calculations provided further insight into chemical phenomena such as stability analyses and the mapping of energetic barriers between polymorphs.

Now in Cambridge, Adam is a Research Associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in the Terahertz Applications Group headed by Professor Axel Zeitler. His research now focuses on the glass transition temperatures of pharmaceuticals and their stabilization in the amorphous phase utilizing terahertz spectroscopy and computational simulations, and the impact this can have in drug development.