Maria-Jose Ferrer

Postdoctoral Researcher

Maria’s research is centered on Antifreeze Proteins (AFPs) and the polymer polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), both belonging to a class of molecules exhibiting non-colligative antifreeze activity. This unique function is believed to stem from their ability to bind to the ice surface. Employing advanced spectroscopic techniques, Maria aims to characterize the structure and dynamics of hydration water at ice-binding motifs within molecules recognized for their high efficacy in ice binding. Additionally, she seeks to reveal correlations between hydration properties and ice binding strength using magnetic resonance at the ice-water interface.

  • 2013 – 2017: B.S., Chemistry, University of Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 2017 – 2023: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Florida, Florida. (Advisor: Prof. Clifford R. Bowers)

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