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Brittany Trang


I am currently a chemistry PhD candidate in Prof. William Dichtel’s lab at Northwestern University, where I am developing strategies for removing and degrading per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollutants. Before coming to Northwestern, I earned my bachelor's in chemistry and English at the Ohio State University. I originally studied English because I wanted to become a novelist, but I've since found that I am way better at using my writing skills to communicate about the scientific process. My writing has appeared in publications such as Chemical & Engineering News, Chemistry World, and the Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist. (Yes, I used an Oxford comma in that sentence, and no, my inner English major is not looking forward to having that drilled out of me during an upcoming summer of writing in AP style.) If you’d like to find out more about me and my writing, you can visit



Brittany Trang smiles at the camera while wearing glasses and a sleeveless floral shirt. She's standing in front of an orange column.

Northwestern University

Fellowship Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship Host: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel