Copp earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2011. She then completed her master’s degree (2013) and doctorate (2016) in physics at UC Santa Barbara. Copp studies how soft-matter building blocks can be used to build novel nanomaterials that generate and/or control light, with an aim to revolutionize technologies in energy and medicine. At UCI, her lab focuses on block copolymer-directed assembly of photonic nanomaterials and on DNA-directed assembly of metallic clusters and nanostructures, as well as methods to expedite nanomaterials discovery using high-throughput experiments and tools from machine learning. Copp was a Hoffman Distinguished postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she also held a UC President’s postdoctoral fellowship, a L’Oreal USA for Women in Science fellowship, and a LANL Director’s postdoctoral fellowship. At UCI, she holds a Samueli Faculty Development Chair.
Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
Soft matter-based photonic materials; metal nanoclusters; polymer nanostructures; self-assembly; biomimetics; machine learning for materials discovery