Kurtis Carsch, PhD

2016 Hertz Fellow
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Kurtis Carsch is an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley with Prof. Jeffrey Long, developing porous materials for challenging gas separations.

Kurtis received a joint B.S./M.S. in chemistry with Prof. Theodor Agapie (Caltech, 2016), followed by Ph.D. studies with Prof. Theodore Betley (Harvard, 2021), supported through the Hertz Foundation and NSF GFRP. His graduate research focused on elucidating atypical electronic structures of catalytically relevant intermediates. Kurtis attributes his interest in chemistry to an upbringing in which playing with LEGO bricks established a foundation for his interest in combining elements to create molecules with unprecedented properties.

Graduate Studies

Harvard University
Inorganic Chemistry
Ligand Field Inversion in Sterically Confined Copper Architectures


2021, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation