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Contact Info
Office: CHM 4506
Phone: 301-405-1847
Mercedes Taylor
Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • B.A., Chemistry, Amherst College, 2011

 Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
  • Jill Hruby Fellow in National Security Science and Engineering, Sandia National Labs, 2018-2021
  • Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardee, National Institutes of Health, 2011-2013

Research Interests

Inorganic and organic synthesis, porous materials, coordination chemistry, water purification, ion transport

Recognitions and Honors

  • IF/THEN Ambassador, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Teagle Foundation Award for Excellence in Enhancing Student Learning
  • Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation
The Taylor group uses the tools of coordination chemistry and organic synthesis to design novel materials, including metal­–organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, and porous polymers. We study these materials for applications in water purification, precious metal extraction from seawater, and ion conductivity in batteries. Our research leverages synthetic control over the internal structure of porous materials to achieve selectivity for desired guest molecules and to create pathways for fast ion transport. Students in the Taylor group receive extensive training in organic and inorganic synthesis as well as a wide range of materials characterization techniques. Prospective students interested in joining the research group are welcome to contact Prof. Taylor directly.
Pathways for fast ion transport in porous materials diagram