Mariya Layurova

Mariya is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. During her time as an undergraduate student, she has participated in a number of renewable energy projects. Since 2015, she has been developing an investment model to function as an alternative to carbon tax which has demonstrated that a 10% tariff on oil and gas production could fund enough wind power to offset all oil and gas production and consumption emissions. In other projects, she studied the diffusion coefficients of CO2 in hydrocarbons for carbon capture & sequestering, and she developed a patent-pending chromatography process for cannabinoid extracts separation. Mariya joined the MIT PV Lab during the summer of 2017. During that time, she has been simultaneously working on the development of a solar cell characterization interface and the optimization of high-throughput, low-temperature deposition method of SnO2 to replace the conventionally used mesoporous TiO2 contact. Mariya is an active member of the MIT community: she is a co-founding member and a marketing chair of the MIT Water Innovation Prize, and an MIT International Student Association mentor. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling and pursues her interests in documentary photography and drawing, both of which she has earned recognition for.

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