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Jake Sirlin earned a B.S in Chemistry from the University of Miami in 2020, where he worked under Professor Carl Hoff studying the mechanism of elimination of hyponitrite bridges in organotin complexes for nitrogen fixation. As a recent graduate, he joined the Meyer lab in the summer of 2020 as a Matthew Stuart Morrison summer fellow, where he began studying the metal-to ligand charge transfer (MLCT) in polypyridyl ruthenium complexes and the localization of their excited states through utilization of Stark Spectroscopy. Now a full-time graduate student research assistant in the group, Jake continues this work along with studying the photoelectrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide and water oxidation on silicon-bound catalysts in the pursuit of creating liquid solar fuels. Outside of the lab, Jake is a formidable baker, an avid coffee brewer, and is a bit too proud of his small but mighty fountain pen collection.