Michael grew up in Rockville, MD, outside the nation's capital, and as a son of two microbiologists, he has been involved in science from an early age. He was also warned early on about the dangers of eating sushi, but decided that they were worth ignoring. His interest in science took him to Northwestern University, where he discovered that he could apply chemistry to the challenge of developing solar energy. In the labs of Professors Kimberly Gray and Justin Notestein, he focused research efforts on the role of under-coordinated titania in the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide. Perhaps more importantly though, he discovered Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and night games at Wrigley Field. Now in New York, he has found the pizza to be equally delicious, but Yankee Stadium not quite as appealing, and in the Owen Lab at Columbia University, he studies the chemistry of cadmium telluride nanocrystals for solution-processable photovoltaic devices.

Michael Campos


B.A. - Northwestern (Notestein, J. and Gray, K.)


Undergraduate Research Grantee, Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (2011)

J.G. Nolan Scholarship (2010)

A. Norman Freeman Scholarship (2009)