Hello! My name is Andy. That is a picture of me to the right. I recently finished my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Before that, I studied Chemistry at New York University. Apart from science, my interests are photography, design, contemporary literature, piano, and knitting. If you ask nicely, I will knit you a sweater or play you a song. You can find examples of my work, research, and creative output through the links to the left.

This is me.



My current postdoctoral research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory focuses on materials selection, development, and characterization for sensing application in extreme conditions. Improved in situ gas and temperature sensing raises the potential for increased effiency for advanced fossil energy applications such as coal gasifiers, combustion turbines, solid oxide fuel cells, and advanced boiler systems. Sensors must be stable under highly reducing or oxidizing atmosphere, high temperatures, and high pressures. Initial focus is on hydrogen sensors for SOFC fuel streams in conjunction with NETL's fuel cell development team.

Past Research

My doctoral research focused on developing improvements in efficiency of semiconductor water photolysis by exploring interface charge in oxide heterostructures. The effects of electric fields arising from p-n junctions, ferroelectric domains, and polar surface terminations were examined. My research focused on the fabrication and photochemical testing of iron based oxide heterostructures. Specifically, I examined the photochemical activity and growth of epitaxial and polycrystalline hematite Fe2O3 films on single crystal and polycrystalline SrTiO3 substrates. The orientation dependence of bulk and thin film hematite photochemical reactivity was determined. Films were examined using combinatorial substrate epitaxy, the growth and analysis using electron backscatter diffraction of films on polycrystalline substrates. This technique opens many opportunities for wide-ranging epitaxy studies of films supported on more diverse orientations compared to films on single crystal substrates.


My doctoral dissertation, The growth and photochemical activity of hematite films on perovskite substrates (PDF), was successfully defended and submitted to the Dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology at Carnegie Mellon University in September 2012. My research advisors were Paul A. Salvador and Gregory S. Rohrer, both of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. This work represents further understanding of the photochemical behavior of thin film and bulk hematite Fe2O3, a promising candidate for incorporation in solar photochemical water splitting systems.


Journal Articles

  1. P.R. Ohodnicki, T.D. Brown, G.R. Holcomb, J. Tylczak, A.M. Schultz, and J.P. Baltrus, "High temperature optical sensing of gas and temperature using Au-nanoparticle incorporated oxides", Sensors and Actuators B, 2014, 202, pp. 489-499. DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2014.04.106
  2. A.M. Schultz, Y. Zhu, S.A. Bojarski, G.S. Rohrer, P.A. Salvador, "Eutaxial growth of hematite Fe2O3 films on perovskite SrTiO3 polycrstalline substrates", Thin Solid Films, 2013, 548, pp. 220-224. DOI: 10.1017/j.tsf.2013.09.073
  3. S. Havelia, S. Wang, K.R. Balasubramaniam, A.M. Schultz, G.S. Rohrer, P.A. Salvador, "Combinatorial substrate epitaxy: a new approach to growth of complex metastable compounds", CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 5434-5441. DOI: 10.1039/C3CE40469B
  4. Y. Zhang, A.M. Schultz, L. Li, H. Chien, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer, "Combinatorial Substrate Epitaxy: A high throughput method for determining phase and orientation relationships and its application to BiFeO3/TiO2 heterostructures", Acta Materialia, 2012, 60 (19), pp. 6486-6493. DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2012.07.060
  5. L. Li, Y. Zhang, A.M. Schultz, X. Liu, P.A. Salvador and G.S. Rohrer, "Visible Light Photochemical Activity of Heterostructured PbTiO3/TiO2 Core-Shell Particles", Catalysis Science & Technology, 2012, 2, pp. 1945-1952. DOI: 10.1039/c2cy20202f
  6. A.M. Schultz, P.A. Salvador, G.S. Rohrer, "Enhanced photochemical activity of Fe2O3 films supported on SrTiO3 substrates under visible light illumination", Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, pp. 2012-2014. DOI: 10.1039/c2cc16715h
  7. A.M. Schultz, Y. Zhang, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer, "Effect of crystal and domain orientation on the visible light photochemical reduction of Ag on BiFeO3", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2011, 3 (5), pp. 1562-1567. DOI: 10.1021/am200127c
  8. Y. Zhang, A.M. Schultz, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer, "Spatially selective visible-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2/BiFeO3 heterostructures", Journal of Materials Chemistry,
    2011, 21, pp. 4168-4174. DOI: 10.1039/c0jm04313c

Conference Presentations

  1. A.M. Schultz, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer. "Enhanced photochemical activity of Fe2O3 films on SrTiO3 substrate under visible light illumination." Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Symposium. April 2012. Pittsburgh, PA. 1st Place, Oral Presentation Competition.
  2. A.M. Schultz, Y. Zhang, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer. "Photochemical behavior of BiFeO3 and heterostructures." Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Symposium. April 2011. Pittsburgh, PA. 2nd Place, Poster Competition.
  3. A.M. Schultz, Y. Zhang, L. Li, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer."Developing ferroelectric/titania heterostructures for solar photolysis." Domen-Kubota lab seminar. University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan.
  4. A.M. Schultz, Y. Zhang, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer. Photochemical behavior of BiFeO3 and heterostructures. Presented at the 3rd International Congress on Ceramics. November 2010. Osaka, Japan.
  5. A.M. Schultz, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer. Spatial selectivity of photochemical oxidation and reduction on ferroelectric BiFeO3 Surfaces. Presented at ASM International Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter Young Member's Night. February 2010. Pittsburgh, PA. 4th Place, Graduate Poster Competition.
  6. A.M. Schultz, P.A. Salvador, and G.S. Rohrer. Photochemical behavior of TiO2/BiFeO3 heterostructures. Presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Fundamental Energy Applications in Solid State Ceramics. August 2010. New London, NH.



  • 2012 — PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2010 — MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2008 — BA, Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY.


ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow

National Energy Technology Laboratory
Pittsburgh, PA
September 2013-Present

  • Developed functional thin film materials for incorporation into fiber optic based sensing applications.
  • Expanded testing capabilities with new LabVIEW automation of spectrometers, resistivity measurements, and optical power meters.
  • Developed suite of Python scripts to automate and improve data analysis for long term simulated gas sensing.

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
August 2008–December 2012

  • Developed routes for improvement in the efficiency of semiconductor water photolysis by exploring the effect of polar interfaces in oxide heterostructures.
  • Contributed to the understanding of the effect of polar surface terminations on the visible light activity of supported oxide films.

Student Worker — Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Office

New York University, New York, NY
August 2006–May 2008

  • Participated from planning stages through launch of NYU Arts and Science’s audio distribution project.
  • Developed and executed workflow for planning, recording, and editing academic guest lectures and events to be made available digitally to the NYU community.

Intern — Incident Management; Information Security and Privacy

Metavante Corp (Now FIS), Brown Deer, WI
August 2004–January 2006

  • Revised, created, and organized content for Information Security guidelines document to be distributed companywide.
  • Interacted with multiple teams within Information Security to obtain and revise policy information.
  • Interacted with wide range of corporate divisions, facilitating understanding of company-wide corporate structure and day-to-day operations.
  • Prepared, attended, and ran daily operation status meetings attended by upper- and executive-level management.
  • Digitized and archived 3 years of meeting records.


Vice President of Campus Affairs — CMU Graduate Student Assembly

  • Elected for two terms (2011–2012) on the executive board of Carnegie Mellon’s graduate student government.
  • Facilitated creation of new Vice President of Communications position to address an identified challenge in the organization.
  • Created a dissertation writing support group program to assist doctoral students as they enter the writing stage of their education.
  • Addressed needs of graduate students by serving on numerous campus committees, including the University Education Council, Faculty Senate, President’s Student Advisory Council, Committee on Student Organizations, University Library Committee and Campus Design Review Committee.
  • Focused on internal representative development, compliance with student government bylaws, and improved communication with the graduate student body through online communications tools.
  • Interviewed and hired a full-time employee to fill the Graduate Student Assembly’s Executive Assistant position.

Joint Funding Committee — CMU Student Government

  • Assisted in the disbursement of $1.1 million to student clubs and organizations for their annual operating budget.
  • Negotiated adjustments in over 160 student organization budgets to reflect available funds.
  • Redirected money from high per person expense groups with limited on-campus benefit to those that directly benefit larger segments of the campus population.


  • 2012: Best Presentation, CMU Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Symposium
  • 2012: Alessandro and Piermaria Reggiori Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2008-2012: CMU Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2011: CMU Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Symposium Poster Competition, 2nd Place
  • 2010: NSF Travel Fellowship to the 3rd International Congress on Ceramics, Osaka, Japan
  • 2010: ASM International Golden Triangle Pittsburgh Chapter Poster Competition, 4th Place
  • 2004-2008: NYU College of Arts and Science Trustees Scholarship


  • Served as laboratory teaching assistant for the courses Characterization of Materials, Defects in Materials, and Engineering the Materials of the Future.
  • Directly supervised and managed eight students in undergraduate research projects.
  • Provided private tutoring services for the courses Phase Transformations and Diagrams and Transport in Materials.

Technical Skills

Materials Synthesis:

  • Pulsed laser film deposition
  • Solid state oxide ceramic synthesis
  • Basic sol-gel ceramic synthesis
  • General wet chemistry experience

Materials Characterization:

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Piezoresponse force microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Electron backscatter diffraction and orientation mapping
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Electrochemical testing


  • LabVIEW
  • Gnuplot
  • Python
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Mathematica
  • UNIX
  • LaTeX
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop


I like emails. You can send me one here. Call me at 262.955.4266. You will probably have to leave a message, because I will almost certainly screen the call.


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