Sophia E. Hayes is a professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. Her group is focused on improving the basic understanding of the structure and properties of different types of inorganic systems, including semiconductors and other optically and electronically active materials. Her research interests include optically-pumped NMR and optically-detected NMR; quadrupolar NMR of clusters and thin films; and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration. Hayes has spoken about the importance of harnessing technical innovation to mitigate climate change.
Hayes has taught and conducted research in chemistry at Washington University since 2001. Hayes earned her PhD. in chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Her research efforts have been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award (2003), an Alfred P Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2007), and the Regitze R Vold Memorial Prize in solid-state NMR (2009).