Camille K. Amador

MS/PhD Student in Materials Science at the Colorado School of Mines




M.S./Ph.D., Materials Science In Progress, Colorado School of Mines

B.S., Chemistry  (2017), University of Colorado Boulder


Camille (nickname “Chiqui”) was born and raised in West Philly. After reading Carl Sagan’s “Science as a Candle in the Dark” and a myriad of other science fiction novels, Chiqui decided she wanted to become a scientist. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Boulder, CO and completed her degree in Chemistry with a Biochemistry minor. During her tenure at CU Boulder, Chiqui developed a passion for propeling science, protecting the environment, and climbing mountains. She has since climbed twenty-four of Colorado’s fifty-eight 14ers, although the 13,000’ mountains are her real zeal. Her current research involves elucidating the degradation mechanism of a highly recalcitrant and ubiquitous class of organic pollutants, perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), using both computational and experimental techniques. The project aims to describe the mechanism thermodynamically and kinetically in hopes to develop a robust process to degrade structurally diverse PFAS mixtures using powerful oxidants, thereby keeping our water clean and within regulatory limits.

Contact Information

Colorado School of Mines, Department of Chemistry, 1500 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401. Email