Meet Our Students

Students with Prof. Prasad.
Introducing the College Ambassadors!

Meet Will and Meghan, the department's undergraduate Ambassadors for the College of Arts and Sciences. College Ambassadors are student volunteers who have been nominated by faculty and staff after demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement. 

Will Roberts.
Will Roberts

“In addition to the many opportunities for research that the Chemistry Department provides, it offers a welcoming and encouraging home on campus for any student interested in exploring the field.”

Meghan Sullivan.
Meghan Sullivan

"What I like most about the Department of Chemistry at UB are the resources to get involved in the chemistry community, such as UBChemClub, and the many opportunities to be involved in high-impact research as an undergraduate."

Graduate Research Highlights

  • “October 2023: Nicholas Stavinski”

    Broadly, our research examines the surfaces and interfaces of waste plastic chemistry using visible, mid-, and near-infrared spectroscopy. We seek to gain a more fundamental understanding of these “messy” materials to advance autonomous recycling technologies and enhance the polymer circular economy.

  • “September 2023: Ming Fang”

    I am interested in researching the development and application of bioorthogonal reagents, particularly hydrazonyl sultones, which are stable tautomers of nitrile imines. My focus is on using these reagents for selective protein modifications in both solutions and live cells to answer biological questions.

  • “August 2023: Sanchita Paul.”

    My research primarily discusses the synthesis and characterization of highly reactive novel zinc(II) and manganese(II) complexes towards catalytic hydrogenation of selected polar substrates. Currently, I am working on exploring the coordination chemistry of the recently discovered bench-stable Mn(III) trichlorido complex in our lab alongside stabilizing highly reactive Zn(II) and Ti(IV) centers with organophosphorus compounds.

  • “July 2023: Brandon Salazar”

    My research focuses on the development of hydrolytically stable phenylenediamine-modified silica particles for chromatographic applications. Another research focus is the study of diarylethene-based photoswitches using liquid and supercritical fluid chromatography.