Recent PhD Graduates

Summer 2019

Bond, Christopher - Chemistry PhD - Analysis of paraCEST and Water Interactions of Fe(II) and Co(II) Macrocyclic Complexes for MRI Contrast

Bromley, Leander - Chemistry PhD - An Investigation of Carbamate Pesticides at Environmental Interfaces via Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy

Ezzo, Joseph - Chemistry PhD - Silica Surface Modification: In Search of More Hydrolytically Stable HPLC Stationary Phases

Federizon, Jasmin Fe C - Chemistry PhD - Functionalized Liposomes as Vaccines Against Vector-borne Diseases

Li-Purcell, Nasi - Chemistry PhD - The Role of Triacylglycerols and Lipid Droplets During Apoptosis

Mazloumi, Maryam - Chemistry PhD - Synthesis and Self-assembly of Amphiphilic Bottlebrush Copolymers

Rivera-Gonzalez, Natalia - Chemistry PhD - Surface Chemistry and Charge Transfer Dynamics in Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dots Tethered to Linker Functionalized Metal Oxides and Redox-active Molecules

Shikora, Jonathan M - Chemistry PhD - Copper-catalyzed Enantioselective aza-Friedel-Crafts Addition of Phenols to n-Sulfonyl Aldimines and Oxidative Coupling of Alkyltrifluoroborates with Alkenols, Alkenoic acids, and Alkenylamides

Swanson, Benjamin Scott - Chemistry PhD - Polyimide-containing Molecular Bottlebrushes: Synthesis and Self-assembly

Wdowik, Tomasz Jan - Chemistry PhD - Aerobic Copper-catalyzed Difunctionalization of Alkenes

Wolfe II, Guy E - Chemistry PhD - Excited-state Charge Transfer in Covalently Tethered Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dot Heterostructures

Wu, Hsuan-Yi - Medicinal Chemistry PhD - Bioorthogonal Chemistry: Synthesis of Protein-polymer Conjugates and Orthogonally Crosslinked Protein

Fall 2019

Al-Goul, Soha Talal-Chemistry PhD-Insights Into the Interface of 1D and 2D Carbon-based Nanostructured Materials Using Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy

Berhane, Ilyas-Medicinal Chemistry PhD-Enantioselective Syntheses of Six-membered Saturated Oxygen Heterocycles via Copper(II)-catalyzed Carboetherification and Hydroetherification of Unactivated Alkenes

Darlow, Ari-Chemistry PhD-Quantifying Analyte-porous Silicon Interactions

Fulong, Cressa Ria Palencia-Chemistry PhD-Exploiting the Host-guest Properties of Self-assembled Metal-organic Materials for Gas Separation and Water Purification

Parisi, Laura Rachel-Chemistry PhD-Discovery and Investigation of Functional Roles for Very Long Chain Fatty Acids During Necroptosis

Quinn, Austin-Chemistry PhD-Formulation and Surface Analysis of Perfluoropolyether-modified Poly-hydroxyethyl Methacrylate Hydrogel

Snyder, Eric-Medicinal Chemistry PhD-Co(II), Fe(II), and Ni(II) Complexes for paraCEST Applications and a New Class of Fe(III) Macrocyclic Complexes as T1 MRI Contrast Agents

Suwandaratne, Nuwanthi Savindrika-Chemistry PhD-Photocatalysis and Charge Transfer Dynamics in Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dot-based Heterostructures

Spring 2020

Angeles, Luisa Gillian Francisco - Chemistry PhD - Assessing the Global Occurrence, Fate, and Ecotoxicological Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment Using Target Analysis and Suspect Screening

Bi, Tiange - Chemistry PhD - Density Functional Theory (DFT) Studies of Hydrogen Rich Materials, Methylammonium Lead Bromide Perovskite and Silicon Dioxide Under Pressure

Cannella, Anthony F - Chemistry PhD - The Synthesis and Characterization of Organometallic and Inorganic Manganese and Iron Complexes; Probing Structural and Electronic Effects on Reactivity

Kadassery, Karthika Jairaj - Chemistry PhD - Synthesis, Reactivity, and Thermochemistry of Mn(I) Carbonyl Complexes with Hydroxide and Phenol-phosphine Ligands

Sekera, Emily Rose - Chemistry PhD - The Investigation of Disease States Through Omics Based Techniques by Fourier Transform-ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry

Smith, Darren Michael - Chemistry PhD - Linear and Bottlebrush Block Copolymers with Highly Incompatible Segments

Summer 2020

Chen, Dake-Chemistry PhD-Enantioselective Syntheisis of Five-membered Cyclic Ethers via Copper(II)-catalyzed Carbotherification and Hydroetherification of Alkenes

Fernandez, Patrick-Medicinal Chemistry PhD-Measurement of Kinetic Isotope Effects by Dimer Distribution Analysis at Reaction Completion: Theory and Application to D-Alanine:D-Alanine Ligase

Patel, Akanksha-Chemistry PhD-Development of fluorophore-appended transition metal MRI contrast agents for cell labeling applications

Sen, Shohini-Medicinal Chemistry PhD-Time-of-flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Studies of Interfaces of Biomaterials, Cells, and Metal Alloy Powders

Sheng, Aaron-Chemistry PhD-Heterostructures Consisting of Vanadium Oxide Nanowires, with or without Intercalated Cations, Interfaced with Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dots:Investigating Band Energetics for More Efficient Charge-Transfer Process

Sood, Akanksha-Chemistry PhD-Bottlebrush Copolymers for Drug Delivery and Membrane Applications

Fall 2020

Asik, Didar-Chemistry PhD-Mono and Dinuclear Fe(III) based Macrocyclic Complexes As T1 MRI Contrast Agents

Crawley, Matthew-Chemistry PhD-Catalysis and Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly: Exploring Reactivity at Multinuclear Catalysts

Guardian, Mary Grace Encinares-Chemistry PhD-Development and Optimization of Liquid Chromatography with Tandem and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry Approaches to Identify and Resolve Structures of Emerging Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and other Micropollutants in Environmental Matrices 

Mohammed, Samira-Chemistry PhD-Transition Metal Complexes as ParaCEST, LipoCEST and Relaxivity Agents for MRI Application

Sylvester, Eric-Chemistry PhD-Advancing the Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Functional Crystalline Solids

Travis, Steven-Chemistry PhD-Development and Applications of Gas Chromatography with Low- and High-resolution Mass Spectrometry in Assessing Human and Wildlife Exposure to Organic Contaminants

Zhang, Yutong-Medicinal Chemistry PhD-Macrocyclic N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCs) for Size-Selective Nucleophilic Catalysis and Olefin Metathesis