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Undergraduate and PhD Degree Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 Chemistry graduates. We are very proud of you and all of your accomplishments!
Undergraduate Degree Recipients:
Daniel Abia (expected Fall 2020) Anthony Kajuch
Andrew Blancarte (Poeppelmeier)  Joshua Kim (Schatz) 
Jessie Bolger (O'Halloran) Nathan Le Sage (Silverman)
Bella Borgula (O'Halloran)  Catie May (Scheidt) 
Nicholas Chen (Silverman)  Katie Martin 
John Chen  Sean Morrison (Priest) 
Kevin Cheng  David Pe (Stoddart) 
Giovanni Gamalong  Wan Cheng Phua (Thomson)
Melody Guo (Thomson)  Max Sigal (Nguyen) 
Veli Heybeli (Silverman)  Thomas Trzupek (Silverman) 
Emma Herzog (Meade)  Chris Villota (Meade) 
PhD Degree Recipients and Dissertation Titles: 
Grant Alexander (Kanatzidis) Exploratory Synthesis and Characterization of Heavy Metal Halide Semiconductors: Unveiling New Properties and Structures
Diego Alzate-Sanchez (Dichtel) Polysaccharide-based Materials for Air and Water Decontamination
Alison Bayly (Scheidt) Expediting Organic Synthesis: The Development and Evaluation of a Retrosynthetic Software and a Novel High-Throughput Photocapture Platform
Ariana Gray Be (Geiger) Synthesis and Surface-Specific Analysis of Terpene-Derived Oxidation Products in Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol Particles
Rick Betori (Scheidt) Targeted Covalent Inhibition of Telomerase: Development of New Methods of Photoredox Catalysis
Mavis Boamah (Geiger)  Water Molecules, Ions, and Heavy Metals at Oxide/Aqueous and Metal/Metal Oxide Interfaces
Marc Bourgeois (Schatz) Collective Optical Properties of Plasmonic Nanoparticle Systems
Cassandra Buru (Hupp/Farha) Metal–Organic Frameworks as Catalysts and Catalysts Supports for the Detoxification of Chemical Warfare Agent Simulants
Michael Caldwell (Meade) Bioresponsive Imaging Strategies for Lanthanide-Based Probes
Jiazhen Chen (Marks) Early Transition Metal-Catalyzed Ethylene Copolymerization with Polar Monomer
Joseph Christensen (Wasielewski) Photophysical Properties of Organic Radical Ions
Scott Coste (Freedman)  The Influence of Covalency on Spin-Orbit Coupling Transfer Through Metal-Metal Bonds
Andrea D'Aquino (Mirkin) Molecular-Level Design of Supramolecular Compounds and Nanomaterials
Brian Eckstein (Marks) "Hit-to-Lead” Approaches to Engineering Properties in Conjugated Polymer Semiconductors
Majed Fataftah (Freedman)  Designing Transition Metal Complexes as Quantum Bit Candidates for Applications in Quantum Information Science
Jacqueline Godbe (Stupp) Design Rules to Control Mechanical Properties in 3D Hydrogels for Optimal Neuron Growth
Xirui Gong (Stoddart) Rational Design and Structure-Property Relationships of Diazaperopyrenium Dications and Metal-Organic Frameworks
Jason Khoury (Kanatzidis)  Synthetic Methodology and Quantum Properties of Novel Indium Subchalcogenides
Ryan Klein (Freedman)  Synthesis and Magnetism at High Pressure
Max Klemes (Dichtel) Understanding and Designing Cyclodextrin Adsorbents for Water Purification
Mohamad Kodaimati (Schatz)  Nanoscale Structures for Synthetic Implementations of Biologically-Inspired Transport
Yijun Liao (Hupp/Farha) Investigation of Metal–Organic Frameworks in Chemical Separations and Catalysis
Rungmai Limvorapitux (Nguyen)  MOF-Based Catalysts for the Tandem Reaction of Hydrogen Peroxide Generation and Oxidation
Shanfu Liu (Marks)  Selective Oxidation of Light Alkanes Using Sulfur as a “Soft” Oxidant
Jenna Logsdon (Wasielewski) Morphological Effects on Charge Transfer Dynamics in Electron Donor-Acceptor Systems
Mark Maskeri (Scheidt) New Cooperative Catalysis Startegies
Kevin McClelland (Weiss) The Effect of Surface Chemistry on the Photocatalytic Applications of Semiconductor Quantum Dots
Galen Miley (Silverman)  Total Synthesis and Biological Characterization of Tambromycin & Target Identification of 2-Aminoquinoline Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase Inhibitors in a Metastatic Melanoma Model
Jordan Nelson (Wasielewski)  Coherence and Entanglement in Molecular Electron Spin Pairs
Hyunho Noh (Hupp/Farha) Towards Structurally Well-Defined, Metal Chalcogenide/Pnictide-based Heterogeneous Catalysts for Energy-Relevant Transformations
Paul Ohno (Geiger)  On phase and the chi(3) effect in second-order nonlinear spectroscopy
Rebecca Palmer (Hupp) Investigations of Charge Transport in Modified Metal–Organic Frameworks
Kaitlyn Perez (Weiss) Strategies to Control the Redox Activity of Quantum Dots through their Surface Chemistry
Louis Redfern (Farha) Understanding the Role of Structural Characteristics in the Catalytic and Mechanical Properties of Metal–Organic Frameworks
Jennifer Rote (Thomson) Studies in Natural Product Synthesis: Towards (1) Tambromycin and (2) the Solamin Stereoisomers
Tyler Slade (Kanatzidis) PbQ–NaSbQ2 (Q = Te, Se, S) and SnTe–NaPnTe2 (Pn = Sb, Bi) Thermoelectric Alloys
Steven Swick (Marks) Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Organic Small Molecule and Polymer Semiconductors and Their Use in Organic Photovoltaic Devices
Lindsey Szymczak (Mrksich) Using SAMDI mass spectrometry and petide arrays to profile and compare phospatase activity in cellular systems and to discover sequence-specific reactivity
Alexei Ten (Mrksich) Application of SAMDI Mass Spectrometry for Molecular Date Storage and Random Peptide Arrays
Agnes Thorarinsdottir (Freedman/Harris) Control of Electronic Spin in the Design of Transition Metal-Based Bioresponsive Magnetic Resonance Imaging Probes and Metal-Organic Magnets
Mollie Touve (Gianneschi) Cryogenic, Liquid-Phase, and High-Throughput Transmission Electron Microscopy for the Discovery of Polymeric Nanomaterials
James Tryon (Kelleher) Genome Mining in Actinobacteria via a Hybrid-Omics Discovery Platform
Tyler Ueltschi (Van Duyne)  Towards Understanding Plasmon-Molecule Interactions using Raman Spectroscopy
Emma Vander Ende (Van Duyne)  Strategies for Enabling Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Small Human Performance Biomarkers
Dana Westmoreland (Weiss) Post-Synthetic Modulation of the Bandgap of Colloidal Quantum Dots Through Dynamic Interfacial Interactions
Nanzhi Zang (Gianneschi) Polymeric Nano tracers as Tools for Neuroanatomy


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