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Undergraduate and PhD Degree Recipients

Congratulations to our 2021 Chemistry graduates. We are very proud of you and all of your accomplishments!
Undergraduate Degree Recipients:
Daniel Abia (Wasielewski) Shay Lebovitz
Ellen Chao (Kelleher) Evan Lee (Odom)
Ian Dillingham (Farha) Khizar Nandoliya (Rogers)
Joseph Grzybek (Stupp) Alyssa Olszewski (Farha)
Michelle Guo Emma Schultz
Samuel Kielar (Schatz) Colin Tichvon (Wasielewski)
Andrew Kim Catherine Walker (Geiger)
Jay Lawrence (Northrup) Jason Zhu
PhD Degree Recipients and Dissertation Titles: 
Samuel Amsterdam (Marks/Hersam) Electronic Coupling and Morphology in Organic - Two Dimensional Heterostructures
Sarah Anderson (Mrksich) The Development and Application of High-Throughput Biochemical Assays Based on the SAMDI-Mass Spectrometry Platform
Ahmet Atilgan (Hupp) Nanoporous Materials as Heterogeneous Catalysts and Catalyst Supports for Detoxification of Chemical Warfare Agent Simulants
Christopher Barger (Marks) Selective Carbonyl Hydroboration via Homogeneous Lanthanide Catalysis
Michelle Chen (Wasielewski) The Nature of the Singlet Fission Multiexciton State: A Study on Rylenediimide Covalent Dimers and Thin Films
Daniel Chica (Kanatzidis)  Synthesis and Crystal Growth of Layered Chalcophosphate and Framework Chalcoborate Compounds Using Reactive Flux and Chemical Vapor Transport Methods
Adam Coleman (Wasielewski) Photoredox chemistry and morphology of perylenediimide based complexes
Naneki Collins-McCallum (Gianneschi) Advancing Melanin Structure and Function through Synthesis and Biomedical Application
Henrique dos Santos Seckler (Kelleher) Apolipoprotein Proteoforms and Their Association with Cardiometabolism
Riki Drout (Farha) Investigating Liquid-Phase Adsorption Processes in Metal-Organic Frameworks
Austin Evans (Dichtel) Two-Dimensional Polymers: Syntheses, Properties, and Applications
Steven Flynn (Poeppelmeier)  Expanding Well-Studied Structural Families of Materials through Exploratory Synthesis
Justin Hoffman (Kanatzidis) Building a Rational Understanding of Novel 2D Hybrid Halide Perovskites in Bulk and in Films
Darren Hsu (Chen) Characterizing Transient Disordered Protein Structures with Time-resolved X-ray Techniques and Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Ziying Hu (Gianneschi)  Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Bioinspired Synthetic Melanin-Based Structural Colors
Che Fan Huang (Mrksich) Using SAMDI-MS and Peptide Arrays to Study Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases and Discover New Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms
Woojung Ji (Dichtel) Design and Synthesis of Two-dimensional Imine-linked Covalent Organic Frameworks
Xinyi Jiang (Weiss)  Transient Absorption Microscopy Study of Excited-State Dynamics and the Structural Origins in Metal Halide Perovskites
Youn Jue Bae (Wasielewski)  Exciton and Spin Dynamics in Crystalline Singlet Fission Films
Chung Jui Yu (Freedman) Understanding Electron-Nuclear and Electron-Electron Spin Dynamics for Quantum Information Science and Beyond
Jiaqi Li (Marks)  Single-site Carbon-Supported Molybdenum-Dioxo Complex in Catalysis: Structure, Reactivity, and Mechanism
Shanfu Liu (Marks) Selective Oxidation of Light Alkanes Using Sulfur as a “Soft” Oxidant
Tingting Liu (Odom)  Investigating Nanoparticle-Cell Interactions at the Single-Nanoconstruct Level
Shaunna McLeod (Meade)  Coordination Chemistry and Nanomaterial Strategies for Molecular Imaging with Magnetic Resonance Contrast Agents
Eric Miller (Scheidt) Development of a Platform for the Synthesis of Corynanthe Alkaloids
Elamar Hakim Moully (Mrksich) SAMDI-MS for the Development and Implementation of High-Throughout Biochemical Assays
Benjamin Nagasing (Weiss) Exploration of Light-Absorbing Nanomaterials for Organic Photocatalysis and Solar Fuels Production
Matthew Nisbet (Poeppelmeier)  Achiral Noncentrosymmetric Racemates
Suyog Padgaonkar (Weiss/Hersam)  Control of Light-Induced Electronic Behavior at Interfaces of Hybrid Nanomaterials
Ji Eun Park (Mrksich) Plasmonic Substrates: Toward Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy In Vivo Biosensing
James Passarelli (Stupp)  Designed organic and hybrid organic-inorganic systems for optoelectronic applications
Tyler Pearson (Freedman) Utilizing Spin-Orbit Coupling to Manipulate the Properties of Inorganic Compounds
Natalia Powers-Riggs (Wasielewski) Driving Symmetry-Breaking Charge-Separation through Self-Assembly of Organic Chromophores
Lee Robison (Farha) Application of Metal–Organic Framework Structure-Property Relationships to Industry and Medical Imaging
Luis Schachner (Kelleher) Decoding the protein composition of bio-molecular machines using mass spectrometry
James Schwabacher (Weiss) The Effects of Phase Transfers with Thiol Ligands on the Optical Properties of Water-Soluble Quantum Dots
Daylan Sheppard (Dichtel) Reprocessing cross-linked polyurethane using dynamic carbamate exchange
Kacper Skakuj (Mirkin) Advancing Spherical Nucleic Acid Therapeutics Through Chemical Modifications of DNA
Katie Stallings (Marks) Self-Assembled Nanodielectrics and Combustion Processed Amorphous Metal Oxides as Unconventional Materials for Thin-Film Transistors
Zachary Urbach (Mirkin) Structural and Mechanistic Insights into the DNA- and Field-Directed Assembly of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles
Xiaodi Wang (Kalow) Design of Photo-Responsive Molecules and Study of Loops in Dynamic Covalent Networks
Yiqun Wang (Poeppelmeier) Data-driven Functional Materials Design and Discover
Zhengyi Zhang (Weiss) Controlling the Reactivity of Quantum Dots for Photocatalytic Cross-Coupling Reactions
Furui Zhang (Nguyen) Polymer-assisted synthesis of hierarchically porous Zr-MOF materials and their applications in catalysis and water purification
Wuliang Zhang (Mirkin) Mapping out the pathways of spherical nucleic acid biodistribution