Dane deQuilettes was recently awarded the MRS Gold Graduate Student Award for a presentation on Photoluminescence Lifetimes Exceeding 8 µs and Quantum Yields Exceeding 30% in Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films by Ligand Passivation at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.
Congratulations to Julian Rees, who defended his Ph.D. work “Insight into Biological Small-Molecule Activation from Enzymes, Model Complexes, and X-ray Spectroscopy” on June 1st, 2016. Julian was a graduate student with Professor Julie Kovacs for the past five years, and he spent the 2014-2015 academic year at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion as a DAAD graduate scholar with Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer. Julian is starting a postdoctoral fellowship with Rebecca Abergel, in the BioActinide chemistry group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He will be developing new antibody-actinide conjugates for radioimmunotherapy and imaging applications.
Steve Oja defended his Ph.D. work “Development of Fluorescence-Enabled Electrochemical Microscopy for Electrochemical Imaging and Detection” on September 15, 2016. He was a student in Professor Bo Zhang’s lab for the past four years. He lives in Alameda, CA now where he works as a postdoc for Ibis Biosciences and Abbott Labs developing continuously monitoring biosensors.
Congratulations to Rob Pepin, who defended his PhD work “Gaseous Studies of Ionic Chromophores and Peptide Cation Radicals Generated from Electron Transfer” on March 4th, 2016. He was a student in Professor Frank Turecek’s lab for the past 4 and a half years. Following a short stint post graduation in Professor Turecek’s laboratory, Rob and his wife welcomed a son in July. He is now looking for work as a postdoctoral scientist in the Seattle area. He is excited to put his training to use in new applications.
Sophia D. T. Cherry successfully defended her Ph. D. work “Toward Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Chlorofluorocarbons with Group 8 and 9 Complexes” on February 23, 2016. She worked in the laboratory of Professor and Chair D. Michael Heinekey while at the University of Washington. Currently, Sophia is working as a faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is excited for this new opportunity and to continue exploring Colorado.
Congratulations to Kerry Garrett, who defended her thesis work, Computational Study of Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Single Molecules and Clusters of Organic Electro-Optic Chromophores, on December 15, 2015. Her work in the Dalton group focused on investigating the accuracy of various density functional theory methods for predicting electronic transitions and nonlinear optical properties of specific organic electro-optic molecules of interest. She is now studying molecular dynamics simulations and electronic structure properties of actinide materials as a post-doctoral research associate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
Gregory I. Peterson successfully defended his PhD on June 8th 2015. The title of his thesis was, “Exploration and Application of Mechanoresponsive Polymers: Polymer Architecture, Amplified Response, and Additive Manufacturing.” Greg was a graduate student in Professor AJ Boydston’s lab, and is now headed to the University of Akron for a postdoctoral position in Professor Mathew Becker’s lab. Greg is looking forward to new opportunities and is excited to start his new research in Ohio.
Congratulations to Jennifer Brookes, who defended her Ph.D. work “Insight into the Local Solvent Environment of Biologically Relevant Iron-nitroysl Systems through Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy” on May 22, 2015. She worked in the laboratory of Professor Munira Khalil for the last six years. Jennifer was recently awarded the Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship sponsored by OSA and SPIE. This fall she will be headed to Washington, DC to serve a one-year term as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a U.S. congressional office or committee. She is looking forward to utilizing her scientific background to work on public policy issues. She is excited to spend one last summer enjoying all the things the Pacific Northwest has to offer before heading to DC.
Mycah R. Uehling successfully defended his PhD on May 14th 2015. The title of his thesis was, “Gold-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis of Cyclic Ethers and Copper-Catalyzed Hydrofunctionalization of Alkynes.” Mycah was a graduate student in Professor Lalic’s lab and is now headed to Boston for a postdoctoral position mainly focused on flow chemistry. Mycah would like to thank all members of the UW chemistry community for the help he received during his PhD studies and for their kindness and patience.
Congratulations to Yitong (Jenny) Zhang, who defended her Ph.D. work “Taking Artemisinin to Clinical Anticancer Applications: Design, Synthesis and Characterization of pH-responsive Dimer Derivatives in Lipid Nanoparticles” on March 5, 2015. She was a student in Professor Tomikazu Sasaki’s laboratory for the past five years. In the next few weeks, she will be wrapping up in the Sasaki lab while preparing to start her career in the pharmaceutical industry. Jenny is looking forward to spending more time with her family and traveling to see the world in the meantime.