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.