Congratulations to Nathanial Watson, who defended his Ph.D. work “Development of Instrumental and Computational Methods for Accessing Information in Multi-Dimensional Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry ” on March 16, 2017. He was a student in Professor Rob Synovec’s laboratory. He also recently retired from the US Army. He is currently on an extended bike tour with his family.
Congratulations to Charlie Barrows, who defended his Ph.D. work “Helping Observe and Tune Diffusing Using Mn2+ Photophysics in Inorganic Nanocrystals after Growth” on March 16, 2017. He was a student in Professor Daniel Gamelin’s laboratory for the past five years. In the fall, he will begin teaching physical chemistry at Whitman College as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Until then, he is catching up on some overdue napping, camping, and playing music.
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.