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).