Carnegie Mellon University

Placement of Ph.D Recipients

Ph.D. graduates from the Department of Chemistry are prepared for success in a wide range of careers in academic, industry, and national laboratories. Some are also involved in medical research, start-up companies and policy work at government agencies such as the EPA and Health & Human Services. We welcome updates from our alumni.

2017

Hadi Abroshan

Molecular Modeling of Nanostructures, Polymer Electrolytes, and Ionic Liquids for Energy, Environmental, and Catalysis Applications
Advisor: H. J. Kim
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral associate, Stanford University, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis

Adam Ahern

Atmospheric Aging of Biomass-Burning Aerosol: Oxidants, Oxidation Products, and Measurement Methods
Advisors: N. Donahue and R. Sullivan
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University (Neil Donahue)

Taylor Canady

Reversible and Selective Bimolecular Interactions Using Gamma PNA
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Omics Nanotechnology for Cancer Precision Medicine theme at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Yuxiang Chen

Controlling Metal Nanoclusters with Atomic Precision and Their Catalytic Applications
Advisor: R. Jin
Last Known Position: Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (Jennifer Martinez)

Pawel Krys

Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: From Mechanistic Investigations to Materials and Applications
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Research Chemist, PPG Industries

Christian Legaspi

Spectroscopic and Computational Investigation of Emissive Materials for Applications in Organic Light-Emitting Devices
Advisor: L. Peteanu and D. Yaron
Last Known Position: Science Curriculum Designer, IXL Learning

Mo Li

Iridium Complexes with Novel Ligand Architectures for Efficient and Robust Water Oxidation Catalysis
Advisor: S. Bernhard
Last Known Position: M.S. student, Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University

Isaac Mills

Synthetic Tuning of the Properties of Transition Metal Complexes Toward Solar Energy Conversion Applications
Advisor: S. Bernhard
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Mount St. Mary’s University

Matharishwan Naganbabu

Development of Fluorogens for the Detection of Physiological Analytes
Advisor: M. Bruchez
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (Evan Miller)

Jonathan Porras

Judicious Design of Transition Metal Complexes for Photochemical Energy Conversion
Advisor: S. Bernhard
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Drew University

Selma Ulku

Next Generation Peptide Nucleic Acids for Charge and Spin Transport Studies
Advisor: C. Achim
Last Known Position: R&D Chemist, W.R. Grace & Co.

Genoa Warner

Synthesis, Properties, and Reactivity of Sulfonamide New TAML Oxidation Catalysts
Advisor: T. Collins
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eric Wu

Spectroscopic and Molecular Dynamics Study of Solvation and Translational Dynamics in Ionic Liquids
Advisors: H. J. Kim and L. Peteanu
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (Graham Fleming)

2016

Danielle Chirdon

Development of New Iridium Photosensitizers and Organic Heterocycles: Building from Basic Electronic Structure Towards Energy Applications
Advisor: S. Bernhard
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University

Matthew DeNardo

Gaining Insight into the Design of Oxidation Catalysis by Comparing the Rate and Equilibrium Constants that Define the Technical Performance of a Suite of TAML Activators Including Design Related Studies for Environmental Performance
Advisor: T. Collins
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University (Terry Collins)

Sourav Kumar Dey

Biochemical and Single Molecule Studies of Backbone Branched RNAs and Lariat Debranching Enzyme
Advisors: S. Das and L. Peteanu
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell Weill Medical School

Munira Fouz

Bright Fluorescent Nanotags for Bio-Imaging and Detection
Advisors: B. Armitage and S. Das
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH (Dan Appella)

Jianjun He

Utilizing Malachite Green Derivatives to Diversify Fluorogen-Activating Proteins’ Applications
Advisor: M. Bruchez
Last Known Position: Senior Fellow, Abmart, Shanghai

Melissa Lamson

The Application of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization to Improve the Preparation of Porous Polymer-Based Materials
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Ph.D. Development Program, BASF

Matthew Mills

Synthesis, Characterization and Unique Properties of a Completely Aliphatic TAML Activator and New Application of TAMLs for Oxygen Evolution and Pollution Remediation
Advisor: T. Collins
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri

Stanley Oyaghire

Recognition of Guanine Quadruplexes by PNA and Gamma-PNA Oligomers
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University (Peter Glazer)

Sangwoo Park

Electrochemically Controlled Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Synthesis with Complex Architectures
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski

Yunyan Qiu

Diversifying Catalysts, Monomers, Cross-Coupling Strategies and Functional Groups in the Controlled Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers
Advisors: T. Kowalewski and K. Noonan
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University (Frasier Stoddart)

Liang Tang

Activating Oxygen and Degrading the Water Treatment Industry’s Most Challenging Micropollutant with TAML Activators and Oxidants
Advisor: T. Collins
Last Known Position: Process Technology Development Engineer, Intel Corporation

Joshua Worch

Well-Defined Semiconducting Materials with Stabilized Molecular Orbitals: Thiaphospholes to Polythiophenes
Advisor: K. Noonan
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Warwick (Andrew Dove)

Chenjie Zeng

Precision at the Nanoscale: On the Structure and Property Evolution of Gold Nanoclusters
Advisor: R. Jin
Last Known Position: NatureNet Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

2015

Joanna Burdynska

Controlling Architecture in Molecular Bottlebrushes
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Electrolyte Chemist, Blue Current, Inc.

Hongkun He

Functional Porous Polymers and Poly(ionic liquid)s: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application for CO2 Capture
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Paula Hammond)

Orsolya Karácsony

Design, Synthesis, Characterization and Testing of Materials for Biomedical Applications
Advisor: N. Washburn
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

Katlyn Kelli Meier

Mössbauer, EPR, and DFT Studies of Oxygen Activation in Enzymes and Biologically Relevant Synthetic Complexes
Advisor: E. Münck
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (Edward Solomon)

Elizabeth Ellen Rastede

The Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescent Probes for Biomolecule Detection
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, NIH (Daniel Appella)

Antonina Simakova

Biomaterials by CRP
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Biohybrid Solutions

Emily Daniels Weiss

Aggregation-Induced Morphology of Low-Dispersity, Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophenes) and their Blends with Fullerene Derivatives
Advisor: T. Kowalewski and R. McCullough
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University

Penglin Ye

Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds: Behavior and Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation
Advisor: N. Donahue
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University (Neil Donahue)

2014

Saadyah Averick

Preparation of Precise Bioconjugates Using Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Assistant Research Professor, Allegheny Health Network

Anthony Brooks

Photon Driven Reduction of Zn(II) to Zinc Metal by Transition Metal Complexes
Advisor: S. Bernhard
Last Known Position: Senior Scientist, Johnson & Johnson

José C. Flores-Canales

Computational Studies of Acidic Destabilization and Membrane Association of Diphtheria Toxin Translocation (T) Domain
Advisor: M. Kurnikova
Last Known Position: Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Advanced Study (Jooyoung Lee), South Korea

Hong Yul Cho

Synthesis of Multifunctional Star Polymers for Potential Si RNA Delivery Carriers
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois, Chicago

Andrea Elsen

Applying Control of Heterogeneity Within Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Senior Scientist, L'Oreal

Chin Ming (Benjamin) Hui

Nano-Engineered Polymer Composites Synthesized by SI-ATRP — From Synthesis to Novel Applications
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Research Chemistry, PPG Industries

Racquel C. Jemison

Aspects Toward Polymer Design: Mechanism and Synthetic Considerations of Conductive Materials for Organic Electronics
Advisor: R. McCullough
Last Known Position: Senior Chemist, Dow Chemical, Core R&D, Formulation Sciences

Jing Kong

Applications of Peptide Nucleic Acid in Nanotechnology
Advisor: C. Achim
Last Known Position: Adjunct Faculty, Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University

Ha Pham

Advances in Fluorescence Labeling and Imaging of Biomolecules
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Medical student, University of Central Florida
Previous Position: Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry Department, Duquesne University

Saumya Saurabh

Ultra-Photostable Genetically Targeted Fluoromodules for Live Cell Imaging
Advisor: M. Bruchez
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (W. E. Moerner)

Lea Da Silva Veras

NMDA Receptor Transmembrane Domain: Structure and Divalent Ion Selectivity
Advisor: M. Kurnikova
Last Known Position: Leadership Development System Facilitator at American Chemical Society
Previous Position: Non-formal Education Researcher at the Center for Scientific and Cultural Dissemination—University of São Paulo

James Woods

The Water Oxidation Reaction Catalyzed by Homogeneous Iridium Carbene Complexes
Advisor: S. Bernhard
Last Known Position: Jordi Labs

2013

Nicolae M. Albu

Torsional Degrees of Freedom in Conjugated Molecules and Polymers: Motors, Excited State Relaxation, and Charge Mobility
Advisor: D. Yaron
Last Known Position: Instructor, Community College of Allegheny County

Junriz O. Delos Santos

Biomolecular Labeling with Fluorescent Dyes: Making the Most of Nucleic Acid Architectures
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Research Scientist, Sharp Edge Labs, Inc.

Allison Nicole Elder

Synthesis and Applications of Bio-Derived Conjugates
Advisor: N. Washburn
Last Known Position: Senior Chemist, L'Oreal

Anisha Gupta

PNA and the Rule of Four: Quadruplex, Duplex and Chimeric Complexes
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Therapeutic Radiology Group, Yale University School of Medicine (Peter Glazer)

Santosh Kumar

Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Water-Soluble Gold and Silver Nanoclusters
Advisor: R. Jin
Last Known Position: Research Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Previous Position: Analytical Surface Scientist, Henkel Corporation

Shengpeng Liu

Photophysical Exploration of Fluorescent Nanotags
Advisor: L. Peteanu

Longzhu Shen

Theoretical Studies of TAML® Activators: Oxidative Degradation of Pharmaceuticals in Water, Nuclear Tunneling in C-H Bond Activation and Electronic Structure Analysis of Co(IV) Complexes
Advisor: T. Collins
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Associate,Yale University (Paul Anastas)
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon

Yu Wang

Green ATRP Procedures for Polymers with Well Preserved Chain End Functionalities
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Mingjiang Zhong

Block Copolymer Templated Nitrogen-Enriched Nanocarbons: From Synthesis, Characterization, to Applications
Advisors: T. Kowalewski and K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Yale University
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, MIT (Jeremiah Johnson and Bradley Olsen)

2012

Raman Bahal

Development of Conformationally Preorganized miniPEG-γPNA for Antigene and Antisense Applications
Advisor: D. Ly
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut

Courtney Lyn Balliet

Application of Advanced X-Ray Scattering Techniques to Structural Investigations of Molecular Packing in Conducting Polymers
Advisors: T. Kowalewski and R. McCullough
Last Known Position: Senior Research Chemist, PPG Industries

Heber J. Chacon-Madrid

The Fragmentation vs. Functionalization Paths of Molecules during Atmospheric Chemical Aging
Advisor: N. Donahue
Last Known Position: Rotational Engineer, Intel

Arnie de Leon

Synthesis and Physical Properties of Non-Modified and Modified Peptide Nucleic Acids
Advisor: C. Achim
Last Known Position: PD Associate Scientist, Nitto Denko Avecia Inc.
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Vanderbilt University

Rupal Gupta

Spectroscopy of Metal Containing Biomolecules & Biomimetic Complexes Involved in O2 & H2O Activation
Advisor: M. Hendrich
Last Known Position: Postdoctoral Associate, U. Delaware (T. Polenova)

Soumen Kundu

TAML Activators as Green Oxidation Catalysts: Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies, Applications in Pollutant Remediation and Organic Synthesis
Advisor: T. Collins
Last Known Position: Associate Scientist at Phillips 66 Midstream Division
Previous Position: Postdoctoral associate, McGill University (Advisor: C.J. Li)

Wenwen Li

Reactive Surfactants for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in Dispersed Media
Advisor: K. Matyjaszewski
Last Known Position: Research Scientist, DOW Chemical

John Parker McGann

Electrical and Structural Foundations of Nitrogen-Rich Nanocarbons for Energy Related Applications
Advisor: T. Kowalewski
Last Known Position: Scientist at Exponent, Natick, Massachusetts
Previous Position: Postdoctoral associate, MIT

Halimatu Sadiya Mohammed

PNA-DNA Heteroquadruplex Formation: Optimization of PNA Structure, Recognition by Cyanine Dyes and Evaluation of Molecular Crowding Effects
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Group Manager / Postdoctoral Fellow at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University (Advisor: Devon Shipp)

Eduardo Paredes

Triazole Linkages and Backbone Branches in Nucleic Acids for Biological and Extra-Biological Applications
Advisor: S. R. Das
Last Known Position: Team Leader, Oligonucleotide Process Development at Nitto-Avecia, Cincinnati, Ohio
Previous Position: Postdoctoral associate, NIH

Joseph Eric Prata

Chemical Functionalization and Technological Applications of Hyaluronic Acid
Advisor: N. Washburn
Last Known Position: Research Chemist, Lubrizol Corporation
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Boston Biomedical

Huifeng Qian

Controlling Gold Nanoparticles with Atomic Precision: Synthesis and Structure Determination
Advisor: R. Jin
Last Known Position: Senior Engineer, Dow Chemical Company
Previous Position: J. Evans Attwell-Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University, Department of Chemical Engineering (Michael S. Wong)

Nathaniel Shank

Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescent Probes for Biomolecule Detection
Advisor: B. Armitage
Last Known Position: Assistant Professor, Armstrong State University, Savannah, Georgia
Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, NIH (D. Appella)