Summer party 2017

To celebrate the plethora of successful A exams and B exams, we had a party at Geoff’s house with the Fors group. Thanks Geoff for hosting and Brett and Geoff for grilling!

Coates Group + Fors Group

Coates Group

Congratulations Dr. Kyle!

We congratulate Dr. Kyle as he passed his B Exam! We will all miss you and wish you all the best starting your next journey at Solvay!

Kyle’s defense in progress. Rubber chicken’s last appearance as he demonstrates elastomers!

For the first time in Coates group history Kyle got the clock with a cork not once but twice!!!

Let’s celebrate!

Dr. Kyle’s cake!

They all made it!
From left: Dr. Jessica, Dr. Qi, Dr. Dave, Dr. Kyle

Congratulations Dr. Dave!

Congratulations to our third doctor this year, Dr. Dave! We wish him all the luck as he moves down to Washington D.C. to continue his career at NIST.

Almost got the clock!

Dr. Dave’s cake!

Only one more left!
From left: Dr. Jessica, Dr. Qi, Dr. Dave, and Kyle

570 Feeling proud of its third Doctor!
From left: Dr. James, Dr. Kristine, (notDr.) Maria, Dr. Dave.

Congratulations Dr. Qi!

Congratulations to the newest Dr of the Coates group as Dr. Qi successfully defended his thesis! Good luck to you as you head off to PPG in Pittsburgh! We will miss you!

Before defense

Dr. Qi

B exam cake

proud advisor

Qi aims at James who bravely stood in the line of fire.

Geoff gets the first drink with the new Dr!

Champagne shots!

565 is proud of their new Dr! (Missing Wei)

Halfway there!
From left: Dr. Jessica, Dr. Qi, Dave contemplating that he is next, Kyle

REU students arrive!

We are happy to have two REU students this summer through the CSP. Paul is visiting us from Case Western University and Anna is our in-house Cornellian.


Graduation Ceremony 2017

Congratulations to our Coates Group graduates both grads and undergrads! Best wishes to Susan as she heads to optometry school, Sam as he continues his chemistry at Princeton, and Ahmed as he travels to Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar! We will all miss you!


Left to right: Sam, Qi, Dave, Geoff, Jessica, Kyle

Left to right: Qi, Kyle, Ahmed, Sam, Jessica, and Dave

Western NY Inorganic Symposium 2017

Members of the Coates group pretended to be inorganic chemists for a day and presented at the Western NY Inorganic Symposium at Cornell.  Thanks to the Wilson group and other organizers for arranging the conference!

Wei presents his PhD work.

A crowd gathers around Wei’s poster on cross-couplings.

Kristine presents her PhD work on coinage-metal ethylene complexes.

“There will be no transition metals in this talk.” Maria presents on aluminum catalyzed polymerizations.