Past Group Members

Former Post-Docs
Dr. Masato Mizutani
Postdoctoral Associate (2011-2016)
PhD – Nagoya University, 2011
BS – Nagoya University, 2006

Research Area: Polymerization of CO2

Dr. Tulaza Vaidya
Postdoctoral Researcher (2012 – 2014)
PhD – University of Rochester, 2012
BA – Lake Forest College, 2007
Research Area: Olefin Polymerization
Currently at Dow ChemicalDr. W. Chadwick Ellis
2010 – 2013
PhD – Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
BA – Washington and Lee University, 2003

Research Area: Polycarbonates and Energy Materials
Currently at Phillips 66

Dr. Soumya Sarkar
2012 – 2013
PhD – University of Florida, 2011
MS – Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2006

Research Area: Stereoselective Polymerizations
Currently at Momentive India

Dr. Giang Vo
2010 – 2012
Ph.D – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
BS – Illinois Institute of Technology

Research Area: Olefin Polymerization
Currently at Dupont

Dr. Brian Long
2009 – 2011
Ph.D – University of Texas, Austin 2009
BS – N. Georgia College & State University

Research Area: Olefin Polymerization
Currently Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee

Dr. Kevin Noonan
2008 – 2011

Ph.D – University of British Columbia, 2008
BS – Dalhousie University, Halifax 2003

Research Area: Carbonylation of Heterocycles
Currently Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Jeung Gon Kim
2009 – 2011
Ph.D – University of Pennsylvania, PA 2005
BS – KAIST, South Korea 2001

Research Area: Polymerization of CO2
Currently Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Jeonbuk National University, Korea

Dr. John B. Alexander
August 1999 – July 2000
Formerly at MIT; Ph.D. (2002) with R. Schrock
Currently at Edwards & Angell, LLP

Dr. Bradley M. Chamberlain 
January 2000 – August 2001
Formerly at the University of Minnesota; Ph.D. (1999) with W. Tolman/M. Hillmyer
Currently Professor at Luther College

Dr. Tim Clark 
August 2007 – June 2009
Formerly at University of Toronto; Ph.D. (2007)
Currently at GreenCentre Canada

Dr. David Laitar
August 2006 – June 2008
Formerly at MIT with J. Sedighi
Currently at Dow Chemical

Dr. Hyuk Lee 
January 2003 – December 2004
Formerly at Yonsei University; Ph.D. (2002) with C-H. Jun
Currently at Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Dr. Yuguo Ma 
January 2003 – August 2005
Formerly at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. (2002) with S. Zimmerman
Currently at Professor at  Peking University

Dr. Viswanath Mahadevan 
February 2001 – February 2003
Formerly at Stanford (2001) with D. Stack
Currently at Degussa Admixtures, Inc.

Dr. Robert T. Mathers 
May 2002 – May 2004
Formerly at the University of Akron; Ph.D. (2002) with R. Quirk
Currently at Professor at Penn State New Kingston

Dr. Hansruedi Mürner 
April 1997 – August 1997
Formerly at Universität Freiburg; Ph.D. (1996) with von Zelewsky
Currently at Wella AG

Dr. Hyun-jong (Jay) Paik 
January 2001 – January 2003
Formerly at Carnegie-Mellon; Ph.D. (2002) with K. Matyjaszewski
Currently at Professor at Pusan National University

Dr. Zengquan Qin 
February 2002 – July 2004
Formerly at the University of Western Ontario; Ph.D. (2002) with R. Puddephatt
Currently at Bridgestone/Firestone Res., LLC

Dr. Stefan Reinartz 
April 2001 – May 2003
Formerly at UNC; Ph.D. (2002) with J. Templeton and M. Brookhart
Currently at Dupont

Dr. Joseph A.R. Schmidt 
April 2002 – July 2004
Formerly at UC Berkeley; Ph.D. (2002) with J. Arnold
Currently at Professor at The University of Toledo

Dr. Christophe Thomas 
October 2002 – September 2003
Formerly at University of Neuchatel; Ph.D. (2002) with G. Suss-Fink
Currently at CNRS-Chemie Paris Tech

Dr. Jun Tian 
February 1999 – February 2001
Formerly Postdoc at the University of Waterloo (1999) with S. Collins
Formerly at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry; Ph.D. (1994) with B. Huang
Currently at Baker Petrolite

Dr. Xiawei Zhang
February 2005- August 2007
Formerly at Rutgers Univeristy (Ph.D.)
Currently at Arkema


  Former Visiting Scientists

Dr. Rocco Di Girolamo
June 2012 – July 2013
Currently at Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”

Dr. Christopher Goh
August 2011 – May 2012
Currently at Williams College

Hisashi Ohtaki
2008-2010
Currently at Mitsubishi

Dr. Hiroharu Ajiro
April 2004- March 2006
Currently at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

Dr. Tsuyoshi Ando
August 2005 – March 2007
Currently at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

Prof. Joseph Bruno 
June 2002 – July 2002
Currently at Wesleyan University

Dr. Masa Fujita 
August 2000-September 2002
Currently at Sumitomo 

Mr. Wataru Hirahata
August 2005- February 2007
Currently at Sumitomo

Dr. Jose Maria Benito Penalba 
August 2003 – December 2003
Currently at 3M 

Dr. Akio Tanna
March 2006- March 2008
Currenly at Mitsubishi Chemical


Former Graduate Students

Dr. Brandon Tiegs
Graduate Student (2011-2016)
BS – Missouri State University, 2011
Research Area: Carbonylation
Currently at Boulder Scientific

Dr. Julie (Longo) Whitehead
Graduate Student (2011-2016)
BS – Emory University, 2011
Research Area: Stereocomplexes
Currently at Weber

Dr. Nathan Van Zee
Graduate Student (2010-2015)
BA – Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University,
Research Area: Polyesters
Currently at Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. Thanh-Tam Truong
Graduate Student (2010-2015)
BA – Whitman College, 2010
Research Area: Organic cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Currently at Savannah River National Laboratory

Dr. Ian Childers
Graduate Student (2010-2015)
BS – Washington and Lee University, 2010
Research Area: Polymerization of Epoxides
Currently at Pacfic Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Kristina Hugar
Graduate Student (2010-2015)
BS – Ithaca College
Research Area: Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells
Currently postdoctoral assistant at ecolectro

Dr. Yuki Jung
Graduate Student (2010-2015)
BS – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Area: Carbonylation of Heterocycles
Currently at Khan Academy

Mr. Jeffrey Marvin
Graduate Student (2013-2015)
BS – University of Buffalo
Research Area: Sequence controlled polymers
Currently at DuPont

Dr. Rachna Khurana
Graduate Student (2009-2014)
MS – Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2008
Research Area: Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Li Metal Batteries
Currently at 3M

Dr. Christina Cowman-Eggert
Graduate Student (2009-2014)
BS – University of Minnesota, 2009
Research Area: Polycarbonate Self Assembly
Currently at 3M

Dr. Angela DiCiccio
Graduate Student (2008-2013)
BA – Mount Holyoke College, 2008

Research Area: Kinetics of Zinc BDI Catalysis and Development of Biodegradable Polyesters

Currently at Google

Dr. Michael Mulzer
2008 – 2013
MS – Humboldt Universitaet, 2008

Research Area: Carbonylation of Heterocycles
Currently at Phillips 66

Dr. Pasquale Iacono
2007 – 2012
BS – Ithaca College 2006

Research Area: Olefin Polymerization
Currently at Conoco Phillips

Dr. Syud Momtaz Ahmed
2007 – 2012
BS – Wabash College 2007

Research Area: Polymerization of Epoxides
Currently at 3M

Dr. Erin Dunn
2006 – 2011
BS – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2007

Research Area: Applications of Carbonylations
Currently at Unilever

Dr. Peter Widger
2006 – 2011
BS – University of New Hampshire 2006

Research Area: Polymerization of Epoxides
Currently at E Ink

Dr. Bryan Whiting
2006 – 2011
BS – College of Wooster 2006

Research Area: Carbonylation of Heterocycles
Currently at 3M

Dr. Henry Kostalik
2006 – 2011
BS – University of Minnesota 2006

Research Area: Membrane Synthesis
Currently at 3M

Dr. Amelia Anderson
2005 – 2010
BA – Hamline University 2005

Research Area: Polymerization of a-olefins
Currently at Ohio Northern University

Dr. Scott D. Allen
August 1999 – June 2004
Currently at Novomer, LLC

Dr. Emily J. Baird 
August 1997 – August 2001 (Ph.D. 2001)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Whitman College
Currently at Johns Hopkins Medical School

Mr. Jeffrey S. Bergman 
August 1997 – May 1999 (Ph.D. 1999)
Formerly an Undergraduate at William and Mary
Currently at Rosenthal & Osha LLP

Dr. Chris M. Byrne
August 2001 – July 2006
Formerly an Undergraduate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Currently at Momentive Performance Materials

Dr. Ming Cheng 
May 1997 – August 2000 (Ph.D. 2000)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Beijing University
Currently at 3M

Dr. Anna Cherian 
August 1999 – July 2005 (Ph.D. 2005)
Formerly an Undergraduate at George Fox University
Currently at Novomer, LLC

Dr. Tamara L. Church
August 2001 – August 2006
Formerly an Undergraduate at University of Ottawa
Currently at Stockholm University

Dr. Claire T. Cohen 
August 2001 – May 2006 (Ph.D. 2006)
Formerly an Undergraduate at University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Currently at The University of Toledo 

Dr. Greg J. Domski
August 2003 – July 2008
Formerly an Undergraduate at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Currently Assistant Professor at Augustana College

Dr. Joe Edson 
August 2004 – June 2009
Formerly and Undergraduate at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Currently at Inpria

Dr. Yutan Getzler 
August 1998 – June 2004 (Ph.D. 2005)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Beloit College
Currently at Kenyon College

Mr. Brian Hathaway 
August 2002 – August 2004 (M.S. 2004)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Utah State

Dr. Phillip D. Hustad 
August 1997 – August 2002 (Ph.D. 2002)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Emory & Henry
Currently at Dow Chemical

Dr. Ryan C. Jeske
July 2004- June 2009
Formerly an Undergraduate at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Currently at Ball State University

Dr. John W. Kramer
August 2003 – May 2008
Formerly an Undergraduate at Beloit College, Beloit WI
Currently at Dow Chemical

Mr. Vinod Kundani 
August 2001 – April 2003
Formerly an Undergraduate at IIT Bombay

Dr. Andrew Mason 
August 2000 – August 2005 (Ph.D. 2005)
Formerly an Undergraduate at University of Virginia
Currently at HaloSource

Dr. David Moore 
August 1998 – June 2003 (Ph.D. 2003)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Drew University
Currently at GE Global Research Center

Dr. Tina M. Ovitt 
May 1997 – August 2001 (Ph.D. 2001)
Formerly an Undergraduate at St. Lawrence University
Currently at Schenectady International

Dr. Kathryn L. Peretti
August 2002 – July 2007
Formerly an Undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Currently at Exxon/Mobil

Dr. Lee R. Rieth 
August 1998 – February 2003 (Ph.D. 2003)
Formerly an Undergraduate at Cornell University
Currently at Milliken Chemical

Dr. Nick Robertson
August 2004- June 2009
Formerly an Undergraduate at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Currently at Northland College

Dr. Jeffrey M. Rose
August 2003- July 2008
Formerly an Undergraduate at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
Currently at DuPont

Dr. John M. Rowley
August 2003- July 2008
Formerly an Undergraduate at Houghton College, Houghton, NY
Currently Assistant Professor at Houghton College

Ms. Suellen Sack 
August 2000 – May 2002 (M.S. 2002)
Formerly Undergraduate at SUNY Fredonia
Currently at Outward Bound


Former Undergraduate Students
Ahmed M. Ahmed
2015-2017
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: Polyolefin synthesis
Sam Newman-Stonebraker
2016-2017
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: double-metal cyanide catalysis
Susan Chen
2015-2017
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: Polyester synthesis
Zachary P. Nelson
2013-2015
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: Carbonylation of HeterocyclesChinelo L. Onyilofor
2013 – 2015
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells


Ian MacKenzie
June 2013 – August 2013
REU Student from Geneva College
Research Area: Polyester Synthesis

Currently at UNC

William Gent
2009 – 2013
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Li Metal Batteries
Currently at Stanford University

Ben Elling
2011 – 2013
Cornell Undergraduate
Research Area: Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells
Currently at Stanford University

Joshua Fishman
2008 – 2010
Research Area: Carbonylation of Heterocycles
Currently at University of Wisconsin – Madison

Michael Behl 
August 1998 – December 1998
Visiting Student from the University of Wuppertal

Sara Brownell 
August 2002 – December 2003
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at Scripps Research Institute

Greg Dallinger 
June 2004 – August 2004
REU Student from The College of Wooster
Currently at Wabash College

Nick J. Darling 
January 1998 – May 2000
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently graduate student at Stanford

Angela M. DiCiccio
Summer 2006
REU student from Mt. Holyoke College
Currently at Google

Robert C. Eaton 
January 2000 – May 2001
Cornell Undergraduate

Keith C. Ellis 
September 1997 – May 1999
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently graduate student at the University of Virginia

Karan Garg 
January 2002 – May 2003
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently graduate student at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Rafael Huacuja
January 2007 – July 2008
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at Texas A&M University

Jennifer Hui 
August 2001 – May 2003
Cornell Undergraduate

Daniel Joh
August 2006- July 2007
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently Masters student at Cornell University

Santosh S. Kale 
September 1999 – May 2001
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago Medical School

Rebecca Keller 
June 2003 – August 2003
REU student from Washington University, St. Louis

Daniel Kennedy 
June 1999 – August 1999
REU student from Emory University

Maggie Mayo 
September 2003 – May 2005
Cornell Undergraduate

Scott Midwall 
January 1998 – May 1998
Cornell Undergraduate

John V. Mulcahy 
June 2002 – August 2002
REU student from Harvard
Currently graduate student at Stanford

Julie Longo Whitehead
June 2009 – August 2009
REU student from Emory
Currently graduate student at at Cornell

Noah Nathel 
August 2007 – May 2009
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at Caltech

Susan Odom 
June 2001 – August 2001
REU student from the University of Kentucky
Currently assistant professor at University of Kentucky

Stephanie Potisik
August 2001 – May 2003
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at Dow Chemical

Stacey E. Price 
June 2001 – August 2001
REU student from George Mason University

Joseph R. Reczek 
September 1999 – May 2001
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently assistant professor at Dennison University

Carmen Rivera-Rodriguez 
June 2000 – August 2000
REU student from Colegio Universitario de Bayamon, PR

Michael Roth 
August 1997 – February 1998
Visiting Student from University of Mainz

Renee Thomas
May 2005- July 2008
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at California Insitute of Technology

Dan Treitler
June 2005-May 2007
Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at Bristol-Myers Squibb

David Wang 
January 2004 – May 2005 Cornell Undergraduate
Currently at Rutgers

Bryan Whiting 
June 2005 – August 2005
REU student from College of Wooster
Currently at 3M

Tony Chu
September 2003 – August 2004
Cornell Undergraduate

 

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