Michael Ihde, a fifth-year graduate student in our group, was awarded again the 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student award. This is the premier graduate award from our Department, given to a senior graduate student by a vote of the faculty to recognize academic, research, and service accomplishments through a student’s graduate career. We are proud of Michael progress in his graduate career and thankful of his contributions to our group. Congratulations to Michael on a well-deserved recognition!
Michael Ihde, a PhD student in our group, successfully defended his dissertation today! His work in our group focused on the development of our understanding of supramolecular interactions as used in differential sensing applications. In his work, Michael contributed to the development of array-based sensing systems for multiple classes of analytes, including metal ions, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and industrial dyes. He also made significant progress towards solving the "problem of mixtures", i.e. a common shortcoming of such sensing systems when confronted with mixtures of analytes. Congratulations Dr. Ihde!
Yichun Yuan joined our group as a new graduate student. Yichun graduated with a BEng from Beijing University of Chemical Technology and a MS from Case Western Reserve University, then briefly worked as a research assistant at the University of Akron after deciding to continue her studies towards a PhD with us. Yichun will focus on the study of covalent modification of PAMAM dendrimers. We are excited for her to come onboard and to bring further synthetic polymer chemistry experience to the group. Welcome Yichun!
Xiyuan, a graduate student in the group, successfully passed her oral candidacy exam at the end of May, presenting an update on her research since her initial review last year, and an original proposal. Xiyuan is now a Ph.D. candidate: congratulations!
Flor successfully completed her initial research review (IRR) today, presenting the work she carried out on the analytical pattern-based detection of redox-active materials (e.g. antioxidants) in water. Congratulations Flor!
Xiaoli Liang, a PhD student in our group, successfully defended her dissertation today! Xiaoli also recently accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher in the Gillies research group at the University of Western Ontario. Congratulations Dr. Liang, and best wishes for your future career!
Michael Ihde, a fourth-year student in our group, was notified today that he was selected to give an oral presentation on his research at the 2019 Physical Organic Gordon Research Seminar, taking place right before the corresponding GRC on June 22-23. Congratulations Michael!
Flor Lozada Santiago is a first year graduate student in our group. She was previously an REU researcher with us in Summer 2017. Flor was recently recognized with the Outstanding First-Year Graduate Student award from our Department. This award recognizes excellence and dedication in teaching among our first-year graduate students. Congratulations Flor!
Yifei, a graduate student in the group, successfully passed her oral candidacy exam at the end of March, presenting an original proposal on the use of modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles for photo-controlled guest molecule storage and release. Yifei is now a Ph.D. candidate: congratulations!