Former Ph.D. Students


Nadia Léonard
B.S., Brown University, 2012
Ph.D., June 2019, Princeton University
Post-Doc at UC Irvine with Jenny Yang
Cobalt and Nickel Catalysts for Arene Borylation and Alkene Hydrofunctionalizations


Máté Bezdek
B.Sc.(Hons.), University of Calgary, 2014
Ph.D., June 2019, Princeton University
Post-Doc at MIT with Tim Swager
The Interconversion of Ammonia with Its Elements by Molybdenum Complexes: Fundamental Investigations


Neil Palmer
Ph.D., June 2017, Princeton University
Post-Doc at Columbia University with Tomislav Rovis
Design of alpha-Diimine Cobalt and Nickel Precatalysts for the Synthesis of Alkylpolyboronates


Jennifer Obligacion
Ph.D., June 2017, Princeton University
Research Scientist at Merck, Rahway
Base Metal Catalysis for the Synthesis of Organoboron Compounds


Max Friedfeld
Ph.D., May 2016, Princeton University
Post-Doc at University of Washington with Brandi Cossairt
Cobalt-Catalyzed Alkene Asymmetric Hydrogenation


Iraklis Pappas
Ph.D, May 2016, Princeton University
Research Scientist at Colgate-Palmolive
Fundamental Investigations Into Dinitrogen Fixation by Group 4 Metals


Renyuan “Pony” Yu
Ph.D, December 2015, Princeton University
Research Scientist at Exxon Mobil, Texas


Brian Schaefer
Ph.D., November 2015, Princeton University
Postdoctoral Researcher at Eli Lilly
Ligand Design Principles to Enable New Reactivity with Iron and Cobalt


Jordan Hoyt
Ph.D., May 2015, Princeton University
Research Scientist at ExxonMobil, Texas
Iron Catalyzed C-X (X = C, Si, B, H) Bond Forming Reactions


Grant Margulieux
Ph.D., May 2015, Princeton University
M.S., University of California-San Diego, 2011, Advisor: Josh Figueroa
Studies Toward Homogeneous Dinitrogen Reduction and Ammonia Oxidation by Bis(Imino)Pyridine Molybdenum Complexes and Group 4 Metallocenes


Scott Semproni
Ph.D., May 2014, Princeton University
Researcher at Intel, Oregon
Ligand Induced Dinitrogen Cleavage and Functionalization by Group Four Metallocenes


Crisita Atienza
Ph.D., May 2013, Princeton University
Market Developer at ExxonMobil, Texas
Reactivity of Bis(imino)pyridine Cobalt Complexes in C-H Bond Activation and Catalytic C-C and C-Si Bond Formation


Kevin Sylvester
Ph.D., January 2011, Cornell University
Research Chemist, PPG Industries
A Study of Iron-Catalyzed Reductive Cyclizations of 1,6-Dienes, 1,6-Enynes, 1,6-Diynes: Reactions that Proceed via Metallocyclic Intermediates


Doris Pun
Ph.D., December 2009, Cornell University
Research Chemist at BP
Reduced Indenyl and Cyclopentadienyl Group 4 Complexes: Fundamental Reactivity Studies and Dinitrogen Activation


Tamara Hanna
Ph.D., December 2006, Cornell University
Instructor at Texas Tech University
Assistant Director (Publisher), ACS Publications
Synthesis and Reactivity of Low-Valent Titanium and Zirconium Complexes: Dinitrogen Activation and Functionalization


Wesley Bernskoetter
Ph.D., December 2006, Cornell University
Associate Professor, University of Missouri
Dinitrogen Activation and Functionalization Promoted by Early Transition Metal Metallocenes


Suzanne Bart
Ph.D., August 2006, Cornell University
Associate Professor, Purdue University
Homogeneous Iron Catalysts with Redox-Active Ligands: Synthesis and Electronic Structure


Chris Bradley
Ph.D., January 2006, Cornell University
Program Officer, Department of Energy
Low-Valent Bis(Indenyl)Zirconium Chemistry: Synthesis and Reactivity of η-9, η-5 Sandwich Complexes

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows

Marcus Farmer
June 2018–February 2020
Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute, 2018, Advisors: Jin-Quan Yu and Phil Baran
Staff Scientist at GlaxxoSmithKline

Rose Kennedy
January 2017 – December 2019
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016, Advisor: Eric Jacobsen
Assistant Professor, Rochester University

Florian Loose
June 2017 – May 2019
Ph.D., University of Oldenburg, Germany, 2016, Advisor: Rüdiger Beckhaus

Matthew Joannou
June 2016 – April 2019
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2016, Advisor: Simon Meek
Senior Scientist II, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Cayetana Zarate
May 2017 – December 2018
Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), 2017, Advisor: Rubén Martín
Senior Research Scientist, Merck

Stephan Rummelt
January 2017 – November 2018
Ph.D., Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, 2016, Advisor: Alois Fürstner
Senior Scientist at Merck

Simon Krautwald
March 2016 – January 2018
Ph.D., ETH Zurich, 2016, Advisor: Erick Carreira
Investigator at Novartis

Jamie Neely
October 2014 – June 2017
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2014, Advisor: Tomislav Rovis
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University

Chris Schuster
August 2014 – December 2016
Ph.D., Boston College, 2014, Advisor: James Morken
Research Scientist at Merck

Janelle Steves
September 2015 – September 2016
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2015, Advisor: Shannon Stahl
Research Scientist at Glaxo-Smith-Kline

Valerie Schmidt
August 2013 – June 2016
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2013, Advisor: Erik Alexanian
Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego

Margaret Scheuermann
September 2013 – May 2015
Ph.D., University of Washington-Seattle, 2013, Advisor: Karen Goldberg
Assistant Professor at Western Washington University


Tianning Diao
October 2012 – June 2014
Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, Advisor: Shannon Stahl
Assistant Professor at New York University

Carsten Milsmann
June 2010 – May 2014
Ph.D., Ruhr University Bochum/MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2009, Advisor: Karl Wieghardt
Assistant Professor at West Virginia University

Zach Brown
August 2012 – January 2013
B.S. Butler University, 2007
Ph.D., University of California – Davis, 2012, Advisor: Philip Power
Invention Associate, Nortwestern University


Zoe Turner
January 2011 – June 2012
M.Chem., Wadham College, University of Oxford, 2007
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2010, Advisor: Polly Arnold
Lecturer at Oxford University

Sebastien Monfette
January 2011 – March 2012
B.Sc., University of Ottawa, 2005
Ph.D., University of Ottawa, 2011, Advisor: Deryn Fogg
Research Scientist at Pfizer, Connecticut

Bastian Theis
May 2010 – February 2011
Ph.D., University of Würzburg, 2009


Helen Hoyt
August 2007 – July 2009
B.Sc., Knox College, 2001
Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley, 2007
Assistant Professor, Knox College

David Benito Garagorri
January 2008 – May 2009
B.Sc., University of the Basque Country
Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology

Sergio Pascual
May 2008 – August 2008
Ph.D., University of the Basque Country


Brad Wile
November 2006 – July 2008
B.Sc., St. Francis Xavier University, 2002
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2006, Advisor: Mark Stradiotto
Associate Professor at Ohio Northern University

Marco Bouwkamp
July 2004 – June 2006
Ph.D., University of Groningen, 2004
Evers + Manders Subsidieadviseurs

Eric Hawrelak
January 2003 – August 2004
Ph.D., Virginia tech, 2002
Associate Professor at Bloomsburg University

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Rachel Macaulay
Class of 2019

Greg Skrzypek
Class of 2018


Summer Ramsay-Burrough
Class of 2017


Sean Treacy
Class of 2016
Graduate Student at Columbia University
Advisor: Tomislav Rovis


Hanley Ong
Class of 2016


Krysta Dummit
Class of 2015
Graduate Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor: Jeff Van Humbeck


Damon McLean
Class of 2014


Emma Kurz
Class of 2014

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