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Dr. Richard Thornbury

Dr. Richard Thornbury

B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013

Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 2018

Richard grew up just outside of Toledo in Norwest Ohio. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. There he did research with Professor Scott Denmark, working on phase-transfer catalyzed alkene di-halogenation reactions. Upon graduating in 2013, he moved to the West Coast to pursue his Ph.D. studies with Professor Dean Toste at UC Berkeley. His graduate work focused on palladium-catalyzed fluorination reactions and the functionalization of fluorinated alkenes. After completing his Ph.D. in 2018, Richard moved to the East Coast and joined the MacMillan group for his postdoctoral studies. Outside of lab, Richard enjoys baseball, hiking, and cooking.

Fun Facts
  • Richard is an avid baseball fan and is still waiting for his beloved Cleveland Indians to bring home a World Series title.
  • Richard hopes to one day visit every national park in the United States.
  • Of the 17 (so far) that he has visited, Zion is his favorite.