Current Ursinus Students

Chris Goodwin ('13)  Spring 2011-Present.  Chris is studying the attachment of low-bioavailability drugs to carbon nanotubes.

Kara DiJoseph ('14) Fall 2011-Present.  Kara is studying the use of carbon nanotubes for drug delivery.

Nik Sutsko ('13)  Fall 2012-Present.  Nik is studying the production of carbon dots from orange juice.

Eli Tohme ('14)  Fall 2012-Present.  Eli is studying the production of carbon dots from orange juice.

Aung Nyein ('14)  Spring 2013-Present.  Aung is studying the use of nanotubes in bulk heterojunction solar cells.

Emilie Meyers ('16)  Spring 2013-Present.  Aung is studying the use of carbon nanotubes for drug delivery.


Former Students

Ursinus Students

Paige Fronheiser ('14)  Fall 2011-Spring 2012.  Paige studied the use of double-walled nanotubes in bulk heterojunction solar cells.

Amber Moyer ('14)  Spring 2012.  Amber studied the interaction of carbon nanotubes with yeast.

Matt Chorney ('13)  Summer 2011.  Matt studied the attachment of low-bioavailability drugs to carbon nanotubes.

Emma Cave ('12)  Spring 2011-Spring 2012.  Emma studied the photochemistry of carbon nanotubes and the use of double-walled nanotubes in bulk heterojunction solar cells.  She is looking for a job in the chemical industry.

Jaemi Chu ('12)  Spring 2011-Spring 2012.  Jaemi studied the effect of carbon nanotubes on cells.  She is working in a laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Katie Greco ('12)  Spring 2010-Spring 2012.  Katie studied whether carbon nanotubes will enter yeast cells.  She is applying to medical school.

Sylvia Yu ('12)  Fall 2010-Spring 2012.  Sylvia studied whether carbon nanotubes will enter E. coli cells.

Greg Lewis ('11)  Spring 2009-Spring 2011.  Greg studied the attachment of low-bioavailability drugs to carbon nanotubes.  Greg is attending graduate school in chemistry at Penn State.

Adam Rimshaw ('11)  Fall 2009-Spring 2011.  Adam studied the attachment of functional groups to carbon nanotubes to enhance charge transfer from conducting polymers.  Adam is attending graduate school in chemistry at Penn State.

Brian Laraia ('11)  Spring 2010-Fall 2010.  Brian investigated methods of producing graphene from graphite oxide.  Brian is pursuing an MBA at Boston University.

Dave Darmon ('10)  Fall 2008-Fall 2009.  Dave performed ab initio calculations on the energetics of the hydroboration of carbon nanotubes.  He is attending graduate school in applied mathematics at the University of Maryland.

Nick Fusco ('09)  Fall 2009.  Nick investigated the possibility of reductive amination of functional groups on carbon nanotubes.  He is looking for a job in the chemical industry.

Catherine Palchak ('09), Spring 2008-Spring 2009.  Catherine studied the reaction of diborane with carbon nanotubes.  She earned a M.S. in chemistry at Bucknell University.  Catherine currently works for PPG Industries.

Matt Emberger ('09), Fall 2007-Spring 2009. Matt investigated the connection of CdSe nanorods with carbon nanotubes via a pi-pi stacking interaction.  He works for Firmenich.

Claire Smith ('09), Summer 2008-Fall 2008.  Claire studied the photochemical reactions of boron-containing compounds with carbon nanotubes.  She is attending graduate school in environmental science at Florida State University.

Carrie-Beth Possick ('09), Spring 2009.  Carrie-Beth studied the oxidation of graphite.  She is a high school teacher at Bishop O'Connell high school in Arlington, VA.

Jessie Sarver ('09), Fall 2009-Spring 2009.  Jessie studied the reaction of fluorescent dyes with carbon nanotubes.  She works in the chemical industry.

Andrew Piasecki ('09), Fall 2009.  Andrew studied the functionalization of carbon nanotubes with thiophene.  He works at an environmental chemistry firm.

Ashwin Rangavajjula ('09), Fall 2007. Ashwin investigated the interaction of carbon nanotubes with magnesium diboride.  He is attending medical school.

Ewa Siedlecka ('08), Summer 2006 - Spring 2008. Ewa studied the reactions of boron-containing compounds with nanotubes.  She currently works as a chemist for DuPont.

Lisa Buckley ('08), Spring 2007 - Spring 2008. Lisa investigated the photochemical reactions of boron-containing compounds with nanotubes.  Lisa works for Stryker Orthobiologics.

Jaime Malarchik ('08), Spring-Summer 2007. Jaime investigated the reactions of boron-containing compounds with nanotubes.  She works at Sanofi Pasteur.

Vanessa Boschi ('08) (joint project with Dr. Brian Pfennig) Spring 2007. Vanessa investigated the possibility of using functionalized nanotubes for a chemically modified electrode.  She earned a M.S. in chemistry at Villanova University and is now in a Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Patrick Gasda ('07), Spring 2006 - Spring 2007. Patrick investigated methods of attaching DNA to nanotubes. He is writing a blog about it here.  He is attending graduate school in chemistry at the University of Hawaii

Matt Sender ('07), Fall 2005, Spring 2006. Matt studied the adsorption of ethanol on nanotubes.  He is a graduate student in chemistry at Temple University

Steve Morris ('06), Fall 2005, Spring 2006. Steve studied the adsorption of ethanol on nanotubes. He currently works as a chemist for Sanofi Aventis.

Wittenberg Students

Nick Padgett ('07), Summer 2004, Summer 2005. Nick studied the adsorption of water and alcohols on nanotubes.  He is in graduate school in chemistry at the University of Akron.

Jenny Brigham ('06), Summer 2005. Jenny studied the adsorption of alcohols on nanotubes. She taught high school chemistry and 8th grade physical science in Charlotte, North Carolina for Teach for America.  She is in graduate school in biochemistry at the University of Washington.

Adam Good ('05), Summer 2004. Adam studied the adsorption of water on nanotubes. He earned a M.S. in chemistry at San Francisco State University.

Carrie Kinnaman ('05), Summer 2004. Carrie studied the adsorption of water on nanotubes. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Notre Dame and is a postdoctoral researcher at Georgetown University.

Ryan Spray ('04), Summer 2003. Ryan studied the adsorption of ammonia and nitrogen dioxide on nanotubes. He earned a Ph.D.in chemistry at Purdue University and now works in the chemical industry in Massachusetts.

Kaitlin Tate ('06), Summer 2003. Kaitlin studied the adsorption of ammonia and nitrogen dioxide on nanotubes. She is a high school chemistry teacher.




Dukho Koh ('03), Spring 2002 - Spring 2003. Dukho studied the adsorption of nitrogen-containing molecules on carbon nanotubes. He works for a financial services company.

Josh McCoy ('03), Summer 2002. Josh studied the attachment of organic layers to silicon. He earned a MS in chemistry at the University of Virginia and works for Merck.

Jay Scouten ('03), Summer 2002. Jay studied the attachment of organic layers to silicon. He earned an MBA at the University of Toledo and is currently in medical school at Medical College of Ohio.

Michael Crotty ('02), Summer 2001, Spring-Summer 2002. Mike studied the adsorption of ammonia on carbon nanotubes. He graduated from medical school at Medical College of Ohio and works in radiation oncology in Texas.

Alicia Fenn (nee Stewart) ('02), Spring 2002. Alicia studied the adsorption of ammonia on carbon nanotubes. She finished medical school at Wright State University, did a residency in Dayton, OH, and is owner of Plain City (OH) Pediatrics.

Kojo Wright ('02), Spring 2002. Kojo studied the adsorption of ammonia on carbon nanotubes. He works as a chemist at Roxane Laboratories in Columbus.

Matthew Stewart ('02), Summer 2000-2002. Matthew worked with his brother to investigate the photochemical oxidation of graphite. Matthew attends the graduate program in chemistry at the University of Illinois.

Michael Stewart ('02), Summer 2000-2002. Michael worked with his brother to investigate the attachment of organic molecules to silicon surfaces. Michael earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Michigan. and is a postdoctoral researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Kyle Kissell ('01), Summer 2000. Kyle is in the graduate program in chemistry at Rice University, where he is studying carbon nanotubes with Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley.


The Nano Group!
From left to right: Mike Crotty, Dr. E, Alicia Stewart, Kyle Kissell, Kojo Wright, Dukho Koh



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