Rachel Ridgway (undergraduate)
is a chemistry major and math minor. Rachel joined our research group in Spring 2016. She works on new ways to catalyze thermal ring opening reactions.
received her BS degree in Chemistry from The University of South Alabama in 2015. Katie joined the UA PhD program in Fall 2015 and developing and studying new switchable shape-changing macromolecules.
Sarah (Ariel) Kelley
received her BS degree in Chemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2015. Ariel joined the UA PhD program in Fall 2015 and is exploring the physical and chemical properties of C-nitroso compounds.
Catherine Owens (undergraduate)
started doing research in the group in Fall 2105. Catherine is a chemistry major and math minor. She works on the synthesis and characterization of new C-nitroso compounds.
Cody Colclough (undergraduate)
is from Tennessee. Cody is a dual CH/CH&BE major and started doing research in the group in Fall 2015. He works on calculations of C-nitroso compounds and their donor-acceptor chemistry.
received his BS degree in Chemistry and Physics from Tulane University in 2013. He is working on the development of new reversible shape-change structures that can be activated electrically.
Chinenyeze (Izzy) Nwankwoala
received his BS degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. Izzy joined the UA PhD program in Fall 2012. He is working on the development of new general methods for ET-catalysis of organic thermal reactions.
Carl Saint-Louis, PhD 2015
did his undergraduate work at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. He joined the UA PhD program in 2010 and was a GAANN Fellow and SREB Fellow in the department. Carl worked on redox activation of organic isomerization reactions and the construction of new photo-electro-responsive molecules and materials.
Savannah Reach, BS, MS 2015
is from Tuscaloosa and studied in the UA University Scholars program to complete BS and MS degrees in chemistry. Her UA research focused on the study of new donor-acceptor complexes in solution and in the solid state. In 2014, Savannah completed a degree in Dance at UA. She has also combined chemistry/dance, scripting dances that "choreograph" the molecular complexations she studied in the laboratory.
Lauren Hagler, BS 2015
is from Mobile and was an ACS scholar in the UA chemistry program. Her UA research focused on the synthesis of a new electron-rich pyrazole for study of its donor-acceptor complexation chemistry in solution and the solid state. Lauren is currently in graduate school in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Lester T. Gray, PhD 2012
Dissertation on "The Application of Arylamines as Redox Auxiliaries, Polar Crystals, and Organic Semiconductors." Les received a degree in English from UWA and then moved to UA to complete an undergraduate core of science and math courses to to qualify for admission to the PhD program in chemistry. Les is an accomplished synthetic chemist who prepared a variety of new arylamine-appended norbornadienes and quadricyclanes as new electro-photo-chromic materials. He now works as a research scientist for Inventure Renewables, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL.
Johan Henk Both, BS 2013
is currently in graduate school in chemistry at Stanford University. At UA, Henk worked on redox activation of shape change in dimeric structures that undergo cis/trans isomerization.
Rachael was a 2013 summer REU student in our lab from Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA, where she is a junior chemistry major. She studied the electron donor chemistry of pyrazoles, which form donor-acceptor bonds with pi-acceptors in solution and as DA cocrystals. The work involved synthesis, NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy, and x-ray crystallography.
Travis Atchley, BS 2014
is now in medical school at UAB. In our lab, Travis explored new types of electron donor-acceptor (DA) bonding between electron-rich and electron poor functionalities, studying their complexes in solution and also in the solid state by x-ray crystallography of DA cocrystals that he grew in the lab.
Dr. Melody D. Kelley, PhD 2014
completed her dissertation on "Electrochromic and Photoelectrochromic Switching Devices based on Arylamine Redox Chemistry." Melody came to UA after earning a BS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Her PhD studies were supported by a UNCF-Merck Fellowship and an NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship.