Savannah is a sophomore undergraduate from Tuscaloosa majoring in chemistry and dance with minors in math and computing technology. Her research focuses on synthesizing new bis(azo) molecules, which showcase a reversible shape change in response to photochemical and electrochemical stimuli. In combined chemistry/dance work, Savannah has scripted dances that "choreograph" the molecular shape changes she is studying in the laboratory.
Carl did his undergraduate work at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. He joined the UA PhD program in 2010 and is currently working as GAANN Fellow in the department. Carl works on redox activation of organic isomerization reactions and the construction of new photo-electro-responsive molecules and materials.
Chinenyeze (Izzy) Nwankwoala
Chinenyeze (Izzy) received his BS degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. After completing his studies, he taught chemistry at a High school in Lagos, Nigeria. Izzy joined the UA PhD program in 2012. He is working on the development of general methods for ET-catalysis of organic thermal reactions.
Lester T. Gray
Les received a degree in English from UWA and then moved to UA to complete an undergraduate core of science and math courses and qualified for admission to the PhD program in chemistry. Les completed the PhD degree in 2012. Les is an accomplished synthetic chemist who prepared a variety of arylamines and arylamine-appended norbornadienes and quadricyclanes as new electro-photo-chromic materials. His dissertation is entitled "The Application of Arylamines as Redox Auxiliaries, Polar Crystals, and Organic Semiconductors." Les is now employed as a research scientist for Inventure Renewables, Inc., Tuscaloosa, AL.