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Bachelor's Degree Recipients

FALL 2020

• Jake Ryan Alexander
• Sammy Ausman * ** ***
• Jacqueline Alyce Biernat
• Nicole Ann Fossum
• Tessa Rose Hellenbrand
• Austin Mitchell Hunt
• Eunyoung Jang
• Taylor Ann Klungness
• Alexander Jake Knopf
• Andrew Lee
• Weiting Lyu
• Virginia Baker Mathu ***
• Shawn Patrick McLaughlin
• McKayla Marie Olig
• Ian Radspinner
• Thomas Clifford Rollo
• Muhammad Isha Faizin
Bin Saifullizam
• Morgan Schmitz
• Chance Lee Wilkinson-Johnson
• Andy Yan
• Zinan Yu ***
• Keer Zhao * ***
• Yuchen Zhao


• Cristina Joan Bahaveolos
• Brenna Bartels ***
• Emily Grace Benson *
• Grace Carlson ***
• Erin Chen
• Jingxiang Cheng
• Jacob M. Dahl
• Maja Isabella Eaton
• Owen Erpelding ***
• Benjamin Ryan Feingold * **
• Stephanie Frost
• Yuanzuo Gao ***
• Han Geng ***
• Anna Gerosolina
• Morgan Kate Gugger ***
• Lydia Jean Hoffman
• Derek Holik
• Ismael Ali Jaffri
• Mason Alexander Job
• Bridget Kaiser
• Madeline Kakacek
• Jared Alexander Klein
• Jack Gordon Knoke
• Rachel Ann Knutson **
• Rebecca Christine Kressuk
• Michael Richard Kuehne Jr.
• Maija Lee
• Ethan Leung
• John Michael Lilek
• Yueai Lin *
• Marina Minic
• Jonah Charles Nelson
• Edward M. Paulsen
• Corey Nathaniel Pedersen ** ***
• James Pfister
• Morgan Leah Richter
• Anuchit Rupanya * ***
• Dylan Monroe Snider ***
• Chester M. Sosnowski
• Jingxuan Tang *
• Marko Tupanjac **
• Blake Palmer, Waples
• Linnea Elizabeth Wust


• Sheila Ngoc Anh Duong
• Zachary James Ehmer
• Zachariah Georgakakis
• Dave Kaiman ***
• Turner Michael Luke
• Robert Sapienza
• Brendan Ivar Steinmetz
• Alfred Shiergetya

* Honors in the Major

** Honors in the Liberal Arts

*** Graduation with Distinction

Names missing from the list may appear in the 2020 or 2022 issues of Badger Chemist.

Master's Degree Recipients

• Alina Dao (Nathanson)
• Anthony DiBernardo (Tang)
• Xiao Dong (Yoon)
• Froylan Omar Fernandez
Candelaria (Burstyn)
• Gillian Good (Martell)
• Jiabao Guo (Li)
• Connor Huntwork (Hermans)
• Joshua Kreisel (Martell)
• Ethan Licht (Schomaker)
• Victoria Longley (Weix)
• Brandon Mehlenbacher
• Matthew Rossler (Yoon)
• Correy Vigil (Bertram)
• Keyu Zeng (Fredrickson)

Doctoral Degree Recipients

  • Manar Alherech (Stahl) Valorization of an Oxidative Lignin Depolymerization Stream with Centrifugal Partition Chromatography
  • Jaya Borgatta (Hamers) Understanding the influence of Cu-based nanoparticle properties on interactions with plant systems and disease suppression
  • Brian Cary (Gellman) Functional and structural studies of family B G protein-coupled receptors
  • Melissa Cendejas (Hermans) Investigation of Active Site Structure and Formation on Boron-Based Oxidative Dehydrogenation Catalysts
  • Sijie Chen (Stahl) Copper-Catalyzed Benzylic C(sp3)–H Cross Couplings: Methodology Development and Applications in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Yusi Cui (Li) Development and Application of Isobaric Labeling, ERLIC Separation, and Chemoproteomics Methods for Bioanalytical Research
  • Rebeca Fernandez (Brunold) Structural, Spectroscopic, and Kinetic Investigation of Cysteamine Dioxygenase
  • Alex Foote (Goldsmith) Time-resolved Multirotational Fluorescence Anisotropy Measurements of Single Molecules to Characterize Conformational Subpopulations of Solution-Phase Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
  • Isabel Foreman-Ortiz (Pedersen) Nanoparticle impact on membrane properties and embedded ion channels
  • Kevin Garcia (Weix) Greener Approaches to Cross-Coupling
  • Christopher Gravatt (Yoon) New Strategies for [2+2] Photocycloadditions of Aliphatic Alkenes
  • Elizabeth Greenhalgh (Brunold) Spectroscopic and Computational Investigations of Cobalamin Containing Enzymes
  • Matthew Hautzinger (Jin) Structure-Property Relationships of Halide Perovskite Semiconductors
  • Austin Henke (Hamers) Redox Reactions at Solid-Liquid Interfaces and Implications for Sustainability
  • Casey Howdieshell (Garand) Linear Digital Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry and its Application for Cryogenic Ion Spectroscopy
  • Aurora Janes (Schmidt) Computational Modeling for Heterogeneous Catalysis of Aerobic Oxidation and Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction
  • Zachary Jones (Hamers) Optical Characterization of Fluorescent Diamond Nanoparticles in Complex Environments
  • Adam Klemen (Gellman) Potential Foldamers Based on an ortho-Terphenyl Amino Acid
  • Samantha Knott (Ge) Development of Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomic Approaches for the Study of Diseased Tissues
  • Caitlin Kozack (Stahl) Method Development and Mechanistic Investigation of Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic Oxidation Reactions of Terminal Alkenes
  • Kate Kurgan (Gellman) Towards Crystallization of Single-Pass Transmembrane Domains
  • Xinyi Li (Schmidt) Simulate the nucleation of electrolytes with explicit solvents via two approaches
  • Zihui Li (Li) Advancing Quantitative Proteomics and Protein Post-translational Modification Analyses by Multi-Dimensional Mass Spectrometric Approaches
  • Dongyue Liang (Cui) Computational Studies at Nanomaterial-Biological Interfaces
  • Ann Lindberg (Choi) Development of Electrode Materials for (Photo)electrochemical Reactions
  • Lei Liu (Gellman) Exploration of Activity Profiles for Nylon-3 Polymers as Antimicrobial Peptide Mimics
  • Ann Lindberg (Choi) Development of Electrode Materials for (Photo)electrochemical Reactions
  • Erdong Lu (Fredrickson) Atomic Packing in Action: Chemical Pressure Directed Intergrowth in Chimney Ladders, Ternary Phosphides and Polar Intermetallics
  • Brock Lynde (Boydston) Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities in Investigating Novel Strategies for Polymer Synthesis
  • William McDermott (Hermans) Development of Boron-based Catalysts for the Selective Oxidation of Light Alkanes to Olefins
  • Robert Millikin (Smith) Algorithms for the Interpretation of Mass Spectra in Quantitative and Qualitative Proteomics
  • Jordan Nutting (Stahl) Overpotential in Organic Synthesis: Implications in Electrochemical Synthesis and Aerobic Catalysis
  • Vanessa Orr (McMahon and Woods) Rotational and Vibrational Spectroscopy and Structure Determination of Organic Molecules of Astrochemical Relevance
  • Marshall Padilla (Mecozzi) New Liquid Biomaterials for Nanoemulsion-mediated Drug Delivery
  • Sungho Park (Berry) Tailoring Metal-Based SOMOs for Pnictogen Reactivity
  • Andjela Radmilovic (Choi) Development of New Ternary Metal Oxide Photoelectrodes for Use in a Photoelectrochemical Cell
  • Jessica Roberts (Schomaker) Computational Modeling to Explore the Influence of Sterics, Electronics, and Non-Covalent Interactions on Reactivity
  • Zachary Rolfs (Smith) Novel Strategies for Identifying Endogenous Peptides and Determining Protein Turn-over Rates
  • Chase Salazar (Stahl) Mechanistic Insights Support Efficient Pd Catalysts for Oxidative C–H Arylation with O2
  • Daniel SantaLucia (Berry) Investigations of the Electronic Structures of Multimetallic Iron-Chalcogenide Clusters and Five-Coordinate Cobalt Complexes
  • Matthew Styles (Blackwell) Towards a mechanistic understanding quorum sensing agonism and antagonism: biophysical and biochemical investigations of LuxR-type receptor:ligand complexes
  • Aristidis Vasilopoulos (Stahl) Transition Metal-Catalyzed Oxidative Cross Coupling for Synthesis and Functionalization of Diverse Molecules
  • Michael Vermeuel (Bertram) The Influence of Complex Meteorology and Surface Heterogeneity on Oxidation in the Troposphere
  • Tingting Weng (Schmidt) Computational Modeling of the Stability and Reactivity of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks
  • Korbin West (Blackwell) The development of chemical tools to study cell-cell communication and virulence in Gram-positive bacteria
  • Yuzhou Zhao (Jin) Stacking and Twisting of Layered Materials Enabled by Screw Dislocations and Non-Euclidean Surfaces
  • Yanyu Zhu (Weisshaar) Single-Cell Detection of Antimicrobial Peptide’s Attack on Live E. coli by Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy

New Faculty & Staff

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Welcome New Faculty & Staff

  • Christina Bahaveolos, Laboratory Technician
  • Amber Bartz, Electronics Technician
  • Amanda Buchberger, Analytical Assistant Lab Director
  • Luke Carroll, Financial Specialist
  • Farzaneh Chalyavi (Zanni) Editor & Lab Manager
  • Tzu-Ling Chen (Goldsmith) Scientist
  • Gustavo Cruz Diaz (Widicus Weaver) Assistant Scientist
  • Irena Garic, Administrative Assistant
  • Erin Grunewald, Undergraduate Chemistry Specialist
  • Caleb Harris (Berry) Assistant Scientist
  • Xuhui Huang, Professor
  • James (Jim) Leu, IT Manager
  • Kent Meyer (Wright), Assistant Scientist
  • Tristan Rholl, Research Store Manager
  • Aaron Smith, Inventory Control Coordinator, Shipping/Receiving
  • Jackie Trate, Instructional Innovator
  • Alicia Walker, Administrative Assistant
  • Jeremy Weaver, Instructor & Curriculum Coordinator
  • Josef Wilkinson, Laboratory Technician
  • Jia Zhou, Instructor & Resource Specialist

In Memoriam

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