Current Group Members
Florian Diot-Néant
graduate student
floriandiotneant@chem.ufl.edu

B.Sc., Chimie ParisTech, 2012
M.Sc., Chimie ParisTech, 2015
Joined Winter 2016

My research focuses on the synthesis of new monomers derived from bio-based molecules and their polymerizations. Green chemistry guides my general approach, which can include the use of chemo-enzymatic methods.

Amandine Heckmann
visiting NSF-REU student
amandine.heckmann@hotmail.fr

B.S., Strasbourg University, France, 2018
Current M.S. Student, Strasbourg University, France
Joined Spring 2019

My research focuses on the synthesis of polymers derived from itaconic acid.

Shih-Hsien Hsu
visiting scholar
drizzrt0619@gmail.com

B.Sc., National Changhua University of Education, 2003
M.Sc., National Changhua University of Education, 2005
Current Ph.D. Student, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Joined Spring 2019

My research focuses on the synthesis of bio-renewable polymers derived from D-glucose.

Steven Shen
graduate student
stevenshen@chem.ufl.edu

B.S., Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia), 2013
Joined Fall 2014

My research involves the extraction and polymerization of bioaromatics from mega crops.

Justin Smith
graduate student
justinsmith@ufl.edu

B.S., Fisk University, 2017
Joined Fall 2017

My research is based on creating high glass transition temperature polyesters from biorenewable feedstocks.

Yu-Kai Su
graduate student
yukaisu@chem.ufl.edu

B.S., National Tsing Hua University, 2018
Joined Fall 2018

My research focuses on the synthesis of polymers containing the acetal functional group. High glass transition temperatures are targeted, in combination with environmental degradability.

Jordan Torgunrud
graduate student
jordan.torgunrud@chem.ufl.edu

B.S., Minot State University, 2018
Joined Fall 2018

My research focuses the conversion of silica and biorenewable organics to scalable and useful organo-silicon polymers.

Yohei Yoshinaka
graduate student
yyoshinaka@chem.ufl.edu

B.S., Tohoku Univesity, 2016
M.S., Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2018
Joined Fall 2018

I am studying new polymerization strategies for the conversion of biobased monomers––especially those available from Brassica carinata––to novel thermplastics with high melting temperatures and/or glass transition temperatures.

Former Graduate Students

Brittany T. Beckstead
Joined Summer 2002
M.S. Chemical Education 2004

Khalid Al-Bahily
Joined Spring 2002
M.S. 2004

Levi J. Irwin
Joined Fall 2001
Ph.D. 2005

B. Jesse E. Reich
Joined Fall 2001
Ph.D. 2005

Joseph M. Grill
Joined Fall 2001
Ph.D. 2006

Benjamin R. Duffus
Joined Fall 2005

Andrea D. Ilg
Joined Fall 2003
M.S. 2007

Paul D. Zeits
Joined Summer 2005

Craig J. Price
Joined Summer 2002
Ph.D. 2007

Nathan P. Rife
Joined Fall 2004
M.S. 2007

Eric D. Schwerdtfeger
Joined Fall 2003
Ph.D. 2007

Robert B. Mitchell
Joined Fall 2007
began Medical School 2008

James W. Ogle
Joined Summer 2006
Ph.D. 2008

Laurent Mialon
Joined Fall 2007
M.S. 2010

Christian Gorsche
Joined Spring 2009
M.S. 2010

Rob Vanderhenst
Joined Spring 2009
M.S. 2011

Gholam-Reza Nejabat
Joined Winter 2012
visiting graduate student

Tanner Lee
Joined Summer 2012
visiting graduate student

Sabina Kinder
Joined Fall 2012
visiting graduate student

Elizabeth "Betsy" Suda
Joined Spring 2011
M.S. 2013

Hsiao-Li Chen
Joined Winter 2013
visiting graduate student

Ryan T. Martin
Joined Spring 2008
Ph.D. 2014

Alexander G. Pemba
Joined Fall 2008
Ph.D. 2014

Ersen Gokturk
Joined Fall 2009
Ph.D. 2014

Matthew Burnstein
Joined Fall 2007
M.S. 2014

Emma Bradic
Joined Fall 2011
M.S. 2014

Christelle Imbert
Joined Summer 2014
visiting graduate student

Patricia Scheurle
Joined Fall 2015
visiting graduate student

John Garcia
Joined Fall 2009
M.S. 2012, Ph.D. 2015

Hsiu-Wei Ou
Joined Spring 2016
visiting graduate student

Khalid Alqahtani
Joined Fall 2014
M.S. 2016

Nicole Gibbons
Joined Fall 2011
Ph.D. 2016

Pengxu Qi
Joined Fall 2011
Ph.D. 2016

Ha Nguyen
Joined Fall 2011
Ph.D. 2016

Hipassia Moura
Joined Summer 2015
visiting graduate student

Amr Feteha
Joined Spring 2010
Ph.D. 2017

Mayra Rotagno
Joined Fall 2012
Ph.D. 2017

Hisaaki Takeshima
Joined Winter 2018
visiting graduate student

Olivier Nsengiyumva
Joined Spring 2014
Ph.D. 2018

Gabriel Short
Joined Fall 2013
Ph.D. 2019

Former Postdocs

David A. Aubry
Spring 2004 - Summer 2005

Jubo Zhang
Fall 2005 - Summer 2007

Hsuan-Ying Chen
Summer 2008 - Summer 2009
Kaohsiung Medical University

Jianfang Chai
Fall 2008 - Spring 2010

Gholam H. Zohuri
Spring 2010 - Summer 2010
Visiting Professor from Ferdowsi University, Mashad, Iran

Tao Jiang
December 2010 - May 2011
Visiting Professor from Tianjin University of Science & Technology, Tianjin, China

Gulsah Kurt
April 2011 - July 2011
Visiting Professor from Aksaray University, Turkey

Abdulhamid A. Alsaygh
July 2011 - September 2011
Visiting Professor from King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

Yessi Permana
Fall 2012 - Winter 2013
Visiting Professor from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Ertugrul Sahmetlioglu
August 2012 - July 2013
Visiting Professor from Nigde University, Turkey

Feng Liu
June 2014 - June 2015
Visiting Professor from Nanchang University

Haixia Qi
June 2014 - June 2015
Visiting Professor from Nanchang University

Alexander Pemba
May 2014 - January 2016

Zhengzai Cheng
December 2015 - January 2017

Former Undergraduates

Aaron K. Justice
joined Spring 2002
NSF-REU

Emily A. Squibb
Summer 2002

Russell J. Parks
joined Fall 2002

Daniel W. Marek
joined Fall 2002

Joshua S. Sanders
joined Spring 2003

Caron Remi
Summer 2003
NSF-REU

Charles W. Branham
joined Spring 2003

Marti L. Kubena
joined Fall 2003

Brad J. Brennan
joined Summer 2004
NSF-REU

Maria P. Cortez
joined Summer 2004

Charles R. Crews
joined Summer 2004

Jennifer M. Goss
joined Summer 2004

Lacey C. Martin
joined Summer 2004

Hannah R. Malcolm
joined Fall 2004

Juliette J. Commodore
joined Summer 2005
NSF-REU

Jared D. Peacock
joined Summer 2005

Laura M. Launer
joined Spring 2006

Catherine V. Mooney
joined Summer 2006

Robert B. Mitchell
joined Summer 2006

Ellese N. Lee
joined Spring 2008

Frankie J. Costanza
joined Summer 2008
NSF-REU

Laurie A. Tweed
joined Spring 2008

Brittany S. Carl
joined Spring 2009

Ryan Meral
joined Fall 2009

Ludmila Pons Camargo
joined Summer 2010
NSF-REU

Jeniree Flores
joined Summer 2009

Allan Maple
joined Winter 2010
NSF-REU

Allan Luna Cornejo
joined Spring 2011
NSF-REU

Cristina Chee Kim Ling Perez
joined Summer 2013
NSF-REU

Jessica Hvozdovich
joined Spring 2014

Erik Price
joined Spring 2014

Dominique Catena
joined Fall 2014

Marcus Reis
joined Fall 2014

Alexander Valdes
joined Summer 2015

William Vickery
joined Fall 2015

Tatiana Anthony
joined Summer 2016
NSF-REU

James Austin
joined Winter 2017

Enita Rastoder
joined Spring 2017
NSF-REU

Haley Donow
joined Spring 2017

Julie Chevillard
joined Spring 2018
NSF-REU

Fabio Ferrari
joined Spring 2018
NSF-REU

Jessica Thomas
joined Fall 2016