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Meet The Group
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Damien Guironnet

Assistant Professor

guironne@illinois.edu

  • Senior Research Scientist (2011-2014)

BASF Corporation- Charlotte, NC

  • CENTC Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2011)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Education

Ph.D. in Chemistry, summa cum laude (2005-2009)- Universitat Konstanz, Germany

Research advisor: Prof. Stefan Mecking

MS in Chemical Engineering (2001-2005)- Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Mulhouse, France


 

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Susannah Miller

5th Year Graduate Student

sm11@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2012-2016)

Colorado State University- Fort Collins, CO

Research 

My research focuses on silicone chemistry.

Hobbies

I like to read, take part in Pilates and anything outdoors.

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Brian Van Dyke

5th Year Graduate Student

bdv2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2014-2018)

BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2014-2018)

Usinus College- Collegeville, PA

Research

I work with PD catalysts to synthesize non-alternating polyketones. Additionally, I have designed and synthesized a new family of ligands for Pd catalyzed ethylene copolymerizations.

Hobbies

I like powerlifting, fish keeping, cooking and am a cat dad.

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Yash Laxman Kamble

4th Year Graduate Student

ykamble2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemical Engineering (2015-2019)

Institute of Chemical Technology- Mumbai, India

Research

My project focuses on the synthesis of shaped and water-soluble bottlebrush polymers with a potential application in nanomedicine. Simultaneously, I work on developing photonic materials with the synthesized bottlebrush polymers.

Hobbies

When the research and science get the better of me, I resort to arts and crafts, spending time with friends, binging shows and movies, and losing myself in the words of a good book. 

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Vanessa DaSilva

3rd Year Graduate Student

dasilva5@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2016-2020)

Minor in Mathematical and Statistical Modeling (2016-2020)

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)- Chicago, IL

Research

My research focuses on developing a process to catalytically depolymerize polyolefins.

Hobbies

 I enjoy outdoor adventures, traveling, and dancing.

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Keelee McCleary-Petersen

3rd Year Graduate Student

keeleem2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2016-2020)

The University of Arizona- Tuscon, AZ

Research

My research focuses on developing a chemically diverse and tunable polymer system to make shape-controlled bottlebrush polymers.

Hobbies

I like to read and listen to music.

Jerry
Jerry Rong

2nd Year Graduate Student 

yrong6@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemical Engineering (2017-2021)

University of Colorado- Boulder, CO

Research

My research is to incorporate bottlebrush polymers into thin film composite (TFC) membranes.

Hobbies

I love playing the piano and bartending: that being said, I am a one-man jazz bar.

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Kaitlyn Wiegand

2nd Year Graduate Student

kwiegand@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2019-2021)

Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, IL

Research

My research is focused towards making shaped bottlebrush polymers dispersed in water for potential nanomedicine applications.

Hobbies

I enjoy baking, arts and crafts, and music. I especially enjoy learning new skills in all these areas, like learning how to bake new pastries or playing new songs on the piano.

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Alfons Pineda-Knauseder

2nd Year Graduate Student

alfonsp2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2019-2021)

University of Rochester- Rocherster, NY

Research

I am investigating Nickel (II) catalysts for the synthesis of non-alternating Polyketones.

Hobbies

I like fishing, literature, and music!

David Yang
David Yang

4th Year Undergraduate Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

taeyeun2@illinois.edu

Mentor: Yash Laxman Kamble

Manasi Vaidya
Manasi Vaidya

2nd Year Undergraduate Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

manasiv2@illinois.edu

Mentor: Vanessa DaSilva

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Yating (Brielle) Feng

2nd Year Undergraduate Student in Chemistry

yfeng53@illinois.edu

Mentor: Keelee McCleary-Petersen

Alumni

PostDocs
  • Camille Boucher-Jacobs ('19)- Solugen
  • Muhammad Rabnawaz ('17)- Associate professor at Michigan State University
  • Scott Hicks ('15)- University of Rochester
Graduate
  • Nicholas Wang ('22)- Braskem
  • Danielle Harrier ('22)- Exponent
  • Alexander Horn ('21)- 3M 
  • Tianwei Yan ('21)- Postdoc at University of Delaware (Epps/Korley Lab)
  • Dylan Walsh ('20)- Postdoc at MIT (Jensen/Olsen Lab)
  • Micheal Hyatt ('20)- Postdoc at University of Minnesota (Mahanthappa/Bates Lab)
  • Jaimie Kurtz (Masters '18)- University of Illinois (College of Education)
  • Carl Schultz ('21)- Boston start-up
  • Marjorie Bridgewater ('21)- JPL National Lab
  • Lingze Wei (MS '17)- Graduate student at Stanford University
Undergraduate
  • Thomas Johnston
  • Bugra Sahin
  • Robert Schneider
  • Muneeb Ansari
  • Mikaela Dressendorfer
  • Kristen Lee
  • Pak Wing Chen
  • Chengling Qiu
  • Bryan Scheulin
  • SiiHong (Will) LauSiiHong (Will) Lau
  • Regev Trigalo
  • Tola Okesanjo
  • Eric Su
  • Yasheen Jadidi
  • Evan Richter
  • Michael Kubacki
  • David Braker
  • Joseph Schlude
  • Brett Llewellyn
  • Rahul Gogia