Former Ph.D. Students

Tyler Pabst
Ph.D., May 2022, Princeton University
Post-Doc at UC Berkeley with Polly Arnold
“Mechanism and Origins of Regioselectivity in the Catalytic C(sp2)–H Borylation of Arenes by Cobalt and Iron Complexes”

Peter Viereck
Ph.D., January 2022, Princeton University
Scientist at Janssen
“Cobalt, Iron, and Molybdenum Catalysts for the Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Alkenes and Arenes”

Sangmin Kim
Ph.D., June 2021, Princeton University
Post-Doc at UCLA with Alex Spokoyny
“Catalytic Hydrogenation of Metal Nitrides to Generate Ammonia Using Transition Metal Hydrides”


Aaron Zhong
Ph.D., June 2021, Princeton University
Post-Doc at ETH Zürich with Bill Morandi
“Cobalt-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Alkenes: Catalyst Development and Mechanistic Investigations”


Nadia Léonard
Ph.D., June 2019, Princeton University
Post-Doc at UC Irvine with Jenny Yang
“Cobalt and Nickel Catalysts for Arene Borylation and Alkene Hydrofunctionalizations”


Máté Bezdek
Ph.D., June 2019, Princeton University
Assistant Professor, ETH Zürich
The Interconversion of Ammonia with Its Elements by Molybdenum Complexes: Fundamental Investigations


Neil Palmer
Ph.D., June 2017, Princeton University
Universal Display Corporation
Design of alpha-Diimine Cobalt and Nickel Precatalysts for the Synthesis of Alkylpolyboronates


Jennifer Obligacion
Ph.D., June 2017, Princeton University
Associate Principal Scientist at Merck, Rahway
Base Metal Catalysis for the Synthesis of Organoboron Compounds


Max Friedfeld
Ph.D., May 2016, Princeton University
Post-Doc at University of Washington with Brandi Cossairt
Cobalt-Catalyzed Alkene Asymmetric Hydrogenation


Iraklis Pappas
Ph.D, May 2016, Princeton University
Research Scientist at Colgate-Palmolive
Fundamental Investigations Into Dinitrogen Fixation by Group 4 Metals

Renyuan “Pony” Yu
Ph.D, December 2015, Princeton University
Research Scientist at ExxonMobil, Texas

Brian Schaefer
Ph.D., November 2015, Princeton University
Eastman Chemical Company
Ligand Design Principles to Enable New Reactivity with Iron and Cobalt


Jordan Hoyt
Ph.D., May 2015, Princeton University
Research Scientist at ExxonMobil, Texas
Iron Catalyzed C-X (X = C, Si, B, H) Bond Forming Reactions


Grant Margulieux
Ph.D., May 2015, Princeton University
M.S., University of California-San Diego, 2011, Advisor: Josh Figueroa
Studies Toward Homogeneous Dinitrogen Reduction and Ammonia Oxidation by Bis(Imino)Pyridine Molybdenum Complexes and Group 4 Metallocenes


Scott Semproni
Ph.D., May 2014, Princeton University
Researcher at Intel, Oregon
Ligand Induced Dinitrogen Cleavage and Functionalization by Group Four Metallocenes


Crisita Atienza
Ph.D., May 2013, Princeton University
Market Developer at ExxonMobil, Texas
Reactivity of Bis(imino)pyridine Cobalt Complexes in C-H Bond Activation and Catalytic C-C and C-Si Bond Formation


Kevin Sylvester
Ph.D., January 2011, Cornell University
Research Chemist, PPG Industries
A Study of Iron-Catalyzed Reductive Cyclizations of 1,6-Dienes, 1,6-Enynes, 1,6-Diynes: Reactions that Proceed via Metallocyclic Intermediates


Doris Pun
Ph.D., December 2009, Cornell University
Research Chemist at BP
Reduced Indenyl and Cyclopentadienyl Group 4 Complexes: Fundamental Reactivity Studies and Dinitrogen Activation


Tamara Hanna
Ph.D., December 2006, Cornell University
Director, Professional Development & Education Products, ACS
Synthesis and Reactivity of Low-Valent Titanium and Zirconium Complexes: Dinitrogen Activation and Functionalization


Wesley Bernskoetter
Ph.D., December 2006, Cornell University
Professor, University of Missouri
Dinitrogen Activation and Functionalization Promoted by Early Transition Metal Metallocenes


Suzanne Bart
Ph.D., August 2006, Cornell University
Professor, Purdue University
Homogeneous Iron Catalysts with Redox-Active Ligands: Synthesis and Electronic Structure


Chris Bradley
Ph.D., January 2006, Cornell University
Program Officer, Department of Energy
Low-Valent Bis(Indenyl)Zirconium Chemistry: Synthesis and Reactivity of η-9, η-5 Sandwich Complexes

Former Postdoctoral Associates & Fellows

Sam Yruegas
September 2019 – April 2022
Ph.D., Baylor University, 2019
Advisor: Caleb Martin
To be announced …

Yoonsu Park
October 2019 – November 2021
Ph.D., KAIST, 2019
Advisors: Sukbok Chang and Mu-Hyun Baik
Assistant Professor, KAIST

Megan Mohadjer Beromi
March 2019 – May 2021
Ph.D., Yale University, 2019
Advisor: Nilay Hazari
Assistant Professor, US Naval Academy

Jacob Ludwig
June 2019 – December 2020
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2019, Advisor: Corrina Schindler
Senior Scientist at AbbVie

Rebeca Arévalo
September 2017 – May 2020
Ph.D., Universidad de Oviedo, Spain., 2017, Advisor: Julio Perez
Assistant Professor, UC Merced

Marcus Farmer
June 2018 – February 2020
Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute, 2018, Advisors: Jin-Quan Yu and Phil Baran
Staff Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline

Rose Kennedy
January 2017 – December 2019
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016, Advisor: Eric Jacobsen
Assistant Professor, Rochester University

Florian Loose
June 2017 – May 2019
Ph.D., University of Oldenburg, Germany, 2016, Advisor: Rüdiger Beckhaus

Matthew Joannou
June 2016 – April 2019
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2016, Advisor: Simon Meek
Senior Scientist II, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Cayetana Zarate
May 2017 – December 2018
Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), 2017, Advisor: Rubén Martín
Scientist at Janssen

Stephan Rummelt
January 2017 – November 2018
Ph.D., Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, 2016, Advisor: Alois Fürstner
Scientist at Roche

Simon Krautwald
March 2016 – January 2018
Ph.D., ETH Zurich, 2016, Advisor: Erick Carreira
Investigator at Novartis

Jamie Neely
October 2014 – June 2017
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2014, Advisor: Tomislav Rovis
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University

Chris Schuster
August 2014 – December 2016
Ph.D., Boston College, 2014, Advisor: James Morken
Research Scientist at Merck

Janelle Steves
September 2015 – September 2016
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2015, Advisor: Shannon Stahl
Research Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline


Valerie Schmidt
August 2013 – June 2016
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2013, Advisor: Erik Alexanian
Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego

Margaret Scheuermann
September 2013 – May 2015
Ph.D., University of Washington-Seattle, 2013, Advisor: Karen Goldberg
Assistant Professor at Western Washington University

Tianning Diao
October 2012 – June 2014
Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, Advisor: Shannon Stahl
Assistant Professor at New York University


Carsten Milsmann
June 2010 – May 2014
Ph.D., Ruhr University Bochum/MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2009, Advisor: Karl Wieghardt
Associate Professor at West Virginia University

Zach Brown
August 2012 – January 2013
B.S. Butler University, 2007
Ph.D., University of California – Davis, 2012, Advisor: Philip Power
Invention Associate, Nortwestern University

Zoe Turner
January 2011 – June 2012
M.Chem., Wadham College, University of Oxford, 2007
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2010, Advisor: Polly Arnold
SCG Research Fellow at University of Oxford

Sebastien Monfette
January 2011 – March 2012
B.Sc., University of Ottawa, 2005
Ph.D., University of Ottawa, 2011, Advisor: Deryn Fogg
Research Scientist at Pfizer, Connecticut

Bastian Theis
May 2010 – February 2011
Ph.D., University of Würzburg, 2009

Helen Hoyt
August 2007 – July 2009
B.Sc., Knox College, 2001
Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley, 2007
Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Knox College


David Benito Garagorri
January 2008 – May 2009
B.Sc., University of the Basque Country
Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology

Sergio Pascual
May 2008 – August 2008
Ph.D., University of the Basque Country

Brad Wile
November 2006 – July 2008
B.Sc., St. Francis Xavier University, 2002
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2006, Advisor: Mark Stradiotto
Associate Professor at Ohio Northern University

Marco Bouwkamp
July 2004 – June 2006
Ph.D., University of Groningen, 2004
Evers + Manders Subsidieadviseurs

Eric Hawrelak
January 2003 – August 2004
Ph.D., Virginia tech, 2002
Associate Professor at Bloomsburg University

Former Undergraduate Researchers

Benjamin Freeman
Princeton Class of 2021

Natalia Soja
Princeton Class of 2021

Lauren Ehehalt
Princeton Class of 2020

Kaitlyn MacMillan
Princeton Class of 2020

Rachel Macaulay
Princeton Class of 2019

Greg Skrzypek
Princeton Class of 2019

Summer Ramsay-Burrough
Princeton Class of 2017

Sean Treacy
Princeton Class of 2016
Graduate Student at Columbia University
Advisor: Tomislav Rovis

Hanley Ong
Princeton Class of 2016


Krysta Dummit
Princeton Class of 2015
Graduate Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor: Jeff Van Humbeck


Damon McLean
Princeton Class of 2014

Emma Kurz
Princeton Class of 2014

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