Current Group Members

Jonathan Brosmer
Graduate Student
4th Year

Jon joined the Diaconescu group in the summer of 2011 after earning his B.S. from Indiana University, where he worked with Professor Dennis Peters studying organic electrochemistry. Presently, Jon is studying redox-active polymerization catalysts. Additionally, he is a shared student with the Zink group studying the complexes synthesized in the Diaconescu lab by resonance Raman spectroscopy.

Stephanie Quan
Graduate Student
4th Year

Stephanie joined the Diaconescu lab in the fall of 2011 after a three year teaching stint at Harvard-Westlake School. She graduated from Columbia University in 2008 where she did research with Ged Parkin (nickel nitrosyl complexes and palladium complexes) and Scott Snyder (new halogenation methods for total synthesis).

Mark Abubekerov
Graduate Student
3rd Year

Mark received his B.S. in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 2011. While at Berkeley he worked in the Arnold group on heteroallene activation by coordinatively unsaturated, tris(pyrazolyl)borate nickel(II) alkyl complexes. Mark joined the Diaconescu group in September 2012 and is currently working on developing late, first row, transition metal polymerization catalysts with ferrocene based ligands.

Jun Gao
Undergraduate
Senior

Jun joined the Diaconescu group in April 2013. She works with Stephanie in the lab on synthesizing new ligands. She likes swimming, enjoys good food, and loves traveling.

Anh Ngoc Hong
Undergraduate
Senior

Anh joined the Diaconescu group in April 2014. She is currently learning how to synthesize and analyze ferrocene derivatives from Mark. She likes swimming, painting, and strolling along the beach while eating Dryer’s Cookies N’ Cream ice cream. She hopes that in the near future, she'll be able to familiarize the younger generation with various chemistry topics through her illustrations.

Scott Shepard
Undergraduate
Junior

Scott joined the Diaconescu group in July 2014. He is an undergraduate majoring in Chemistry, and he works with Mark to synthesize ferrocene based ligands. When not studying or working in the lab, he is involved in student government as well as the leadership of his fraternity. His passion is traveling, and he has visited over thirty countries.

Alexander Laughlin
Undergraduate
Sophomore

Alex joined the Diaconescu group in the fall of 2014. He is an undergraduate majoring in chemistry/material science. He works with Jon studying redox-active polymerization catalysis.

Alumni

Wenliang Huang
Graduate Student
2008-2013

Postdoctoral scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selma Duhovic
Graduate Student
2008-2012

Postdoctoral scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Erin Broderick
Graduate Student
2006-2011

Senior Research Scientist, UOP a Honeywell Company

Marisa Monreal
Graduate Student
2005-2011

Postdoctoral scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Colin Carver
Graduate Student
2005-2010

Engineer, Intel Corporation

Xinke Wang
Postdoctoral scholar
2012-2014

Suyun Jie
Postdoctoral scholar
2008-2009

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

Berline Mougang
Visiting Graduate
2012

Graduate Student, University of Montreal

Arnaud Thevenon
Visiting Master
2012-2013

Graduate Student, Imperial College London, UK

William Lemke
M.Sc. 2014
2012-2014

Paul Abukhalil
M.Sc. 2014
2012-2014

Bryan Williams
M.Sc. 2012
2008-2012

Brian Lydon
Undergraduate
2011-2013

Graduate Student, University of California, Irvine

Jason Lee
Undergraduate
2010-2012

Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle

Andrew Elliott
Undergraduate
2010-2012

Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley

David Gonzalez
Undergraduate
2011-2012

Graduate Student, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at University of California, Los Angeles

Andrew Buechler
Undergraduate
2010-2011

B.Sc. from UCLA 2013

Allison Wong
Undergraduate
2008-2011

MD/PhD student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, University of California, San Francisco

Kevin Ogilby
Undergraduate
2007-2011

Start-up company in Los Angeles

Peter Thuy-Boun
Undergraduate
2007-2010

Graduate Student at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California

Kathy On
Undergraduate
2008-2009

Lab Technician at NanoImaging Services, Inc in La Jolla, San Diego

Nathan Gutzwiller
Undergraduate
2006-2007

Nuclear Chemistry Technician at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Clemente, CA



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