Summer Undergraduate Participants

2018

Abby Bratton

Murray State University

Miguel Betancourt-Ponce

University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Advisor: Stuart Rowan

Sarah Claessens

Gustavus Adolphus College

Advisor: Thomas Hoye 

Maeghan Easler

Iowa State University

Alexander Feistritzer

University of Chicago

Advisor: Paul Dauenhauer

Vincent Flores

Saginaw Valley State University

Amy Guo

UCLA

Advisor: Stuart Rowan

Alayna Johnson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: Julia Kalow

Hannah Kolsky

Loyola University Chicago

Advisor: Jane Wissinger

Anna Makar-Limanov

Amherst College

Advisor: Theresa Reineke

Marianne Meyersohn

California Polytechnic State University

Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

Zachary Vaughn

Oberlin College

Kristen Vogt

The College of New Jersey

Advisor: Kechun Zhang

2017

Emily Abdo

Emily Abdo

Princeton University

Chemically Recyclable Polyurethane Foams from Sustainable Polymer

Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

Milton Acosta

Milton Acosta

Carthage College

Designing Dinuclear-Metal Catalysts for the Copolymerization of CO2 and Epoxides

Advisor: Christopher Cramer 

Hannah Bates

Hannah Bates

Sarah Lawrence College

Hydroxyl & Silyl Ether Exchange in Vitrimer Systems

Advisor: William Dichtel 

Paul Advincula

Paul Advincula

Case Western Reserve University

Ring-Opening Copolymerization of CO2 & Lignin-Derived Epoxides

Advisors: Geoffrey Coates and Anna LaPointe

Rebecca Goncalves

Rebecca Goncalves

The College of New Jersey

Developing Sustainable Acrylates for 3D Printing

Advisor: Theresa Reineke

Abby Hilker

Abby Hilker

Ripon College

Dyeing to Degrade: A Bioplastics Experiment

Advisor: Jane Wissinger

Eleanor Mayes

Eleanor Mayes

University of Chicago

Synthesis of 7-Oxanorbornene Monomers and their Subsequent Polymerizations via ROMP

Advisor: Thomas Hoye 

Anna Overholts

Anna Overholts

Cornell University

Work Towards a Polyether Elastomer

Advisors: Geoffrey Coates and  Anna LaPointe

Kerry Owusu

Kerry Owusu

University of Pittsburgh

Biosynthesis of N-acetyl-serine for Antifouling Materials

Advisor: Kechun Zhang

Quentoria Walton

Quentoria Walton

Tuskegee University

Synthesis of Perfectly Alternating Poly(lactic acid-co-3-hydroxypropionic acid) From a Renewable Cyclic Diester Monomer

Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

Emily Wilborn

Emily Wilborn

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Using Directing Groups to Facilitate the Decarbonylation of FAMEs

Advisor: William Tolman

Allison Wong

Allison Wong

Williams College

Itaconic Acid Derived Elastomers

Advisor: Brett Fors 

Aristotelis Zografos

Aristotelis Zografos

University of Maryland College Park

Advisor: Frank Bates 

2016

Joshua Arens

Joshua Arens

University of South Dakota

Finding Green Alternatives to Platinum Catalysts for Hydrosilylation and Hydrogenation of Carboxylic Derivatives

Advisor: John Hartwig

Paola

Paola Baldaguez Medina

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Isosorbide Based Triblock Copolymer for Thermoplastic Elastomers

Advisor: Theresa Reineke

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Brooke Benson

Luther College

Olefins from Biodiesel: Decarbonylation Using a Ruthenium Catalyst

Advisor: William Tolman

Brenna

Brenna Budaitis

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Investigating Synthetic Routes Toward Optimally Obtaining a Carene-Derived Sustainable Polymer

Advisor: Thomas Hoye

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Susan Chen

Cornell University

High-Throughput Screening for Catalyst Development for Aliphatic Polyester Synthesis

Advisors: Geoffrey Coates and Anne LaPointe

Jessica

Jessica Freeze

University of Rochester

Predicting Catalytic Activity for Caprolactone Polymerization through Framework Distortion Analysis

Advisor: Christopher Cramer

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Francis Hamkins-Indik

University of California, Santa Cruz

Improving Metal Catalysts for Deoxydehydration of Vicinal Diols

Advisor: Dean Toste

Maggie

Maggie Lau

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

New Lactone Monomers from Hydrogenation and Oxidation of Substituted Phenols

Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

Sam

Sam Merlus

Miami Dade College

Biosynthesis of Novel Monomers

Advisor: Kechun Zhang

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Samuel Newman-Stonebraker

Cornell University

Development of Double Metal Cyanide Catalysts for Epoxide/CO2 Copolymerization

Advisors: Geoffrey Coates and Anne LaPointe

Anna Overholts

Anna Overholts

Cornell University

Catalyst Development for Sustainably Sourced Polyethers

Advisors: Geoffrey Coates and Anne LaPointe

Violet

Violet Sheffey

University of New Mexico

Synthesis of Degradable Polyester Elastomers

Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

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Malcolm Smith

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Exploring the Mechanism of Enhanced C4 Production in Evolved E. coli Strain

Advisor: Michelle Chang

Jeremy

Jeremy Swartz

University of Florida

Castor Oil as a Renewable Alternative to Poly(ethylene oxide) in Isosorbide-derived Thermoset Polymers

Advisors: Marc Hillmyer and Jane Wissinger

Jamie

Jamie Wooding

Rutgers University

3D Printing of Co-Continuous Polymer Blends for Tissue Engineering Applications

Advisor: Christopher Macosko

2015

JOSEPH AUSTIN
Harding University
Advisor: William Dichtel

LEAH BACON
Cornell University
Advisor: Geoffrey Coates

MARISSA BEAM
Tulane University
Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

FELIPE CORREA NETTO
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Advisor: John Hartwig

MCCKINZIE COUGHLIN
University of Florida
Advisor: Frank Bates

KEVIN FOX
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Advisor: Dean Toste

LEAH JAYNES
Northland College
Advisor: Anne LaPointe

HILLIS JOHNSON
California Lutheran University
Advisor: William Tolman

MONIKA MOLENDA
Oakland University
Advisor: Theresa Reineke

MATTHEW MORROW
Michigan State University
Advisor: Dean Toste

SELINA J. ORTIZ PICCARD
Piccard University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Advisor: Chris Macosko

SUSAN PHAM
Oklahoma State University
Advisor: Kechun Zhang

ZACH SWINGEN
Augsburg College
Advisor: Jane Wissinger

2014

SONIA POLLOCK
Macalester College
Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

LIDIA SWANSON
Normandale Community College
Advisor: Theresa Reineke

JOEL UPDYKE
Century College
Advisor: Frank Bates

2013

BRANDON ADAMS
Virginia Commonwealth University
Advisor: Frank Bates

LINDSAY DAVIS
Langston University
Advisor: Jane Wissinger

COOPER GATES
Oregon State University
Advisor: Chris Macosko

2012

JOHN CAMPBELL
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Advisor: Theresa Reineke

ERIN HILL
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

KRISTINA MASICA
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Advisor: Marc Hillmyer

SEAN PICKTHORN
St. John’s University
Advisor: Frank Bates

TIHITINA SALVATORE
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Advisors: Chris Macosko and Marc Hillmyer