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Principal Investigator
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Melanie Sanford grew up in Providence, RI. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Yale University in 1996 where she worked with Professor Bob Crabtree studying C-F bond functionalization. She then moved to Caltech where she worked with Professor Bob Grubbs investigating the mechanism of ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis reactions. After receiving her PhD in 2001, she worked with Professor Jay Groves at Princeton University as an NIH post-doctoral fellow studying metalloporphyrin-catalyzed functionalization of olefins. Melanie has been a professor at the University of Michigan since the summer of 2003.

Curriculum Vitae

mssanfor@umich.edu

   
Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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Dr. Christo Sevov

B.S. Chemistry 2009; University of Notre Dame
Advisor: Olaf Wiest
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014; University of California, Berkeley
Advisor: John Hartwig

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Flow batteries


csevov@umich.edu

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Dr. Curren Mbofana

B.A. Honors in Chemistry 2008; Connecticut College
Advisor: Marc Zimmer
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014; Yale University
Advisor: Scott Miller

Time: 2014-Present
Project: C-H functionalization


mbofanac@umich.edu

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Dr. Shoshanna Barnett

B.S., M.S. Chemistry, 2008; Brandeis University
Advisor: Oleg Ozerov
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, 2013; University of Washington
Advisors: Jim Mayer

Time: 2015-Present

Project: Flow batteries

shbarnet@umich.edu

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Dr. Anna Dunn

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; University of North Carolina
Advisor: Wenbin Lin
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015; University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: Clark Landis

Time: 2015-Present

Project: Electrochemical Oxidations

aldunn@umich.edu

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Dr. Megan Cismesia

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Paul Hergenrother
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015; University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: Tehshik Yoon

Time: 2015-Present

Project: Fluorination

megcisme@umich.edu

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Dr. Eugene Chong

Biological Chemistry, 2009; University of Toronto
Advisor: Mark Lautens
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014; University of British Columbia
Advisor: Laurel Schafer

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-2015; University of California, Irvine
Advisor: Suzanne Blum

Time: 2015-Present

Project: C-H Functionalization

chongugn@umich.edu

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Dr. Matthew McCammant

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; Central Washington University
Advisor: Levente Fabry-Asztalos
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015; University of Utah
Advisor: Matthew Sigman

Time: 2015-Present

Project: Fluorination

mmccamma@umich.edu

Graduate Students  
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Naoko Ichiishi

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; University of California, Irvine
Advisor: Elizabeth Jarvo

Time: 2012-Present
Project: Fluorination


naokoi@umich.edu

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Nicole Camasso

B.A. in Chemistry, 2012; Bard College
Advisor: Emily McLaughlin

Time: 2013-Present
Project: High valent organometallic chemistry


camasso@umich.edu

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Ian Pendleton

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Eastern Michigan University
Advisor:Harriet Lindsay

Time: 2013-Present

Project: DFT/experimental studies of catalysis


ipendlet@umich.edu

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Nomaan Rezayee

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Pepperdine University
Advisor: Joe Fritsch

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Reduction of carbon dioxide


nomaanr@umich.edu

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Pablo Cabrera Ventura

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Regis University
Advisor: Kateri Ahrendt

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Flow batteries


pabloco@umich.edu

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Sydonie Schimler

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Lawrence University
Advisor: Stefan Debbert

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Fluorination


schimles@umich.edu

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James Bour

B.S. in Chemistry, 2013; Hope College
Advisor: Jeffrey B. Johnson

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Trifluoromethylation/Organometallics


jambour@umich.edu

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Bryant James

B.S. in Chemistry, 2013; Millersville University
Advisor: Edward Rajaseelan

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Catalysis in metal organic frameworks


bryjames@umich.edu

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Melissa Lee

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; Yale University
Advisor: Jonathan Ellman

Time: 2014-Present
Project: C-H Functionalization


meliylee@umich.edu

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Danielle Samblanet

B.S. in Chemistry, 2013; University of Toledo
Advisor: Joseph Schmidt

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Reduction of carbon dioxide


dsambla@umich.edu

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Devin Ferguson

B.A. in Chemistry, 2014; St. Olaf College
Advisor: Dipa Kalyani

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Organometallics


dfrg@umich.edu

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Katarina Makaravage

B.S. in Chemistry 2014; Appalachian State University
Advisor: Michael Hambourger

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Fluorination


kjmak@umich.edu


Visiting Students
Rotators
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Anuska Shrestha

B.A. in Chemistry 2015; Bard College
Advisor: Emily McLaughlin

Time: Fall 2015-Present
Project: C-H Functionalization


ashresth@umich.edu

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Mark Mantell

B.A. in Chemistry 2015; Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Advisor: Marion Emmert

Time: Fall 2015-Present
Project: Catalysis in metal organic frameworks


mmantell@umich.edu

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Monique Cook

B.S. in Chemistry 2015; Florida A&M University
Advisor: Anita Nag

Time: Fall 2015-Present
Project: Flow batteries


cookme@umich.edu

Undergraduate Students
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Sharmila Samaroo

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James Lawniczak

Alumni