2

Principal Investigator
16

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

 

16

Dr. Monica Helvia Perez-Temprano

B.S. Chemistry, 2005; University of Valladolid
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, 2011; University of Valladolid
Advisors: Pablo Espinet, Juan A. Casares

Time: 2012-Present

Project: High valent organometallic chemistry

perezmh@umich.edu

16

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

16

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

16

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

Graduate Students  
16

Amanda Cook-Sneathen

B.S. Chemistry, 2010; California State University, Fullerton
Advisor: Christopher Hyland

Time: 2011-Present
Project: Arene/methane functionalization


amkcook@umich.edu

16

Naoko Ichiishi

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

Time: 2012-Present
Project: Fluorination


naokoi@umich.edu

16

Nicole Camasso

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

Time: 2013-Present
Project: High valent organometallic chemistry


camasso@umich.edu

16

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

16

Nomaan Rezayee

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

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Reduction of carbon dioxide


nomaanr@umich.edu

16

Pablo Cabrera Ventura

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

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Flow batteries


pabloco@umich.edu

16

Sydonie Schimler

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

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Fluorination


schimles@umich.edu

16

James Bour

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

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Trifluoromethylation/Organometallics


jambour@umich.edu

16

Bryant James

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

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


bryjames@umich.edu

16

Melissa Lee

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

Time: 2014-Present
Project: C-H Functionalization


meliylee@umich.edu

16

Danielle Samblanet

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

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Reduction of carbon dioxide


dsambla@umich.edu

16

Devin Ferguson

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

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Organometallics


dfrg@umich.edu

16

Katarina Makaravage

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

Time: 2015-Present
Project: Fluorination


kjmak@umich.edu


Visiting Students
Rotators
16

Liz Meucci

B.S. in Chemistry 2015; University of Puget Sound
Advisor: Luc Boisvert

Time: Summer 2015-Present
Project: Organometallics


emeucci@umich.edu

16

Summer Dockrey

B.A. in Chemistry 2015; Bryn Mawr College
Advisor: Jason R. Schmink

Time: Summer 2015-Present
Project: C-H functionalization


sbakerdo@umich.edu

Undergraduate Students
16

Sharmila Samaroo

16

James Lawniczak

16

Tiara Brown

Alumni