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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

   
Support Staff

 

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Dr. Andrew Higgs

B.A. Chemistry, 2005; Franklin and Marshall College
Advisor: Phyllis Leber
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2010; University of Michigan
Advisor: Melanie Sanford
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2011-2012; Stanford University
Advisor: Alan Sellinger

Time: 2016-Present
Role: Research Specialist and Lab Manager
athiggs@umich.edu

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Kathleen Dyki

Time: 2016-Present
Role: Senior Administrative Assistant
kkdyki@umich.edu

   
   
Research Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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Dr. Tom Vaid

B.S. Chemistry, 1992; University of Illinois
Advisor: Thomas Rauchfuss
Ph.D. Chemistry, 1997; Cornell University
Advisor: Peter Wolczanski
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2000; California Institute of Technology
Advisor: Nathan Lewis

Time: 2017-Present
Role: Research Scientist
Project: Electrochemistry
vaidt@umich.edu

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Dr. Christian Malapit

M.S. Chemistry 2009; Ateneo de Manila University
Advisor: Regina So
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016; University of Connecticut
Advisor: Amy Howell

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Fluorination
cmalapit@umich.edu

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Dr. Koen Hendriks

M.S. Chemistry 2010; Radboud University Nÿmegen
Advisor: Alan Rowan
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016; Eindhoven University of Technology
Advisor: René Janssen

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Flow Batteries
khendrik@umich.edu

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Dr. Courtney Roberts

B.S. Chemistry 2011; Pepperdine University
Advisor: Joe Fritsch
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016; University of North Carolina
Advisor: Simon Meek

Time: 2016-Present
Project: C–H Activation and Organometallics
cortnie@umich.edu

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Dr. Tolani Kuam Salvador

B.S. in Chemistry, 2011; Florida International University
Advisor: John Berry
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2017; Purdue University
Advisor: Timothy H. Warren

Time: 2017-Present
Project: C–H Activation
stolani@umich.edu

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Dr. Patrick Melvin

B.S. in Chemistry, 2012; West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Felix Goodson
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2017; Yale University
Advisor: Nilay Hazari

Time: 2017-Present
Project: Fluorination
pamelvin@umich.edu

   
   
Graduate Students

 

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Ian Pendleton

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

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
ipendlet@umich.edu

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James Bour

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

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Organometallics
jambour@umich.edu

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Bryant James

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

Time: 2014-Present
Project: MOF Catalysis
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

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Liz Meucci

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

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Organometallics
emeucci@umich.edu

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Monique Cook

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

Time: 2016-Present
Project: Flow Batteries
cookme@umich.edu

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Mark Mantell

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

Time: 2016-present
Project: C-H Functionalization and Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
mmantell@umich.edu

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Anuska Shrestha

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

Time: 2016-present
Project: C-H Functionalization
ashresth@umich.edu

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Ellen Aguilera

B.S. in Chemistry 2016; West Virginia University
Advisor: Xiaodong Shi and Jessica Hoover

Time: 2017-present
Project: C–H Activation
eyaguil@umich.edu

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Pronay Roy

M.S. in Chemistry 2015; Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur

Time: 2017-present
Project: Organometallics
pronayry@umich.edu

   
   
Visiting Students

 

   
   
Rotators

 

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Conor Brigham

B.S. in Biochemistry 2017; Loyola University
Advisor: Jim Devery

Time: 2017-present
Project: Fluorination
cbrig@umich.edu

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Naish Lalloo

B.S. in Honors Chemistry 2017; North Carolina State University
Advisor: Josh Pierce

Time: 2017-present
Project: C–H Activation
nlalloo@umich.edu

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Yichao Yan

B.S. in Molecular Synthesis 2017; University of California San Diego
Advisor: Ryan Shenvi

Time: 2017-present
Project: Flow Batteries
ychyan@umich.edu

   
   
Undergraduate Students

 

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Zohaib Siddiqi

Chemistry Major

Time: 2017-present
Project: MOF Catalysis

Alumni