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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. Douglas Genna

B.S. Chemistry, 2006; Haverford College
Advisor: Frances Rose Blase
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, 2011; Johns Hopkins University
Advisor: Gary H. Posner

Time: 2012-Present
Project: Catalysis in metal organic frameworks
dgenna@umich.edu

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Dr. Monica Helvia Perez-Temprano

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

Time: 2012-Present

Project: High valent organometallic chemistry

perezmh@umich.edu

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Dr. James Suttil

B.S. Chemistry, 2009; University of Tasmania
Ph. D. Organometallic Chemistry, 2012; University of Tasmania
Advisor: David. S. McGuinness

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Flow batteries


jsuttil@umich.edu

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Dr. Sarah Ryan

B.S. Chemistry, 2009; Monash University
Advisor: Kellie Tuck; Honours with David Lupton
Ph. D. Organic Chemistry, 2012; Monash University
Advisor: David Lupton
Research Officer, 2012; the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Advisor: Dr. Craig Francis and Dr. Paul Savage

Time: 2013-Present
Project: C-H functionalization


sjryan@umich.edu

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Dr. Joseph J. Topczewski

B.S. Chemistry, 2007; University of Wisconsin at Parkside
Advisor: Lori B. Allen
Ph. D. Synthesis/Medical Chemistry, 2011; University of Iowa
Advisor: David F. Wiemer
Postdoc, 2011-2013; University of Iowa
Advisor: Daniel M. Quinn

Time: 2013-Present
Project: C-H functionalization


jtopczew@umich.edu

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Dr. Rachel Brooner

B.A. Chemistry; B.A. Psychology, 2008; Huntingdon College
Ph. D. Organic Chemistry, 2013; Duke University
Advisor: Ross Widenhoefer

Time: 2013-Present
Project: Flow batteries


brooner@umich.edu

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Dr. Christo Sevov

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

Time: 2014-Present
Project: Flow batteries


csevov@umich.edu

Graduate Students  
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Kate Butler McMurtrey

B.A. Chemistry, 2009; Bryn Mawr College
Advisor: Frank Mallory

Time: 2009-Present
Project: C-H functionalization


kbutl@umich.edu

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Monica Lotz

B.S. Biochemistry, 2008; University of Texas at Austin
Advisor: Stephen F. Martin

Time: 2010-Present
Project: Methane functionalization


lotzm@umich.edu

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Amanda Cook-Sneathen

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

Time: 2010-Present
Project: Arene/methane functionalization


amkcook@umich.edu

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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

Alumni
Visiting Students
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Natalia Munoz Padial
Ph. D. student at University of Granada

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Alvaro Gutierrez Bonet
B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry at University Autonomade Madrid
Ph. D. student at ICIQ

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Noam Saper
Brandeis University

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Josephine Eshon
Texas A & M University

Rotators
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Devin Ferguson
B.A. in Chemistry, 2014; St. Olaf College

Undergraduate Students
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Sharmila Samaroo