LAHTI GROUP ALUMNI/ALUMNAE
Alumni Graduate Students 
(with Ph.D. Dissertation Titles)

[updated May 2013, to best of information available]

Denton, Frank R., III
Ph.D.
1991
Denton Intellectual Property Law Firm, LLC
Base-Induced Chemistry of alpha,omega-Bis(Dialkylsulfonium)-p-xylenes:
Ylides, Quinodimethanes, Diradicals, Adducts, and High Polymers in the Precursor Route to Poly(p-Phenylene vinylene).
Modarelli, David A.
Ph.D.
1991
University of Akron, Ohio
Professor, Director Center for Laser & Optical Spectroscopy
The Convenient Unimolecular Generation of Phenoxyl Radicals and Phenoxy-Phenoxy Radical Pairs:  Studies of and Applications to Organic Ferromagnets.
Kearley, Mark L.
Ph.D.
1992
Florida State University
Honors Lecturer
Investigations of 1,1,2,3,3-Pentamethylenepropane Derivatives.
Ichimura, Andrew S.
Ph.D.
1992
San Francisco State
Assistant Professor
An Ab Initio and Semiempirical Study of the Effects of Structure and Heteroatom Substitution on the Ground State Multiplicities of Pi-Conjugated Radicals and Nitrenes.
Rossitto, Frank
Ph.D.
1994
Bayer MaterialScience
The Photochemical Generation of Polymeric Polyradicals from Photolabile Precursors in the Quest for Ferromagnetic Polymeric Materials. 
Minato, Masaki
Ph.D.
1994
ITW Plexus
Danvers, MA
Investigation of Exchange Coupling and Ground State Multiplicity in Bis(arylnitrenes) with Varying Structure.
Sarker, Ananda M.
Ph.D.
1994
Bangladesh
The Development of Versatile Substitution Placement in the
Polyelectrolyte Soluble Precursor Synthesis of Poly(1,4-Phenylene vinylene)s and Their Analogues.
Ling, Christopher
Ph.D.
1994
Abbott Laboratories
Chicago, IL
Structural Effects on Electronic Exchange Coupling in Bis(arylnitrene) Systems.
Inceli, Ahmet Levent
Ph.D.
1996
Istanbul, Turkey
Design of Interelectronic Exchange in Phenoxyl and Nitroxyl Based Systems.
Kalgutkar, Rajdeep S.
Ph. D.
1997
3M
Minneapolis, MN
The Design and Synthesis of Organic Magnetic Materials.
Gurge, Ronald M.
Ph. D.
1998
PreCision Dermatology
Cumberland, RI
Synthesis and Luminescent Properties of Conjugated Polymers based on Poly(p-Phenylene vinylene).
Walton, Richard
Ph. D.
1998
Goulston Technologies Inc.
Monroe, NC
The Design and Synthesis of Mono- and Bis-nitrene Models for Organic Magnetic Materials.
Liu, Yanbing
Ph. D.
2000

Acton, Massachusetts

I. The Design and Synthesis of Model Compounds for Study of High-Spin Organic Magnetic Materials.
II. The Design and Synthesis of Soluble and Regioregular Poly(phenylene vinylene)s.
Sanborn, Jon
Ph. D.
2000
Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA
(Assistant Professor)
I. A 13C-NMR Labeling Study of the Wessling Polymerization.
II. Using DFT Methods to Probe Open Shell Molecules: Problems and Prospects.
Xie, Chunping
Ph. D.
2000
Milliken Materials Technologies
Shanghai, China
The Design and Synthesis of Potential Organic Magnetic Materials, Light Emitting Diodes, and Biosensors. 
Marby, Kenneth
M. S.
2001
Arena Pharmaceuticals
San Diego, CA
 
Liao, Yi
Ph. D.
2001
Florida Institute of Technology
Associate Professor
The Control of Spin Multiplicity and Magnetic Properties by Molecular Architecture
Esat, Burak
Ph. D.
2001
Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
Assistant Professor
Nitronyl Nitroxides and Benzimidazole-3-oxide-1-oxyls as Building Blocks of Organic Magnetic Materials.
Ruiz, Jacqueline
Ph. D.
2001
National University, San Diego, CA
Synthesis, Isolation, and Magnetic Properties of Hydrogen-bonded Tert-Butyl Nitroxide.
Field (Michalak), Lora
Ph. D.
2003
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Ontario, Canada
The Synthesis and Magnetism of Nitroxide Radicals and Their Metal Complexe.
Serwinski, Paul R.
Ph. D.
2003
CiDRA Precision Services
Hartford, CT
The Control of Spin Multiplicity and Magnetic Properties by Molecular Architecture.
Sierra, Cesar A.
Ph. D.
2005
Universidad Nacional en Bogata, Columbia
Assistant Professor

Energy Transfer in Multichromophoric, Segmented PPV Copolymers and Oligomers.

Singer, Paul
M. S.
2005
Massachusetts, USA

 

Taylor, Patrick S.
Ph. D.
2006
Cyalume Technologies, W. Springfield, MA

Hydrogen Bonding and Exchange Interactions in Organic-Based Magnetic Materials.

Baskett, Martha
Ph. D.
2006

Design and Synthesis of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Molecules for Magnetic Materials.

Delen, Zeynep
Ph. D.
2007
Ege’de Atölye (Director)

Synthesis of Phenols with Potential Biological Activities & Crystallography and Magnetism of Nitroxides.

Rathnayake, Hemali
Ph. D.
2007
Western Kentucky University
(Assistant Professor)

Organic Luminophores in Molecular and Polymeric Materials.

Sumranjit, Jitapa (May)
Ph. D.
2007
Thailand National Nanotechnology Center

Conjugated Organic Molecules as Models for Potential Sensors.

Sanyal, Nibedita
Ph. D.
2007
United States Pharmacopeia, India

Synthesis, Characterization, and Luminance Properties of Conjugated Phenyleneethynylene Systems.

Qiu, Yilin (Elaine)
M.S.
2007
Camas, WA

Lin, Meng-chieh
M.S.
2007
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA

Aboaku, Safo
Ph.D.
2008
University of Missisippi
(Instructional Assistant Professor )

Organic Radicals as Potential Magnetic Materials and Bio-probes

Seber, Gonca
Ph.D.
2012
MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment
(visiting scientist)

Organic Radicals for Electronic Materials

Chudomel, J. Matthew
Ph.D.
2012
Army Research Laboratory [postdoc]
Adelphi Laboratory Center, MD

Synthesis and Photophysical Characterization of Conjugated Molecules for Potential Solar Cell Uses

Sondak, Debra
M.S.
2013

Molecular Crystal Assembly of Organic Radicals and Biradicals

Akpinar, Handan
Ph.D.
2013
Turkey

Molecular Crystal Assembly of Organic Radicals and Biradicals

Devaughn, Raymond
M.S.
2014
Brewer Science, Missouri

Push-­Pull Molecules: Models and Polymer Building Blocks for Organic Photovoltaic Applications


Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Research Associate Alumni

Yoshioka, Naoki
Postdoc
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow
1992
Keio University, Tokyo, JAPAN
Professor
Yang, Changqing
Postdoc
1995
Independent Chemicals Professional
Chapyshev, Sergei
Visiting Scientist
1997
Inst. for Chem. Physics
Russian Academy of Sciences, RUSSIA
Gardner (née Pasco), Susan
Postdoc (appointed with Karasz Grou)
1998-1999
Nye Lubricants, Inc.
Brookline, NH, USA
Sarker, Andanda
Postdoc (appointed with Karasz Grou)
1999-2001
BANGLADESH
Ghalsasi, Prasanna
Postdoc
2001-2002

Maharaja Sayajirao Univ. of Baroda, Vadodara, INDIA Reader

Murata, Hidenori
Postdoc
2005-2006
Nissan, Kanagawa, Japan
Taylor, Patrick
Postdoc (appointed with Karasz Group)
2010-2012
Cyalume Technologies,
W. Springfield, MA
Novak, Miguel A.
Visiting Professor
2010-2011
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro,
R.J., Brasil
Vaz, Maria G. F.
Visiting Professor
2010-2011
Universidade Federal Fluminense,
Niterói, R.J., Brasil
Mercante, Luiza M.
Visiting Scholar
2011-2012
Universidade Federal Fluminense,
Niterói, R.J., Brasil
Cagnin, Flavia
Visiting Scholar
2012-2013
Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Araraquara, Brasil
Cehver, Sevki
Visiting Scholar
2013
Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey


Undergraduate Research Associate Alumni
(last known contact)

DiVerdi, Michael
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1986
Foley Hoag LLP
Mullowney, James
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1987
Pharmacycle
Phelps, Peter
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1988
 
Mouser, James
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1988
 
Carroll, James
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1988
 
Niziolek, Thomas
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1988
Madico, Inc
Glynn, Roberta
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1988
Mersana Therapeutics
Schubert, Ross
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Alumni Scholar
1988
Syntex Chemical, CA
Ruell, James
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1989
pIon Inc.,
Woburn, MA
Cameron, Charles
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1988
Deskside Support Engineer at IBM
Sheridan, Peter
B.S.(UMass-Dartmouth)
1992
Corning Chemical Labs
Britt, Shawn
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1992
Novartis
Johnson, Rebecca
B.S. (Honors)
Pfizer Summer Fellowship Awardee
1992
[Massachusetts Inst. of Technology]
Pearlstein, Gregory
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1993
U-Cal Santa Cruz (Mathematics)
Qualls (DeCheke), Anna
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1993
Grad Admissions Director, Johns Hopkins
Jung, Karsten
Diploma Chimiker Universität Freiburg 
Exchange Student 
1994
[Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz]
Rivai, Eliza
B.S. (Chem. Eng.)
1995
 
Leslie, Ian
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1995
 
Kestyn, Paul
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1996
 
Khorasanizadeh, Sadaf
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1997
Healey Neurolgy Group, CT
La, Frances
B.S. (Mt. Holyoke College)
1997
Proctor & Gamble
Krause, Gernot
Diploma Chimiker Universität Tubingen 
Exchange Student 
1996
[Universität Tubingen, GERMANY]
Hickl, Markus
Cand. Rer. Nat. Universität Freiburg 
Exchange Student
1997
[Universität Freiburg, GERMANY]
Briggs, Timothy
B.S. UMass-Amherst
1998
[Cornell Univ.]
Grajko, Ivonne
B.S. UMass Amherst
Chem Dept Research Award
1998
 Safety-Kleen
Baldwin (Makowski), Amy
B.S.(Honors) UMass-Amherst
Alumni Scholar, Sigma Xi Research Award
1998
Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA
Motyka, Eric
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Hypercube Award
1998
 Astra-Zeneca
Styche, Eric
B.S. UMass-Amherst
President of Chemistry Club,
Chemical Sciences Alliance
2000
 Proton Energy Systems, Wallingford CT, USA
Albert, Robert
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Richard Fessenden Award,
Chemistry Department

Pfizer PREPARE Fellow
2000
 Wyeth-Ayerst, NJ
Scott (Rafuse), Allison
B.S. UMass-Amherst (Honors)
Hypercube Award
2000
Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Taylor, Patrick
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Pfizer PREPARE Fellow
2000
Cyalume Technologies, W. Springfield, MA
Hasan, Nazneen
B.S. UMass-Amherst
2000
 
Choi, Jong
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Pfizer PREPARE Fellow
2001
Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
Tresback, Jason
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Pfizer PREPARE Fellow
2001
Senior Metrology Engineer (Harvard)  
Hoyo, Samantha
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Award
2002
Rockland High School, MA 
O'Brien, Brigid
B.S. UMass-Amherst
Richard Fessenden Award,
Chemistry Department
2002
Research Physical Scientist at US Army
Hill (née Shields), Pamela
B.S. (Honors) UMass-Amherst
2002
Astra-Zeneca
Numbers, Jason
B.S. UMass-Amherst
2005
Hammar, Justin
B.S. UMass-Amherst
2005
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Pierce, Matthew
B.S. UMass-Amherst
2009
Collins, John
B.S. UMass-Amherst
2009
Allen, Tamara
B.S. UMass-Amherst (Honors)
American Institute of Chemists Award (2010)
John Chandler Award, Hatch Fellowship (2009)
Edward Shapiro Scholarship (2009)

2010
Rymasz, Jonathan
B.S. UMass-Amherst
2010
Batten, Amanda
B.S. UMass-Amherst (Honors)
Merck Index Award (2011)

2011
Anquillare, Emma
B.S. Smith College
UMass Chem Dept Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (2011)
2011
Shaffer, Emma
B.A. Hampshire College
2012
Boroche, Christopher
(UMass Amherst)
2013

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