Assistant Professor – Organic, Polymers, and Computational Chemistry

Research and/or Creative Works

The research in my group aims to explore efficient ways to build sequence- and shape-defined macromolecules with new living polymerization techniques and by synthetic transcription/replication. Potential applications include the creation of (i) artificial antibodies, (ii) enzyme-inspired catalyst as well as (iii) self-assembled materials for energy storage and conversion. To meet this fundamental challenge, we are combining multiscale computer modeling with methods of controlled covalent and non-covalent synthesis at the nano- and mesoscale and have invented chirality-assisted synthesis for precise molecular shape control. Graduate and undergraduate students in my group gain valuable interdisciplinary experience in organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, materials characterization, and computer modeling.

Publications

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2017

  • International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2011–2013

  • 2011 Hammett Award in Chemistry for Excellence in Studies and Research toward the PhD, Columbia University, awarded to the top Graduate Student

  • Arun Guthikonda Memorial Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, Columbia University, awarded to the top Fourth Year Graduate Student, 2010–2011

  • Upjohn Fellowship for Academic Excellence, Columbia University, 2007–2008

  • Young Researcher Participant, 18th Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry, Lindau, Germany, 2006

  • Scholarships from the Alfred Werner Legate at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, awarded for Academic Excellence, 2005 and 2006

  • Member of the Swiss National Team at the 34th International Chemistry Olympiad, Groningen, the Netherlands for High School Researchers, 2002

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry, and theoretical/computational chemistry

Education

  • B.A., University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2006
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY, 2011
  • International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2011–2014

Contact

Phone:
  • (802) 656-0252
Office Location:

Discovery Hall W108A

Courses Taught

Chem 241 — Advanced Organic Chemistry I (Fall 2014, 15, and 16)

Chem 251 — Physical Organic Chemistry (Spring 2015 and 16)

Chem 214 — Polymer Chemistry (Spring 2017)

Chem 141 — Organic Chemistry I (Fall 2017)