Dr. Miranda Quintana received his B.S. degree (Radiochemistry major, summa cum laude) from the Higher Institute of Technologies and Applied Sciences (Havana, Cuba). He earned his Ph.D. (Chemistry) in 2017 from the University of Havana, and conducted research between Cuba (supervised by Prof. Luis Montero, University of Havana) and Canada (supervised by Prof. Paul Ayers, McMaster University). He then went on to McMaster University for a year, before moving to York University (Toronto) for a postdoc in the group of Prof. Rene Fournier, thanks to a York Science Fellowship. Dr. Miranda Quintana’s work is devoted to developing, implementing, and applying new tools to study the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. In particular, he is interested in exploring wave function forms suitable for describing strongly correlated systems. He is also working on new ways to study charge transfer and chemical reactivity using quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics.
“Dr. Habenicht obtained her Dr. rer. nat. (Sc.D.) at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, where she developed novel small-molecule fluorophores. As an Adjunct Lecturer here at UF, she discovered that teaching is her passion. She tries to facilitate students? mastery of Organic Chemistry while maintaining a high standard, experimenting with different strategies, tools and classroom props to help students visualize and rationalize difficult concepts.”
Congratulations to Carter Boelke from the Wei group for obtaining an undergraduate student internship at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The internship is a part of a competitive program called the Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, which aims to help educate undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a unique research experience. The program takes place over 10 weeks and is designed to help develop skills important for STEM careers. Carter will work with DOE scientists as well as graduate students at Iowa State University to conduct and present research relevant to carbon dioxide utilization. He will investigate how to catalytically convert carbon dioxide into value-added oxygenates using highly-selective catalysts including first-row transition metals. Carter was one of about 800 applicants who were admitted to various laboratories across the country.
Roberto Serrano is the recipient of the 2018 Keaffaber Scholar Award…
Congratulations to Roberto F. Serrano, Jr. who has been named the recipient of the 2018 Keaffaber Scholar Award. The award has been made possible through the generosity of Dr. Jeffrey Keaffaber, a longtime friend and supporter of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Keaffaber received his Ph.D. from the Department in 1989 (with Prof. William Dolbier, Jr.) and has enjoyed a career in industry, entrepreneurship, consulting, and teaching. Within the Department of Chemistry he has served as a senior lecturer, undergraduate advisor, and pioneer of new teaching initiatives.
The Keaffaber Scholar Award recognizes the overall excellence in research and academic scholarship of one of our senior chemistry majors. To be eligible for the award, the undergraduate must be research active within the Department of Chemistry and committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry. This year’s recipient, Roberto Serrano, is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry. He has been working in the lab of Dr. Alexander Grenning for two years, conducting research in organic chemistry. His research involves the development of the reductive Cope rearrangement. The purpose of his research is to promote unfavorable [3,3] sigmatropic rearrangements for facile access to complex natural product scaffolds. In the spring of 2018, Roberto was selected to the competitive University Scholars Program for his undergraduate research. Roberto plans to pursue a PhD in chemistry with a focus in synthetic organic chemistry. His goal after earning his PhD is to obtain a research position in academia so that he may contribute ideal syntheses of natural products and novel methodologies with translational potential to various industries.
Prof. Brent Sumerlin publishes a Perspective in Science that overviews design principles for next-generation self-healing materials
Brent Sumerlin, the George B. Butler Professor of Polymer Chemistry, published a Perspective in Science highlighting recent advances in the area of self-healing polymers. While polymers designed to degrade after their intended use represent a promising, chemistry-driven approach to minimize the impact of persistent, petroleum-derived materials, an alternative strategy for preparing sustainable materials is to design polymers that have even longer life spans and, as a result, need to be replaced less frequently. Polymers that heal themselves after damage, with no external stimulus, are one such approach for extending material lifetime. This Perspective reinforces the importance of contemplating the most fundamental features of macro-molecular structure for “up-cycling” and extending the lifetime of commodity polymers for next-generation self-healing materials.
For more information, see Science 2018, 362(6411), 150-151. Link: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6411/150