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Meet The Group
damien-guironnet
Damien Guironnet

Assistant Professor

guironne@illinois.edu

  • Senior Research Scientist (2011-2014)

BASF Corporation- Charlotte, NC

  • CENTC Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2011)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

Education

Ph.D. in Chemistry, summa cum laude (2005-2009)- Universitat Konstanz, Germany

Research advisor: Prof. Stefan Mecking

MS in Chemical Engineering (2001-2005)- Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Mulhouse, France


 

Student portrait sittings for School of Chemical Sciences. Taken August 25, 2017.
Danielle Harrier

5th Year Graduate Student

harrier2@illinios.edu

Education 

BS in Chemical Engineering (2013-2017)

University of New Mexico- Albuquerque, NM

Research

The goal of my project is to develop a dropley encapsulation strategy that allows compatibilization of the water-sensitive ROP of synthetic biodegradable polymers with traditional emulsion polymerization processes.

Hobbies

I like playing volleyball, wine tasting, painting an am a plant mom.

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Nicholas Wang

5th Year Graduate Student 

nmw4@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2011-2015)

Georgia Institute of Technology- Atlanta, GA

Research

Combining recent developments in organometallics catalysis with simple reactor engineering while collecting in-depth mechanistic and kinetic detail on homogeneous catalysts- Data which will be leveraged to design next-generation catalysts.

Hobbies

I like playing League of Legends, weight-lifting, cooking, and hiking.

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Susannah Miller

4th Year Graduate Student

sm11@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2012-2016)

Colorado State University- Fort Collins, CO

Research 

My research focuses on silicone chemistry.

Hobbies

I like to read, take part in Pilates and anything outdoors.

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Brian Van Dyke

4th Year Graduate Student

bdv2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2014-2018)

BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2014-2018)

Usinus College- Collegeville, PA

Research

I work with PD catalysts to synthesize non-alternating polyketones. Additionally, I have designed and synthesized a new family of ligands for Pd catalyzed ethylene copolymerizations.

Hobbies

I like powerlifting, fish keeping, cooking and am a cat dad.

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Yash Laxman Kamble

3rd Year Graduate Student

ykamble2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemical Engineering (2015-2019)

Institute of Chemical Technology- Mumbai, India

Research

My project focuses on the synthesis of shaped and water-soluble bottlebrush polymers with a potential application in nanomedicine. Simultaneously, I work on developing photonic materials with the synthesized bottlebrush polymers.

Hobbies

When the research and science get the better of me, I resort to arts and crafts, spending time with friends, binging shows and movies, and losing myself in the words of a good book. 

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Vanessa DaSilva

2nd Year Graduate Student

dasilva5@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2016-2020)

Minor in Mathematical and Statistical Modeling (2016-2020)

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)- Chicago, IL

Research

My research focuses on developing a process to catalytically depolymerize polyolefins.

Hobbies

 I enjoy outdoor adventures, traveling, and dancing.

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Keelee McCleary-Petersen

2nd Year Graduate Student

keeleem2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2016-2020)

The University of Arizona- Tuscon, AZ

Research

My research focuses on developing a chemically diverse and tunable polymer system to make shape-controlled bottlebrush polymers.

Hobbies

I like to read and listen to music.

Jerry
Jerry Rong

1st Year Graduate Student 

yrong6@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemical Engineering (2017-2021)

University of Colorado- Boulder, CO

Research

My research is to incorporate bottlebrush polymers into thin film composite (TFC) membranes.

Hobbies

I love playing the piano and bartending: that being said, I am a one-man jazz bar.

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Kaitlyn Wiegand

1st Year Graduate Student

kwiegand@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2019-2021)

Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, IL

Research

My research is focused towards making shaped bottlebrush polymers dispersed in water for potential nanomedicine applications.

Hobbies

I enjoy baking, arts and crafts, and music. I especially enjoy learning new skills in all these areas, like learning how to bake new pastries or playing new songs on the piano.

Devin
Devin Schinski

4th Year Undergraduate Student in Chemical Engineering

devinas2@illinois.edu

Mentor: Susannah Miller

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Alfons Pineda-Knauseder

1st Year Graduate Student

alfonsp2@illinois.edu

Education

BS in Chemistry (2019-2021)

University of Rochester- Rocherster, NY

Research

I am investigating Nickel (II) catalysts for the synthesis of non-alternating Polyketones.

Hobbies

I like fishing, literature, and music!

David Yang
David Yang

4th Year Undergraduate Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

taeyeun2@illinois.edu

Mentor: Yash Laxman Kamble

Alumni

PostDocs
  • Camille Boucher-Jacobs ('19)- Solugen
  • Muhammad Rabnawaz ('17)- Associate professor at Michigan State University
  • Scott Hicks ('15)- University of Rochester
Graduate
  • Alexander Horn ('21)- 3M 
  • Tianwei Yan ('21)- Postdoc at University of Delaware (Epps/Korley Lab)
  • Dylan Walsh ('20)- Postdoc at MIT (Jensen/Olsen Lab)
  • Micheal Hyatt ('20)- Postdoc at University of Minnesota (Mahanthappa/Bates Lab)
  • Jaimie Kurtz (Masters '18)- University of Illinois (College of Education)
  • Carl Schultz ('21)- Boston start-up
  • Marjorie Bridgewater ('21)- JPL National Lab
  • Lingze Wei (MS '17)- Graduate student at Stanford University
Undergraduate
  • Thomas Johnston
  • Bugra Sahin
  • Robert Schneider
  • Muneeb Ansari
  • Mikaela Dressendorfer
  • Kristen Lee
  • Pak Wing Chen
  • Chengling Qiu
  • Bryan Scheulin
  • SiiHong (Will) LauSiiHong (Will) Lau
  • Regev Trigalo
  • Tola Okesanjo
  • Eric Su
  • Yasheen Jadidi
  • Evan Richter
  • Michael Kubacki
  • David Braker
  • Joseph Schlude
  • Brett Llewellyn
  • Rahul Gogia