Current Group Members

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Felipe Silva

Temple University

Before coming to Texas A&M, Felipe completed his undergraduate studies at University of Sao Paulo - Brazil, receiving a B.Sc. in January of 2015. Then he moved to United States to pursue his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry with focus on hypervalent iodine chemistry at Temple University under the guidance of Dr. Sarah E. Wengryniuk. In June of 2020 Felipe joined the Michaudel Lab in which he is currently working with synthetic applications of SuFEx chemistry. In his free time, Felipe enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, and playing video games.

Nattawut (Peck) Yuntawattana

Nattawut (Peck) completed his master studied at Kasetsart University, Thailand and received his M. Sc. in Chemistry in 2016. During his time there, he worked with Dr. Pimpa Hormnirum discovering new bimetallic aluminum complexes for stereoselective lactide ring-opening polymerizations. In 2015, he spent 6 months at Nagoya University, Japan as a special research student under the supervision of Dr. Nobuyoshi Nomura. There, he worked on the synthesis of new salicylaldiminate aluminum complexes for trimethylene carbonate ring-opening polymerizations. He then moved to the University of Oxford, UK to pursue his doctoral studies under the guidance of Dr. Charlotte Williams, where he investigated the synthesis of new polymerization catalysts and used novel polymerization methodologies to make polyesters and copolymers. Peck received his D. Phil in Inorganic Chemistry in 2020 prior to joining the Michaudel group as a postdoctoral research scholar. In the Michaudel group, he is currently synthesizing new polymer materials using ring-opening metathesis polymerization and click chemistry. In his spare time, Peck enjoys cooking and exploring new cultures.

University of Oxford

Graduate Students

Kate Doktor

Mount Holyoke College

Kate graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry. During her studies, she worked for Dr. Kyle Broaders on the development of copolymerizable monomers, đť›Ľ-hydroxy acids. In addition, she examined how the addition of triggered chain scissions, used to promote polymer backbone cleavage, affected their biodegradability and material properties. Upon graduation and moving away from the freezing North, she decided to move to Texas and join Dr. Michaudel’s group.  Her current work involves post-polymerization modification using modern organic chemistry. In her free time, Kate enjoys listening to music and dancing tango.

Sarah Hancock

University of North Texas

Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas and received her B.Sc. in Chemistry in May 2018. There, she worked on synthesizing pi-extended beta-functionalized benzoporphyrins for applications such as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells, covalent organic frameworks, and metal organic frameworks under the direction of Dr. Hong Wang. Sarah’s research interests lie within the areas of synthetic organic chemistry and organic materials chemistry. She is currently working on synthesizing helical conjugated polymers. In her free time, Sarah enjoys going to musical and theatrical shows, baking, and hanging out with friends.

Alex Holter

Alex is from Tacoma Washington, and attended Pacific Lutheran University where he received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry. During his time there Alex did research with Dr. Neal Yakelis and Dr. Jon Freeman, working on a brand new project to incorporate a Diels-Alder strategy for use in affinity chromatography. His time in the lab was spent on synthesizing a novel diene to bind to an agarose gel medium via azide-alkyne click chemistry that would then react with a dienophile to functionalize the agarose gel with various affinity ligands. In the Michaudel Lab, Alex is investigating the use of SuFEx Chemistry in a variety of synthetic applications. In his free time, he enjoys biking as well as exploring new areas. Back home Alex would often go hiking with friends. He also enjoys playing video games and watching YouTube.

Pacific Lutheran University

Ting-Wei (Tim) Hsu

Tim completed his undergraduate and masters studies at National Taiwan University, receiving a B.Sc. in June 2013 and a M.Sc. in October 2015, both in Chemistry. When Tim was a Master’s student, he joined a supramolecular and polymer chemistry group headed by Dr. Yi-Tsu Chan to study the behavior of self-assembly via ligand-metal coordination interactions. Tim’s research focused on constructing new functional metallo-supramolecular cages using tritopic terpyridine-based ligands. In the Michaudel Lab, he is working on the bottom-up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons. In Tim’s free time, He enjoys watching movies, working out in the gym, listening to music and skateboarding.

National Taiwan University

Sam Kempel

Sam comes to the Michaudel group from Illinois State University. At Illinois State, Sam investigated the synthesis of novel carbaporphyrinoids under the direction of Distinguished Professor Dr. Timothy D. Lash. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in May 2019 and started working in the Michaudel group soon after on the synthesis and characterization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and being ignored by his cats.

Illinois State University

Jiun Wei (Alec) Wu

National Taiwain University

Alec completed his undergraduate studies at the National Taiwan University and received his B.Sc. in Chemistry in January 2018. Because of the curiosity about synthesis and chemical biology, he started research under the direction of Dr. Tsung Shing Wang synthesizing the conjugated siderophores for selectively probing bacteria and as an antibiotic drug candidate. Alec’s research interests lie in synthetic chemistry and in the Michaudel Lab he is currently working on new functionalization methods for complex molecules. Out of the athlete spirit, Alec likes to play various sports in his free time like volleyball, softball, hiking, tennis and badminton. He also enjoys playing piano or guitar, watching anime and practicing fountain pen calligraphy for relaxation.

Undergraduate Students

Sara Valdez

Sara is a senior at Texas A&M and will graduate in May 2020 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. Her main interests in lab are organic synthesis and polymers. She is currently working with Sarah to synthesize norbornene-type monomers for polymerization. In her limited free time she likes to hang out with her friends, take her dog on walks, and catch up on shows on Netflix and Hulu.

Eric Comstock

Eric, the youngest member of the Michaudel team, is an Aerospace Engineering major with minors in Chemistry and Math. As a radically accelerated student, he began taking college classes at age 9. He started a Chemistry Club at the community college where he took dual credit classes in high school, and was elected president. Eric currently working with Sam on the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic heterocycles. When not working, he enjoys reading, camping, listening to loud music, and coming up with absurdities.

Luma Al-Mahbobi

As an aspiring chemist, Luma is passionate about research and eager for graduate school after getting her bachelor degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. She is currently working with Kate on the synthesis of small molecules and utilizing them for polymerization. This experience opens up opportunities for her to conduct research in related fields, especially in her area of interest, engineering. Luma's future aims are to create sustainable materials for electronic devices to improve our quality of life and reduce environmental waste prevalent in the industry.

  • Interested graduate and undergraduate students should contact Prof. Michaudel via email.


  • The laboratory is currently not accepting postdoctoral researchers. Check this page again in the future for opportunities regarding postdoctoral positions. 

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