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.

Graduate Students

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.

Ting-Wei (Tim) Hsu

National Taiwan University

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.

Sam Kempel

Illinois State University

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.

Ryan Kulow

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Before coming to Texas A&M, Ryan completed his undergraduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; receiving a B.Sc. in Chemistry in May 2018. There, he worked under Dr. Michael Aldersley synthesizing crown ether-based photosensitizers to act as catalysts for polymerization. His research interest is in synthetic organic chemistry. In the Michaudel Lab, he’s currently synthesizing new light-responsive polymers. Outside the lab, he likes to cook and play video games.

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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