Current Group Members

Post-Doctoral Scholars

Felipe Silva

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fsilva1@tamu.edu

Temple University, Ph.D.

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

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yuntawattana.n@tamu.edu

University of Oxford, D. Phil.

Nattawut (Peck) completed his master's studies 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.

Graduate Students

Fourth Years

Sarah Hancock

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shancock2018@tamu.edu

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

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timothy791210@tamu.edu

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.

Jiun Wei (Alec) Wu

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alecwu1026@tamu.edu

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.

Third Years

Kate Doktor

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kmaziarz@tamu.edu

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, 𝛼-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.

Sam Kempel

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sjkemp1@tamu.edu

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.

Second Years

Deepta Chattapadhyay

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deepta.chat@tamu.edu

IISER – Kolkata

Deepta completed his Bachelor and Master’s studies at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata receiving an MS degree in Chemistry in July 2020. During his Master’s studies, Deepta synthesized small peptide-mimetics with novel gelator properties under the supervision of Prof. Debasish Haldar. In the Michaudel group, he is exploring SuFEx chemistry for a wide range of synthetic applications. In his free time, Deepta enjoys watching movies and cricket, hanging out with friends, and more importantly getting a good amount of sleep.

Alex Holter

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holterar@tamu.edu

Pacific Lutheran University

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.

First Years

Jacob Grygus

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jegrygus@tamu.edu
University of Arkansas

Jacob graduated from the University of Arkansas in Spring 2021 with a B.S in Chemistry. As a 2019 NSF-REU student and later a transfer student to the University of Arkansas, Jacob worked under the direction of Dr. Nan Zheng. Exploring his interests in organic chemistry, Jacob investigated the cleavage of strained “cyloaminal” compounds using hypervalent iodine reagents and photocatalysis as a method to achieve selective C-H functionalization. Further exploring his interests in synthetic organic chemistry and its inherent connections to polymer science, Jacob joined the Michaudel Lab in June 2021 and is currently exploring the synthetic potential of SuFEx click chemistry. In his free time Jacob enjoys hiking, running, cooking, baking, reading, and exploring history.

Jake Nicholson

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jake.nicholson@tamu.edu
Portland State University

Jake was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Chemistry: Biochemistry in June 2021. At Portland State, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid lipid membrane-coated silver nanoparticles with uniform shape morphologies as well as dye-coated nickel nanoparticles under the supervision of Dr. Marilyn Mackiewicz. He also spent as year as a technician working in an industrial R&D chemistry lab at OSRAMOpto Semiconductors. Jake joined the lab of Dr. Quentin Michaudel in July 2021 where he is currently working on the targeted synthesis and design of novel singlet fission materials with photovoltaic applications. In his free time, Jake enjoys reading, movies, hiking, going to the gym, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.

An Tran

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hoaian_030498@tamu.edu
College of Wooster

An Tran graduated from the College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. During her senior year of college, she did an Independent Study under Dr. Liliana Morris’ supervision, researching the copolymerization of monomers derived from plant-based acids with an attempt to make a new biodegradable material that can replace harmful sodium polyacrylate in baby diapers. This 9-month research project has sparked An’s interest in sustainability in cosmetics, fashion, and polymer chemistry in general. With the goal of exploring this field, An joined Dr. Michaudel’s lab and is currently learning about the synthesis of conjugated polymers. When she’s not doing chemistry, An loves to cook, travel, play video games and watch Netflix.

Undergraduate Students

Alyssa Felix Thayne

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Texas A&M University

Alex Fine

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Texas A&M University

  • 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.