Research Team

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Advisor: Craig A. Grapperhaus

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers:

Oleksandr Heitsoi

Dr. Oleksandr Hietsoi

University at Albany, State University of New York 
Ph.D. Chemistry 2011

Moldova State University
BS/MS Chemistry 2002

Rahul 2013

Rahul Jain

Panjab University
M.S. Chemistry 2011
Panjab University
B.S. Chemistry 2009

Nick 2013

Nicholas Vishnosky

Marist College
B.S. Chemistry 2013

Andrew 2013

Caleb Calvary

Marshall University
B.S. Chemistry 2014

Andrew 2013

Nina Sarei

University of Tabriz
M.S. Chemistry 2012

Andrew 2013

Emtias Chowdhury

University of Maine
M.S. Chemistry 2014

Andrew 2013

Steve Cronin

Northern Kentucky University
B.A. Chemistry and Secondary Education 2012

Kritika Bajaj

Kritika Bajaj

Panjab  University, Chandigarh.

M.S. 2017
B.S. 2015


Undergraduate Students:

Anna Davis
Zofia Hetman

Group Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Dr. Andrew Haddad (2017) Homogeneous Ligand-Centered Hydrogen Evolution and Hydrogen Oxidation: Exploiting Redox Non-Innocence to Drive Catalysis (John Richard Binford Memorial Award)
current position: Rosenfeld Fellow, Berkeley National Labs

Dr. Davinder Kumar (2015) Sulfur-oxidation enhances nitrile hydration in bioinspired ruthenium complexes : catalytic, kinetic, and DFT investigations.
current position: Lecturer, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Thapar University

Dr. Rajat Chauhan (2014) Ligand centered reactivity of metal stabilized thiyl radicals in solution, solid and gaseous phase. 
current position: post-doctoral research fellow, University of Louisville Department of Bioengineering 

Dr. Kagna Ouch Sampson (2012) Carbon-Sulfur Bond Formation/Cleavage Reactions of Metal-Stabilized Thiyl Radicals by Electrochemical and Chemical Methods 
current position: Lecturer, Indiana University - Southeast 

Dr. Cesar A. Masitas (2012) Sulfur Oxygenation of Ruthenium-Dithiolate Nitrile Hydratase Mimic Enhances Ligand Lability and Hydrolysis Activity
current position: post-doctoral research fellow, Indiana University - Bloomington

Dr. Martin G. O'Toole (2008) Reactivity of iron- and nickel-dithiolate model complexes of nitrile hydratase
current position: Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Christopher S. Mullins (2006) Modeling Metalloenzyme Function Via Spectroscopic and Computational Methods: Nickel and Zinc Metallothiolate Reactivity
current position: Lecturer, Berea College

Dr. Selma Poturovic (2005) Electrochemical Investigations of a Ruthenium Thiolate System: Generation of a Metal-Coordinated Thiyl Radical and its Reactivity in C-S Bond Formation

Dr. Wuyu Zhang (2017) Heterogenization of Complexes with Redox Active Ligands For Hydrogen Evolution Reaction current position: WuXi AppTec, Plainsboro, NJ

M.S. Students

Kagna Ouch (2008)

Redox-regulated ethylene binding to a rhenium-thiolate complex

Kiran Venna (2007)

Carbon-Sulfur Bond Formation via Alkene Addition to an Oxidized Ruthenium-Thiolate

Majda Kreso (2006)

Ligand-Centered Alkylation of Nickel- and Iron-Aminothiolates
current position: Sourcing Specialist (Sigma-Aldrich)


Jinlan Cui (2008-12)
current position: Post-doc with Prof. Seth Brown at Notre Dame

Ming Li (2001-02)

Apurba Patra (2000-01)
current position: Assistant Professor (National Institute of Technology, Durgapur)


Alan Weihe (2016)
Jason Wilson
Cheyenne Conn (2016)
Tony Gibson (2015)
Chelsea Rennirt (2014)
Maryam Khan (2014)
Ashley Farnkopf (2013)
Ben Stephens (2013)
Anna Matzner-Felkner (2012-13)
Tho Nguyen-Tran (2012-13)
Conor Young (2012)
Suraj Kannan (2011-12)
Joseph Tong (2011-12)
Douglas Banda (2011-12)
Aaron Tyagi (2011)
Christian Kasey (2010-11)
Mark Sprowl (2010-11)
Lisa Kenney (2010-11)
Donald Herdt (2010-11)
Matt Texter (2010)
Jessica Newman (2009)
Samantha Pavey (2009)
Itoro Okpokho (2009)
Victoria D'Angelo (2009)
Tracy McKnight (2009)
Stephanie Bebout (2009)
Stefen Bright (2008)
Andrew Barnes (2007)
Komeneci Yates (2005)
Mindy Holley (SROP – 2005)
Bertha Coleman (2005)
Danielle Kimmel (SCAI -  2004)
Angela Phillips (SROP - 2004)
Benjamin Risner (2004)
Jason Wiles (SROP - 2002-03)
Majda Kreso (2002-03)
Holly Miller (2002-03)
Ryan Denton (IMD3 Fellowship 2002)
Ben Hahn (2002)
Elaine Miller (2001)
Julianna Roddy (SROP - 2001)
Gretchen Burkhardt (2000-01)
Jessica Taylor (2000)