Members

The Humphrey Group, Summer 2018
The Humphrey Group, Summer 2018





Ph.D. Students

Hongyu (Chris) Guo

B.S. Chemistry, Peking University (2015)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2015 onward)

Email: hongyuguo@utexas.edu

Hongyu (Chris) Guo was born in 1994 in Kuitun, Xinjian Uygur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China. He attended Peking University in 2011 and began research under Professor Yuan Wang and Yan Liu’s supervision in 2013. His research there involved the microwave synthesis of solvent-stabilized PtCu, PtCo and PtNi nanoparticles, and the electrocatalytic properties of PtCu/C for oygen reduction.

Currently, Hongyu’s research in Humphrey group involves the study of iridium nanoparticles. Outside the lab, Hongyu likes watching movies and playing badminton.








Eric Sikma

B.S. Chemistry, Texas Tech University (2015)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2015 onward)

Email: eric.sikma@utexas.edu

Eric Sikma was born in Fort Worth, Texas and completed his undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University. During that time, he worked in the laboratories of Dr. David Birney and Dr. Michael Findlater. He also attended an REU program at Texas State University during the summer of 2014, where he worked for Dr. Todd Hudnall. After graduation Eric began his graduate studies at the University of Texas, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Humphrey group.

Eric’s current research involves the development of the first arsine coordination materials (ACMs). This work builds upon the foundation laid by the group’s work with phosphine coordination materials, and seeks to explore the potential advantages of incorporating the arsine functionality and its derivatives into metal organic frameworks. Outside the lab, Eric enjoys running and Dallas Cowboys football.






Shichao He

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Changsha University of Science & Technology (2010)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology (2012)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Email: shichaohe@utexas.edu

Shichao He was born in Baoding, in northern China. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Changsha University of Science & Technology in 2010. She received her master’s degree from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012 under Dr. Hansheng Li’s supervision, investigating zeolite-based heterogeneous catalysts. She joined the Humphrey group in the fall of 2016 and is currently working towards her Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. Currently her research involves synthesizing new sulfur and selenium based coordinated materials for their unique magnetic properties.






Lu Han

B.S. Chemistry, Peking University (2017)

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2017 onward)

Email: luhan@utexas.edu

Lu Han was born in Zaozhuang, Shandong in China. She attended Peking University starting in 2013 and joined Dr. Yan Li’s laboratory in 2015. Her research focused on nanomaterials-based devices, such as carbon nanotube-based pressure sensors. Currently, her research in the Humphrey group involves the microwave synthesis of Re nanoparticles. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing Hearthstone.







Stephanie White

B.S. Chemistry, Texas A&M University (2013)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2018 onward)

Email: stephaniewhite@utexas.edu

Stephanie White grew up in Austin, TX, then graduated from Texas A&M University in 2013. After graduation, she moved to Dallas to work as an analytical chemist at a small anti-counterfeiting company for about three and a half years. In 2018, Stephanie moved back to her hometown of Austin to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at UT. Her research in the Humphrey group involves synthesis of phosphine coordination materials with a focus on metal incorporation in pillared phosphine chalcogenide MOFs. Outside of the lab, Stephanie enjoys spending time with friends and family.







Kevin Baar

B.S. Chemistry, University of Missouri – Columbia (2018)

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2018 onward)

Email: baark@utexas.edu

Kevin Baar graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2018 and began his pursuit of a Ph.D. at UT Austin. His research focuses on Au55 and Rh55 nanoparticle synthesis and electrocatalysis. Once he graduates, he hopes to establish a career in similar research.









Micah Heinz

B.S. Chemistry, Hillsdale College (2018)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2018 onward)

Email: micahwheinz@utexas.edu

Micah Heinz grew up in many different places but currently calls Modoc, SC, home. He graduated from Hillsdale College in 2018 with bachelor degrees in chemistry and music and moved to Austin to begin work on his Ph.D. His research in the Humphrey group involves synthesis of new phosphine and phosphide coordination materials with a particular emphasis on magnetic properties. When not in lab he enjoys classical music, philosophy and literature, photography, and swimming.








Undergraduate Students

Joseph Fryer

Joseph Fryer is a Chemistry major from Corpus Christi, Texas. He joined the Humprey group in the spring of 2018 and works with synthesizing new arsine coordinated materials. He hopes to study abroad in England in his third or fourth year. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cycling both on and off road.















David Krystek

David Krystek is working as part of the AIF on synthesizing a range of novel phosphine linkers containing acetylene moities for use in selective gas uptake applications. David is also researching green synthesis routes to grow new Phosphine Coordination Materials in water.













Samantha Beck

Samantha Beck is a Chemistry major from Victoria, Texas. She joined the AIF her freshman year in Spring 2018 and is currently working on the synthesis of new Phosphine coordination materials with sulfur and selenium containing ligands. Outside the lab, Samantha enjoys hanging out with friends, live music, and breakfast.













Catherine Romero

Catherine Romero is a chemistry major from Dickinson, Texas. She joined the Humphrey Group in the spring of 2018 and is currently working on synthesizing and studying new arsine coordination materials. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. Outside of the lab, Catherine enjoys live theatre and shopping.













Former Members

Pranaw Kunal, PhD.

M.S. Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines (2013)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2013-2018)





Iurie Malaeștean, PhD.

MSc, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Tiraspol State University, Moldova (2002)
PhD, Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of Moldova (2007)
Assoc. Prof. in Inorganic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of Moldova (2015)





Graham Piburn, PhD.

B.S. Chemistry, Rice University (2012)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2012-2017)





Luis Polanco, M.A.

B.S. Chemistry, UC San Diego (2014)
M.A. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2014-2017)





Gianne Nandra

M.Chem, University of Sheffield (2018)





Nolan Waggoner, PhD.

B.S. Chemistry, Fort Lewis College (2010)
R&D Nucleic Acid Scientist, Agilent (2010-2012)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2012-2016)





Kelly Walsh, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2018)
PhD. Chemistry, University of Washington (2018 onward)





Enriqueta Torres, Undergraduate





Alexandra Robles, Undergraduate





Andy Zen, Undergraduate





Jacob Lemley, Undergraduate





Laynee Allemond, Undergraduate





Jesse Zhang, Undergraduate





Rachael Ambler, Undergraduate





Jameson Tieman, Undergraduate

B.A. History, University of Texas at Austin (2012)
Post Bacc. Pre Med., University of Texas at Austin (2016)





Suliman Sharif, Undergraduate

B.S. University of Texas at Austin (2016)





Adam Conn, Undergraduate

M.Chem University of Bristol (2016)





Raymond Borrego, Undergraduate





Darcy Oakes, Undergraduate





Alice Duncan, Undergraduate





An Nguyen, M.A.

M.A. Chemistry University of Texas at Austin (2016)





Sarah Seraj, M.S.

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2014)
M.S/Ph.D, Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2016)





Haiqin Wan, Ph.D.

Ph. D. Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University (2008)
Faculty, School of the Environment, Nanjing University (2009-)





Alisha Bohnsack, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, Texas A&M University (2010)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2015)





Beth Dewing, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2015)





Stephany Garcia, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia (2010)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2014)





Jessica Stokes

B.S. Chemistry, University of Missouri (2013)





Taylor Kornfuehrer, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2016)





Nick Zinni, Undergraduate

University of Texas at Austin





Ana Nunez, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso (2008)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2014)





Kate Crawford, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry and German, University of Michigan (2008)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2014)





Beau Saccoccia, Post Bacc

B.A. Mathematics, Dartmouth College (2004)
Post Bacc. Pre Med., University of Texas at Austin (2014)





Macy Stavinoha, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry and Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (2014)





Dr. You-Kyong Seo

B.S. Chemistry, Inje University, South Korea (2006)
Ph.D. Chemistry, Yonsei University, South Korea (2010)
Post Doc. Synthesis of PCMs, University of Texas at Austin (2013)





Maxwell Chang

B.S. Chemistry, University of Southern California (2011)




David Casto

B.S. Chemistry, University of Missouri (2011)




Wes Ehlert, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2014)




Jake Baumeister, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2014)




Sam Dunning, Undergraduate

M.Chem. Chemistry with Study in North America, University of Sheffield (2014)




Eric Nemeth

B.S. Chemistry, University of Florida (2010)




Dr. Ilich Ibarra

B.S. Chemistry, Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico (2005)
Ph.D. School of Chemistry, The University of Nottingham, UK (2010)
Post Doc. Synthesis of PCMs, University of Texas at Austin (2013)




Meredith Mosier

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2010)





Dr. Naween Dahal

M.S. Physical Chemistry, Tribhuvan University at Kathmandu, Nepal (1997)
Ph.D. Nanomaterials Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan (2010)
Post Doc. Nanomaterials Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2012)




Ray Foley, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, Huston-Tillotson University, (2013)
NSF- REU National Science Foundation Undergraduate





Mitchell Lee, High school student

St. Mark’s School of Texas (2013)
Welch Summer Scholar Program





Suhong Kim, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University (2012)
Reciprocal Exchange Student, University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)





Ellice Tan, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2012)





Adelekan Adewuyi, Undergradute

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2012)





Andrew Lee, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2013)





Christine de la Torre

B.S. Chemistry, University of San Francisco (2010)





Somi Won

B.S. Chemistry, Emporia State University, Kansas (2009)





Lindsey Shear

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2010)





Kiran Divakar

B.E (Hons) EEE BITS, Pilani , India (2007)
M.S. ECE, University of Texas at Austin (2011)




Lauren Song, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2010)




Christian Lambujon, Undergraduate

B.S. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2010)