2013 CSURP Fellows

In the inaugural year of this program applications were elicited from CCHF institutions. We had an excellent field of applicants and an exciting cohort of CSURP fellows. These students have led the way with continued engagement with the CCHF, many of them continuing to work with labs and collaborators throughout their undergraduate experience.

ahlquistSeth Ahlquist

Undergraduate at UCLA , Class of 2015

Seth worked in the Houk lab at UCLA in collaboration with the Yu Lab. The focus of his research was to establish a protocol to rapidly screen new template designs by performing conformational analysis and calculating distortion energies to achieve high selectivity for the meta C–H activation transition state.

Seth continued to work with the Houk group throughout his degree focused on this collaboration with the Yu group.

chenWayne Chen

Undergraduate at Georgia Institute of Technology, Class of 2014

Wayne, who worked in the Marder lab, travelled across town to the Davies lab where his research focused on Carbene insertion into C-H bonds through iron and cobalt porphyrin catalysis as a methodology for C-H activation. Wayne continued to work in the Marder lab after completing his CSURP fellowship, work which led to a number of publications.

In 2014 Wayne secured a job at the Centers for Disease Control as a chemist. In 2015 Wayne moved to EY.

Wayne Chen CCHF Profile

Controllable Direct Arylation: Fast Route to Symmetrical and Unsymmetrical 4,7-Diaryl-5,6-difluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole Derivatives for Organic Optoelectronic Materials

Effect of Molecular Structure Perturbations on the Performance of the D−A−π−A Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

C–H-Activated Direct Arylation of Strong Benzothiadiazole and Quinoxaline-Based Electron Acceptors

cohenCarolyn Cohen

Undergraduate at Emory University, Class of 2014

Carolyn, who worked in the Davies lab, travelled to the California Institute of Technology to work in the Stoltz lab to explore the use of C–H Functionalization in complex molecule synthesis, specifically toward the total synthesis of Cyanocycline A.

Upon her return Carolyn continued to perform CCHF research in the Davies lab, work that led to two publications.

In 2014 Carolyn moved to the west coast and began her graduate research career at Stanford University.

Carolyn Cohen CCHF Profile

Enantioselective dirhodium(II)-catalyzed cyclopropanations with trimethylsilylethyl and trichloroethyl aryldiazoacetates

Rhodium(II)-Catalyzed Stereoselective Synthesis of Allylsilanes

elinburgJessica Elinburg

Undergraduate at Emory University, Class of 2015

Jessica, who worked in the MacBeth lab, travelled to UC-Irvine to work with the Borovik group. Jessica was able to take some of the complexes that she had synthesized in the MacBeth lab with her to UC-Irvine and employed some the equipment and techniques in the Borovik lab to gain essential information about them.

Upon her return Jessica continued to work in the MacBeth lab on the development of new earth-abundant element based complexes and assessment of their application in C–H Functionalization chemistry.

Jessica’s research experiences with the CCHF helped support her to secure an Intern position at the Department for Homeland Security, using a suite of spectroscopic techniques to determine the geographic origins of seized illicit gemstones.

Jessica’s experiences have been highlighted in a number of sources:

The kids are all Bright!

DHS Educational Programs

Jeremy_Housekeeper-250x349Jeremy Housekeeper

Undergraduate at theUniversity of Washington, Class of 2014

Jeremy, who worked in the Luscombe lab, travelled to MIT to work with the Movassaghi Lab. Jeremy worked as part of a project focused on the synthesis of aspidosperma natural product analogues for the use as testing ground for late stage C–h Functionalization development.

Upon his return to UW Jeremy continued to work with the Luscombe group, research which led to a number of CCHF publications.

In 2014 Jeremy became a Management Consultant.

Jeremy Housekeeper CCHF Profile

C−H Arylation Reaction: Atom Efficient Syntheses of π‑Conjugated Small Molecules and Macromolecules for Organic Electronic Materials

Room-temperature carbon–sulfur bond formation from Ni(II) s-aryl complex via cleavage of the S–S bond of disulfide moieties

Thiophene based hyperbranched polymers with tunable branching using direct arylation methods



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