Who’s Where Now?

Ph.D. Degrees Conferred (in reverse chronological order)

  • George A. Ellis            10/30/93–12/31/96

Manager of Treasury Operations, Bio-Rad Laboratories Hercules, CA


  • Timothy C. Parker             7/1/92–9/30/97

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Seth Marder, Caltech and University of Arizona, Tucson (1997-2000);

Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA


  • Wenyuan Qian                  6/6/97–8/30/01

Postdoctoral Associate with K.C. Nicolaou, The Scripps Research Institute (2001-2003)

Principal scientist, Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA


  • Thibaut Jarrosson              6/9/98–6/26/01

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Jeremy K. M. Sanders, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (2001-2004)

Maitre de Conference at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), Montpellier, France


Angelo Comito                  7/30/99–3/3/02

Medical Scientist Liaison, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Rome, Italy

Shijun Zheng                   8/15/97–1/31/03

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Seth Marder, University of Arizona, Tucson and Georgia Institute of Technology (2003-2005)

Principal Scientist, Nitto Denko, San Diego, CA


Clifton Kwan-Fu Shen    10/1/99–10/1/04

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2004-2006); Research Consultant, Invis Solar


John Shih-Ching Chuang  10/1/00–9/1/05

Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan (2005-2007).

Associate Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (2007-present)



Eugene Rozumov              12/1/00–6/6/06

Research Chemist at ARDEC, U.S. Army Research Center, Brooklyn, New York


Ana Tontcheva                 10/1/00–6/21/06

Tenure-track teaching faculty, El Camino College, Torrance, CA


Robert Kennedy              5/1/06 – 8/25/09

Postdoctoral Associate with Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University

Senior Research Chemist, Dow Corning, Midland, Michigan


Mitsuharu Suzuki            9/1/06 – 8/30/11

Postdoctoral Associate with Omar Yaghi, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan


Robert Thompson        June 2011 – December 2017

Novel Electron-Accepting π-Extended Aromatic Compounds for Donor-Acceptor Semiconducting Polymers

Nicholas Knutson      June 2012 – September 2017

Tetra-Feathered Shuttlecock Fullerene Derivatives for Improved Organic Photovoltaic Devices


Robert Jordan         October 2013 – September 2017

Synthesis of Graphene Nanoribbons via the Topochemical Polymerization of Diacetylenes

Postdoctoral Associate with Yue Wang, University of California, Merced


Graduate Student Training

Christophe Schaller           7/1/91–6/15/92      University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Lance Kvetko                  10/1/96–4/15/98      U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Washington, D.C.

Thach Ho                          10/1/97–8/8/99      Laboratory Instructor, California State University, Long Beach

Roberto Amador                1/1/00–9/15/01      Research Scientist, California State University, Los Angeles


Seogshin Kang                  2/1/01–6/15/01      UCLA graduate student with Prof. Fraser Stoddart

Jie Lan                               7/1/00–1/15/02      UCLA graduate student with Prof. Ohyun Kwon

Eduardo Bolanos           11/15/98–2/15/03      UCLA graduate student with Prof. Fred Wudl

Michael Tomcsi                 12/1/99–3/1/03      UCLA graduate student with Prof. Fraser Stoddart; Group Leader, Materials Development at EnerSys Advanced Systems (formerly Quallion)


Sourav Saha                    10/1/00–2/15/03      Ph.D. and Postdoc with Prof. Fraser Stoddart, UCLA; Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Integrative NanoScience Institute, Florida State University


Ryan Chiechi                     8/1/01–2/15/03      Ph.D. with Prof. Fred Wudl, UCLA; Postdoc with Prof. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University; Associate Professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Gröningen, Netherland

http://www.rcclab.com/ and http://www.rug.nl/staff/r.c.chiechi/

Alex Schammel                 8/1/07–9/30/07      UCLA graduate student with Prof. Neil Garg; Medicinal Chemist at Sirenas Marine Discovery


Caitlin Stevens                 10/1/10–9/30/12      Formerly joint graduate student with Prof. Omar Yaghi and myself, moved to UC Berkeley with Prof. Omar Yaghi


Masters Degrees Conferred

Scott E. Davis                  8/15/96–6/30/97      Student, UCLA Law School

Lance D. Kvetko             11/1/95–3/31/98      Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Washington D.C.

Thach Ho                        11/15/97–8/8/99      Full-time Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach


Katie Doud                      12/1/00–3/21/03      Case Western Reserve University, Graduate Student in Chemistry


Christopher Day              8/1/05 – 3/31/14      Mixologist at General Lee’s Cocktail Lounge, previously at Tipple & Brine, and Honeycut


Daniel Kilbride              10/1/07 – 3/31/14      N/A


Krastina Petrova            10/1/08 – 6/30/11      Teach For America, High School Chemistry Teacher, Pine Bluff, AK (8/11 – 6/13); University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Research Associate, Aurora, Colorado (6/13 to present)


Isaac Ho                          8/1/09 – 5/31/11      Medical Student


Huan Nguyen                    7/1/10–5/30/12      Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division (SID), Criminalist II (6/12 to present)


Joshua Cohen                10/1/11 – 3/31/14      Teaching Faculty, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Postdoctoral Associates

Yi-Zhong An                     7/1/92–3/22/96      Research Scientist, Hybrid Plastics, Fountain Valley, CA


Argimiro López Viado       1/15/94–4/1/96      Research Assistant, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain

Manager of Business Development at Industrial Química del Nalón, S.A., Gijón Area, Spain


John E. Anthony             1/10/94–6/30/96      Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington



Padma S. Ganapathi        2/14/94–8/31/95      Professor, Pasadena City College, CA

Don Solooki                    1/15/95–7/30/96      University of Southern California, Dental School, Los Angeles, CA

DDS, Calm Dental, Downtown Los Angeles, CA



Norbert Jux                   1/23/95–10/10/96      Professor, Department of Chemistry, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


Andreas Franz                 7/10/95–6/30/96      Process Chemist at Novartis Agrochemical Division, Monthey, Switzerland

Iris Lamparth                     9/1/96–6/15/99      Senior Scientist, Ivoclar Vivadent AG

Christophe Boulle         10/15/97–9/30/98      Regulatory Affairs Manager & International Project Leader at L’Oréal Recherche, Paris, France


Georg Schick                    1/1/98–6/15/99      Innovation Management Director at Evonik Industries AG, Cologne, Germany


Satish Jalisatgi                   1/1/98–9/30/00      Postdoctoral Associate, Prof. Frederick Hawthorne, UCLA

Research Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, at The International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO



Ralph Lunkwitz                 9/15/98–6/1/99      Head of Technical Market Development for Glues and Resins at BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Michael Sander                   4/6/00–4/1/01      Research Scientist at Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Berlin, Germany

Simon Clavaguera         11/20/07–6/30/09      Project Manager at CEA – Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Grenoble, France


Chenjun Shi                      6/1/06–9/30/10      Research Scientist at Solarmer Energy, Inc., El Monte, CA

Shaohua Huang               10/9/06–9/30/14      Research Scientist, Peoples Republic of China

Patrick Tondo                    2/1/12–2/15/13      Research Scientist, BASF Pharma, Evionnaz, Switzerland (2013–2015); Bern Cantonal Laboratory, Switzerland (since April 2015)

Daniela Bossi                    2/1/12–2/15/13      High school science teacher, Fribourg, Switzerland

Simon Kervyn                  2/15/13-2/15/14      Research Project Manager, CoRI (Coatings Research Institute), Leuven, Belgium


Visiting Scientists

Yasuhiko Kawamura      10/1/96–3/31/97       Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokushima, Japan


Akihiro Suzuki               8/15/98–8/15/99       Associate Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, Nagaoka National College of Technology, Japan

Beatriz Ilescas                6/15/00–9/30/00       Research Associate, Departamento de Química Orgánica I, Facultad de Química, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain http://pendientedemigracion.ucm.es/info/fullerene/Members.html#Beatriz

Titus Jenny                      1/15/11–3/1/11       Professor and Dean, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland


Undergraduate Research

Christophe Schaller          9/15/92-6/30/93      University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Ph.D. thesis with Prof. Pierre Vogel (1993-97)

Research Chemist at SICPA Holdings, Lausanne, Switzerland (1997-present)

Christine Altinis-Kiraz  9/15/92–10/15/93      UCLA, Undergraduate Student Research Project in my group; Ph. D. thesis with Prof. Craig A. Merlic at UCLA, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Chemist, Allergan, Irvine, CA (1993-96)

Instructional Faculty, Rutgers University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Christopher Thomas          9/15/92–4/1/95      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project in my group

University of Florida, Gainsville, Department of Chemistry, Ph.D. thesis with Prof. John Reynolds

Volwiler Society Senior Principal Research Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, Witney, Oxfordshire, UK


Thibaut Jarrosson            7/1/93–10/15/93      Visiting Student, Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Marseille, France and

7/15/94–10/15/94      Visiting Student, Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Marseille, France

Maitre de Conference at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), Montpellier, France


María-José Arce            1/15/94–12/15/95      Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, Department of Organometallic Chemistry, Ph.D. thesis, came as a visiting Student at UCLA

Shawn Bauer                     8/6/94–9/30/94      UCLA, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ph. D. thesis with Prof. Robert W. Armstrong

Senior Ontology Engineer at Ingenuity Systems, San Francisco, CA


Y-Vu Pham                        7/1/95–9/30/95      UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, NSF REU summer ‘95 program

Zi Y. Wong                     6/17/96–8/31/96      UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, NSF REU summer ‘96 program

John. D. Tovar                    7/1/96–8/1/97      Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. thesis with Prof. Timothy Swager

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


Kevin Paulsen                   7/1/96–8/31/96      Teacher at University High School, Los Angeles, CA

and      UCLA Partners in Science Project sponsored by

7/1/97–8/31/97      Research Corporation, grant 4-443835-AR-79825 http://www.universitywildcats.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1298114172831&no_controls=t

Linda K. Lee                     7/1/97–9/30/97      NSF REU summer research program,

Wayne State University Medical School

Aja Sanzone                    10/1/97–6/30/98      Public Health School, New Orleans UCLA, Undergraduate Student Research Project

Nathalie Acher                   7/1/98–9/30/98      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project

Cambridge Medical School, England

Tania Ridgle                    10/1/98–9/30/99      UCLA CARE Fellowship and Chem 199 research projects

Amy Guigliano                  1/1/99–6/30/99      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project

Trang Thuy Truong           1/1/99–6/30/99      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project

Joshua Garretson            9/25/99–6/15/00      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project; Chemist at Aculon, San Diego, CA


Susan Pienazek               4/1/00–12/15/01      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project; Research Investigator at Bristol−Myers Squibb


Scott James                     6/15/00–6/15/02      Beckman Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2000

Frédéric Birbaum              5/1/01–9/30/01      Graduate student, University of Fribourg, Switzerland Production Engineer Senior, BASF Switzerland


Joshua Tocsi                     1/15/02–6/1/03      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project

Eunice Kim                       6/24/02–9/1/02      UCLA LEADS Summer Fellowship

Brenna Walters               3/15/04–7/30/04      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project
Director of Marketing at Wiredrive


Jonathan Low                  4/1/05–12/31/07      Undergraduate Research Scholars Program 2005-07; Medicinal Chemist, Amgen


Darcy Grinolds               10/1/05–6/30/08      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project

(née Wanger)                                                  Ph.D. at MIT with Moungi Bawendi

Reliability Engineer at Google, Mountain View, CA


Merisa Halim                  10/1/06–6/30/08      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project

UCLA Research Associate in my group

Research Associate at Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA


Heather Graehl                8/1/08–12/31/08      Product Sales Specialist, Implen Inc.

Masters of Business Administration & MS Biotechnology; Director of Sales at ThalesNano North America


Juliet F. K. Kotyk         6/30/09–10/31/10      UCLA Undergraduate Student Research Project;

(née Khosrowabadi)                                        currently a graduate student at the University of California Irvine in the group of Jenny Y. Yang


Ryan Quinn                       6/15/10–9/1/10      UCLA Amgen Scholars Program; currently a graduate student at the University of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the group of Erik Alexanian

Xiangyi Zhang                     7/6/11–9/9/11      UCLA CSST Summer Program; currently a graduate student at Stanford University in the group of Robert M. Waymouth


Xiaopeng Yu                        7/8/13–9/4/13      UCLA CSST Summer Program; currently a graduate student at Cornell University in the group of Geoffrey W. Coates


Matthew Lam                  6/25/14–9/30/14      Undergraduate Research Volunteer

International Exchange Students

Yuto Iizuka

I hosted Ms. Yuto Iizuka, an international Ph.D. student from Prof. Takeshi Akasaka’s laboratory at Tsukuba University, Japan, between June 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007, to carry out reverse-demand Diels-Alder reactions with endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) to achieve the opening of these intriguing fullerene derivatives. She carried out her first reactions between 3,6-bis(4-t-butylphenyl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine and Sc3C2@C80 (as well as with three other EMFs), which ultimately led to a publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society:

  1. Bibliography Ref. 94: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja300279x
Regina Eigler (née Neubauer)

I hosted Ms. Regina Eigler, an international master student from the University of Erlangen, Germany, to carry out part of her Masters Thesis research at UCLA between December 15, 2009 and June 30, 2010. She was an undergraduate researcher with Professors Norbert Jux and Andreas Hirsch at Erlangen. She worked in my group on developing novel self-assembling, redder-light-absorbing fullerenes (derivatives of azafullerenes) to function as electron acceptors in novel photovoltaic devices (organic solar cells). She recently filed her Ph.D. thesis with results generated in part at UCLA. One publication from our side of the collaboration has resulted from her stay at UCLA.

  1. Bibliography Ref. 96: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201206878/abstract
  2. D. Thesis: http://www.opus4.kobv.de/opus4-fau/files/5764/ReginaEiglerDissertation.pdf
Hiroki Kurihara

I hosted Mr. Hiroki Kurihara, an international Ph.D. student from Prof. Takeshi Akasaka’s laboratory at Tsukuba University, Japan, between February 25, 2012 and March 19, 2012, to continue our collaboration with Prof. Akasaka performing reverse-demand Diels-Alder reactions with endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) to achieve the opening of these intriguing fullerene derivatives. He carried out cycloaddition reactions between 5,6-diphenyl-3-(2-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazine and La2@D2-C72, which ultimately led to a publication in Angewandte Chemie:

  1. Bibliography Ref. 100: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201410012/full

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