Three Class of 2009 Alums Finish Ph.D.’s

Three Chemistry majors from the class of 2009 recently wrote to let us know they had successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations.  We thought we would share a bit of their good news:

Molly Carpenter attended Dartmouth College where she worked with Prof. Dean Wilcox of the Chemistry Department ‌on ‌her ‌dissertation entitled “Thermodynamic studies of the metal interactions with four biomacromolecules using isothermal titration calorimetry."  Molly writes that she recently moved to Boulder, Colorado to begin a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. Amy Palmer of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Her research will focus on understanding zinc homeostasis in cellular systems. 

Margaret Anne Gray Hinkle worked with Prof. Jeff Catalano in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her dissertation is entitled “Ion interactions at the mineral-water interface during biogeochemical iron and manganese cycling.”  Margaret Anne is currently finishing a bit of work at Washington University while completing her selection of a post-doctoral position. 

‌Brendan Monks studied for his Ph.D. with Prof. Silas Cook at Indiana University Department of Chemistry, completing a dissertation entitled “The Move Away from Flatness: New Paradigms in Palladium- and Iron-Catalyzed Csp3 Cross couplings.”  Brendan is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner of the Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung in Mülheim am Rhein, Germany.   His work there will focus on the development of new catalytic methodologies for the synthesis of potentially useful organic compounds.

The Department of Chemistry extends our enthusiastic congratulations to all three of these outstanding young scientists on their well-deserved accomplishments.  We look forward to seeing what comes next in their careers.  

If you are a former member of the department, we would love to hear from you and share your news of accomplishments with the entire Sewanee Chemistry family.  Send any reports to Rob Bachman