Summer 2015

Left to Right: Margaret, Ijaz, Anqi, Remya, Chris, Joan, Xiaoang, Dong, Katie

Former Group Members

Principal Investigator

Marion Emmert was born in Würzburg, Germany and received her undergraduate degree (Diploma) from the University of Freiburg  (Germany) where she investigated directed Pd-catalyzed allylic substitution reactions with Bernhard Breit. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Munster (Germany) with Gerhard Erker, studying substituted Zr complexes as model compounds for active polymerization catalysts. As a DFG postdoctoral researcher with Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan, she developed highly active Pt and Pd C-H functionalization catalysts in collaboration with the NSF CCI CENTC based at the University of Washington. At UofM, she was infected with the Footbal virus; consequently, you may catch her wearing maize and blue on Fridays and Saturdays during the football season.

Remya Narayanan received her B.Sc. from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala (India) and her PhD from Cochin University of Science and Technology in Kochi, India. After research stays at the Instituto Superior Technico in Lisbon, Portugal, at Clarkson University, NY, and at UMass Boston, she joins the lab with a remarkable breadth of synthetic knowledge (solvent extraction, organometallic chemistry, electrochemistry,  organic synthesis). Her project in the Emmert group will focus on recovering valuable materials from red mud.
Kathleen Field joins the Emmert lab from Rutgers University where she obtained her PhD in the group of Alan Goldman on investigations with pincer complexes. Kathleen's project focuses on the design and understanding of selective extractants for rare earth separations.
Dong Jin joins the Emmert lab from Brown University where she completed her PhD with Wes Bernskoetter on CO2 fixation. Her research focuses on mechanistic understanding of Pd and Cu catalyzed C-H aminations recently developed in the group.
Ijaz Ahmed joins the Emmert lab from Syracuse University where he worked in the lab of Daniel Clark to obtain his PhD degree in 2015, following an internship at Glaxo-Smith-Kline. Ijaz' background in organic synthesis allows him to design new extractants for rare earth separations.

Graduate Students
Anqi Wang is a graduate student from Tianjin, China and joined the lab in October 2012. He is highly interested in reactions that are relevant to the chemical industry. Anqi likes soccer a lot and especially enjoys watching WorldCup and the German team.
Chris Legacy comes to WPI as a graduate student from Clark University, where he worked in Professor Granados-Focil's lab. Grown up in Worcester,  he is the group's guide to the many sights and attractions the area has to offer. Chris has served in the US Army for 5 years prior to starting his career in chemistry. Outside of the lab, he is a man of diverse interests: He is regularly competing on a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team and has been a musician for about 20 years - classical guitar is his specialty.

Visiting Scholars
Margaret Kerr joins the Emmert lab for her sabbatical leave from Worcester State University during the Summer and Fall of 2015. Her interests are in the area of organometallic synthesis, DFT calculations, and catalysis.
Hayriye GENÇ
Hayriye Genc comes to WPI from Sakarya University in Turkey to broaden her expertise in organometallic catalysis. Her projects during her stay in the Emmert lab will focus on oxidative C-H functionalizations.

Undergraduate Students