People



Spring 2014
Left to Right: Julia, Mark, Anqi, Dhammika, Ahmet, Da, Wenbo, Xiaoang, Jingtian, Nate



Principal Investigator

Marion Emmert was born in W├╝rzburg, 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.

Postdocs
Dhammika Bandara received his B.Sc. from the University of Peradeniya, SriLanka. He recently finished his Ph.D. with Shawn Burdette at the University of Connecticut. Dhammika joined the Emmert Lab in October 2011. His projects deal with the C-H activation of arenes and the recycling of end-of life rare earth magnets.
Ahmet Gunay received his BS in Chemistry from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester under guidance of William D. Jones, investigating C-C bond activations. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Delaware with Klaus H. Theopold and Mark Barteau, he joined the Emmert lab in 2012 to strengthen the aerobic oxidation team.
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.


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.
Xiaoang Zhang is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her project deals with the fixation of CO2. Xiaoang is a fantastic cook and loves to prepare a variety of dishes for meetings of friends.
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.




Undergraduate Students

Michael Chin - is from Lewiston, ME and is majoring in Chemical Engineering (class of 2015). He is an active member of WPI's Social Committee and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Outside of class, Michael enjoys to cook and taste new cuisines from different cultures. As a hobby, he enjoys learning about computers and about how they work.