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 research in the Emmert group focuses on recovering valuable materials from red mud.

Ozgur Yilmaz joined the Emmert lab from Mersin University (Turkey) where he worked in the lab of Prof. Nermin Simsek Kus to obtain his PhD degree in 2015. Ozgur's background in organic synthesis has been a great starting point to further expand his knowledge in the area of transition metal catalyzed transformations, with a particular interest in amine C-H functionalizations.

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.

Visiting Scholars

Margaret Kerr joins the Emmert lab for her sabbatical leave from Worcester State University during the Summer and Fall of 2015 and continues participation in group activities and research as an affiliated researcher. Her interests are in the area of organometallic synthesis, DFT calculations, and catalysis.

Undergraduate Students
Cristina DeOliveira is a biochemistry major at WPI (class of 2019) and joined the lab in May 2017. Cristina plans to attend graduate school after WPI and is excited to be in the lab to get some hands-on experience. Outside of academics she enjoys glass blowing and volunteering in STEM outreach programs catered toward women and other underrepresented groups. Her research revolves around Cu catalyzed C-H aminations.