Former Group Members


Exchange Students
Csaba Szabados completed an apprenticeship as a lab technician at ETH Zurich in 2009 before starting his chemistry studies at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Csaba joined the Emmert lab for the Fall semester 2012 as an international exchange student.
Philipp Bisang graduated with honors at the end of his apprenticeship as a chemical lab technician at F. Hoffman-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland. Being an international exchange student from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, his project in the Emmert lab during the Fall semester 2012 dealt with atom economic transformations.
Lukas John, an exchange student from the University of Konstanz, Germany, joined the Emmert lab during the Fall semester of 2012 to work on the experimental part of his bachelor's thesis. In his free time, Lukas enjoys hanging out with friends and playing one of the several instruments that he owns (piano, guitar, trumpet...).


Visiting/Rotation Students
Dominik Zetschok was an exchange student from Germany who won an award by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to join the Emmert lab for a research internship during the summer 2014. Dominik's project deals with C-H aminations.
Alex Carl joined the Emmert lab for a summer rotation in June 2015 before officially beginning graduate studies at WPI in August 2015. Originally from Paxton, MA, he received his B.Sc. from Worcester State University, working with Jeremy Andretta on organometallic Mn complexes.

Postdocs
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 worked in the Emmert lab from 2012 to 2014.
Dhammika Bandara received his B.Sc. from the University of Peradeniya, SriLanka. He completed his Ph.D. with Shawn Burdette at the University of Connecticut. Dhammika was a member of the Emmert lab from October 2011 to December 2014. His projects revolved around the C-H activation of arenes and the recycling of end-of life rare earth magnets.

Graduate Students
Xiaoang Zhang worked in the Emmert lab as a graduate student. Xiaoang is a fantastic cook and loves to prepare a variety of dishes for meetings of friends. She defended her MS thesis on the low-temperature, catalytic C-O activation of alcohols in the Fall 2015.

Undergraduate Students
Joan Raciot worked in the Emmert lab in June 2015 for summer research as an NSF REU student.
Mohammad Eldam joined the Emmert lab in June 2015 for summer research as an NSF REU student.
Andrew Wood is from Ipswich, MA, and is currently majoring in Chemical Engineering (class of 2015). He is a member of several clubs (stage band,  recording clubs), and is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. When Andrew is home in Ipswich, he enjoys going to the beach, spending time with his family and friends, and playing in his rock band.
Sarah Desrochers is from Bow, NH and is a chemistry major at WPI (class of 2015). She joined the lab in early summer 2014 in preparation for her MQP and is working with Xiaoang on low-temperature deoxygenations of alcohols. She is captain of the WPI Ballroom Dance Team and has been dancing in various styles for 18 years. She also enjoys traveling, laughing, and hugging trees.