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Ph.D. Degrees Awarded

Tulane University's Department of Chemistry has awarded over 250 doctoral degrees. Many of these awardees have gone on to be renown professors and senior research scientist throughout the world. Below is a list of the majority of these awardees, and some of their present positions.

*Note brackets indicate where our alumni went


Megan Woods (Laser Electro-Optical Engineer, Boeing Defense, Space, & Security)
"Cooper Whisker Formation in the Presence of Pulsed Laser Deposited Molybdenum Disulfide"
Research Advisor: Brent Koplitz
May 19, 2020

Robert Mackin (Research Chemist, USDA ARS New Orleans)
"Low-Temperature Energy Transport in Oligomers and Infrared Studies of Thin Films on Plasmonic Nanoantenna Arrays"
Research Advisor: Igor Rubtsov
April 15, 2020

Kelly Dougherty (Chemist, FDA Arkansas Laboratory)
"Synthesis of Compounds with very Large Specific Rotations"
Research Advisor: Robert Pascal
April 14, 2020

Matthew Sullivan 
"Properties and Applications of the Hydrophobic Effect with Host-Guest Systems"
Research Advisor: Bruce Gibb
April 3, 2020

Wei Yao (Scientist, Seattle Genetics Inc.)
"The Ion Specific Effects on Macromolecular Systems"
Research Advisor: Bruce Gibb
March 26, 2020


Joseph Giesen 
"Design, Synthesis and Characterization of 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl)propionic acid (bis-MPA) polyester dendrimers and linear analogs"
Research Advisor: Scott Grayson
December 13, 2019

Molly Payne (Technology Specialist, Baker Donelson)
"Synthesis, Post Polymerization Modification, and Characterization of Biologically Relevant Synthetic Polymers: Poly(ethylene glycol) and Poly(ethylene imine)"
Research Advisor: Scott Grayson
December 10, 2019

Xiao Zhou (Senior Chemist, Jordi Labs)
"DNA Based Transducers for Protein Activity Control"
Research Advisor: Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah
December 6, 2019

Andrii Maksymov
"Many-Body Localization and Coherency in Systems with Long-Range Interactions"
Research Advisor: Alexander Burin
December 5, 2019

Antony Obanda (Process Engineer, Intel Corporation)
"Synthesis, Structures, Properties, and Reactivity of New Group 10 Heteroleptic Dithiolene Complexes"
Research Advisor: James Donahue
November 26, 2019

Yonglong Xiao (Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA)
"Crowded Aromatic Compounds with Unusual Shapes and Structures"
Research Advisor: Robert Pascal
October 3, 2019

Farihah Haque (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota)
"Synthesis, characterization, and purification of cyclic polystyrene, poly-(ε-caprolactone), and various polyethers"
Research Advisor: Scott Grayson
July 19, 2019

Clyde Varner (Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea University, Seoul)
"Azido alkanes as convenient reporters for mobility within lipid membranes"
Research Advisor: Igor Rubtsov
June 18, 2019

Malathy Pratheepkumar (Senior Lecturer Gr. II, Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna, Srilanka)
"Exploration of Selective Metal Disulfide Synthesis and the Synthesis of Metallodithiolene Complexes as Qubit Systems"
Research Advisor: James Donahue
May 16, 2019

Bo Wang (Scientist, Catalent)
"Syntheses, Structures and Characterization of Nickel Complex and Multinuclear Copper Clusters with L-N2S2 Ligand"
Research Advisor: James Donahue
March 29, 2019


Rebecca Dupre (Research Scientist, Tulane University)
"Protonation and Electron Transfer Reactions of Osmium Hydride and Surfactant Ruthenium Complexes"
Research Advisor: Russ Schmehl
December 5, 2018

Layla Qasim (Chemist, HP, Inc.)
"Architecture-dependent Vibrational Energy Transport in Molecular Chains"
Research Advisor: Igor Rubtsov
December 5, 2018

Karolina Kosakowska (Casebia Therapeutics)
"Controlled Self-Assembly of Non-Linear Amphiphilic Polymers for Therapeutic Drug Delivery Application: Polymer Architecture and the Transdermal Route"
Research Advisor: Scott Grayson
November 26, 2018

Patricia Fontenot (Analytical Inorganic Chemist, Army Public Health Center)
"Synthesis, Characterization, and Photo-Catalytic Activity of Homogenous Molybdenum Sulfide Complexes Serving as Hydrogen Evolution Catalysts"
Research Advisor: James Donahue
July 24, 2018

Jacobs Jordan (Research Chemist, USDA-Cotton Chemistry & Utilization Unit)
"Noncovalent Interactions Behind the Direct and Inverse Hofmeister Effect"
Research Advisor: Bruce Gibb
May 17, 2018

Thong (Tom) Nguyen (Quality Control Chemist, Winderlabs LLC)
"Synthesis of Novel Water-Soluble Host-Guest Systems"
Research Advisor: Bruce Gibb
April 30, 2018

Matthew Hillyer (Research Chemist, USDA-Cotton Chemistry & Utilization Unit)
"Ion-responsive Supramolecular Assemblies in Aqueous Solutions"
Research Advisor: Bruce Gibb
April 26, 2018

Aditya Kulkarni (Intern-Scientist, Lonza)
"Synthesis and Investigation of Spectroscopic Properties and Excited State Electron Transfer Reactions of Pt(ii) NCN Type Complexes"
Research Advisor: Russ Schmehl
April 20, 2018