Chemistry Students

YOUNG LAB

Who Are We?

 

PROF. MICHAEL C. YOUNG

Principal Investigator

Born in the land of tobacco, Mike began his chemistry career in mountainous Western Carolina studying hydrogen-bonded self-assembly with Prof. Brian D. Dinkelmeyer. Believing that biomimetic systems held great promise for greener catalysis, Mike then traveled to the also mountainous Inland Empire of Southern California to study self-assembled cages and their applications towards organocatalysis with Prof. Richard J. Hooley. Hoping to expand his synthetic chops, Mike then traveled to the hilly part of south central Texas to work with Prof. Guangbin Dong, exploring dynamic covalent strategies for directed C–H functionalization of ketones and amines and occasionally trying to help "Keep Austin Weird." Now he leads his own group in the less-than-hilly Toledo area, attempting to combine all of his hydrogen-bonding and self-assembly know-how towards more useful C–H functionalizatoin for derivatization of sustainable feedstocks for therapeutic, energy, and materials applications.

Updated CV

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DR. VINOD LANDGE

Postdoc (July 2019 - Present)

Vinod comes to UToledo after pursuing his PhD at National Chemical Laboratory with E. Balaraman, where he focused on developing new organometallic methodology, especially using both rhodium as well as base metals. When not working, Vinod enjoys watching movies with his wife and spending time with friends.

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KENDRA SHRESTHA

PhD Student (2019 - Present)

Before coming to The University of Toledo to pursue his PhD in organic chemistry, Kendra completed a Master's Degree in Chemistry from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. After his degree he worked as a chemistry teacher for four years. His work in the Young group focuses on hydrogen bond-directed approaches for complex molecule synthesis. In his free time, he loves listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

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INDUNIL ALAHAKOON

PhD Student (2019 - Present)

Indunil holds a BSc. (sp) degree in Chemistry from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she focused on the synthesis of nanocomposites for water purification. After two years of employment in industry, she came to the US to pursue her PhD. In the lab, her main research interest focuses on hydrogen bond-directed C-H functionalization. Outside of the lab, she loves practicing Latin dance moves and traveling with her husband. She strongly believes shopping is the best medicine, and can improve any mood!

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ABIGAIL GOHMANN

PhD Student (2020 - Present)

Abbey holds a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University. A lifelong Indiana native, she has crossed an entire state line to join the Young group in Toledo, where she is currently wrangling Pd to force it to make the bonds she wants.

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AUDREY BONDS

BS Student (2019 - Present)

Audrey is a senior at UT majoring in Biochemistry. She hopes to pursue a chemistry-based career in the future. In her free time, Audrey enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

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AARON GRANT

BS Student (2019 - Present)

Aaron is a biochemistry major at at UT. He hopes to pursue graduate school beginning in Fall 2022.

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MICHAEL HILYARD

BS Student (2020 - Present)

Stuff about Michael.

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