Chemistry Students


Who Are We?



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 horizons, 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.


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.


PhD Student (2016 - Present)

Allison hails from Pennsylvania! She comes to the Young lab from Indiana University in Pennsylvania, which despite the name is firmly in PA. In moving to Toledo, Allison has almost finally reached living in IN, which she claims is not a life goal. When she isn't watching the Penguins bloody the ice, she likes to study solid state chemistry, and enjoys being the group's go-to for x-ray crystallography! In her research, Allison is working on preparing new metal-organic frameworks for interesting materials and catalytic applications via postsynthetic modification. After graduate school Allison hopes to get a job continuing to work with solid state chemistry to help make the world a better place.


PhD Student (2017 - Present)

Pratibha is a PhD student here at University Toledo who comes to the Young lab from Nepal where she was born and raised. She is involved in the lab's sp2 C-H activation research, and is also looking at extending the electrophilic coupling partners used for our sp2 as well as sp3 C-H activation work. Pratibha is interested in sustainable chemistry, and is hoping to find a job after graduate school continuing in the field. When not in the lab, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.


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.


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!


PhD Student (2020 - Present)

Stuff about Abbey.


MS Student (2019 - Present)

Thandazile 'Thanda' Mncwango comes from Durban, a town on the east coast of South Africa. She completed a Diploma in Chemistry at the Durban University of Technology in 2017 during which she undertook a 1 year internship at Unilever in R&D. She then pursued a BTech in Chemistry in 2018 and applied for the Fulbright Scholarship which brought her to the University of Toledo. Thandazile's research interests are centered around catalytic water remediation and, after obtaining her MS degree, she hopes to make an impact in the water treatment industry in South Africa.


BS Student (2019 - Present)

Stuff about Hunter.


BS Student (2019 - Present)

Charles joins the lab from Taiwan, and considers himself a major オタク. Although he is currently the youngest in the lab, he realizes that he is still six years older than the record holder who left just as Charles was joining the lab. He likes to think, and usually overthinks. This results in procrastination, which he thinks he needs to beat. He talks, but more often just listens and thinks (annoying!). He has learned some advanced math and biology besides chemistry, and he aspires to pursue a career as a synthetic chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.


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.


BS Student (2019 - Present)

Stuff about Aaron.


BS Student (2020 - Present)

Stuff about Michael.

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