People

Left to right: back: Adam Pederson, Mason Rouser; front: Minjae Lee, Matthew Flack, Daniel Schoonover. Inset: Zhenbin Niu.

Prof. Harry W. Gibson

  • B. S. 1962, Clarkson University
  • Ph. D. 1965, Clarkson University (with FD Popp). Thesis:  Synthesis of Alkaloids Using Reissert Compounds.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 1965-1966, University of Notre Dame (with EL Eliel). Topics:  Conformational Analysis of Acyclic Systems, Reductions with Aluminum Hydride, (AlH3)
  • 1966 - 1969, Research Chemist, Chemicals & Plastics Division, Union Carbide Corporation, Tarrytown, N.Y.

  • 1969 - 1974, Scientist; 1974 - 1982, Senior Scientist; 1982 - 1984, Senior Member of Research Staff, Xerox Corporation

    Webster, NY

  • 1978, Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois, Department of Chemistry, Champaign-Urbana, IL

  • 1982 - 1984, Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

  • 1984 - 86, Senior Research Scientist, (director level), 1986 Associate Director Materials Science, Allied-Signal Engineered Materials Research Center, Des Plaines, IL

  • 1986 - , Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • January-February 1998, Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

  • March-April 1998, Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Durham University, Durham, UK

  • 2006- , Guest Professor, Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hanzhou, China

  • January-March 2008, Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Current Graduate Students

Current Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Mrs. Chunying Shu  (Ph.D. Chinese Acad. of Sci. , mentor: Prof. Chun-Ru Wang), 8/15/06-          

Former Graduate Students

  • Bardia Guilani (B. S. George Mason U), 2/87-2/90. M. S. Thesis: "Synthesis of Novel Heterocyclic Polymers via the Chemistry of Reissert Compounds", 8 peer reviewed publications. Currently at United Technologies, East Hartford, CT.
  • Melvin Rasco (B. S. Alcorn State U), 2/87-2/90. M.S.Thesis: "Monomers and Polymers via Reissert Compound Chemistry", 5 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Dow Chemical Co., Freeport, TX.
        • Jennifer Clifton (B. S. VPI&SU), 10/87-2/91. M. S. Thesis: "Studies in Stereoselective Synthesis via Reissert Compound Chemistry", 1 peer reviewed publication . Currently at at Wickoff Color, Corp., Shelby, NC
        • Christina Lim (B. S., U of Manila, Phillipines), 1/90-7/91. M. S. Thesis: "Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(oxazoline) Rotaxanes; Literature Review on Separation, Detection and Identification of Cyclic Oligomers of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) and Poly(E-caprolactam)".
        • Paul T. Engen (B. S. U of Wisconsin, Stevens Point), 2/87-11/91. Ph.D. Thesis: "Novel Polymer Architectures: Polyrotaxanes", 8 peer reviewed publications. Currently at 3M, Minneapolis, MN.
        • Ashish Pandya (B. S. Indian Institute of Technology; M. S. U of Arizona), 2/87-2/92. Ph.D. Thesis: "Novel Nitrogen Containing Polymers via Reissert Chemistry", 6 peer reviewed publications. Currently a Seniior Researcher at U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
        • Michael A. G. Berg (B. S. Washington and Lee U), 2/87-10/92. Ph.D. Thesis: "Studies in the Stereoselective Synthesis of 1,1-Disubstituted 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroisoquinolines", 5 peer reviewed publications Currently an Instructor and crystallographer at Virginia Tech.
        • Mukesh Bheda [B. S. University of Bombay (India); M.S. U of Bombay (India); M.S. Central Michigan U], 12/87-3/92. Ph.D. Thesis: "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Molecular Architectures: Polyrotaxanes and Catenanes", 10 peer reviewed publications. Currently at BP-America, IL.
        • Ya Xi Shen [B.S. Huazhong Normal U, China; M.S. East Tennessee State U], 2/88-3/92. Ph.D. Thesis: "New Polymer Architectures: Synthesis & Characterization of Polyurethane -Crown Ether Based Polyrotaxanes", 13 peer reviewed publications. Currently at U of Shanghai, China and CEO, Polymona Enterprises, Wilmington, DE.
  • Jean Sze [B. S. College of St. Rose, NJ], 2/89-9/92. M. S. Thesis: "Synthesis and Characterization of Liquid Crystalline Polyrotaxanes Based on Poly(azomethine)s", 5 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, Princeton, NJ.
  • Kimberly Brumfield (B. S. Alcorn State U), 12/89-10/92. M. S. Thesis: "Synthesis of an Activated Difluorotetraketone Monomer via Reissert Chemistry", 1 peer reviewed publication. Currently at R. W. Johnson Pharmaceutical, Spring House, PA.
  • Roger Grisle (B. S. Alcorn State U), 1/90-10/92. M. S. Thesis: "Synthesis of Novel Heterocyclic Difluoro Monomers via the Chemistry of Reissert Compounds", 1 peer reviewed publication. Currently at 3M, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Shu Liu [B.S. (Ch.E.) Jiangxi Polytechnic U, China; M. S. Indiana U of PA], 11/91-2/95. Ph.D. Thesis: "Molecular Necklaces: Polyester Rotaxanes", 8 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Bayer Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Feng Wang [B. S. (ME) Chongqing U China], 1/92-2/95. M. S. Thesis: "Molecular Composites of a Conducting Polymer: Synthesis & Characterization of Poly(1,4-phenylenevinylene)-Crown Ether Rotaxanes", 3 peer reviewed publications . Currently at Johns Manville Corp., Littleton, CO.
  • Darin Dotson (B. S. Marshall U, M. S. Marhsall U), 9/92-5/96. Ph.D. Thesis: "Part I. The Mesomorphic Properties of Aryloxy-s-triazines and Their Analogs"; "Part II. The Synthesis and Polymerization Behavior of alpha-Aminonitriles and Related Compounds", 2 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Milliken Chemical Co., Spartanburg, SC.
  • Sang-Hun Lee [B. S. Seoul (Korea) National U; M. S. Korea Advanced Inst. Sci. Tech.], 5/92-12/96. Ph.D. Thesis: "Supramolecular Architectures: Macrocycles, Catenanes & Polyrotaxanes", 10 peer reviewed publications . Currently at Hanwha Corporation, Korea.
  • Donghang Xie [B. S. Nanjing Inst. Chem. Tech., China; M. S. Indiana U of PA], 9/92-1/97. Ph.D. Thesis: "Part I: Synthesis & Ring Opening Polymerization of Macrocyclic Monomers for Production of Engineering Thermoplastics, Part II: Synthesis of Polyrotaxanes", 4 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Exxon-Mobil, Houston, TX.
  • MingFei Chen [B. S. Tsinghua U, China; M. S. Tsinghua U, China], 9/92-6/97. Ph.D. Thesis: "Macrocyclic Monomers: Synthesis, Characterization & Ring Opening Polymerization", 3 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Medtronic Vascular Division, Santa Rosa, CA .
  • Caiguo Gong [B.S. Changzhou Light Industry Institute, China; M.S. East China U of Chemical Technology], 11/94-12/97. Ph. D. Thesis: "Linear, Branched & Crosslinked Polyesters, Polyurethanes and Polymethacrylates Derived from Rotaxane Formation: Synthesis & Properties", 14 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Mobil-Exxon, ??.
  • Jinlian Yang (B. S. South China U of Technology, M. S. Marshall U), 9/92-2/98. Ph.D. Thesis: "Part I. synthesis of Aromatic Polyketones via Soluble Precrusors Derived from Bis(a -aminonitrile)s. Part II. Modifications of Epoxy Resins with Functionalized Hyperbranched Poly(aryl ester)s", 4 peer reviewed publications. Currently at The Polymer Technology Group, Berkeley, CA .
  • William Bryant (B. S. College of William and Mary; M. S. College of William and Mary), 11/95-8/99. Ph. D. Thesis: "Self Assembly: Synthesis and Complexation of Crown Ethers and Cryptands with Secondary Ammonium Ions", 14 peer reviewed publications. Currently at Imerys Pigments, Inc., Atlanta, GA .
  • Nori Yamaguchi (B.S. Oklahoma State U), 10/93-8/99. Ph. D. Thesis: "Supramolecular Assemblies:Dendrimers, Linear Arrays and Polypseudorotaxanes", 10 peer reviewed publications. Currently at at General Electric Advanced Materials, OH.
  • Amy Fletcher ( B. S. Emory & Henry College), 1/01-9/03. M. S. Thesis: “Thermodynamically Driven Rotaxane Synthesis”. Currently at Nanosonic, Inc., Blacksburg, VA.
  • Jason W. Jones (B. S.  College of William and Mary), 5/98-5/04. M. S. Thesis: ”Enhanced Architectural & Structural Regulation Using Controlled Free Radical Polymerization Techniques; Supramolecular Assemblies: Pseudorotaxanes & olypseudorotaxanes” (2001). Ph. D. Thesis: “Quantification of Supramolecular Complexes Involving Charged  Species in Non-Aqueous Solvents: Theory and Application”, 11 peer reviewed publications. Currently at DuPont, Wilmington, DE.
  • Feihe Huang (B. S. Hefei U of Technology, China; M. S. U. of Science & Technology of China), 8/00-3/05. M. S. Thesis: “Pseudorotaxanes and Supramolecular Polypseudorotaxanes Based on the Dibenzo-24-Crown-8/Paraquat Recognition Motif” (2003). Ph. D. Thesis: “Host-Guest Systems Based on Crown Ether, Cryptand and Pseudocryptand Hosts with Paraquat, Diquat, Secondary Ammonium and Monopyridinium Salt Guests”, 24 peer reviewed publications. Currently Professor of Chemstry at Zhejiang University, Hanzhou, China.
  • Adam Pederson (B. S. U. of Minnesota), 10/03-1/09. Ph. D. Dissertation: "Efficient Syntheses of Strong Binding Cryptands and their Derivatives for Supramolecular Polymer Synthesis", 2 peer reviewed publications. Currently a postdoctoral research associate in Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron.

Former Postdocs

  • Pierre Lecavalier [Ph.D., U. of Ottawa (Fréchet)], 9/87-2/90. Now at Department of Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Y. H. R. Jois [Ph.D., Indian Inst. of Science (Kasturi)], 1/89-10/91. Now at Shell, Houston, TX.
  • Yadollah Delaviz [Ph.D., State U. N.Y., Syracuse (Smid)], 5/89-4/92. Now at Owens Corning, Granville, OH.
  • Chao Wu [Ph.D., U. of Maryland (Herndon)], 9/89-3/91. Now at Wyeth-Ayerst.
  • Jean-Pierre Lablanc [Ph.D., Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (Marechal)], 2/90-12/92. Now at Akzo-Nobel, Bridgewater, NJ.
  • Sakuntala Ganguly [Ph.D., Indian Inst. of Technology (Maiti)], 12/91-7/92. Private consultant.
  • Mukesh Bheda [Ph.D., VPI&SU (Gibson)], 4/92-2/93. Now at BP-America, IL.
  • Devdatt Nagvekar [Ph.D., Kent State U. (Fishel)], 8/92-5/96. Now at Borden Chemical.
  • Susmita Bhattacharjee [Ph.D., Indian Inst. of Technology (Bhowmick)], 9/96-8/97. Now at Bayer Corp.
  • Lesley Hamilton [Ph.D., Durham U. (UK, Feast)], 10/96-8/97. Now at 3M (UK).
  • Philip Mason [Ph. D., Birmingham U. (UK, Parsons)], 5/97-10/97. Now at Cornell U, Ithaca, NY.
  • Peter Balanda [Ph.D., U. of Florida (Reynolds)], 9/97-6/98. Now a professor at Ferris St U.
  • Eric Mahan [Ph.D., U. of Pittsburgh (Chapman)], 12/97-6/99. Now a professor at U of Hartford.
  • Herve' Lefebvre [Ph.D., U. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (Fradet/Marechal)], 10/98-7/99. Now at U P & M Curie.
  • Jinlian Yang [Ph.D., VPI&SU (Gibson)], 9/98-4/99. Now at The Polymer Technology Group, Berkeley, CA.
  • Klaus Bonrad [Ph. D., Max Planck Inst. Mainz, Germany (G. Wegner/S. Höger)], 10/99-9/00. Now at Merck Organic           Lighting Technologies (Germany).
  • Liang Zhou [Ph. D., Nanjing U., China (G. Xue)], 9/00-8/01. Now at Polymer Engineering, Akron, OH.
  • Zhongxin Ge [Ph. D., Chinese Acad. Sci., Beijing (D. Zhu/Y. Li)]. 8/00-8/02.  Now at Albermarle Corp., Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Hong Wang [Ph. D., Peking U, Beijing,China (K.Y. Qiu)], 1/99-10/04   Now at EyeGate Pharma, inc.
  • Bin Li  [Ph.D. Nankai U, China (Y. Liu)],  6/1/04-6/07. Now a postdoc at North Carolina St. U.

Former Undergraduates

  • Rebecca Holzerblein (VPI & SU), 1987-88.
  • Linda McCollam (now Guilani. Indiana University, PA), Summer 1989. Laboratory manager, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, U. of Connecticut.
  • Mark Gibson (VPI & SU), Summer 1989, Summer 1991. Jazz guitarist, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Scott Gaynor (VPI & SU), January 1990-June, 1993 (Academic Years) [PhD, Carnegie-Mellon (K. Matyjaszewski), 1997]. Dow Chemical Co.
  • Felicity Strang (Now Bechinger, Durham University, UK), Summer 1990. [M. S., U Pennsylvania; MBA in Financial Accounting, Lyon]. Product manager, Ventanna Medical Systems, Strasbourg, France.
  • Scott Guelcher (VPI & SU), Summer 1991. [PhD Carnegie-Mellon U (w. Prof. John Anderson) 1999]. Professor, Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt U.
  • Hao Zhang (Indiana University, PA), Summer 1991.
  • William Epling (VPI & SU), July-November, 1991.[PhD U of Florida]. Professor, Chemical Engineering, U of Waterloo.
  • John Mroziak (VPI & SU), August 1991- May 1992.
  • Peter Miller (VPI & SU), January - May 1992, Sept.-Dec., 1992. [PhD, Carnegie-Mellon U. (K. Matyjaszewski), 1999]. Bayer Corporation
  • Alison Grieshaber (VPI & SU), Summer, 1992. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,  State of Maryland.
  • Nori Yamaguchi (Oklahoma State University), Summer 1992. [PhD, VPI & SU (H. Gibson), 1999]. Currently at at General Electric Advanced Materials, OH.
  • Kirk Rorer (VPI & SU), October 1992 - February, 1993. Currently at Amgen,  Thousand Oaks,  CA.
  • Wesley Hale (VPI & SU), September 1992 - May 1993. [PhD, U Texas, (w. Prof. Donald Paul) 1998]  Currently at Eastman Chemical Co.
  • Victoria Walker (VPI & SU), September 1992 - May, 1993.
  • Kelly Dickerson (VPI & SU), Summer, 1993.
  • Veronica Dakita (VPI & SU), Summer, 1993.
  • David Lynn (U. South Carolina), Summer, 1993. [PhD, California Institute of Technology (w. Prof. Robert Grubbs) 1999]. Faculty, Chemical & Biological Engineering, U Wisconsin.
  • Erel Topuz, (College of William & Mary), Summer, 1994.
  • Christine Sensenich (VPI & SU), Summer, 1994. [PhD, VPI&SU (w. Prof. Judy Riffle), 2000]  Currently at IBM .
  • Jason Powell (VPI & SU), Summer, 1994. PhD, U. of Illinois, (w. Prof. W. Klemperer) 2001].  Faculty, Department of Chemistry & Physics, Ferrum College.
  • Joel Schall (Bowling Green State University), Summer 1995. PhD, U Akron (w. Prof. Jacques Penelle), 2001] Currently at Henkel Corp.
  • Joseph Schmidt (Kansas State University), Summer 1996. [PhD, UC Berkeley (w. Prof. John Arnold), 2001].  Postdoc, Cornell U (w. Prof. G. Coates). Faculty, Chemistry Department, U of Toledo.
  • Jason Vogel (U. Texas), Summer, 1997. Environmental Studies, PhD, University of Alaska, Fairbanks]. Postdoc, Botany, University of Florida.
  • Mellisa Witmer (VPI&SU), Summer, 1997-May, 1998; Aug., 1998-May, 1999; Aug. 1999-August, 2000. MS, U of Illinois (w. Prof. Steven Zimmerman)]. Graduate student in Kinesiology, U of Illinois.
  • Deanna Gomochak, now Pickel. (College of St. Mary's), Summer 1998. [PhD, U of Akron (w. Prof. Roderick Quirk)]. Currently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Karen Switek (Valparaiso U.), Summer, 1999. [PhD, U. Minnesota, (w. Prof. Marc Hillmyer]
  • Peter Lobue (VPI&SU), January-May, August-December, 2000. Array Biopharma, Boulder, CO.
  • Denise Pauler (U. Texas), summer 2000.
  • Chin Chng (Florida Tech), summer 2001.
  • Bradley Habenicht (VPI&SU), fall 2001-fall 2002, summer 2003. PhD in Chemistry, U of Washington, Prof. Oleg Prezhdo.
  • Sara Stellfox (Valparaiso U.), summer 2002. [MS, U of Illinois (w. Prof. Rienstra)]. Now at EPL Bioanalytical Services.
  • Ben Saylor (East Tennesee State U), summer, 2004. PhD candidate, U of Florida.

  • Amy Ratliff (Radford U), summer, 2004.

  • Monty Hayes (VPI&SU), fall, 2004.

  • Ryan Vetor (Valparaiso U), summer, 2006. In medical school, U of Illinois.

  • Kashif Cheema (VPI&SU), spring 2007.

  • Brian Minichino (VPI&SU), spring 2007.

  • Peter Bailey (U South Carolina, Upstate), summer 2007.

  • Elizabeth Ward (VPI&SU), summer 2007, 2008. Now a graduate student at West Virginia U.

  • Matthew Flack (Clarkson U), (VPI&SU), summer 2007. MS candidate at Virginia Tech, Prof. H. W. Gibson.

  • Elizabeth Yates (VPI&SU), fall 2007, spring 2008. Now a graduate student at West Virginia U.

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