The Boss

Janet Macdonald

Janet Macdonald

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

BSc 2003 McGill University

PhD 2008 University of Alberta

Post Doctoral Fellow 2008-10 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Assistant Professor 2011- present Vanderbilt University

 

 

Graduate Sudents

Shane Finn

Shane Finn

I am originally from St. Louis, MO, and I moved to Naples, FL, when I was young. In May of 2011, I received my B.A. in Chemistry from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. There, I worked with Dr. Jose Barreto in studying the effect of doping, annealing, and sensitizing titanium(IV) oxide for photocatalytic destruction of model toxins. My current project in the Macdonald Group is to examine molybdenum(IV) sulfide as a new, highly active, stable, and inexpensive nanostructured cathode material for polysulfide reduction in quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells. My future career goals include holding a research position in academia or industry, conducting further investigation into solar energy conversion and other alternative energy sources. I also aim to collaborate with other research groups in various disciplines in hopes of expediting the improvement and commercialization of solar technology, transitioning our society from dependence on nonrenewable resources to renewable ones. My hobbies and interests include comic books, videogames, movies, blogging, philosophy, and traveling.

Mike Turo

Mike Turo

I am from Albany, NY and joined the Macdonald group after graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University in 2011. As an undergrad I performed research under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Bausch and had an internship in industry working for SI Group. My current research interest is developing nanoparticles for use in solar energy conversion. In my free time I enjoy playing sports and spending time with friends.

 

 

Andrew LaCroix

Andrew LaCroix

I am originally from Spartanburg, SC. I graduated with my B. S. in chemistry from Lander University in Greenwood, SC. While pursuing this degree, I researched the synthesis of spiro orthocarbonate compounds for shrinkage reduction in epoxy telescope mirrors, as well as the synthesis of diazobenzene containing monomers for use in ultra-light weight photonic muscle telescopes under Dr. Lisa Brodhacker. My current research aim is to perform complete water splitting using hybrid nanoparticles with hole extracting ligands. In my free time I enjoy playing various musical instruments, staying active, and fixing things.

Summer Arrowood

Summer Arrowood

I am originally from Flat Rock, North Carolina. My undergraduate education was at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where I completed a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Music. As an undergrad, I did research on self-assembling monolayers under Dr. Laura Wright of Furman University, and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar I did research on headwater stream chemistry under Dr Brannon Andersen of Furman University and headwater stream temperature dynamics under Dr. Dripps of Furman University. My current research focus is gold-copper (II) selenide hybrid nanoparticle synthesis. In my spare time, I enjoy playing viola, sewing, drawing, hiking, and a variety of other activities.

Bryson Howard

Bryson Howard

I grew up in Columbia, SC. I completed my undergraduate work at Furman University in Greenville, SC, where I earned a B.S. in Chemistry and French, while working under the guidance of Dr. Marion Martin. I joined the Macdonald group at the start of 2013, and I currently study wurtzite CuInS2 nanoparticles for use in the photocatalytic splitting of water. In my free time I try to see movies, play tennis, watch 30 Rock, eat cheese, study French, and write short plays.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Undergraduates

Laura Mast

Laura Mast

Laura Mast, a senior at Vanderbilt University, was selected to be a Beckman Scholar in March 2013. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Environmental Studies and hopes to attend graduate school. Passionate about environmental research, Laura began doing research at the Great Lakes WATER Institute in the summer of 2012 under Dr. Tim Grundl (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Geosciences) on urban agriculture, focusing on methods of analyzing heavy metal contamination. She continued that project under Dr. John Ayers (Vanderbilt University, Earth and Environmental Science) in fall 2012 before changing her focus to energy and beginning a nanochemistry project under Dr. Janet Macdonald (Vanderbilt University, Chemistry). She is using Grubb’s metathesis to achieve water solubility of nanoparticles.
Laura hopes to go to graduate school to continue her work with energy or perhaps focus on other environmental research topics. Additionally, she has served on the Vanderbilt Student Government Environmental Affairs Committee, with the Vanderbilt Garden Initiative, worked in the Vanderbilt Greenhouse, and has done internships with local nonprofits focusing on environmental injustice and pollution. She also has served on the executive board of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and loves traveling with her family.

Group Alumni

Samantha Monk (Undergrad, Summer 2012)

Erik Jewel (Undergrad Summer 2012) - Graduate Program at Penn State

Emil Hernández (Post Doc 2012-2013)

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