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


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.


Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes

I am from Woodbury, NJ. I graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ with a B.S. degree in chemistry. In my undergraduate research project I worked under Dr. Feng Chen on the synthesis of zinc titanium oxide doped with magnesium for electronic applications. My current research interests focus on synthesizing iron pyrite nanocrystals. My hobbies include playing basketball, watching movies, and drawing.



Evan Robinson

Evan Robinson

was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and graduated from the University of Florida in the Fall of 2009 with a B.S. in chemistry. I subsequently worked in a ceramic membrane R&D laboratory in Pittsburgh from 2010-2011. Following this, I received a M.S. from the University of Oregon in semiconductor device processing, and did a nine-month co-op at Fairchild Semiconductor in Portland, ME. At Fairchild, I worked in the Process Technology Development group and split my time between working in the clean-room facility and developing scripts for the engineering department. I joined the Macdonald group in the Spring of 2015, and currently work with copper(I) sulfide nanoparticles. My wife and I live in Hillsborough Village and enjoy living in Nashville.


Christopher Sharp

Christopher Sharp


He thinks Nashville is "North"






Nathan Spear

Nathan Spear

A decendant of a burly logger named "Ace"






Postdoctoral Fellows

Emil Hernandez Dr. Emil Hernandez

Our prodigal Post Doc.






Nicole Jenkinson

Nicole Jenkinson

I am from Shepherdstown, West Virginia and I am a sophomore pursuing Bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. I joined the Macdonald group February of my freshman year after reading about their research because I was interested in inorganic chemistry. I am currently working with CdSe@ZnS nanocrystals with a new ligand binding motif. Outside of class, I am a member of the Vanderbilt Student Government Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and Voce a Capella.



Yilun Zhao

Yilun (Paul) Zhao

I am from Shenzhen, China, and I am a sophomore majoring in chemistry. I joined the Macdonald group the spring semester of 2017 because I am interested in the field of nanoparticles. I am currently working with the post doc Dr. Hernandez on the second harmonic properties of plasmonic nanoparticles. My other involvements on campus include Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association, Asian New Year Festival, and Dores to China. In my spare time I like playing the piano and guitar, singing and exploring the food culture in Nashville.


John Cliburn

John Cliburn

A long time undergrad of the Lindsley group, John wanted to try something completely different for his last semester of research.





Group Alumni

Stephanie Castillo, MSc

(MSc 2015-2017, Vanderbilt) Now pursuing a PhD in the Hanusa Group

Alice Leach, PhD

(PhD 2013-2017, Vanderbilt) Clean Room Guru, Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Envineering (VINSE)

Shane Finn, PhD

(PhD 2011-2016, Vanderbilt)

Suresh Sarkar, PhD

(Postdoc, 2014-16) Postdoc with Prof. Andrew Smith, Universitry of Illinois

Michael Turo, PhD

(PhD, 2011-16, Vanderbilt) Postdoc with Prof. Alina Schimpf, UC San Diego

Summer Arrowood, MSc

(MSc, 2012-15, Vanderbilt) Chemist at Stony Creek Colors

Amadou Fall

(Undergrad, 2014-15, Tennessee State University)

Mathew Cleveland

(BA, 2015, Vanderbilt)-Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Bryson Howard

(MSc, 2013, Vanderbilt)- English Teachin Assistant program in France

Nazharie Brandon

(Undergrad, Summer 2014, Vanderbilt)

Stephanie Castillo

(Undergrad, Summer 2014, U. Central Florida)- Graduate Program at Vanderbilt

Laura Mast

(Undergrad, Beckman Schollar, 2013-2014, Vanderbilt)- Graduate Program at Georgia Tech

Samantha Monk

(Undergrad, Summer 2012)

Erik Jewel

(Undergrad Summer 2012) - Graduate Program at Penn State