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Introduction and Welcome

Dean Richard A. Mathies

Student Speakers

Julie Kuroda Lanselle Chemistry/Chemical Biology and Jonathan Koji Ida Chemical Engineering

Commencement Address

Robert S. Langer "Dreams and Perseverance"

Presentation of Awards Awarding of Degrees

B.S. Chemistry B.A. Chemistry B.S. Chemical Biology B.S. Chemical Engineering M.S. Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Chemistry Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

Celebratory Gathering at Lower Sproul Plaza


Order of Procession

Faculty members and degree recipients from the College of Chemistry will parade in two separate columns. Participants affiliated with the chemical & biomolecular engineering department will pass down the right aisle of the audience. Chemistry faculty members and chemistry and chemical biology students will pass down the left aisle of the audience.

Commencement Speaker

Robert S. Langer

Robert S. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was formerly the Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and maintains activity in the department of chemical engineering and the department of biological engineering at MIT. Langer was born August 29, 1948, in Albany, NY. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University in chemical engineering. He earned his Sc.D. in chemical engineering from MIT in 1974 under the direction of Clark K. Colton. From 1974­77 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow for cancer researcher Judah Folkman at the Children's Hospital Boston and at Harvard Medical School. He is a widely recognized and cited researcher in biotechnology, especially in the fields of drug delivery systems and tissue engineering. His research laboratory at MIT is the largest biomedical engineering lab in the world, maintaining about $10 million in annual grants and over 100 researchers. Langer is widely regarded for his contributions to medicine and biotechnology. He is considered a pioneer of many new technologies, including transdermal delivery systems, which allow the administration of drugs or extraction of biological compounds from the body through the skin without needles or other invasive methods. He and the researchers in his lab have also made advances in tissue engineering, such as the creation of vascularized engineered muscle tissue and engineered blood vessels. He is a prolific inventor, holding more than 760 granted or pending patents. He has also authored more than 1,100 scientific papers and has participated in the founding of multiple technology companies. Langer is the youngest person in history to be elected to all three American science academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. Langer has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the 10th Annual Heinz Award (in the category of Technology, the Economy and Employment), the Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Lemelson-MIT Prize and the Millennium Technology Prize in 2008. Robert Langer and his wife, Laura, a fellow MIT graduate, have three children.

College of Chemistry

Dean Richard A. Mathies Professor Robert S. Langer, Commencement Speaker


Undergraduate Dean Marcin Majda Chair Daniel Neumark Julie Kuroda Lanselle, Student Speaker The Faculty of the Department Ph.D. Candidates B.S. Chemistry Candidates B.A. Chemistry Candidates B.S. Chemical Biology Candidates

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Chair Jeffrey Reimer Jonathan Koji Ida, Student Speaker The Faculty of the Department Ph.D. Candidates M.S. Candidates B.S. Candidates




Departmental Citation in Chemistry

Hitomi Nakamura

John M. Prausnitz Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Brian K. Leung

Departmental Citation in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Thomas Frederick Willems

Paul Plouffe Award for Integration of Science and Engineering with the Humanities

Jennifer Michelle Cain

Erich O. & Elly M. Saegebarth Prize in Chemistry

Joseph Sean Cahill Goodknight & Sucheol Shin

Senior Undergraduate Research Awards

Krister Jernstedt Barkovich (Shokat Laboratory) Laura Nicole Driscoll (Kramer Laboratory) Julie Kuroda Lanselle (Marletta Laboratory) Danil Efron Smiles (Raymond Laboratory) Monica Snyder (Cate Laboratory) Anton Suwandi (Maboudian Laboratory) Wing Fung To (Iglesia Laboratory) Katherine Carolyn Wai (Francis Laboratory)

George C. Pimentel Award

Bao Tran Ngoc Truong

Koo Liu Siok-Han Award

Michael Frankston Lichterman

Benjamin Boussert Memorial Award

Charina L. Choi

Northern California Section Award of the AIChE

Rosanna M. Lim

Departmental Teaching Awards

Chemistry -- David Chandler Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering -- Alexander Katz

Merck Index Award

Gregory Martin Miller

Hypercube Scholar Award

Kale Benjamin Kundert

Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Louise Susan Goupil



Academic Regalia

The academic dress worn at commencement exercises is mainly ecclesiastical in origin, since learning was largely confined to the church when the universities arose in medieval times. In the early days at Oxford and Cambridge, the English word for scholar was clerk, a man either in holy orders or presumably about to take them. The clerks traditionally wore long gowns. The academic gown is closely related to the cope, a mantle of silk or other cloth worn by church dignitaries in processions, at solemn lauds, and on other similar occasions. In the famous Ellesmere manuscript, Chaucer's clerk of Oxenford appears in a red skullcap, furred tippet or scarf-like garment, and a hood, the hood falling somewhat back. These three elements became conventionalized into the cap, gown, and hood of present academic usage. The Gown. The gowns for bachelors, masters, and doctors differ slightly in pattern. Bachelor's and master's gowns are usually black and untrimmed. The doctor's gown has velvet facing on the front and three velvet bars on each sleeve. The trim may be black or of a color that indicates the scholar's field of learning. Some universities today also have doctoral robes made of the university's color rather than of black, e.g., Columbia, light blue; Cornell, dark red; Harvard, crimson; and Stanford, red and black. The Hood. As worn in the United States, the hood usually is black and lined with the colors of the university granting the degree. The color of the band along the outer edge indicates the scholar's field of learning. The doctor's hood is long and has deeper trim than the master's hood. The tables on the next page identify some of the fields of learning and institutions represented in the College of Chemistry's commencement exercises.

Field of Learning (indicated by gown trim and/or hood band color)

Arts and Letters Engineering Philosophy Science white orange blue golden yellow

University of Graduate Degree (indicated by hood lining colors) University of California gold with blue chevron California Inst. of Technology orange with white chevron Carnegie Mellon University red with green & yellow chevrons Catholic University of America gold with white chevron University of Chicago maroon University of Colorado gold with silver gray chevron Columbia University light blue with white chevron Cornell University carnelian with white chevron University of Delaware blue with golden yellow chevron Harvard University crimson with black chevron University of Illinois navy with gold chevrons Iowa State University cardinal with old gold chevron Johns Hopkins University black with old gold chevron Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. cardinal with gray chevron University of Michigan maize with azure blue chevron University of Minnesota old gold with maroon chevron University of New Hampshire royal blue with white chevron University of New South Wales cardinal Northwestern University purple with gold chevron University of Pennsylvania red with blue chevron University of Pittsburgh navy with gold chevron Princeton University orange with black chevron Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. white with cardinal chevron Rockefeller University blue with gold chevron Univ. of Southern California gold with maroon chevron Southern Illinois University maroon with white chevron University of South Florida green with gold chevron Stanford University cardinal Syracuse University orange University College, London red with navy chevron University of Vienna, Austria red with white & yellow chevrons University of Wisconsin cardinal



Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

August 2010

David Andrew Hanifi Adrian Soto Hsiangchin Ariel Yeh

May 2011(expected)

Mark Abubekerov I-Cheng Chen Laura Nicole Driscoll Lam-Kiu Fong Madalee Mckown Gassaway Joseph Sean Cahill Goodknight* Marjorie Anne Tapia Guillermo Yukiko Higa Dat Tien Hoang Kevin Guanwen Huang* Griffin John Kennedy Soo Jeong Kim Wing Yi Kwan David Lao Angela May Jun Lau Crystal Kim Lee Patrick S. Lee Yuan Lin* Frank Yeli Liu Joshua Aber McElhinney Brendan Michael McManus Anthony Thomas Miller Gregory Martin Miller* Ellen Marissa Muehl Byung Ok Na* Jeffrey Douglas Ng Danielle Louise Oldfield Daniel Y. Pazo Amy C. Register Gwendolyn Elizabeth Hoar Reid Sucheol Shin* Colin Wesley Specht Timothy Andrew Su* Jasim Mohammed Taqi Laudann Taravati Jasper Loc Tran Bao Tran Ngoc Truong* Iek Teng U Leland Hunter Von Kugelgen Ryo Henry Wakabayashi Michael Elliot Weinfeld Eric C. Wu Kevin Zhou

December 2010

Jillian K. Chong Amy Ilana Gilson* Yingna Huang Andrew Michael Lerner* Chun Liu Xiran Liu Oxana Timurovna Munn* Hitomi Nakamura* Sean Kelly Osterday Steven Cuong Dang Long Pham Jose M. Quinones Xiaowei Wang Xingyue Zhang

August 2011 (expected)

Benjamin D. Elkin Tin Yan Theodora Tam Aster Wing Han Tang

*Candidate for Honors at Graduation 1 Member of Phi Beta Kappa 2 Member of Tau Beta Pi 3 Double major in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering 4 Double major in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering

December 2011 (expected)

Jessie Lynn Boeller Barrett Lane Cable Anouck Marie-Therese Champsaur* Sung Jun Hong Eric Wei Hsieh Yu Jin Im Joseph Patrick McLaughlin* Evan S. O'Brien Felipe M. Villicana Anna Yang Yoo Mi Yang



Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

December 2010

Wui Sum Will Be Ho* Joanna Jin-En Tung*

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology

August 2010

Alyssa Danielle Funk Shu En Huang Carolyn Robin Lanam* Elizabeth Grace Trimmer Ta-Yi Yu

May 2011 (expected)

Anisa Yusuf Bora Henry Han Kelly Marie Metzler*1 Timothy-John Villa Santos Peijun Shan Bin Zang

December 2010

Omead Austin Barari Eldon Thomas Chou Eric Jacob Kittleson Judy Maria Lin Nathalie Esther Quintero Jevgenia Rudenko Sukritee Singh Cynthia P. Su Andrew Tang Wai Lap Tang

December 2011 (expected)

Francisco Mariano Quintos Antonio Andrew James Knutsen Josh B. Tran

May 2011 (expected)

Andrew Michael Mazzone Eunice Yee Ni Au Biyashee Daba Mosissa Krister Jernstedt Barkovich*1 Bryant Han Luong Chau Alexander Mayhew Olson Paichayon Chawareeyawong Gary Christopher Padovani Kimberly Yin Chen Lan Kim Phan Xin Chen* Yu Jie Qin Samantha Hsin-Yu Chiang Chichen Qiu Seth Alan Garwin Qiao Nan Ruan* Louise Susan Goupil* Amanda Mae Selchau Rafael Ibrah Silverman Y De La Vega Jennifer He Danil Efron Smiles Luis Hernandez Monica Snyder* Joann Hsu Jacqueline J. Huang Gary Aditya Suseno Shuai Jiang Bin Tu Kale Benjamin Kundert* Katherine Carolyn Wai* Julie Kuroda Lanselle* Catherine Wang 1 Michael Frankston Lichterman* Ye Wang Nicholas Jonathan Wong Jietong Lin Tat Wa Yiu Siuling Ma Helen Yu Ramsey Amador Magana Souksakhone Susie Manivanh



August 2011 (expected)

Linh Mk Do Yu Gu* Jin Hye Kwak Ying Yu Liu Alison Marie Smith* Xiaoli Yang

May 2011 (expected)

Arian Aghajanzadeh Ahrabi Raafay Omar Ahmed Seul Ki Ahn Nathan Perry Alexander Fadi Atef Almachraki Ernan Avila Anguiano Jennifer Ashley Bayley Claire Nicole Bedbrook Christopher Michael Brooks Jennifer Michelle Cain*1 David William Chang Zhi W. Chen Daniel P. Cheung2 Monica A. Ciontea Thomas Edward Gartner III* Christopher Darro Gill Jin Guo Yi He Jed Hsu Justin W. Huang Ariana Alyza Husain Jonathan Koji Ida Baljit Kaur Derek Kyung Woong Kim Joshua E. Kim Jae Min Kweon Joshua Ryan Laber Brendan James Lafferty Nicole Wan Man Lai Chii-Sole Law Elton Kwok Lee3 Brian K. Leung*2 Christopher Stephen Lewis Johnny Xiang Li Royce Liang Rosanna M. Lim*2 Jianye Lin3 Kevin Liu4 Catherine Ming Lo Hahn K. Lu Ryan James Mah Narbe Mardirossian*2 Karthick Murugappan*2 Kevin Victor Ng Lana Pham Nguyen Jonathan Chow Ning Marianne F. Olson Tara B. Olson Amir Ali Payamipour3 Myron Yat-Chun Poon*2 Arsalan Rabbanian1,2 Christopher William Whitney Rahn Advaith Iswar Rao Sarah Regina Suleman Mushtaq Rehmani4 Aditya Prahlad Shivprasad4 Jany Sun Anton Suwandi Joseph David Thompson Charles Yee Wang Yinshu Wang Michael Anthony Webb*2 Thomas Frederick Willems* Allison Marissa Wong*2 Jonathan Yao Wong Peter Sangjae Yi Jason Zichen You Eric Franklin Zhu*

December 2011 (expected)

Nicholas Benjamin Johnson Jason J. Lin Nhi Gia Nguyen Phong Thanh Nguyen Tan Thanh Nguyen Quinn Joseph Olson* Ryan Ou Jessica Nichole Pasqua David Elias Philippides Soyoung Seo Brian Shih Eric Pierce Trautman Jordan Tsai

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

August 2010

Alan William Chen Malorie Diana Ecker St. Lauren Rae-Hyun Kim Tae Kyung Kim To Yin Leung Ian Paul Mathews Damaris Navar Bob Hartanto Rahardjo Guorui Su Liakatrina Punsalang Uychaco

December 2010

Abdullah Mohammad Alrugaib Bangaru Sandeep Kumar Kyle Bernd Caldwell Melissa Haryanto Nghia Huu Ho Woo Chan Jeong Nicholas Michael Kwong Jung Yoon Lee Ping Sun James Leung* Zhen Lin Jolene Katherine Mattson Nhat Thi Duy Nguyen1 Douglas Shields Putnam Jr. Siddarth Satish Andree Susanto Chi Hang Tai Junaedi Tedja Teh3 Novy Sastrawati Tjokro3 Kiev Ka-Chung Wan



August 2011 (expected)

Andrew Bingei Ngan Thi Kim Nguyen Mathew Lee Seat Wing Fung To*

Master of Science in Chemistry

December 2010

Catherine Danielle Antonuk Andrea Rylo Bayles Laura Brandt Jason Benjamin Brokaw Terence Choy Marc Paul Coons Stephen Jason Elkind Alexandra Jones Zerubba Uranis Levi Isaac Edward Stormer David Yu-Ber Wang Daniel Lind Wellman

December 2011 (expected)

Ryan J. Adkins Gabriel Moreira Barcelos Jeffrey Jim Chao Theodore Phung Do Genzl J. Favor Alyssa Ngan-Ha Hoang Yuxin Huang3 Tin Dang Huynh Eric Cristian Januar3 Edward Jung3 Ghi-Hyun Kim Jeffrey Kaut Krajewski Hyelim Lee Xiangbo Liang Francesca Limanto Tsai-Yin Lin Yu Zhang Liu* Christopher Michael Mah Lan Mi Teresa Lynne Nadolski Hoi Hong Ng*2 Dan Bao Nguyen Han Thi My Nguyen Huy Q. Nguyen Shahrokh Nick Nikbakht Tram Khac Bao Phan Navpreet Singh Ranu* Andrew David Smith Roy Tangsombatvisit Wenda Tian* Erik K. Topp3 So Ling Tsang Yan Xu3 Hyelim Yang* Stanley Yen Baoying Yuan3 Yanyao Zhang

May 2011 (expected)

Emily S. Bartlett Sara Samiphak Geri S. Tobbe



Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

December 2010

John Paul Alper Hubert Chaperon Lei Cheng Joanne Sernicula dela Cruz Matthew Cameron Kinne Ping Hay Lam Vivek Narayanan Narayanan Brian William Payer Kierston Ellen Shill Geary Char-long Sun Wei Sun Mansi Narendra Thakka

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

December 2010

Katherine Elizabeth Berry1 Derek Robert Butcher Tessa Rae Calhoun Katelyn Blair Connell Paul Edward Crider II Bryan Craig Dickinson William Alexander Donald Benjamin Lee Doughty Andrew Mark Duffin Melissa Anne Fardy Shervin Fatehi William Clary Floyd III Matthew Werden Graham Joel Michael Guenther William Hill Harman1 Thomas David Harris II Courtney James Hastings Stavroula K. Hatzios George Joseph Holinga IV Sarah Elizabeth House Daniel Nicholas Kelly Ryan David Leib Melissa Jessica Leyva Isaac Andrew Miller Jeffrey Scott Mugridge Dale Edward Otten Austin Arlo Pitcher Jeffrey Dennis Rinehart Jordan M. RoseFigura Steven Thomas Scroggins1 Vladimir Sofiyev Nicholas Stephanopoulos Amanda Stockton Derek Gregory van der Poll Natasha Keith Vidangos Ruoxue Yan Terry A. Yen Sirilata Yotphan

May 2011 (expected)

Jarred Michael Ghilarducci Dana Caldwell Nadler Christopher Michael Shymansky

December 2011 (expected)

Gerry Gibson Bong Wesley Andrew Chen Nassim Farrokhzad Erin Gallagher Priyanka Khemka Saint Lauren Rae-hyun Kim2 Yi Ling Leung Neha Mehta Phuong Chan Nguyen Antoine Pierre Queval Diana Rodriguez Ortiz Alejandro Valdes-Curiel Joel David Vincent Jack Wang



May 2011 (expected)

Rachel Simma Bernstein Kyle Evan Broaders Lee Jeffrey Brogan Ingrid T. Chen Charina L. Choi Jessica Lynn Cohen Felipe de Jesus Cortez Karen Worthington Dehnert Dylan Wythe Domaille Dominic Michael Graziani Nicholas Wm Halpern-Manners Gregory Lawrence Hamilton Thomas Wesley Holcombe III Shih-Chia Hsiao Yung-Jin Hu William Rodgers Hudson Westin Kurlancheek Peter Charles Marsden Tyler Kenneth Meldrum Alison Hardin Narayan Jeremy Thomas O'Brien James Stephen Prell Jacob Peter Schlegel Katelyn Marie Spillane David William Howey Swenson Katie Lynn Thoren Sara Beth Triffo Andy Siu-Chun Tsai Gary Kenneth Windler Ryan Michael Young Rachel Motove Zeldin

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

December 2010

Ryan James Balliet Paul Joseph Cordeiro Frederick Jean-Marie de Meyer Gregory Stephen Doerk Priyanka Khemka Alisyn Jenise Nedoma Matthew John Traylor Nisita Sidra Wanakule Brian M. Weiss

May 2011 (expected)

Ya-Huei Chin Robert Harlan Dahl II Priya Shirish Shah Joel Michael Stettler Claire Hoi Kar Woo1,2 Hagar Zohar

December 2011 (expected)

William Templeton Beeson IV Zachary Miller Carrico Erika Ann Cobar Allison Stacey Cohen Paul Andrew Ellison Yael Sarah Elmatad Alice Heller England Antoine Hervier Andy Hsieh Henry Storms La Pierre Asa David Melhado Maxwell Graham Merkle Phillip Michael Nagel Krishnan K. Palaniappan Sergio Santiago Rozenel Gabriela Sadira Schlau-Cohen Steven G. Sethofer Ellen May Sletten Kimberly Makiko Sogi Duangkhae Srikun Lynelle Kazue Takahashi Gary Jen-Wei Tong1 Michael Bradley Winter

December 2011 (expected)

Andrew Paul Behn Siddharth Subhas Dey Ashley Linn Fritz Rajamani Pachayappan Gounder Haluna Penelope Frances Gunterman Kevin Richard Haas Albert Jun Qi Keung Scott Allen Mullin Becky Joanna Gail Rutherford Gregory Michael Stone Victoria Blue Tran William Collins Vining



College of Chemistry


Richard A. Mathies, Ph.D.

Executive Associate Dean

Douglas S. Clark, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Dean

Marcin Majda, Ph.D.

Assistant Deans

Suzanne D. Pierce Mindy Rex Alexander M. Shtromberg

Faculty of the Department of Chemistry

University Professors

Yuan T. Lee, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry Gabor A. Somorjai, Ph.D., Physical chemistry


A. Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D., (Larry and Diane Bock Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology; Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Physical and solid state chemistry Richard A. Andersen, Ph.D., Inorganic and organometallic chemistry John Arnold, Ph.D., Inorganic chemistry Robert G. Bergman, Ph.D., (Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor), Organometallic chemistry Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Ph.D., (T. Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor), Organic chemistry Carlos J. Bustamante, Ph.D., Biophysical chemistry

Joseph Cerny, Ph.D., Nuclear chemistry David Chandler, Ph.D., (Bruce H. Mahan Professor), Theoretical chemistry Ronald C. Cohen, Ph.D., (Vice Chair), Atmospheric chemistry Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D., Chemical biology Graham R. Fleming, Ph.D., (Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor; Vice Chancellor for Research), Biophysical and physical chemistry Jean M. J. Fréchet, Ph.D., (Henry Rapoport Endowed Chair), Polymer chemistry Charles B. Harris, Ph.D., Physical chemistry Robert A. Harris, Ph.D. (Professor of the Graduate School), Theoretical chemistry Martin Head-Gordon, Ph.D., Theoretical chemistry Sung-Hou Kim, Ph.D., (Professor of the Graduate School), Biophysical chemistry Jack F. Kirsch, Ph.D., (Professor of the Graduate School), Biochemistry and molecular biology Judith P. Klinman, Ph.D., (Chancellor's Professor; Professor of the Graduate School), Bioorganic and biophysical chemistry John Kuriyan, Ph.D., Physical chemistry Stephen R. Leone, Ph. D., (John R. Thomas Endowed Chair), Physical chemistry William A. Lester, Jr., Ph.D., (Professor of the Graduate School), Theoretical chemistry Jeffrey R. Long, Ph.D., Inorganic chemistry Marcin M. Majda, Ph.D., Electrochemistry Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D., (Joel H. Hildebrand Distinguished Professor), Biochemistry Richard A. Mathies, Ph.D., (Gilbert Newton Lewis Endowed Chair), Biophysical and physical chemistry William H. Miller, Ph.D., (Kenneth S. Pitzer Distinguished Professor; Professor of the Graduate School), Theoretical chemistry Luciano G. Moretto, Ph.D., Nuclear chemistry Daniel M. Neumark, Ph.D., (Chair; Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor), Physical chemistry



Heino Nitsche, Ph.D., Nuclear chemistry Alexander Pines, Ph.D., (Glenn T. Seaborg Endowed Chair), Physical chemistry Kenneth N. Raymond, Ph.D., (Chancellor's Professor; Professor of the Graduate School), Inorganic and biophysical chemistry Richard J. Saykally, Ph.D., (Class of 1932 Professor), Physical chemistry, laser spectroscopy, chemical dynamics Kevan Shokat, Ph.D., Bioorganic chemistry Berend Smit, Ph.D., Molecular Simulations Angelica M. Stacy, Ph.D., (Chancellor's Professor; Acting Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare), Physical chemistry T. Don Tilley, Ph.D., Inorganic, organometallic and materials chemistry Ignacio Tinoco, Jr., Ph.D., (Professor of the Graduate School), Biophysical chemistry K. Peter C. Vollhardt, Ph.D., Organic chemistry David E. Wemmer, Ph.D., (Vice Chair), Biophysical chemistry K. Birgitta Whaley, Ph.D., Theoretical chemistry Evan R. Williams, Ph.D., Analytical chemistry Peidong Yang, Ph.D., Inorganic chemistry

John O. Rasmussen, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Nuclear chemistry Kenneth Sauer, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Biophysical chemistry Charles V. Shank, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry David Shirley, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry Herbert L. Strauss, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry Andrew Streitwieser, Jr., Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical organic chemistry

Associate Professors

Kristie A. Boering, Ph.D., Atmospheric chemistry Jamie Doudna Cate, Ph.D., (Vice Chair), Molecular biophysics and biochemistry Christopher J. Chang, Ph.D., Bioinorganic and organic chemistry Matthew B. Francis, Ph.D., Organic chemistry Phillip Geissler, Ph.D., Theoretical chemistry Jay T. Groves, Ph.D., Biophysical chemistry Richmond Sarpong, Ph.D., Organic chemistry F. Dean Toste, Ph.D., (Vice Chair), Organic chemistry

Assistant Professors

Michelle C. Chang, Ph.D., Chemical biology Tanja Cuk, Ph.D., Physical chemistry Naomi Ginsberg, Ph.D., Physical and biophysical chemistry Ming C. Hammond, Ph.D., (Chevron Endowed Chair), Chemical biology, organic chemistry Bryan A. Krantz, Ph.D., Biophysical chemistry David Savage, Ph.D., Biochemistry Ting Xu, Ph.D., Materials chemistry

Emeriti Faculty

Paul A. Bartlett, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Organic chemistry Robert E. Connick, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical inorganic chemistry John E. Hearst, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Biophysical chemistry Clayton H. Heathcock, Ph.D., (Emeritus; U.C. Berkeley Chief Scientist, California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research), Organic chemistry Darleane C. Hoffman, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Nuclear chemistry Harold S. Johnston, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry William L. Jolly, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Inorganic and physical chemistry Samuel S. Markowitz, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Environmental chemistry C. Bradley Moore, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry Rollie J. Myers, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry Norman E. Phillips, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Physical chemistry


Megan Brennan, Ph.D., Organic chemistry Michelle Douskey, Ph.D., Analytical chemistry Chunmei Li, Ph.D., Organic chemistry Steven F. Pedersen, Ph.D., Inorganic and organic chemistry MaryAnn Robak, Ph.D., Organic chemistry



Faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering


Nitash P. Balsara, Ph.D., Microstructured polymer materials, light and neutron scattering Alexis T. Bell, Sc.D., (Dow Chair in Sustainable Chemistry), Heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering Harvey W. Blanch, Ph.D., (Merck Chair in Biochemical Engineering), Biochemical engineering, enzyme technology Elton J. Cairns, Ph.D., (Professor of the Graduate School), Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical energy Douglas S. Clark, Ph.D., Biochemical engineering, biocatalysis Jean M. J. Fréchet, Ph.D., (Henry Rapoport Endowed Chair in Organic Chemistry), Polymer chemistry David B. Graves, Ph.D., Plasma processing, gas discharges Enrique Iglesia, Ph.D., (Theodore Vermeulen Chair in Chemical Engineering), Heterogeneous catalysis, chemical reaction engineering Jay D. Keasling, Ph.D., (Hubbard Howe, Jr. Distinguished Professor; CEO, Joint Bioenergy Institute; Director, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Biochemical and cellular bioengineering Roya Maboudian, Ph.D., Surface science, electronic materials, MEMS Susan J. Muller, Ph.D., (Associate Dean, Graduate Division), Fluid mechanics, polymer rheology, transport phenomena John S. Newman, Ph.D., (Charles W. Tobias Endowed Chair in Electrochemistry), Transport phenomena, electrochemical engineering, batteries and fuel cells John M. Prausnitz, Ph.D., (Professor of the Graduate School), Molecular thermodynamics of phase equilibria Clayton J. Radke, Ph.D., Surface and colloid chemistry Jeffrey A. Reimer, Ph.D., (Chair; Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professorship in Chemical Engineering), Materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy David V. Schaffer, Ph.D., (Co-Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center), Biomedical and biochemical engineering

Berend Smit, Ph.D., (Chancellor's Professor), Molecular simulations Matthew Tirrell, Ph.D., (Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor), polymer science and engineering

Emeriti Faculty

Morton M. Denn, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Polymer processing, process analysis Simon L. Goren, D.Eng., (Emeritus), Particle formation and dynamics Edward A. Grens II, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Transport phenomena C. Judson King, Sc.D., (Emeritus; Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education), Separations processes Scott Lynn, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Synthesis of inorganic chemical processes Michael C. Williams, Ph.D., (Emeritus), Rheology, polymers

Associate Professors

Alexander Katz, Ph.D., Immobilized catalyst synthesis, supramolecular materials chemistry Rachel A. Segalman, Ph.D., Plastic electronics

Assistant Professors

Jhih-Wei Chu, Ph.D., Therapeutic discovery, multiscale modeling and simulation Danielle Tullman Ercek, Ph.D., (Charles R. Wilke Chair in Chemical Engineering), Biochemical engineering, synthetic biology Wenjun Zhang, Ph.D., Biomolecular Engineering and Bioenergy

Adjunct Professors

Keith Alexander, Ph.D., New product development Brian L. Maiorella, Ph.D., Biotechnology


Carlo G. Alesandrini, Ph.D. Matthew Mattozi, Ph.D. Ravi Upadhye, Ph.D.



The College of Chemistry: A Brief History

Chemistry has been offered by the University of California since its founding in 1868. The College of Chemistry itself was created as a unit within the University in 1872. It was housed--along with the other sciences--in South Hall, the first building to be completed on the Berkeley campus. In 1890 a handsome brick building was constructed for the college on what is now the site of Hildebrand Hall. In time it came to be known as "The Old Chemistry Building," and when it finally fell to the wrecker's ball to make room for more modern facilities in 1966, its cupola was preserved. Now restored, the cupola sits on Chemistry Plaza above Giauque Laboratory, a reminder of the days when the college rose from a small institution to an internationally acclaimed center for teaching and research in the chemical sciences. The individual who was largely responsible for the rise to fame was Gilbert Newton Lewis, who became dean in 1912 and served until 1941. During those years the number of undergraduate degrees awarded annually grew from an average of seven to more than sixty, and the number of Ph.D.s from one per year to more than a dozen. The faculty also grew-- both in numbers and distinction. Lewis's recruits included Wendell M. Latimer, Joel H. Hildebrand, and Kenneth Pitzer, as well as future Nobel Prize winners William F. Giauque, Willard F. Libby, Melvin Calvin, and Glenn T. Seaborg. Known particularly for its work in physical chemistry, the college also developed a reputation in nuclear chemistry, especially after the development of the cyclotron and the Radiation Laboratory under the leadership of physicist Ernest Lawrence. In order to accommodate the growth in faculty and students, the college acquired several other buildings in the Lewis years: the Chemistry Auditorium (built in 1913 and razed in 1959 to make way for Latimer Hall); the Freshman Chemistry Laboratory (built in 1915 and razed in 1962 to clear the site for the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall, now known as George C. Pimentel Hall); the Chemistry Annex, more popularly known as the "Rat House" (also built in 1915 and razed to clear the site for Hildebrand Hall in 1966); and the still-standing Gilman Hall (built in 1917).

The post-World War II years were a period of expansion and rebuilding: organic chemistry was strengthened, and chemical engineering became a bona fide program in 1945. By 1947 Professors Hanson, Tobias, Vermeulen, and Wilke had joined the faculty, and the Ph.D. program in chemical engineering was inaugurated. In 1957, chemical engineering was established as a separate department within the College of Chemistry. As postwar enrollments soared, Lewis Hall was built in 1948, and enrollments largely continued to rise throughout the second half of the 20th century. Much of the increase was the result of growth in chemical engineering that included such new technologies as the processing of electronic devices and biochemical engineering. Several fields were also added in chemistry--notably structural biology, synthetic chemistry, and chemical physics. In addition, the organic and inorganic groups and the theoretical groups were further strengthened. During the 20th century, College of Chemistry faculty and researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were responsible for discovering nine elements that were added to the Periodic Table: Neptunium (1940), Plutonium (1941), Curium (1944), Berkelium (1949), Californium (1950), Mendelevium (1955), Nobelium (1958), Lawrencium (1961), and Seaborgium (1974), the only element to be named for a living person. In response to the higher enrollments and the need for increasingly modern laboratory space, facilities for research and teaching were successively constructed: Giauque Hall (the Low Temperature Laboratory) in 1954 (renovated in the 1980s for Nobel laureate Yuan T. Lee), Latimer Hall in 1962, Hildebrand Hall in 1966, and the much-needed Tan Kah Kee Hall in 1997. The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 prompted a campus-wide reassessment of seismic safety, and comprehensive retrofits of Hildebrand and Latimer Halls were completed in 2002. The 21st century has seen an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary research and scholarship, correlated with tremendous advances in technology. This development is visible throughout the college. In the Department of Chemistry, the field of chemical biology has been added, including both a graduate and a B.S. degree program, leading to a surge in enrollments. Stanley Hall was completed in 2007. It is the home of



the Berkeley campus of QB3 (the California Institute for Quantitative Sciences)--an innovative consortium of UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley--in which nearly 30 College of Chemistry faculty participate as Faculty Affiliates. Stanley provides dynamic research space for about 40 research groups from departments campuswide, including researchers in bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry, molecular and cell biology, and physics; it also houses several important shared core facilities, including nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry. In a further evolution, the chemical engineering department was renamed the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010 to recognize the department's substantial research and teaching activities in the areas of biochemical and biomedical engineering, biotechnology, and synthetic biology. Most recently, the College of Chemistry has introduced several initiatives increasing interdisciplinary collaboration and enhancing the 21st century undergraduate experience: the groundbreaking Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, the Synthetic Biology Institute (co-founded with the College of Engineering), the eChem project in online introductory chemistry, and the campaign to modernize the college's undergraduate instructional labs.




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