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JESÚS M. VELÁZQUEZ

B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

Ph.D. Chemistry, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Postdoc – Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering – California Institute of Technology

Forrest Hyler

Graduate Student

Email: fphyler@ucdavisledu
Department: Chemistry

Attended Saint John’s University in Minnesota, graduated with an ACS-certified chemistry degree with a focus on environmental chemistry, and minor in political science. I am interested in finding new electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction, as well as identifying and understanding the roles their active sites play in the catalysis. My favorite hobby is skydiving.

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Forrest Hyler

Graduate Student

Fatima Hussain

Graduate Student

Email: fahussain@ucdavisledu
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I was born in Dubai and lived in Canada for the early part of my life. Later I moved to San Jose, CA where I completed my B.S. in Chemistry at San Jose State University. I did undergraduate research in atmospheric chemistry. My current research is on mesoporous metal oxides for water remediation. When I’m not working I enjoy playing board games, hiking, traveling, and trying new foods.

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Fatima Hussain

Graduate Student

Kabian Ritter

UCOP-HBCU Fellow
UC-HBCU FELLOWSHIP INITIATIVE

Email: karit@ucdavisledu
Department: Chemistry/Energy Graduate Group
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I am originally from Orangeburg, SC and received my B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University in 2017. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Energy Systems as part of the Energy Graduate Group under Dr. Jesus Velazquez. My research focus on the synthesis of nanostructure metal chalcogens and their application to water remediation techniques. I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, reading, gaming, and music production in my free time.

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Kabian Ritter

Graduate Fellowship:
UCOP-HBCU Fellow

Brian Wullie Bille

Graduate Student

Email: bawuillebille@ucdavisledu
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. I am interested in the surface and photochemistry of materials. My current research is focused on hierarchically structured materials and their photo electrochemistry. In my free time I enjoy gaming.

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Brian Bille

Graduate Student

Ivonne. M. Ferrer

Visiting Scientist

B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Buffalo, SUNY
Postdoc - Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering - California Institute of Technology
Associate Analytical Manager at the DowDupont Chemical Company

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Ivonne Ferrer

Volunteer Scientist

Jessica Ortiz Rodriguez

Graduate Fellowship
NSF-GRFP

Name: Jessica Ortiz Rodriguez
Email: jeortiz@ucdavisledu
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I obtained a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (UPRC). My research interests are in the synthesis and electroanalytical characterization of functional heterogeneous catalyst (2D and molecular solids) for energy conversion and storage. My favorite hobbies are cooking and trying new food.

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Jessica Rodriguez

Graduate Fellowship:
NSF-GRFP

Rowan Brower

Graduate Student

Email: rsbrower@ucdavisledu
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I was born in Wyandotte, MI and lived there for several years until moving to Tucson, AZ where I spent much of my early childhood. I moved back to Southern Michigan when I was 8 and lived there until I attended undergrad at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida. My research interests focus on CO2 remediation and energy storage. My favorite hobbies include cooking, exercising, and napping.

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Rowan Brower

Graduate Student

Rose Smiley

Chemistry Graduate Student

Email: ressmiley@ucdavis.edu

I was born and raised in Austin, TX where I later received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Edward’s University. My research interests lie int he synthesis and morphology control of catalysts for energy storage and conversion. Outside of school my hobbies include film photography and roller skating.

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Rose Smiley

Chemistry Graduate Student

Ankita Kumari

Email: ankkumari@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 231-0898

I was born and raised in India where I obtained my undergraduate and masters degree in Chemistry from University of Hyderabad (UOH). My research interests are in synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for energy conversion. I enjoy traveling, exploring different cuisines and I love painting and dancing.

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Ankita Kumari

Graduate Student

Kingston Robinson

Graduate Fellowship:
UCOP-HBCU Fellow

Email: kparobinson@ucdavis.edu

I grew up in Tempe, AZ and spent extended time overseas. I earned a B.S in Chemistry in New Orleans at Xavier University of Louisiana. My research interests are in utilizing electrocatalyst materials for sustainable energy conversion and storage. My hobbies include playing sports, watching movies and listening to music.

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Kingston Robinson

Graduate Fellowship:
UCOP-HBCU Fellow

ALUMNI

Graduate

Joseph Terry Perryman

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP:
ITS-DAVS CHEVRON FELLOWSHIP
Currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University

Email: jtperryman@ucdavis.edu
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I grew up in Kalama, Washington (where they filmed the Twilight movies, fun fact) with a population of about 2,000 people. I graduated with an ACS certified B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Mathematics from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where I also played four years of NCAA baseball under former New York Yankee Scott Brosius. My favorite hobby is weight lifting, and my research interests include developing low-cost catalyst materials for energy conversion and storage with a focus on liquid fuels production for transportation.

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Dr. Joseph Perryman

Graduate Fellowship:
ITS Davis Chevron Fellowship

Andy Lam

Graduate Student
Currently a Systems and Technical Operations Engineer/Scientist at Exponent

Email: adlam@ucdavis.edu
Department: Materials Science and Engineering

I grew up in Southern California and attended UC Irvine, where I studied MSE with a specialazation in mechanical design. My research interests involve making and studying iron oxide nanoparticles for environmental remediation. I usually find myself fixing/building bicycles, computers, and anything else that need work. 

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Dr. Andy Lam

Graduate Student

Forrest Hyler

Graduate Student

Email: jwjude@ucdavisledu
Department: Chemistry
Phone: (530) 754-1192

I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and completed my bachelor’s in Chemistry at Texas A&M University. My research interests lie in solid state chemistry, more specifically in synthesis and electrochemical characterization of carbide materials. My favorite hobby is baking.

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Josh Jude

Graduate Student

Undergraduate

Daniel Redeker

Graduate Student
Currently a Graduate Student at Columbia University

Email: dcredeker@ucdavisledu

I was born and raised in Fremont, Ca, a town in the SF Bay Area. Right now, I’m completing my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. I’m interested in exploring novel methods of controlling defect formation in thin films and other nano materials for applications in water desalination and electrocatalysis. In my free time I enjoy running and playing basketball with my friends.
Attended Saint John’s University in Minnesota, graduated with an ACS-certified chemistry degree with a focus on environmental chemistry, and minor in political science. I am interested in finding new electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction, as well as identifying and understanding the roles their active sites play in the catalysis. My favorite hobby is skydiving. 

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Daniel Redeker

Undergraduate Student

Maria Angelica Wong – McNair Scholar

Malak Haidari – ChemEnergy REU

Jessica C Ortiz Rodriguez – ChemEnergy REU

Sarah Jones – ChemEnergy REU

Kevin E Rivera Cruz  – ChemEnergy REU

Kimberly Lesly Maldonado – UCDavis undergraduate

Parinaz Choroomi – UCDavis undergraduate

Camille Killeen – High School Student, Young Scholars Program

Thomas Nakanishi – UCDavis undergraduate

Julio Cesar Zamora – UCDavis undergraduate

Treasure Warren – Mentorship for Undergraduate Research Participants in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences (MURPPS)