People

Principal Investigator

Jonathan Rochford, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, 2009 - present


Prof. Rochford earned his B.Sc. in Pure and Applied Chemistry with first  class honors at the School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland in 2000. He continued his studies at DCU where in 2005, under the supervision of Dr. Mary T. Pryce, he completed his Ph.D. titled "Steady state and laser flash photolysis studies of ferrocenyl group VI Fischer carbenes and metalloporphyrins". Subsequently, Prof. Rochford spent two years as a Postdoctoral Associate in the research group of Prof. Elena Galoppini at Rutgers University investigating molecule-semiconductor interfaces in dye-sensitized solar cells. In 2007 Prof. Rochford joined the Thermal, Photo- and Radiation-Induced Reactions in Condensed Media program at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a Research Associate where, under the supervision of Dr. Etsuko Fujita, he investigated proton-coupled electron transfer reactions of transition metal catalysts for application in water oxidation catalysis.

 

Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Bani Mahanti Fall 2013 - present Photocatalytic CO2 reduction
Dr. Matheiu Frenette Fall 2013 - present Photoacoustic contrast agents

Graduate Students

Nicholas A. Lee Fall 2013 - present Ru(II)/Re(I) non-innocent ligand complexes
Yongzhu Zhou Fall 2013 - present Tianjin University visiting researcher, DSSCs
Tue (Ken) Ngo Fall 2012 - present Photocatalytic CO2 reduction
Stephanie Bellinger-Buckley Summer 2012 - present Photoacoustic contrast agents

Undergraduate Students

Alexander Peabody (Senior) Fall 2013 - present Re(I) non-innocent ligand complexes
Yvan S. Bouyou (Junior) Spring 2014 - present Photoacoustic contrast agents
Zachary R. Anzalone (Sophomore) Spring 2014 - present Non-innocent ligand Ru(II)/Re(I) complexes
Esraa S. Ahmad (Sophomore) Spring 2014 - present Photoacoustic contrast agents

Former Lab Members (current position)

Helen Cuiyun Zhao, MS Fall 2010 - Summer 2013 PhD studies with Prof. Jason Green UMB
Barbara Mello, BS Fall 2010 - present Brookhaven National Laboratory (SULI program)
Dr. Seema Bag (Postdoc) Fall 2012 - Summer 2013 The Pollastri Group, Northeastern University

Sashari Pinnace, BS(McNair fellow)

Fall 2011 - Summer 2013 Mass Biologics
Daniel Kossila, BS Fall 2012 - Summer 2013 pursuing graduate studies
Danielle Robinson, BA Fall 2011 - Fall 2012 Medical school
Joseph P. Harney, MS Spring 2010 - Spring 2012

Ruthenium polypyridyl and porphyrin systems for

DSSCs (Adjunct,Wentworth Institute of Tech.)

Hara P. Chowdhury, BS Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

Synthesis and electrochemistry of Re(I) CO2 reduction catalysts

(employee at Shire Pharmaceuticals)

Chibueze Nwokeji, BS Summer 2010

p-NiO electrode fabrication

(undergraduate, Dept. of Engineering, UMass Amherst)

Collaborators

David C. Grills (Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY)
Massimiliano Lamberto (Monmounth University, NJ)
Ming-Kang Tsai(National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei)
Biprajit Sarkar (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Chandra Yelleswarapu(Department of Physics, UMass Boston)