About Our Research Group

Graduate Students

Matthew Logan

B.Sc. Chemistry 2013 magna cum laude, Wheeling Jesuit University

Heterogeneous Photoredox Catalysis
Current research interests involve applications of functionalized metal-organic frameworks in electrochemical energy storage. Born and raised in Williamstown, West Virginia, Matt enjoys fitness, beard grooming, and the Florida indoors.

Gavin Pour

B.Sc. Chemistry 2009, University of Florida

Frameworks for molecular electronics
Gavin’s research deals with organic and inorganic synthesis of frameworks for electronic applications, also materials for energy storage, circuitry, and photovoltaics. Hobbies include cleaning after undergrads and extreme pillow fighting.

Demetrius Vazquez-Molina

B. Sc. Chemistry 2015, University of Central Florida

Conductivity properties of frameworks
Originally from the paradisiac island of Puerto Rico, Demetrius’ research deals with porous framework materials for battery and energy storage applications. Demetrius hobbies include drinking unhealthy amounts of cuban coffee and hugging the glovebox.

Undergraduate Students

Benjamin Nordmann

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Heterogeneous Photoredox Catalysis
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Current research interests involve applications of incorporation of metal-organic frameworks with light harvesting antennae.

Anson Cartwright

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Covalent Organic Framework synthesis

Anson’s research investigates the non-linear properties of covalent-organic framework. He plans on attending graduate school to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry. Anson hopes to eventually be a research professor at a university.

Elizabeth Hall

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Photoredox heterogeneous catalysis

Elizabeth is currently doing research on the photocatalytic abilities of metal organic frameworks, specifically their oxidative capabilities. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in chemistry in spring 2016, she plans to gain practical experience working in her field before continuing to graduate school. In the future she hopes to put her chemistry degree(s) to good use, possibly working in industry.

Wesley Newsome

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Heterogeneous Photoredox Catalysis

My name is Wesley Newsome and I came to UCF in the fall of 2012 to start studying Chemistry. I came from Riverview High school in sunny Sarasota, Florida.
My expected graduation is spring 2016 with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. I have previously worked with squarene dyes and am currently working with aniline containing MOFs and COFs. I have worked under Dr. Uribe-Romo since the summer semester of 2015
I enjoy working on or with cars and enjoy cooking food when I am not synthesizing linkers in the lab. I hope to complete my Ph.D in Chemistry once I graduate from UCF and hope to pursue a job in a field that is in the industry and could possible be connected to cars or vehicles.

Oscar Tarano

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Framework materials for gas separation

Kyle Sanchez

B. Sc. Biomedical Sciences 2017, University of Central Florida

Synthesis of monomers for framework materials

Adedayo Abioye (Dayo)

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks
Current research interests involve synthesis organic linkers for metal-organic frameworks. Days plans to go to Medical School for graduate studies.

Alex Burnstine

B. Sc. Chemistry 2016, University of Central Florida

Metal Organic Frameworks for separation of contaminants

My current research in the Dr. Uribe-Romo group focuses on synthesis of oligophenylene molecular struts for framework materials. I also work with Dr. Zhou on computational studies of water splitting catalysis.  I aim to be employed in chemical industry following graduation and plan to continue my chemistry education to earn a PhD.

Arturo Annese

B.Sc. Biomedical Science 2018, University of Central Florida

Crystallization of transition metal minerals

 

Jeremy Adamson

B. Sc. Biomedial Science 2018, University of Central Florida

Heterogeneous Photoredox Catalysis
Born and raised in upstate New York, and currently apart of the Burrnett Honors College in pursuit of a Biomedical Science Degree. After graduation, I hope to go to medical school and become a doctor. My hobbies include swimming, drawing, basketball, and golf. Current research efforts involve synthesis of metal-organic frameworks.

 

 

Ariel Perry-Mills

B.Sc. Biomedical Science 2018, University of Central Florida

Synthesis of covalent organic frameworks and ferrofluids 
Ariel Perry-Mills is an Honors student here at UCF from Tarpon Springs, Florida. She is a Biomedical Sciences major with a minor in Spanish. A member of the Burnett Medical Scholars program, Ariel hopes to pursue a medical degree and eventually practice neurology. She is also a part of LEAD Scholars, an officer in Honors Congress, and a volunteer at Florida Hospital for Children. At this time, she is working on producing functional ferrofluids alongside her fellow undergraduate students, and serving as an assistant to the lab’s more senior members.

 

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