Luke A. Tatum

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Fresno, CA
Education: BS Biology-Chemistry, Point Loma Nazarene University (2009).

I received my BS in Biology-Chemistry in 2009 from Point Loma Nazarene University where I worked with Dr. Victor Heasley. In 2013, I received my PhD from The University of Nevada, Reno working under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin T. King. At UNR I developed a new family of boronic ester-containing discotic liquid crystals for potential use in organic electronics. Also while at UNR, I synthesized polymerizable boronic ester-containing discotic liquid crystals, which were used as templates for the fabrication of nanoporous membranes. I joined the Aprahamian research group in order to broaden my experience in the synthesis of functional liquid crystals and polymers. I enjoy skiing and backpacking in my free time.

Susnata Pramanik

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Tamluk, West Bengal, India
Education: BS Chemistry, Vidyasagar University (2006), MSc Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2008).

Susnata Pramanik received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Vidyasagar University (India) in 2006. After completing his MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2008, he joined Prof. Michael Schmittel's group at the University of Siegen (Germany). His PhD thesis focused on switchable catalysts, and chemical communication utilizing molecular switches equipped with orthogonal binding motifs. In the summer of 2014, he joined the Aprahamian group as a post-doctoral scholar, and he is working on utilizing hydrazone switches in switching cascades, catalysis and liquid crystals.

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