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The Meyer Group

 


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Dr. Gerald J. Meyer

Professor Meyer’s research is concerned with experimental investigations of photodriven electron and energy transfer in inorganic coordination compounds and extended solids. The overall goal of the research is to develop a molecular level understanding of excited states in heterogeneous environments important to environmental, biological, and materials science. Practical applications of this research include solar energy conversion, chemical sensing, catalysis, pollutant decontamination, and photonic devices. The principle tools of this research are synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry

 


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Dr. Matthew C. Kessinger
Postdoctoral Fellow
B.S. Concord University (2015)
Ph.D. Virginia Tech (2020)
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Matthew completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry developing transition metal complexes that undergo a redox-induced spin exchange reaction, including characterizing their interfacial electron transfer kinetics. In 2020 Matthew joined Prof. Meyer’s research group as a postdoc studying the mechanism of water oxidation at semiconductor/catalyst interfaces in collaboration with the Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels.


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Erin A. Kober
3rd Year Graduate Student
B.S. Randolph-Macon College
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While at RMC, Erin worked in Professor Serge Schreiner’s studied the reactivity of late transition metals stabilized by diphosphinoferrocene ligands for small molecule activation. Erin is currently studying halide oxidation in solution and investigating the photophysical behavior of iridium complexes as photo-oxidants. In addition to chemistry, Erin’s interests include hiking and other outdoor activities, listening to podcasts, yoga, and crafting.

 
 


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Zander M. Deetz
4th Year Graduate Student
B.A. Carleton College (2015)
M.A. Harvard University (2017)
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Zander began his graduate studies at Harvard University in Dan Nocera’s lab where he examined systems for HX splitting. After earning his Masters, Zander traded Ivy for grapevines and moved to Napa Valley to work in the wine industry. In 2018, he returned to chemistry at UNC to join the Meyer lab to work on halide oxidation. In his free time, Zander enjoys cooking, backpacking, going on spontaneous adventures, and drinking wine and beer


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Jake Sirlin
2nd Year Graduate Student
B.S. University of Miami
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While an Miami, Jake Sirlin worked under Professor Carl Hoff studying the mechanism of elimination of hyponitrite bridges in organotin complexes for nitrogen fixation. Jake is currently studying the photoelectrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide and oxidation of water on silicon-bound catalysts in the pursuit of creating liquid solar fuels. Outside of the lab, Jake is a formidable baker, an avid coffee brewer, and is a bit too proud of his small but mighty fountain pen collection.

 

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Callie


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Quentin R. Loague
3rd Year Graduate Student
B.S. Virginia Tech (2019)
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In 2020 Quentin joined the Meyer lab, where he is currently studying electric fields generated at transparent semi-conducting oxide interfaces. He is also investigating the use of squaraine dyes as probes of electric fields, utilizing techniques such as Stark spectroscopy and spectroelectrochemistry .In his free time, Quentin enjoys spending time outside hiking, camping, and kayaking, and attending Virginia Tech football games. 


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John Dickenson
2nd Year Graduate Student
B.S. Virginia Military Institute
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During John’s time at VMI, he worked with Dr. Daniel Harrison synthesizing and characterizing novel terpyridine first row transition metal complexes. John is currently working in collaboration with former postdoctoral fellow of the group Ludovic Troian-Gautier exploring the excited state electron transfer properties of a recently developed iron photosensitizer complex in relation to halide oxidation. In his free time John enjoys running, hiking, disc golf, weightlifting, and baking.

 
 


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