Alumni

Dr. Brock Lynde

  • B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, 2016
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021

Brock is originally from Yakima, WA.  He received a BS in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University in 2016. For his undergraduate research with Dr. Neal Yakelis focused on the effects that ring strain have on the rates of the retro-hetero-Diels-Alder reaction. He joined the Boydston group in December of 2017 at the University of Washington. In 2018 he moved with the Boydston group to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to continue his Ph.D.

Dr. Lynde earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in April 2021.

Dr. Hang Shen
Postdoctoral Scholar

  • Ph.D., Chongqing University, 2016
  • B.S., Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University , 2011

Hang was born in Jingzhou, China. After obtaining his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University in 2011, he went to Chongqing University to pursue his Ph.D. studies in Prof. Yan Xiong’s group, working on employing umpolung strategy to achieve cyanation. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2016, he spent a few months to work as a research associate in the same group, then he came to United States to explore new reactivity of hexadehydro-Diels–Alder (HDDA) benzyne in Prof. Thomas Hoye’s group at the University of Minnesota before joining the Boydston group in December of 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys running, watching movie and having ice cream.

As of Spring 2021, Dr. Shen is headed back to work in China.

Ernie Alvino

  • B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 2019
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020

Ernie is originally from Mullica Hill, NJ. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in 2019. There, he worked with Dr. Abby Jennings on the synthesis and characterization of POSS-perfluorocyclopentene (PFCP) polymers. He joined the Boydston group in August of 2019. Outside of the lab, he enjoys working out, watching sports, being outside, and listening to music.

Ernie earned his M.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison in December 2020.

Dr. Jianxun Cui

  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2017
  • M.S., Harbin Institute of Technology, 2013
  • B.S., Harbin Institute of Technology, 2011

Jianxun is from Henan, China. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in materials science from Harbin Institute of Technology. During his B.S. and M.S. study, he worked on the hydrothermal synthesis of nanomaterials, which was used to catalyze the degradation of water contaminants. After that, he came to the United States to pursue his Ph.D. degree. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering (under Dr. Yong Zhu) from North Carolina State University. His Ph.D. dissertation was on shape changing structures actuated by heat shrinkable polymers. After Ph.D., Jianxun worked shortly with Dr. Lining Yao (Carnegie Mellon University) on shape morphing pasta. In September 2018, Jianxun joined the Boydston group to work on the 3D printing of responsive polymers. Outside of lab, Jianxun enjoys playing badminton and watching movies.

Danny Lee

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019

Danny is from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a certificate in Computer Sciences from UW-Madison. For the past 2 years he conducted research with the McMahon group synthesizing and studying organic molecules of astrochemical interest. When not doing chemistry, Danny enjoys landscape and night sky photography, camping, cooking, board games, and reading.

As of May 2020, Danny is headed to Penn State as a PhD student.

Hyun-seok Chang
Former High School Intern

Hyun-seok is a high school senior from Madison West High School. There, he is a member of the rocketry team and worked on projects that sought ways to dampen rocket vibrations with liquids and measure the concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere during rocket flight. Currently he is working in the Boydston lab to learn as much as he can about the chemistry of 3D printing. Outside of the lab, Hyun-seok enjoys computer programming, soccer, board games and long walks.

As of Fall 2020, Hyun-seok is studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Karen Wulf

  • B.S. (expected 2020), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Karen is assisting with 3D-printing of high performance polymers. They’ve lived in Madison for 4 years. Outside of the lab they play piano, tabletop gaming, and go hiking.

Dr. Dan Seidenkranz

  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2018
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 2013

Dan is originally from Woodbury, MN. He received his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2013 where he performed undergraduate research under the guidance of Prof. Ted Pappenfus. He earned his PhD in 2018 under the direction of Prof. Mike Pluth working on barbiturates and modified Hamilton receptors for supramolecular catalysis, sensing, and materials applications. His research interests include supramolecular chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and polymer chemistry. When he is not in the lab, Dan likes to camp, hike, fish, and generally be outdoors. He also likes to play tabletop games including D&D.

As of summer 2019, Dan is headed to work for Cascade Chemistry in Oregon as a synthetic chemist.

Dr. Johanna Schwartz

Johanna Schwartz

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • B.A., Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2014
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019

Johanna grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and received her BA degree in chemistry and biology from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2014. Her undergraduate research with Dr. Chulsung Bae at UNLV focused on synthesizing more efficient hydrogen fuel cell polymers. She also worked with Dr. John Ketterson at Northwestern focusing on improving the synthesis and purity of cuprous oxide. While aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as part of the SEA semester program, she worked with Dr. Jeff Schell identifying and characterizing thin phytoplankton layers in the Sargasso Sea. For her Bachelor’s thesis research, she worked with Dr. David Myers at Simon’s Rock, focusing on natural product synthesis. Specifically the research focused on the synthesis and biological testing of antibiotically and antifungally active alkynoic acids and butenolides. Johanna officially joined the Boydston group in December 2014. Outside of lab, Johanna enjoys playing guitar, listening to music in general, arts and crafts, and hanging out with any friend that actually has the free time to hang out.

Johanna earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2019 and is headed to California to work at Lawrence Livermore National Labs.