Group Members

Graduate Students

Tianqi Zhang

Tianqi was born in Xiangyang, a small city with long history in China and then moved to Shanghai with her family. She graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in chemistry major and actuarial science minor. In Fall 2016, she joined Dr. Gutekunst’s group as a graduate student, and her current research focuses on ring-opening metathesis polymerization. 

Jiyao Yu

Jiyao was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in chemistry in 2016. During his time there, he conducted research on the synthesis of glycoconjugates and oligosaccharides for detection of influenza viruses with Dr. Suri Iyer. The summer of 2016, he interned at Fudan University where he worked on fixation of sulfur dioxide into small molecules under transition metal catalysis and metal free conditions. His current research focuses on the synthesis of small functional molecules for polyamide synthesis.

Guanyao Fu

Guanyao was born in Nanjing, Southeast China. He obtained his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in June, 2016. Later he joined Dr. Gutekunst's group in Fall of 2016 as a graduate student, and has been working on living radical polymerization ever since.

Krista Bullard

Krista received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, she conducted computational research on silyl ketene polymerization and CO2 absorption in ionic liquids with Dr. Daniel Lambrecht. During the summer of 2016, Krista received the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship through the Department of Energy at the National Energy Technology Lab in Pittsburgh, where she did computational research of the electrochemistry of CO2 with AuNPs. In the summer of 2017, Krista worked in polymer R&D at Sherwin-Williams. She is currently a recipient of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute fellowship, and co-advised with Dr. Gutekunst and Dr. Mohan Srinivasarao with Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. Krista’s current research is in polymer – cellulose nanocrystal composites.

Monica Marks

Monica was born and raised in San Diego California. She graduated from University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. There she worked on plasmonic gold nanostructures. In 2015, she interned at Solvay Specialty Polymers in Alpharetta, GA where she worked on polymer nanocomposites. She is currently a Graduate Partner for W.S.T. (Women in Science and Technology) where she runs the outreach program GEMS (girls excelling in math and science) at Inman Middle School. She is co-advised by Dr. Kalaitzidou and Dr. Gutekunst and working on antimicrobial silicone.

Research Scientists & Postdocs

Liangbing Fu

PhD in Chemistry, Emory University, 2016. Advisor: Professor Huw M. L. Davies.

M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011. Advisor: Professor Ke Ding.

BS in Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2008

Undergraduate Students


Undergraduate students who are interested in the Gutekunst Resesarch Group should contact Dr. Gutekunst directly at to schedule a meeting.

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