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. 

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.

Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith grew up in Delaware, Ohio. He attended college in Westerville, Ohio at Otterbein University where he performed research on the phylogenetic relationships between achlorophyllous and chlorophyllous orchids with Dr. Jeffrey Lehman. In 2015, he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, a B.A. in Physics, and a minor in Chemistry. After college, Ronald worked as a Product Development Scientist at the startup company Undercover Colors. Here he worked to develop a cosmetic technology that could detect date rape drugs in a variety of beverages. In the fall of 2017, he began his PhD program in Chemistry at Georgia Tech and joined Dr. Gutekunst’s lab in the winter. He is currently working with dioxazaborocane and its potential use in radical polymerization. 

Mizhi Xu

Mizhi was born in Hangzhou, Eastern China. He graduated from Fudan University with a B.S. in chemistry. In 2017, he received his master’s degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Mizhi joined the Gutekunst group in 2018. His research focuses on twisted amide polymerization.

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.

Owen McAteer
Katherine Leydon