Group Members

Research Scientists & Postdocs


Anna Österholm

Anna was born in Missouri and raised mainly in southern Finland and for awhile southern California. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry with a focus on conjugated polymer electrochemistry in 2011 from Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Anna is currently a research scientist in the Reynolds group and leads the research efforts in the areas of charge storage, electrochromism, and polymer electrochemistry. She loves cooking and everything food related ,and enjoys traveling the world (especially by train) in search of new foods and other weird experiences.          

                     

Eric Shen

Eric received his B.A. in English from Rice and then went on to pursue a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry at the University of Florida, graduating in 2011. After 1.5 years at Georgia Tech as a research engineer, he joined BASF in Germany as a postdoctoral researcher in organic electronics. Eric returned to the Reynolds group in a postdoctoral capacity in July 2014.          

                     

Michel de Keersmaecker

Michel was born and raised in Belgium. He received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2015 from Ghent University studying various electrochemistry and surface analysis techniques on metal substrates. He started as a postdoctoral fellow in the Reynolds group to work in the areas of electrochromic devices and conjugated polymer electrochemistry.

               

Bing Xu

Bing joined the Reynolds group as a postdoctoral fellow in August 2015. She was born and raised in North China. After receiving her B.S. in Chemistry from Nankai University, she came to the United States to pursue Ph.D. degree at University of Southern California. She focused her Ph.D. work on investigating the structure-property-performance relationships of semiconducting polymers. Her current research is to develop new polymer materials for organic photovoltaics.

               

Graham Collier

Graham, originally from Fayetteville, NC, received his B.S. in chemistry in 2011 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Upon graduation, Graham enrolled in the Master of Science program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and studied porphyrin chromophores under the direction of Dr. Michael Walter. After graduating in 2013, Graham enrolled in the chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a concentration in polymer chemistry. Graham’s dissertation entailed studying structure-property relationships of purine-based polymers and chromophores under the guidance of Dr. Mike Kilbey. Graham received his Ph.D. in 2017 and joined the Reynolds Research Group as a Postdoctoral Research Associate studying conjugated polymers for electrochromism.

               

Kin Lo

Originally from Hong Kong, Kin joined the Reynolds group in the Spring of 2012. After graduating from Duquesne University with a B.A. in Chemistry, he obtained his M.B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis. Kin’s research research focuses on synthesis and characterization of solid-state conjugated small molecules and polymers, and their uses in organic electronic applications. Kin graduated with his Ph.D. in the spring of 2017 and continues his research as a postdoc in the Reynolds group.

               

Graduate Students


James Ponder

James, originally from Fort Lauderdale Florida, received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. During his time there he conducted research under Dr. Kenneth Laali in the field of ionic liquids. James joined the Reynolds group in the spring 2012.

               

Rylan Wolfe

Rylan was born in Minnesota and raised in North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Chemistry, where he worked under Dr. Seth Rasmussen in conjugated organic materials and Dr. Ihle in kinetic theory of self-propelled particles. He joined the Reynolds group in the fall of 2012.

 

               


Dylan Christiansen

Dylan is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2013. While at UWF he worked under Dr. Michael Huggins on synthesis and characterization of pyrrole-based liquid crystals and under Dr. Leonard ter Haar on DFT calculations involving olivine crystal structures as analogs for lithium ion battery cathodes. He joined the Reynolds group in the fall of 2013, and his research focuses on synthesis and characterization of conjugated electrochromic polymers.

               

Brian Schmatz

Brian Schmatz joined the Reynolds group in 2013 after receiving his B.A in Chemistry from NYU. His research is focused the design and synthesis of amorphous polymers for hole transport materials, OPVs, and PLEDs. He is qualifying in the polymer division. Brian is passionate about sustainability, and has served as the co-chair of the Student Government Sustainability Committee since 2015

                

Sandy Pittelli

Sandy was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She joined the Reynolds group after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Chemistry. Her research focuses on the chemical oxidation of electrochromic and conducting polymers.

 

               


Ian Pelse

Ian was born in New Jersey and received his undergraduate chemistry degree from Bard College in NY, working on high resolution direct laser writing methods under Dr. Chris LaFratta. He joined the Reynolds group in Fall 2014 to work on characterization, performance, and morphology of semiconducting polymers.

 

               


Gus Lang

Gus was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from USC where he worked with fiber reinforced composite materials. He joined the Reynolds group in the fall of 2015. His research focuses on studying conductive cellulose based substrates for electrochromic and energy storage devices.

 

               


Melony Ochieng

Melony was born in Kisumu Kenya and grew up in Durham North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) with a B.S in chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences. While at NCCU she worked under the supervision of Dr. Darlene Taylor on the synthesis and characterization of pH & temperature sensitive hyperbrached polyglycerol polymer for the delivery of cancer drugs. She joined Dr. Reynolds group in the fall of 2015. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of conjugated polyelectrolytes.

 

               


Linda Nhon

Linda was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she received her B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science. She joined the Reynold’s group in Fall 2015. Linda’s research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of chromophore/catalyst assemblies used in dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells.

 

               


Lisa Savagian

Lisa joined the Reynolds Group in 2016 as a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. Before earning her B.S. in Chemistry from Hope College in 2016, she conducted research at the University of Strathcylde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Lisa's work in the Reynolds Group aims to develop processing and patterning methods for conjugated polymer-based devices.

 

               


Abigail Advincula

Abigail joined the Reynolds Group in 2016 as a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. She completed her B.S.E. in Polymer Science & Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. During her time there, she worked in a tissue engineering laboratory under Professor Jon Pokorski and completed summer research experiences at The Lubrizol Corporation and Texas A&M. The focus of Abigail's work in the Reynolds Group is on synthesis and characterization of bulk heterojunction polymers for organic photovoltaics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and running.

 

               


Brandon DiTullio

Brandon is from Charleston, South Carolina. He completed both his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry at Furman University. Working in tandem with Drs. Timothy Hanks and Paul Molino, Brandon conducted research in the area of organic, conductive polymer synthesis and characterization. He joined the Reynolds group in the fall of 2017, and plans to work on synthesizing and characterizing polymers for use in biotechnology.

 

               


Undergraduate Students