Group Alumni

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 and graduated with his Ph.D. in the summer of 2017. He has since joined the McCulloch group at Imperial College London to continue research on electroactive polymers.


Jeff Hernandez

Jeff was born in Caracas Venezuela and grew up in Clearwater Florida. He attended the University of South Florida for his undergraduate where he worked on viscoelastic properties of polymers and novel synthesis of polymers. He received his degree in Chemistry and moved to Georgia Tech in Fall of 2012 where he joined the Reynolds group. Jeff graduated in the spring of 2017 with his Ph.D. and continued his career in polymer science at Solvay Specialty Polymers in Alpharetta, Georgia.



Xiaochu Ba

Xiaochu is from Hebei province, China. He received his B.S degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he worked under Professor Jianjun Cheng. Xiaochu joined the Reynolds group during the fall of 2014, as a jointly advised student with Dr. Seth Marder. He graduated with his M.S. degree in organic chemistry in December of 2016.



Erdal Uzunlar

Erdal received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2015 from Georgia Tech. His Ph.D. work involved materials and processing research for chip-chip interconnection and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) packaging. His research in the Reynolds group focused on electrochromic polymers and electrochromic devices on novel substrates. Erdal left the group in the fall of 2016 and currently lives in Troy, New York with his wife and baby daughter.


Nicole Kennard

Nicole was born and raised in Acworth, GA, and is an undergraduate student studying Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech. She joined the Reynolds group during the spring of 2014 and left the group in the fall of 2016. She is currently involved in research regarding sustainability in another lab at Georgia Tech and in the fall will travel to the UK to pursue an M.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security as a Fulbright Scholar.


Ray Bulloch

Ray, a native Floridian, joined the Reynolds group during the fall term of 2010. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Florida State University while working under the direction of Dr. Michael Roper. He remains a steadfast Seminoles fan. Ray received his PhD in July, 2015. After graduating, Ray went on to work as a research scientist at Intel


Natasha Teran

Natasha Teran, who hails from the Philippines, joined the Reynolds group after starting her graduate studies in the spring of 2010. Her research focused on the synthesis and study of structure-property relationships of telechelic donor-acceptor oligomers and their corresponding polymers, as well as the synthesis and characterization of donor-acceptor chromophores for nonlinear optics. Natasha received her PhD in chemistry in October, 2015




Hayden Black

After obtaining his PhD from UNC Chapel Hill and working as a postdoc at McGill University, Hayden worked as a postdoc in the Reynolds group from 2014-2015, focusing on the synthesis and physical characterization of π-conjugated semiconductors for solar energy applications. After leaving the Reynolds group, Hayden went on to work as a staff scientist at Sandia National Lab.



Justin Kerszulis

Justin Kerszulis received his PhD in the Reynolds group from 2009 - 2014. His research focused on electrochromic polymers. After graduating, Justin moved on to Kinestral in San Fransisco to work as a research scientist on polymeric ion conducting layers in electrochromic devices (ECDs) as well as technical lead for anode and cathode materials in ECDs.



Caroline Grand

Caroline received her PhD in the Reynolds group from 2010 - 2014. Her research focused on soluble isoindigo polymers for organic photovoltaic applications. After graduating, she began working as a research chemist for Dow Electronic Materials outside of Boston, with her research focusing on InterConnect Technology


Joshua Hollett

Joshua received his Masters from the Reynolds group from 2012-2015. His research focused on donor-acceptor chromophore-cataylst assemblies for solar fuels. After graduating, Josh moved on to work as a chemist for Allnex Resins in Alpharetta, GA.


Toan Pho

Toan worked in the Reynolds group as a postdoc from 2012-2015 after receiving his PhD from the Wudl group at UC Santa Barbara. After the Reynolds group, Toan went on to a professional development program with BASF.


Jonas Braun

Jonas Braun joined the group in 2015 as a materials science and engineering (MSE) major undergraduate student. He worked in the Reynold's Lab as a member of the MSE Undergraduate Research Scholar Program and is very involved in recruitment with his department. Jonas is a member of the Georgia Tech Marching and Symphonic Bands and has participated in the Georgia Tech Pep Band. Jonas enjoys rock climbing, eating, glazing, baking, film, artisan breads, exploring new places, hiking, and environmental service. His favorite band is the Killers. Jonas left the group at the end of 2015.


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.



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.


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



Kin Lo

Kin graduated with his Ph.D. in the spring of 2017 and continued his research as a postdoc in the Reynolds group. In January 2019 Kin joined the Kohl group in the Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering department at GT.



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. Dylan defended in April 2019 and is now working as a research scientist at iGlass in Irvine, CA. 


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. Melony defended in the spring of 2019 and is now working as a research engineer at Intel in Portland, OR.