Graduate Students

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Alex Stafford

UT Austin Chemistry Department, Organic Division, 2018 - Present

Alex received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Ohio Northern University (ONU) in 2018. While at ONU, Alex conducted research with Dr. Jake Zimmerman on the synthesis of novel sulfonamido-chromone derivatives, useful as fluorescent chemical sensors in the detection of fluoride and various metal ions. He also worked on the synthesis of coumarin-based fluorescent probes for the selective targeting and imaging of the endoplasmic reticulum in cells.

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Adrian Rylski

UT Austin Chemistry Department, Physical Division, 2018 - Present

Adrian received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 2017. While at CMU, Adrian conducted research with Dr. Benjamin Swarts, developing novel trehalose derivatives bearing antibody-recruiting small molecules for cell surface modification of living mycobacteria. Prior to UT, Adrian was employed at Dow Chemical through Kelly Scientific and studied colloidal systems for industrial applications. Adrian is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UT, jointly advised by Dr. Zak Page and Dr. Eric Anslyn.


Kimberly (Kimi) Bourland

UT Austin Chemical Engineering Department, 2018 - Present

Kimi received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder (CU) in 2017. While at CU, Kimi explored the interactions between casted thin-film lytropic liquid crystal membranes and manufactured supports under the guidance of Dr. Richard Noble and Dr. Douglas Gin. Also at CU, Kimi helped establish a chapter of Phi Sigma Rho, a social sorority for women in engineering technology fields.


Marshall Allen

UT Austin Chemical Engineering Department, 2018 - Present

Marshall grew up surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Central-Oregon. Marshall received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2018. While at OSU, Marshall worked with Drs. Chris Beaudry, Chih-hung Chang, and Xiulei Ji on a range of research areas and completed two co-operative internships working as a process engineer at Maxim Integrated and WR Grace. Marshall is now pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at UT, jointly advised by Dr. Zak Page and Dr. Benny Freeman.


Kun-You Chung

UT Austin Chemistry Department, Physical Division, 2018 - Present

Kun-You graduated from Nation Taiwan University in 2016. In NTU, Kun-You worked for Prof. Pi-Tai Chou, focusing on the photophysics of organic and inorganic molecules in the condensed-phase. Utilizing different time-resolved techniques, Kun-You researched Excited-State Proton Transfer (ESPT) of 2,6-Azaindole at various timescales, while also investigating room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) of organic molecules.


PostdocToral Scholars


Dowon Ahn

2019 - Present

Dowon obtained his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Hanyang University in 2007 where he began research in polymer science. After graduating from Hanyang University, Dowon carried out his M.S. studies at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). While at KAIST, He explored the interactions between liquid crystals and photo-irradiated polymeric layers for controlling the molecular motion of liquid crystals. After acquiring a mater's degree, he worked at LG Chemicals as a research scientist for 3 years and conducted research to develop novel backsheet protection films for silicon-based photovoltaic devices to afford improved weatherability. In 2012, Dowon started his Ph.D. studies in the laboratories of Prof. Timothy Scott at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His doctoral studies focused on the synthesis of hexaarylbiimidazole (HABI)-based organic compounds and their utilization toward the development of novel functional materials (i.e., self-healing polymers). Prior to UT, Dowon was employed at Samsung SDI and conducted research on polymer thin film as coating layer for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.


Hu Wang

2019 - Present
Hu received his bachelor degree of science in applied chemistry from Xidian University, China. In 2014, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Feihe Huang at Zhejiang University to pursue his PhD degree in chemistry. He received his doctor degree of chemistry from Zhejiang University on June 30, 2019. His doctoral studies focused on constructing functional materials based on supramolecular interactions. He then moved to The University of Texas at Austin to work as a postdoctoral fellow, jointly advised by Prof. Jonathan L. Sessler and Prof. Zak Page.


Undergraduate Students


Kaihong Sun

UT Austin, 2018 - Present

Kaihong is pursuing a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the College of Natural Science at UT Austin. Kaihong joined the Page group during the summer of 2018. Before transferring to UT Austin, Kaihong worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Xu’s lab at Nanjing Forestry University. Outside of lab, Kaihong enjoys reading, hiking and writing.


Clotilde Tagnon

UT Austin, 2018 - Present

Clotilde is a freshman studying Chemical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Before coming to UT Austin, Clotilde was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Witold Brostow's lab at the University of North Texas. Clotilde hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry once graduated. Outside of lab, Clotilde enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with friends.

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Jacob Sass

UT Austin, 2018 - Present

Jacob is a first-year student studying Chemical Engineering from Magnolia, Texas. Jacob aims to apply the concepts learned in-classroom to a research setting with the Page Group. Jacob looks forward to further defining his interests once he has gained more experience as a researcher. In his free time, Jacob enjoys swimming, hiking, playing Scrabble, and hammocking.


Alyssa Chamseddine

UT Austin, 2018 - Present

Alyssa is a sophomore, from Round Rock, Texas, studying Chemical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering. In the Page Group, Alyssa is working with double network hydrogels for water purification. Once graduated, Alyssa plans to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Outside of lab, Alyssa enjoys hanging out with friends, playing games, and baking.


Jin young Yoo

UT Austin, 2016 - Present

Jin is double majoring in Electrical Engineering and History at UT Austin and is a pre-dental student. Jin joined the Page Group during the summer of 2019. Outside of lab, Jin enjoys boxing and hanging out with friends.