Sean is a sixth year graduate student and was born in Ohio. His current research projects include gas-phase kinetics of alkali metals, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of cold molecules, developing instrumentation and instrumentation control, and chemical education. His hobbies include hydroponic gardening, rock climbing, power tool DIY weekend wars, and strategy games. He also has a cat named Sebastian.
Joel Schmitz (they/them)
Joel is a fourth year graduate student, studying using laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and dispersed laser-induced fluorescence (DLIF) experimental techniques to characterize actinide- and alkali earth metal-containing diatomics. They received both their B.S. (2014) and M.S. (2017) in Chemistry at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. During their M.S. work, they worked with the USAF on computationally and experimentally characterizing rare-gas and lanthanide-halide systems for rare-gas and DPAL laser applications. For their M.S. research at Wright State University, they used relaxation kinetics to investigate the formation of nitrosyl bromide (BrNO).In their spare time, they like to bike around ATL and hit up the local breweries with their dogs or play board games with friends. If they’re not in Atlanta, you can catch them hiking in a national park across the country.
Thomas Persinger (he/him)
Thomas was raised in Missouri, where he received a B.S. in chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His undergraduate research was in microwave spectroscopy, where he used Fourier transform microwave techniques to observe rotational spectrum of molecules with atmospheric importance. He is currently a fourth year graduate student at Emory University and studies the rovibronic structure of f-block and alkali earth metal containing molecules using laser induced fluorescence and multi-photon ion spectroscopy. Thomas likes to spend his free time hitting up the local breweries, playing the piano, having board game nights with his friends and virtual game nights with his siblings. A fun fact about Thomas is that he keeps up with a dozen podcasts and always has a good recommendation for someone looking for something new to listen to!
Noah Jaffe (he/him)
Noah is a second year in the Heaven Lab. While his background is actually in physics and math, he has come to enjoy the interdisciplinary nature of physical chemistry and spectroscopy. His current research project focuses on studying small beryllium-containing anions via slow electron velocity map imaging photoelectron spectroscopy, which is capable of giving new information about the structure and gas phase characteristics of these molecules. When he is not in lab, he enjoys climbing and playing with electronics.
Jiande Han (he/him)
Sebastian is named after the crab who sings “Under the Sea” voiced by Samuel E. Wright from the Disney film “The Little Mermaid.”
Bowie loves when his parent Joel takes him on walks, is known to sleep all day, and loves nothing more than eating his brother’s face.
Phantom also loves when his parent Joel takes him on walks, loves staring at people from across the couch, and hates it when his brother Bowie tries to eat his face.
Dr. Mallory Theis (she/her)
Mallory graduated in Spring 2020 and is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Robert VanGundy (he/him)
Robert VanGundy graduated in Fall 2018 and is currently a Post Doctorate RA B at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.
Amanda Dermer (M.S.) (she/her)
Amanda graduate in Summer 2017 and is currently the Coordinator for Residential, Fraternity and Sorority Life at Knox College, IL.
Dr. Michael Sullivan (he/him)
Michael graduated in Spring 2017 and is currently a Senior Scientist at Nikira Labs in Mountain View, CA.
Dr. Kyle Mascaritolo (he/him)
Kyle graduated in Fall 2016 and is currently a Mechanical Engineer Specialist at Micromeritics Instrument Corporation in Norcorss, GA.
Dr. Josh Bartlett (he/him)
Josh Bartlett graduated in Spring 2016 and is currently at Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Artie is currently living her best life in Berlin, Germany with her mother Mallory.