Group Members

Virgil  Percec, Ph.D.

Virgil Percec, Ph.D.

P. Roy Vagelos Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Virgil Percec was born and educated in Romania (Ph.D., 1976). After postdoctoral appointments at the Universities of Freiburg, Germany, and Akron, US, he joined the Department of Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland as an Assistant Professor in 1982. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1984, to Professor in 1986, and to Leonard Case Jr. Chair in 1993. In 1999 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania as P. Roy Vagelos Chair and Professor of Chemistry.

Angely  Berrios Camacho

Angely Berrios Camacho

Recent Member - Summer Student

Angely spent the summer of 2015 in the group working on the synthesis of novel polyamide dendrimers. She is currently continuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico.

Rishab  Bhandari

Rishab Bhandari

Recent Member - High School Student

Rishab spent the summer of 2016 in our group, working on the nickel catalysis project under the supervision of Dr. Jagadeesh Malineni. He is currently studying at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, NJ.

Matthew Bunner

Recent Member - Summer Student

Matt spent the summer of 2014 in the group working on Ni-based catalysts for Suzuki-Miyaura cross-couplings. Matt is currently in the second year of Penn Chemistry's Ph.D. program, working on tetrazine chemistry with Prof. Amos B. Smith, III.

Irene  Buzzacchera

Irene Buzzacchera

Current member - Visiting Scholar

I am a visiting scholar in Professor Percec’s lab, I am doing my PhD in the Netherlands under a joint European Marie Curie grant called BIOGEL between Noviosense, a medical device start-up, and the Leibniz Institute in Aachen (Germany). My project is about the synthesis of biointegrative hydrogel coatings for implantable medical devices. I am part of the R&D of Noviosense, founded by Dr. Christopher Wilson, a former member of Professor Percec’s group.

Louise  da Silva

Louise da Silva

Recent Member - Summer Student

Louise spent the summer of 2015 in the group as part of the Institute of International Education's Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Louise worked on the synthesis of glycodendrimers and their self-assembly into vesicles. She is currently finishing her studies in Salvador, Brazil.

Cody  Dazen

Cody Dazen

Current Member - Undergraduate Student

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Cody is a rising Senior at Penn, majoring in Science Technology and Society, working on the dendrimersomes project with Qi. Outside of the lab, Cody is a keen golfer, and represents Penn on the D1 varsity team.

Salil  Desai

Salil Desai

Current Member - High School Student

Salil is currently a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, NJ. He joined the group in October 2016 and is working with graduate student Ben on the synthesis of self-assembling perylene bisimide building blocks.

Liang  Ding

Liang Ding

Current member - Visiting Scholar

Liang has been a visiting scholar in the group since March 2017. He obtained his Ph.D. (2012) in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from East China Normal University, China under the supervision of Professor Meiran Xie, and then conducted postdoctoral research (2016) with Professor Tien-Yau Luh at National Taiwan University, Taiwan. Now he is an associate professor at Yancheng Institute of Technology in China.

Mojtaba  Enayati, Ph.D.

Mojtaba Enayati, Ph.D.

Recent Member - Postdoctoral Researcher

Mojtaba joined the group in June 2015 as a Postdoctoral Researcher, having completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Tehran, Iran, under the supervision of Professor Mahdavi on the topic of high impact polypropylenes. His research focused on SET-LRP and its application to acrylates and other substrates. Now he is Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cornell University.

Henrique  Ferreira

Henrique Ferreira

Recent Member - Summer Student

Henrique spent the summer of 2015 in the group as part of the Institute of International Education's Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Henrique worked on the synthesis of self-assembling dendritic perylene bisimide derivatives. He is currently finishing his studies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Elodie  Fiorin

Elodie Fiorin

Recent Member - Summer Student

Elodie spent the summer of 2015 in the laboratory through the Penn Nano/Bio Interface Center's exchange program with Grenoble Institute of Technology. She worked on glycodendrimersomes and their interactions with lectins. Elodie is currently finishing her studies at Phelma INP, Grenoble.

Silvia  Grama, Ph.D.

Silvia Grama, Ph.D.

Current Member - Postdoctoral Researcher

Silvia has been a Postdoctoral Researcher in the group since November 2015. Her research interests include SET-LRP and the development of new methodologies in dendrimer synthesis. She obtained her M.Sc. (2008) and Ph.D. (2011) in Chemistry from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iași, Romania under the supervision of Professor Nicolae Hurduc and has since conducted research at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague.

Nicholas  Gutsche

Nicholas Gutsche

Recent Member - Summer Student

Nick has spent several summers in the lab, both as a high school student (from the Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, DE) and as an undergraduate (from Kenyon College, Gambier, OH). Nick has contributed to various projects, most recently Ni-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions. He is currently majoring in Chemistry at Kenyon College.

Hong  Han

Hong Han

Current Member - Undergraduate Student

Hong will spend 6 months in the group from November 2017 to May 2018 as a visiting student. Hong is currently a senior student from the College of Chemistry at Nankai University, China. She will be working with Dr. Qi Xiao on the synthesis and self-assembly of dendrimersomes from Janus dendrimers as biomimetic membrane systems.