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Group Members

Professor Kate M. Waldie

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Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Kate hails from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she obtained her B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Victoria. Her undergraduate research on redox active ligands with Prof. Robin Hicks sparked her initial interest in electrochemistry. Kate then ventured south to California to earn her Ph.D. degree at Stanford with Prof. Robert Waymouth, where she studied metal hydride complexes for transfer hydrogenation and electrocatalysis. Kate next moved further south to the University of California San Diego as a postdoc with Prof. Clifford Kubiak, where she studied electrochemical CO2 reduction using organic mediators and organometallic catalysts. In Fall 2018, Kate began her independent career at Rutgers University.

Graduate Students

Waldie Group - Alex Corral
Alex Corral
Joined December 2021

Research Focus: New pincer ligands and first-row transition metal complexes for electrocatalytic alcohol oxidation

Waldie Group - Amy Ekka
Amy Ekka
Joined December 2023

Research Focus: Co-catalytic systems for the electrocatalytic hydrogenation of C=O and C=N substrates

Waldie Group - Sriram Katipamula
Sriram Katipamula
Joined December 2018

Research Focus: Cobalt complexes with pendent amine ligands for electrocatalytic formate oxidation and H2 splitting

Waldie Group - Sewwandi Kuruppu
Sewwandi Kuruppu
Joined February 2023

Research Focus: Cobalt complexes with redox-active ligands for promoting multi-electron transformations

Waldie Group - Chathumini Nadeesha
Chathumini Nadeesha
Joined December 2023

Research Focus: First-row transition metal complexes for alcohol oxidation and the interconversion of CO2 & formate

 Waldie Group - Mercer White
Mercer White
Joined December 2020

Research Focus: Co-catalytic systems for the electrocatalytic hydrogenation of C=O and C=N substrates

Waldie Group - Minzhu Zou
Minzhu Zou
Joined December 2018

Research Focus: Cobalt complexes with redox-active ligands for promoting multi-electron transformations

Undergraduate Students

Waldie Group - Melisa Dogan
Melisa Dogan
Joined September 2023
Waldie Group - Demetra Giannakopoulos
Demetra Giannakopoulos
Joined March 2024
Waldie Group - Ezra Goldfarb
Ezra Goldfarb
Joined January 2024

Group Pets

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Woody
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Columbus, Snowflake, and Fergus

Group Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Andrew Cook, 2018-2021 - now at College of Mount Saint Vincent

Graduate Students

Krishani Teeluck, PhD 2023

Hellan Moncy, MS 2023

Jennifer Guzman-Pichardo, MS 2022

Siddhant Warrier, MS 2022

Undergraduate Students

Kaitlin Cheung - Rutgers - New Brunswick 2023 - now Ph.D. student, UCLA

Andrew Fedors - Rutgers - New Brunswick 2023 - now Ph.D. student, Yale

Isabella Niedzwiecki - Rutgers - New Brunswick 2023 - now Ph.D. student, Johns Hopkins

Priya Patel, Rutgers - New Brunswick 2022 - now Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley

Jingjing Jin, Rutgers - New Brunswick 2018 - now Ph.D. student, Columbia

Summer Research Assistants

Oliver Baumeyer, RISE 2023

Paul Masaka, Aresty Summer Program 2023

Alexander Hidalgo, RISE 2022

Victoria Diaz, RISE 2021

Andrew Fedors, Aresty Summer Program 2021

Alex Corral, Research Assistant 2021

Jennifer Guzman-Pichardo, Research Assistant 2021

Ronaldo Franjul, RISE 2020

Isabella Niedzwiecki, Aresty Summer Program 2020

Mercer White, Research Assistant 2020

Zachary Clifford, RISE Program 2019

Priya Patel, Aresty Summer Program 2019

Mark Dresel, Research Assistant 2019

Interested in joining the Waldie Group? 

Current Rutgers graduate students enrolled in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology should contact Kate to discuss their research interests and available opportunities in the group.

Prospective graduate students should apply to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Program at Rutgers. For information on how to apply, click here. Please contact Kate directly with any questions about research opportunities in the group before applying to the program.

Highly motivated undergraduate students pursuing a Chemistry degree at Rutgers who are interested in gaining research experience in the Waldie Group are encouraged to contact Kate via email or in person. 

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