A native New Jersean, Rob attended college at Rutgers University, where he performed undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Spencer Knapp. For his PhD, Rob studied asymmetric catalysis and organic synthesis in the laboratory of Professor David MacMillan at Princeton University. His doctoral studies focused on stereoselective carbon-carbon bond forming reactions using organocatalysis and copper catalysis. After his PhD, Rob joined the laboratory of Professor Mircea Dincă at MIT, to study organometallic catalysis in metal-organic frameworks. Through this work, Rob prepared single-site heterogeneous catalysts for selective olefin oligomerization and polymerization. For his independent career, Rob will continue to apply catalysis toward problems in organic and polymer synthesis.
Dr. Subrata Ghosh: Subrata received his M.Sc. from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010 where he worked with Profs. Allan D. Headley and Bukuo Ni. He earned his PhD at Texas A&M University in 2017 with Prof. J. A. Gladysz where he worked on multiple projects that resulted in several papers and a patent. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. J. A. Gladysz for one year. Then he joined the Comito lab as a postdoc in 2018. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and playing cricket.
First-Year Graduate Students:
Maxym Tansky: Born in Ukraine and raised in Tampa, Florida, Maxym Tansky studied chemistry at the University of Florida where he conducted research in the Brent Sumerlin group. In the Sumerlin group he used Reverse Addition-Fragmentation Chain-Transfer (RAFT) polymerization and Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) to design and synthesize organic polymers with defined architecture, functionality, and self-assembly behavior. Outside of the lab he loves long mountain backpacking trips, wine, and practicing foreign languages.
Jin Qian: Jin majored in Polymer Material and Engineering at the East China University of Science and Technology where she worked in the Changsheng Liu’s lab on calcium phosphate cement bone substitution material. Then she pursued her master’s degree on Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, where she worked with Prof. Vogt on polymer binders and physical crosslink hydrogel. She enjoys painting, handcraft and feeding all kinds of pets in her free time.
Zilu Tang: Born and raised in Wuhan, China, Zilu obtained his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Wuhan University in 2018. While there, he studied oxidative coupling reactions in the laboratory of Professor Aiwen Lei. When not in the lab, he enjoys playing video games and making delicious food.
Zipeng Gu: Zipeng was born in China and received his B. S. from Qingdao University of Science & Technology majoring in Polymer Material & Engineering. Then he went to Department of Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron for his M. S. degree and worked for Dr. Jana on the filed of organic polymer aerogels and their application in air filtration and oil spill cleanup. He enjoys playing guitar, photography, cooking, and listening to music in his free time.
Mengnan Hu: Born in Anqing, China. I graduated from department of chemistry of Nankai University in . During my undergraduate study, I joined in Prof. Guangxing Liang’s total sysnthesis group and started my interest in organic chemistry. I love sports such as running and hiking.