Computational Heterogeneous Catalysis
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Past and present group members.
Anna completed her B.Sc.(Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Otago in 2005 and her Ph.D. also from the University of Otago in 2011, under the supervision of Prof. Henrik G. Kjaergaard (now at the University of Copenhagen). She then moved to Iceland for a 2.5 year postdoctoral research fellowship with Assoc. Prof. Egill Skúlason and Prof. Hannes Jónsson. She then moved back to Dunedin to take up her current position as a lecturer in Chemistry in 2015.
Caitlin completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry with a Mathematics Minor at the University of Otago in 2015, and faces the daunting task of adding the (Hons) suffix onto that in 2016. During her degree, she spent a semester abroad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and considers herself a proud Tar Heel. Although studying the mechanism of NH₃ synthesis on Ru nanoparticles is often considered to be her only passion, she also quite enjoys talking at length about how she never thought she'd be a computer nerd, but here she is.
Mingrui (Ray) Yang
Ray is currently doing his fourth year of B.Sc with a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics also a minor in Physics. This interdisciplinary perspective helps him to acquire deeper understanding of how our chemical world works. At the moment, he is working on the computational approach of chemical properties of metal-ligand complex systems by using density functional theory (DFT). He is also searching for efficient catalysts for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide to methane/hydrocarbons for fuels.
Charlie recently completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Otago (2016) and is working with Dr Garden over the summer. Charlie's main focus will be on lending a hand with some of the currently existing projects in the group. He hopes to take on some of his own research at a later date, potentially leading into a Honours project in 2017.
Robert completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry with a minor in Pharmacology at the University of Otago in 2015. He spent the academic year of 2014/2015 at the National University of Singapore (NUS) studying organic chemistry. His interests include organic synthetic chemisty and medicinal chemistry and is gaining experience in the application of computational methods to chemical systems.
Steph completed her B.Sc. at the University of Otago in 2015, with a double major in Chemistry and Oceanography. Steph completed an exchange semester at the University of Iceland in 2014, making Iceland somewhat of a theme in the group. Since starting work for the Garden group, she has spent most of her time upskilling and learning how to work a computer. She is working on structural determination of bimetallic CuPd nanoparticles as well as lending a hand with most of the other projects underway in the group!