Professor & Undergraduate Dean, College of Chemistry


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  • Ordinary National Certificate in Chemistry, Lancaster & Morecambe College of Further Education, 1977

  • Higher National Certificate in Chemistry, Lancaster & Morecambe College of Further Education, 1979

  • B.Sc. Applied Chemistry, Salford University, 1982

  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, 1986 Thesis advisor: T. D. Tilley

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College, London with Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, FRS, 1987-88

  • Royal Society Research Fellow, Imperial College, 1988-89

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-95

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1995-2000

  • Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

  • Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

  • Associate Editor for the Americas, Dalton Transactions 2002-2016

  • Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry 2009-present

  • Chair, Editorial Board, Dalton Transactions, 2016-present

  • Undergraduate Dean, College of Chemistry

  • Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences 2018

Michael Boreen

Graduate Student

Michael received his M.S. in chemistry and B.A. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2015. As an undergraduate at Penn, he worked in Dr. Eric Schelter's group. His projects included studying the coordination chemistry of nitroxide ligands with lanthanides as well as titanium. Michael joined the Arnold group in the fall of 2015.

Mark Straub

Graduate Student

Mark received his B.S. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2015.  As an undergraduate, Mark’s research under Dr. Peter Dinolfo focused on studying electron transfer in phenolic imine dimers.  Currently, Mark’s research in the Arnold Group involves the synthesis of single-source molecular precursors for uranium nanomaterials.  Outside the lab, Mark enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and music.

Jade Fostvedt

Graduate Student

Jade received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Dakota in May of 2017. As an undergraduate, Jade studied frustrated Lewis pair chemistry in Dr. James Hoefelmeyer's lab. She spent a year at the University of Montana; while there, she worked in Dr. Dong Wang's lab on a project in which she attempted to mimic the active site of the metalloenzyme methane monooxygenase. Jade joined the Arnold lab in fall 2017 and she is investigating low-valent tantalum complexes for potential applications in multi-electron, reductive transformations of strongly bonded, small-moleucle substrates, such as N2, CO, and CO2. Outside of the laboratory, Jade enjoys yoga, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Erik Ouellette

Graduate Student

Originally from Colorado, Erik graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in chemistry from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. As an undergrad, Erik worked in the lab of Prof. Bianca Sculimbrene utilizing chiral titanium catalysts for the enantioselective phosphorylation of diol molecules. He also spent a summer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory through the DOE SULI program, under the direction of Dr. Mark Nimlos and Dr. Nolan Wilson, studying the synthesis of novel polycarbonates from renewable feedstocks. Erik joined the Arnold group in the fall of 2018 and is investigating the reactivity of rhenium BDI complexes. Outside of lab, you can find Erik mountain biking throughout the Bay Area and skiing up in Tahoe or wherever the snow is deep.

Joe Brackbill

Graduate Student

Joe received his B.A. in biochemistry from Dartmouth College in June of 2018. At Dartmouth, Joe studied the electron-transfer reactivity of a di-heme cytochrome in the lab of Dr. Ekaterina Pletneva. Joe joined the Arnold group in October of 2018. Aside from chemistry, Joe enjoys rowing, biking, and listening to classical music.

Christopher Ye

Graduate Student

Chris received his B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2019. As an undergraduate, Chris studied dechlorination mechanisms for bio-inspired nickel and cobalt catalysts in the lab of Prof. Katherine Van Heuvelen and chiral titanium catalysts for asymmetric hydroamination reactions in the lab of Prof. Adam Johnson. Chris joined the Arnold lab in the fall of 2019. Outside of chemistry, Chris enjoys playing basketball and tennis, doing puzzle hunts, and solving the daily NY Times crossword.

Jacob Branson

Graduate Student

Jacob received his B.S. in chemistry from Florida State University in May of 2019. During his undergraduate, Jacob worked on the synthesis and characterization of f-element molecular compounds with Prof. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt. He joined the Arnold lab in Fall 2019 as a joint student with Dr. Stefan Minasian at Berkeley Lab. In his free time, Jacob can be found hiking followed by a brewery.

Emmanuel Cortes

Undergraduate Researcher

Emmanuel is a fourth-year undergraduate chemistry major. Emmanuel uses computational methods to analyze the electronic structure of transition metal complexes and to map out mechanistic reaction pathways. In his free time, Emmanuel likes to play video games and the piano.

Anukta Jain

Undergraduate Researcher

Anukta is a second year undergraduate Chemical Engineering major. She joined the lab during the summer of 2019 and works with Jade. Anukta is involved with ChemE Car and Engineers without Borders, and in her free time loves to hike in and around Berkeley, play soccer, and watch dramas on Netflix.

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