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

Dr. Michael A. Boreen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Michael graduated from the Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a M.S. in Chemistry in 2015 and performed undergraduate research with Professor Eric J. Schelter. In 2020, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Professor John Arnold. His Ph.D. research focused on small molecule reactivity and strong bond activation with low-valent uranium complexes. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Professors Alexander Katz and John Arnold at UC Berkeley. Outside of the lab, Michael tries to get in as many ski days as possible and also enjoys bouldering, hiking, and tennis.

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. 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 molecule substrates, such as N2, CO, and CO2. Jade is also extraordinarily passionate about science education, both formal and informal, from K-12 to the graduate level. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, teaches hands-on chemistry lessons for second grade students through the BASIS program, and is a member of the BASIS steering committee, representing the College of Chemistry. Outside of the laboratory, Jade enjoys yoga, skiing on frozen and liquid water, knitting, 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.

Anukta Jain

Undergraduate Researcher

Anukta is a third 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.

Sandra You

Undergraduate Researcher

Sandra is a second year undergraduate student studying chemistry. Sandra joined the Arnold lab in Fall 2020 and works with Joe. In addition to chemistry, Sandra is interested in data science and learning new languages. Aside from academic studies, Sandra enjoys singing, hiking, traveling and playing badminton.

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