Current Research Group

The research team that makes everything happen!

Visiting Professor Dr. Mrinal Chakraborty

My research revolves around studying the photochemistry of corannulene derivatives.

Visiting Scientist Dr. Anju Duley

Dr. Anju Duley got her PhD at Indian Institute of Technology, Kapur, investigating peptide design, synthesis and conformational analysis. Currently, she is using her expertise in conformational analysis to investigate solid state photochemistry.

Graduate Students

Onyinye Osisoma

Onyinye obtained her BSc from Louisiana State University and A&M College- Baton Rouge. She is working towards finishing her PhD at UC shortly,

Dylan J. Shields

My research in Professor Gudmundsdottir’s laboratory is focused on elucidating solid-state reaction mechanisms and how molecular energy can be converted into mechanical energy. By understanding how to convert molecular stress into mechanical energy, new classes of smart devices can be formulated for use in sensors or energy harvesting applications.  I am proficient in using transient spectroscopy on nanosecond timescale in solution and the solid state, and familiar with picosecond Pump-Prove spectroscopy (IR and UV). I am efficient in synthesis of organic compounds, as well as isolating and characterizing photoproducts.  In addition, I can readily preform DFT calculations and use the calculations correlate with experimental results. Finally, I have experience in obtaining and solving X-ray structures.

Twitter: @CrystDyls

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Upasana Banerjee

Current Research:

My research in Dr. Gudmundsdottir group is focused on physical organic chemistry, more precisely studying the mechanism of photoreactions in solution, solid-state and cryogenic matrices, with special emphasizes on determining the forces that cause crystals to be photo-responsive upon exposure to light. I am skilled in organic synthesis, transient spectroscopy such as laser flash photolysis, matrix isolation, and EPR spectroscopy. Furthermore, I am proficient in supporting my reactions mechanism with density functional theory calculations. My research also focuses on photoresponsive organic crystals. I have investigated various underlying factors such as crystal packing, intermolecular interactions, size and quality of the crystal and the intensity of the incident light to understand how these factors control the dynamic behavior of organic crystals, to develop a bridge between the structure and function of photoresponsive organic crystals.



Graduate student in University of Cincinnati since 2015
Masters in organic chemistry, VIT University, Vellore, India, 2014
Bachelors in chemistry, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India, 2012


  • URC Award: Graduate Student Stipend and Research Cost Program for Faculty (URC) —Student Collaboration Award for a total of $4400.00 for project ‘Towards molecular machineries utilizing photodynamic organic crystals’ University of Cincinnati, received 2020

  • RITE Fellowship: $4000 funding for continuing a collaborative project ‘Electron Spin Resonance (EPR) studies on highly reactive radicals’ at Hiroshima University, Japan, Chemistry Departmental fellowship at University of Cincinnati, received 2019

  • Ann P. Villalobos / LANGE Fellowship: To recognize and support an outstanding performance as a graduate student, Chemistry Departmental fellowship at University of Cincinnati, received 2019

  • Laws Fellowship: For recognition of outstanding research performance by third year or higher graduate student, Chemistry Departmental fellowship at University of Cincinnati, received 2018

  • Doctoral Enhancement Award:  To an outstanding graduate student to support recent accomplishments to date and future research potential, Chemistry Departmental fellowship at University of Cincinnati, received 2018

  • Milton Orchin Award: Given to most outstanding 2nd or 3rd year graduate organic chemistry student, Chemistry Departmental fellowship at University of Cincinnati, received 2018

  • Research Associates Award: $2000 funding 1 of 2 in Department of Chemistry for 2015 entering class

Nayera Abdelaziz


Graduate student in University of Cincinnati since 2015

Current Research:

My present work is focused on using photocatalyzt to sensitize azido compounds

Sobiya George

Graduate student in University of Cincinnati since 2016
Masters in organic chemistry, Sam Houston State University, TX, USA, 2016
Bachelors in chemistry, University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 2011


Current research:

My present work is focused on using flow chemistry techniques to make flavanoid derivatives. Flavonoid derivatives exhibit diverse biological activities which are beneficial to human health. Photochemical method is a sustainable way to make this biologically active compounds from hydroxy chalcones. My focus is to apply the continuous flow method in the photochemical synthesis of flavonoids to make it more sustainable. Also, I am interested in studying the photochemical mechanism for the formation of flavonoid derivatives from hydroxychalcones.

Rajkumar Merugu

Raj obtained his MSc from BGSU 2017. He will be working towards his PhD in the group.

Noha Ahmed

Noha joined the group this winter to work towards her PhD.

Noha it is time to make a Linkedin profile!

DeAnte Judkins

DeAnte obtained his BSc in Chemistry 2014. Last summer he returned to UC to work on his PhD.

Leanna Patton

Leanna obtained her MS degree recently from and joined Gudmundsdottir group this January

She if an avid knitter


Brandi James

Brandi joined the group this January and her work is focused on studying sun blockers. She obtained her BS from Wilmington College spring 2018.

William Sebastian

William joined the group January 2020, after graduating from UC spring 2010.  He is working on photodynamic crystals. 

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