Postdoctoral Researchers

 
Dr. Camila F. N. da Silva
 

I graduated from Universidade Estadual de Maringá, PR, Brazil, with a B.S. in chemistry. During my undergrad, my research involved layered crystal structures aimed to find an efficient material for determination of the metal ions present in ethanol used as fuel for car engines. I had my Master degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Sao Paulo- USP – SP (Brazil). I developed a master’s Project focused on the Bioinorganic area, working mainly on the synthesis and characterization of ruthenium complexes with CO and NO ligands for biological applications. I completed my PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Sao Paulo- USP – SP (Brazil), with an emphasis on ruthenium complexes, structural and bioinorganic characterization with an internship abroad at The Ohio State University – OH – USA supervised by Dr. Turro. I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow conducting research on ruthenium complexes for a number of applications associated with their photochemistry, biological activity, and their potential to serve as therapeutics.

Email: camilanevesfnsq@gmail.com

Dr. Sean Steinke
 

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2014 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Chemistry Teaching where I researched the influence of the Hofmeister series of ions on the folding pathways of ferric cytochrome c. I joined the Turro group in the spring of 2018 and investigate the photophysics of a series of Ru(II)-terpyridine complexes, DNA interactions of Ru(II) and Rh(II,II)2 complexes, and the biological and photophysical properties of dual active Ru(II) polypyridyl chemotherapeutic agents for use in photochemo- and photodynamic therapy applications.

Email: steinke.67@osu.edu

 

Research Scientist

 
Dr. Walter Dressick
 

Dr. Walter J. Dressick joined the Turro group in 2019 as a visiting senior chemist re-searching the photophysics and photochemistry of Rh dimers and polypyridyl Ru com-plexes. In his previous position at the US Naval Research Laboratory, he developed new chemistries for surface photopatterning, selective electroless metal deposition, and polyelectrolyte multilayer systems useful for applications ranging from advanced li-thography systems to explosives sensors and protective materials against chemical war-fare agents during a 26-year career. Prior to that time, he worked at IGEN, Inc., where he designed and prepared electrochemiluminescent polypyridyl Ru complexes currently used as sensor elements in Roche Diagnostics’ commercial ELECSYS® immunoassay, and Colgate-Palmolive, where he provided solutions for problems associated with soap bar performance. Dr. Dressick received his B. Sci. degree summa cum laude in chemis-try from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and attended the University of North Caro-lina at Chapel Hill as a National Science Foundation fellow, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in inorganic photochemistry in 1981 for his research involving solar energy con-version using excited states of polypyridyl d6 transition metal complexes. Dr. Dressick has published 105 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, holds 34 issued U.S. patents, and has delivered 21 invited lectures describing his research.

Email: dressick.2@osu.edu

 

Graduate Students

 
Jie Huang
 

I graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a B.S in chemistry in 2017. During my undergraduate studies, I worked on nanocatalysts for clean energy. I joined Dr. Turro’s group in spring of 2018. I currently work on Rh2 dimers that will be anchored to NiO nanoparticles to form p-type semiconductors for solar energy conversion. I also focus on ultrafast spectroscopy to analyze the excited states, lifetimes and electron transfer processes of these photoreactions.

Email: huang.3170@osu.edu

       
       
Matt Fortunato
 

I graduated from Florida International University in the fall of 2017 with a B.S in chemistry and a Certificate in Forensic Science. At FIU I worked on Complexation, Extraction, and Sensing of Hg(II) by Thioamide Ligands. I joined the Turro group in the spring of 2019. My current research involves the synthesis of heteroleptic dirhodium complexes with naphthyridine bridging ligands.

Email: fortunato.34@osu.edu

       
       
Jessie Vandevord
 

I graduated from Keene State College in the spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. My undergraduate research focused on the synthesis of thiosemicarbazone metal complexes. I joined the Turro group in the spring of 2019, excited to study photochemical reactions.

Email: vandevord.1@osu.edu

       
Marilyn Dunbar
 

I graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in the spring of 2019 with a B.S. in Chemistry. My undergraduate work focused on studying the reduction process of trans-[tetrachlorobis(1H-indazole)ruthenate(III)] (KP1019) through a variety of spectroscopic methods. I joined the Turro group in the spring of 2020, where I am excited to study photochemical processes.

Email: dunbar.143@osu.edu

       
Rebekah Wroblewski
 

I graduated from Oakland University (OU) with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology in the spring of 2019. At OU I worked with boron based subphthalocyanines for tumor imaging. I also worked with Schiff-base complexes. I joined the Turro group in the spring of 2020. Currently I am working on the Bio side of the group, looking at computational data and DNA interactions of dirhodium complexes.

Email: wroblewski.17@osu.edu

       
Spencer Burton
 

I graduated from the University of Indianapolis in the spring of 2021, with a B.S. in chemistry, alongside a biology minor. My undergraduate research dealt with phylogenetic and biogeographic studies of the cave dwelling arachnid genus Liocranoides. I joined the Turro group in January of 2022, where I look forward to studying inorganic photochemistry utilizing earth abundant metals.

Email: burton.640@osu.edu

       
Piyush Gupta
 

I graduated from University of Delhi, India with BSc (H) in Chemistry in 2018 followed by a M.S. in chemistry from IIT Roorkee, India in 2020. At IITR, I worked on synthesizing and studying the photophysical properties of porphyrins. I joined the Turro group in spring of 2022 to study and learn more about photochemistry. I am a part of the energy sub-group and am presently working on dirhodium paddlewheel complexes for proton reduction.

Email: gupta.1163@osu.edu

       
Alexia Silva
 

I graduated from the University of São Paulo (USP) – Brazil with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biotechnology in 2016. During my Masters (2017-2019) I worked on ruthenium phthalocyanines attached to lanthanide-doped up-conversion nanoparticles to perform activation of the metallic complex after absorption in near infra-red region to further application in Photodynamic Therapy. I joined the Turro group in the Fall of 2021 and my current research focus is on ruthenium complexes with pi-extended ligands and its photochemical properties regarding DNA interaction.

Email: silva.242@osu.edu