Wuttig Research Group

Anna Wuttig

Anna Wuttig

Assistant Professor, Joined July 2021

Anna was born in Washington, D.C., and she spent time in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. during her early years. She received her A.B. from Princeton University, where she was introduced to scientific research in laboratories of Profs. Haw Yang, Robert Cava, and Andrew Bocarsly. She received her Ph.D. from MIT with Prof. Yogesh Surendranath, and she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley in Prof. F. Dean Toste’s research group.  She is currently a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department, and her group is engaged in research centered on the chemistry of electricity-driven reactions. 

Curriculum vitae

awuttig@uchicago.edu

Deepak Badgurjar

Deepak Badgurjar

Postdoctoral Scholar, Joined 2021

Deepak grew up in Ajmer (India) surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli mountains. He received his B.S. in chemistry from GCA, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University and his M.S. from the Central University of Rajasthan. There, he has studied the photoinduced electron transfer events from porphyrins to inorganic nanocrystals under the supervision of Prof. Raghu Chitta and continued his PhD in the same group. His graduate work focused on supramolecular donor-acceptor systems. Following an internship at UNC Chapel Hill in Prof. Meyer’s Lab, he joined Prof. Wayne Gladfelter’s group at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his postdoctoral research focused on developing materials for photon upconversion and singlet fission processes. In September 2021, he joined the Wuttig group and is working on developing self-assembled structures for electrochemical processes. Outside of lab you can find him either in a coffee shop or in a bookstore reading about world history!

deepak1@uchicago.edu

Qiu-Cheng Chen

Qiu-Cheng Chen

Postdoctoral Scholar, Joined 2021

QC grew up in Guangzhou, a lovely city in southern China. After obtaining his B.S. degree from Shantou University in 2015, he moved to Israel to pursue his M.Sc and Ph.D. degree at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Zeev Gross. His graduate research focused on the metal complexes of corroles and sapphyrins. In November 2021, he moved to the University of Chicago and joined the Wuttig group as a post-doctoral researcher. His current research involves the development of new electrocatalytic method for organic synthesis.

qcchen@uchicago.edu

Špela Kunstelj

Špela Kunstelj

Graduate Student, Joined 2021

Špela is from Slovenia, yet also spent her childhood living in Argentina, Canada, and Italy. Majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biology and International Studies, she received her B.S. degree from St. John’s University in New York. There, she worked in the computational chemistry lab of Dr. Vázquez, studying protein aggregation of alpha-synuclein and some of its mutations that cause Parkinson’s disease. In November 2021, Špela joined the Wuttig group, where her current research focuses on tuning interfacial microenvironments for selective electrocatalysis. Outside of lab, Špela likes to bake desserts and play sports.

skunstelj@uchicago.edu

Rocco Molinelli

Rocco Molinelli

Undergraduate Researcher, Joined 2021

Rocco is a fourth-year Pre-Med Biological Chemistry major with a minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He grew up in Elmwood Park, Illinois, a suburb right outside the city of Chicago. Prior to joining the Wuttig group, he performed research at Loyola University under the supervision of Prof. Wei-Tsung Lee, where he synthesized rhodium complexes for trans-hydrogenation and carbon coupling catalysis. In the Wuttig group, he is focused on enabling catalytic C-C bond-forming reactivity at electrified interfaces. 

rmolinelli@uchicago.edu

 

Madison Huynh

Madison Huynh

Undergraduate Researcher, Joined 2021

Madison Huynh is a second-year undergraduate student from the San Francisco Bay Area pursuing degrees in Molecular Engineering and Chemistry. Her research interests center on renewable energy development, and she is currently investigating electrocatalytic fuel synthesis as part of the Wuttig group. Outside of lab, she enjoys running, doing the NYT Crossword, and trying new boba shops.

madisonhuynh@uchicago.edu

Sarah Kress

Sarah Kress

Undergraduate Researcher, Joined 2022

Sarah is a first year undergraduate majoring in Chemistry, and grew up in Canton, Michigan, a suburb not far from Detroit. She is interested in sustainable synthesis and renewable energy, and Sarah’s research in the Wuttig group focuses on using electrocatalysis for selective C-C bond coupling. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys baking and ice skating.

skress@uchicago.edu

 

Group Alumni

 

Name Position Year in Group Current Position
Charles Zhang Undergraduate Researcher 2021 Undergraduate Student at the University of Chicago
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