Meet The Group

Graduate Student

John M. Toribio

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Education: BS in ACS-Certified Chemistry and Physics from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY (2020)
Experience: Flavorings Compounder at Flavormatic Industries Inc.
Undergraduate Research in Synthesis of Halogenated Ynamides
Research Interests: Design and synthesis of bio-based polymers and sustainable electroactive polymers for wearable tech.

Awards: Innovation Quest 2024, CCEI Summer Fellowship 2024, Bobbitt-Chou Graduate Summer Research Fellowship 2023, 100Plus Scholarship Award 2021




Irene Mutegi

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Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Nairobi, Kenya (2019)
Research Interests: Design and Synthesis of high temperature and high energy density polymer dielectrics. (Polycyclic olefins and polyimides).






Amy Pollock

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Education: Western Washington University, Chemistry (2021)
Research Interests: Electrochromic Conducting polymers, bio-based polymer synthesis and application.
Awards: Material science Pre Doctoral Graduate Fellowship(2023). Future Climate Venture Fellowship(2023).

President of SPE UCONN Chapter 





Pragati Rout

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Education: MS from Berhampur University, Odisha.(2018)

Experience: Research Associate in R&D Innovare labs Pvt ltd Pharmaceutical company, India from 2019-2020.

Research interest: Synthesis and characterization of API's, monomers and oligomers and exploring their fluorescence properties, Hydrogels, Optical brighteners.

Secretary of SPE UCONN Chapter.

Treasurer of PLU UCONN, Alpha Phi Chapter. 




Pritish Aklujkar

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B.Tech. in Surface Coating Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology (2020), Mumbai, India.
Research Interests: 
Bio-based polymer synthesis for capacitive energy storage applications.

Awards: SPE  Connecticut Section Scholarship (2022), Polymer science Pre Doctoral Graduate Fellowship(2023)

Vice President of SPE UCONN Chapter






Ashish R Khomane 

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Education: B.Tech - Dyestuff Technology (2013), M.Tech - Surface Coating & Technology (2017), Institute of Chemical Technology (2013), Mumbai, India.

Experience: Techno-commercial Manager, Kupsa Coatings Pvt. Ltd. (2016-2018)

Research Interests: Liquid crystalline polymers, polymeric optical brighteners, high-temperature and high density dielectrics, polynorbornene, phase transfer catalysed polymers.





Mohak Desai
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Education: M.S. - Polymers and Coatings Technology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan,Integrated Master's - Applied Chemistry, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, India
Experience: R&D Chemist, Sherwin Williams Paints, Cleveland, OH Co-op Chemist,  Chemical Dynamics, Plymouth, MI
Research Interests: Polymer synthesis and characterization for high temperature dielectrics. Bio based and sustainable polymer synthesis approaches for high performance coating applications
Student Liaison SPE UCONN Chapter  



Florence Wambugu
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Education: BSc. Industrial Chemistry from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Experience:Research and Development Scientist - Weetabix East Africa, Partnerships Manager - Baobab Consulting

Research Interests: Design and Synthesis of Sustainable water-soluble Cannabinoid Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery.




Swapnali Sonowal

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Research Interests: Design and Synthesis of Sustainable water-soluble Cannabinoid Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery.
Education: BS in Chemistry from Jorhat Institute of Science & Technology, Assam (2012-2015), MS in Chemistry from University of Delhi (2015-2017), Delhi, India.
Experience: Undergraduate research in Synthesis of Benzothiazole derivatives, Electrochemical Sensors, Silica-based Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer
Research Interest: Polymer Drug Delivery, Drug aspects of Cannabinoids