Rotem Benharush


About Rotem Rotem joined the Laaser Lab in spring 2021, where she worked on understanding hydration changes in polyelectrolyte complex coacervates at high salt concentrations.  She graduated in spring 2022 and is currently looking for jobs in industry.

Taylor Tomlinson


About Taylor Taylor joined the Laaser Lab in January 2021, where she worked on understanding the phase behavior of poly(oxacyclobutane) using both experiments and molecular dynamics simulations.  Taylor graduated in spring 2022, and will be starting her Ph.D in chemistry at Penn in the fall.

Matt Bittner


About Matt Matt worked in the Laaser Lab in spring and summer of 2021, where he worked with Paige on synthesis and characterization of hydrogels.  Matt graduated in August 2021, and moved on to a position at PPG in Pittsburgh.

Lavinia Falck


About Lavinia Lavinia joined the Laaser Lab in January 2021, where she worked with Zi on simulations of mechanochemically-active block copolymers until she graduated in May 2021. In addition to her chemistry major, she completed a physics minor and a sustainability certificate. Selected Publications

Henry Sun


About Henry Henry joined the Laaser Lab in summer 2019 as an undergraduate researcher.  He graduated in spring of 2020, and and is currently continuing his undergraduate on understanding the phase behavior of poly(oxacyclobutane) in water prior to joining Pitt’s graduate program in chemistry in the fall.

Lexi Knight


About Lexi Lexi joined the Laaser Lab as an undergraduate researcher in January of 2019, where she is worked on characterization of complex coacervates in the presence of different salts.  She graduated in spring of 2019, and plans to start her PhD in chemistry at Case Western in the fall.

Marissa Puppo


About Marissa Marissa joined the Laaser Lab as an undergraduate researcher in January 2018, where she worked with Frankie on characterizing polyelectrolyte complex coacervates.  She graduated in Spring of 2019 and currently works at nanoComposix in San Diego, CA. Selected Publications

Caitlyn Choe


About Caitlyn Caitlyn was an undergraduate researcher in the Laaser Lab in Fall of 2017, where she worked on potentiometric titrations of polyelectrolyte complexes. After graduating in spring of 2018, Caitlyn moved to Cleveland, where she is currently pursuing her teaching credential.

Brandon Myrga


About Brandon Brandon joined the Laaser Lab in January of 2017, where he worked with Zi and Swati on the synthesis of mechanochemically-active block copolymers. Brandon graduated in spring of 2018, and is currently a chemist at PPG in Pittsburgh.

Morgan Cyron


About Morgan Morgan joined the Laaser Lab as an undergraduate researcher in fall of 2016, where she worked on her own project on the synthesis and characterization of dynamically-crosslinked polymer networks. Morgan graduated in April 2019, and after graduation, traveled to Mozambique to teach secondary science as a member of the Peace Corps before returning […]