Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
I research the fascinating aspects that govern the formation of molecular crystals with dynamic properties. Specifically, I exploit the toolbox of organic, supramolecular, and materials chemistry to build dynamic crystalline materials with bioinspired architectures (e.g., DNA) and molecular machinery. The research in my lab has direct applications in industries of petrochemistry (e.g., molecular "sponges" for chemical separations), pharmaceutics (e.g., improved drugs), electronics (e.g., flexible crystals for next-gen devices), and solvent-free reactivity (e.g., mechanochemistry). I hold a B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), a M.Sc. in Chemistry in Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos (Mexico), and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. Before joining Reed, I was an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Reed, I currently teach Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201) and Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry (CHEM 324). Outside Reed, I enjoy sharing my passion for chemistry and crystals in scientific outreach programs for bilingual families, and local coffee, hiking and running outdoors.