Alexander S. Dudnik

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

University of California, Davis

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Alex received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Moscow State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2005. During that time he worked on the chemistry and applications of phthalocyanines and also explored synthesis of aromatic heterocycles at the Institute of Organic Chemistry. In 2005, Alex moved to the US and joined the group of Prof. Vladimir Gevorgyan at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his graduate research focused on the development of new transition-metal-catalyzed methods for the synthesis and C–H functionalization of aromatic compounds. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2011, receiving the Graduate College award for an outstanding thesis. He then conducted postdoctoral research with Prof. Gregory C. Fu at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and moved with the Fu group to the California Institute of Technology. Alex's research in the Fu group focused on the development of nickel-catalyzed C–B bond-forming cross-coupling reactions of alkyl halides. In 2013, Alex received the Dreyfus postdoctoral fellowship and joined the group of Prof. Tobin J. Marks at Northwestern University. His work at Northwestern involved the development of new molecular designs, synthetic methods, and green-chemistry reactions to access high-performance organic semiconducting materials for applications in electronics and solar energy conversion. In 2016, Alex assumed his current position of Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis chemistry department. His research program is focused on the development of new catalytic methods to access novel molecular architectures and materials for applications in organic solar cells, electronics, batteries, biomedical imaging, and phototherapy.