Current Group Members

Jierui Yu obtained his BS degree in Lanzhou University (China) in 2014, then joined the group in Fall 2015. His research currently focuses on several fronts including MOFs synthesis, and bio-inspired MOFs catalysis. He is also involved in MOF photophysics works. He is the group’s man-in-charge for materials characterizations. Besides study and research, he spends time in SIU gym.




Tanner Smith Graduated from Mount Zion High School in 2013. He joined the group in the fall of 2015 and is currently involved in the MOF synthesis and catalysts. He is intrigued by himself solving the green house gas problem in future. Besides study and research he enjoys working out and spending time outdoors.




Andrea Van Wyk is a Chemistry and Mathematics major at Simpson College in Indianola, IA.  She joined the lab as a NSF-REU participant in the summer of 2017 and working on MOF synthesis and fluorescence.  When she isn’t working or studying, she enjoys spending time outside and hanging out with her friends.





Jackson Shearer finished high school at Springfield High in Springfiel, Illinois. He joined the group in Spring 17. He is involved in the metal organic framework synthesis. Besides study and research, he loves to play sports, and video games.





Past Group Members

Sandra Nicole White is a native of Covington, GA and recently graduated from Alabama A&M University, Magna Cum Laude, with her BS in Chemistry. Sandra joined the group as an NSF-REU participant in the summer of 2016 and worked on MOF synthesis and their redox chemistry. She enjoys tutoring  Chemistry and loves to sneak out to movies with her folks.