Our Team

Shabnam Hematian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 336.334.5867
Fax: 336.334.5402
Room: 405 Sullivan Science Bldg.
Email: s_hemati@uncg.edu

Shabnam was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the National University of Iran and M.S. degree in inorganic chemistry from Sharif University of Technology. In 2010, she joined the research group of Professor Ken Karlin at Johns Hopkins University and studied the biologically inspired coordination chemistry of heme/Cu synthetic systems with nitrogen oxides.

After finishing her Ph.D. thesis, in the Fall of 2015, she began a postdoctoral position in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she worked with Professor Jonas Peters on the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon-based fuels. Shabnam then joined the research group of Professor Harry Gray as a postdoctoral fellow in the Spring of 2017. There, her research has focused on a mechanistic study of O2 reactivity of blue Thermus thermophilus laccase. In the Fall of 2018, Shabnam started her independent academic career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Coming from Iran, Shabnam loves cooking and eating Persian food. Food is a big part of the culture and it serves as a catalyst that brings people together. She also enjoys spending time with friends, face-timing with family back home, painting, and traveling.


Current Members

Firoz Khan

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. (Chemistry)           
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 

M.S. (Chemistry) 
Banaras Hindu University

B.S. (Chemistry) 
Banaras Hindu University

 

Hadi Pourhadi

Graduate Student

M.S. (Inorganic Chemistry)        
Sharif University of Technology

B.S. (Chemistry) 
University of Mazandaran

Maria Carrasco

Graduate Student

B.S. (Biochemistry)           
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.S. (Biology) 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

Amy Waldbusser

Graduate Student

B.S. (Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Chemistry)           
Appalachian State University

Michael Mungaray

Undergraduate Student 

B.S. (Computer Science) Class of 2022

High School Students

Alex Seo

Research Assistant 2020-2021

Western Guilford High School

Alex Miroshnichenko

Research Assistant 2020-2021

2020 Draelos Scholar

The Early College at Guilford

Former Members

  • Joshua Park - High School Student (The Early College at Guilford) – 2020 Draelos Scholar

  • Sarah Ali - High School Student (The Early College at Guilford) – 2020 Draelos Scholar

  • Erik Peterson - High School Student (Cornerstone Charter Academy) – 2020 Draelos Scholar

  • Kevin Doheny - Undergraduate Student – B.S. (Chemistry) Class of 2021

  • Katie Dezarn - Undergraduate Student – B.S. (Chemistry) Class of 2022

  • Logan Weist - High School Student (Wesleyan Christian Academy) – 2019 Draelos Scholar

  • Aidan Hunt - High School Student (The Early College at Guilford) – 2019 Draelos Scholar

  • Boluwaji Odufuwa - High School Student (Western Guilford High School)

  • Advika Kumar - High School Student (The Early College at Guilford)