CLIFF COSS – FOUNDER
I graduated with a B.S. in ACS Chemisty at Northern Arizona University, where I worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Edgar Civitello’s Organic Chemistry lab. From there, I was accepted to the University of Arizona and received my Ph.D. from Dr. Robin Polt in Organic Chemistry. During those years, I developed a patent-protected synthesis for green surfactants that is currently developing into a university startup called GlycoSurf. I currently work as a post-doc in Dr. Jeanne Pemberton’s analytical lab at the University of Arizona.
DAVID HOGAN – PRESIDENT
I graduated from New Mexico State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Microbiology and Minors in Mathematics, Environmental Management, and Chemistry. Upon graduating, I began a PhD program in Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, where I began work in the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory of Dr. Raina Maier. My research interests lie in using microbiology to address anthropogenic environmental issues and my current research project focuses on the use of green, microbially-produced surfactants to recover trace metals from waste streams.
RICARDO PALOS-PACHECO – VICE PRESIDENT
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona where I do research on the development and characterization of glycolipid surfactants in order to achieve potential non-toxic and biodegradable replacements for the current synthetic surfactants. My interest is in fields related to chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and instrumentation development. For fun, I like to play soccer, read biographical literature and world history.
I was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama, where I grew up playing soccer, basketball, and softball. After high school I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I then worked a year in the chemical industry at Lactel Absorbable Polymers, a subdivision of Durect Corporation, where I did research & development on biodegradable polymers and monomers. This inspired me to further my education by going to graduate school. I received my PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Arizona and will be instructing the Advanced Inorganic Synthesis course there starting Spring 2016. My hobbies have always included video games, grilling, whiskey, and science.”
RYAN EISMIN – SECRETARY
I was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. In this small town I spent most of my childhood playing sports including soccer and frisbee golf. During high school my hobbies expanded into restoring antique cars, which led to my first job as a construction worker. Being housed in West Layette the logical place for a college education was Purdue University. During my undergraduate education I interned at AstraZeneca in Delaware. The internship gave me a taste of life outside the Midwest, so I decided to travel to Arizona for graduate school. I am currently working on my doctorate in analytical chemistry at the University of Arizona. My project involves probing glycolipid surfactants to identify the surface and aggregate properties in water. My hobbies have not changed much since I moved, but I have added hiking and camping to my catalog.
TORI HIDALGO – FACULTY ADVISOR
I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and have always enjoyed an active life-style and being outdoors. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from The University of Washington and my Ph.D. from The University of Arizona. My Ph.D. work focused on finding a synthetic alternative to platinum fuel cells capable of generating molecular hydrogen that could be used as a clean form of energy. The long-term goal of the project was to eventually replace the polluting energy sources used today with these fuel cells, where the only byproduct is water. I now teach General Chemistry and the Advanced Inorganic Synthesis course at The University of Arizona, where I focus on using greener solvents, recycling chemicals and glassware, and implementing the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry into my course.
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