Andy A. Thomas
Andy Thomas was born in Oakboro, NC in 1988. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with Prof. Craig A. Ogle. At UNCC he investigated the mechanisms of various organocuprate reactions, such as the conjugate addition, alkylation and allylation reactions. In 2011 he moved to the university of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to begin his Ph.D. with Prof. Scott E. Denmark. At UIUC he investigated the transmetalation step in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction by characterizing pre-transmetalation intermediates.Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 2017 he began his NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald. At MIT he designed new ligands for copper hydride catalyzed hydroamination reactions by using an combined computationally and experimentally informed process. In the Fall of 2020 Andy joined the chemistry faculty at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor. His research group focuses on using physical organic chemistry to develop new synthetic methods by investigating the chemical reactivity of highly reactive intermediates.
Outside of lab, Andy enjoys the adrenaline rush of riding fast motorcycles and scary movies. He is also an avid fisherman and among other things he enjoys playing retro videogames and going to the movies. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Kaylie and dog Max.