Current Members


Andy Thomas

Andy started at Texas A&M in the summer of 2020.

Michael Crockett

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Fall 2020-present)

Michael began his research career in the laboratory of Justin Chalker at the University of Tulsa. There he studied sulfur containing polymers for their use in wastewater remediation. Michael then moved across the country to the laboratory of Jeffery Byers at Boston College. There he studied iron-based catalysts for Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling. Michael has a strong interest in mechanistic studies and sustainable chemistry and enjoys teaching and mentoring students, Outside the laboratory, Michael enjoys board games, hiking, and camping.


Jeanette Pina

Graduate Student (Fall 2020-present)

Jeanette obtained her Bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of North Alabama. In the summer of 2019, she completed an REU for chemical engineering under the supervision of Prof. Jason E. Bara at the University of Alabama. While there she worked on the variation of monomer structures in order to understand the properties of imidazolium ionenes. In her last year, she worked under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Coffman on the synthesis of triarylsulfonium ionic liquids. In the Thomas Group, she is working on developing catalyst transfer polymerization reactions. In her free time, Jeanette likes to read and binge watch TV shows.

Lupita S. Aguirre

Graduate Student (Fall 2020-present)

Lupita completed a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Sc. in Chemistry at Texas State University under the direction of Dr. Christopher P. Rhodes. There she worked on the development of support catalysts using transition metal oxides for applications in fuel cells. She joined Dr. Thomas’ research group in Fall 2020 and her current research interest lies in the development of asymmetric Negishi cross-coupling reactions. In her free time, Lupita likes to walk, bake, and most of all spend time with her friends.


Danniel Arriaga

Graduate Student (Fall 2020-present)

Danniel graduated from Iowa State University with his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a double major in Chemistry in December 2019. There, he worked on developing a synthesis for isothiazoles and the substituent effects of ESIPT fluorophores via Linear Free Energy Relationships under the direction of Dr. Brett VanVeller. In the Thomas Group, he is working on further developing ozonolysis reactions. In Danniel’s free time, he enjoys writing, running, and playing guitar.

Levi Litwiller

Graduate Student (Fall 2020-present)

Levi Litwiller received his A.S. from Hesston College in 2018, and his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Bluffton University in 2020. In the summer of 2019, he completed an internship under the supervision of Dr. Jim Newton at AbbVie, Inc., where he synthesized small molecule enzyme inhibitors targeting M. Tuberculosis Pks13. Levi joined the Thomas Lab in the Fall of 2020, where he is currently studying enantioselective cross-coupling reactions. 
In his free time, Levi enjoys amateur chemistry projects such as cooking and kombucha brewing, as these tend to be less explosive than his childhood rocketry endeavors. He is fond of cycling, rec sports, and board games. Levi can juggle and ride a unicycle, but not simultaneously…yet.

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Seokmin Kang

Graduate Student (Summer 2022-Present)

Seokmin is from Seoul, South Korea. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry at Inha University where he worked on nucleophilic fluorination under Prof. Dong Wook Kim. During his time at Inha University, he also worked on covalent organic frameworks for bioimaging. Seokmin moved to TAMU in the Fall of 2020. He joined the Thomas Lab in the summer of 2022 and is working on developing ozonolysis. In his free time, Seokmin enjoys playing computer games, guitar, and basketball. Seokmin usually plays games and likes to eat delicious food.

Leonel Barrios Jimenez

Graduate Student (Fall 2021-present)

Leo was raised in Richmond, California and moved to Los Angeles, California where he obtained his B.A. in Chemistry from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). During his time at CSUN, Leo conducted research in the Hammer Lab and synthesized asymmetrical nanographenes. During his last year as an undergraduate student, he took his talents to the Minehan Lab where he worked on total synthesis chemistry. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Leo ventured 15 miles south to the Nelson Lab at UCLA where he worked on synthesizing functionalized polyacetylene. Leo is currently investigating site selective functionalization of heterocycles. During his free time, Leo enjoys spending time with his wife, watching college basketball, reading his Bible, and playing soccer.


Han-Hsiang Hsu

Graduate Student (Fall 2021-prsent)

Han-Hsiang obtained his Bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, where he worked on transition metal cross-coupling reactions under the supervision of Professor Shiuh-Tzung Liu. He joined Dr. Thomas’ research group in Fall 2021 and his current research topic is on Negishi Coupling reactions. Outside of the lab, he also enjoys chemistry in kitchen, and playing the cello.

Cheng-Chun Chen

Graduate Student (Fall 2022)

Cheng-Chun is from Taiwan. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at the National Central University, where he worked on the oxidation of arenes and benzannulation under the supervision of Professor Hou, Duen-Ren. He joined the Thomas Group in the fall of 2022 and is working on developing asymmetric rearrangement. Cheng likes to watch movies and fun YouTube videos and cook during his free time.

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Dillion Chen

Graduate student (Fall 2022)

Dillion is from Oakland, California. He got his Bachelor's in Biochemistry from San Jose State University where he worked with Dr. Madalyn Radlauer on the synthesis of polymer monolith with tunable pore sites to enable tandem catalysis. He came to Texas A&M in the Fall of 2022 where he joined the Thomas Group. Dillion is currently working on developing catalyst transfer polymerization reactions. During his free time, Dillion does lifting, plays video games, and watches anime.

Hai Ly

Undergraduate (Spring 2022)

Hai is a freshman undergraduate and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He is from Houston, Texas. His research focuses on mechanistic studies of palladium complexes. He enjoys longboarding and listening to jazz. Hai also enjoys cooking.


Alex Sung

Undergraduate (Spring 2022)

Alex is a freshman undergraduate. He is from Katy, Texas. His research focuses on asymmetric Negishi cross-couplings reactions. Alex enjoys swimming and making dioramas. He also enjoys watching TV in his spare time.

Alexis Lugo

Undergraduate (Fall 2022)

Alexis was raised in Houston, TX. She is currently a junior getting a BS in chemistry. She joined the Thomas Lab in Fall 2022 and is working on the development of asymmetric Negishi cross-coupling reactions. In her free time, Alexis enjoys crocheting, embroidery, reading, and binge watch shows/movies.


Jasmine Torres

Undergraduate (Fall 2022)

Jasmine was raised in San Diego, CA. She is currently a senior majoring in Biomedical Science. She joined the Thomas Lab in the Fall of 2022 and is working on the development of ozonolysis reactions. Jasmine loves reading in her hammock on her balcony. She also enjoys working out and is an avid baker.  Jasmine is on the A&M Gymnastics team, as well as multiple TAMU organizations on campus, and does weekly community service.


Lab Dog

Max enjoys chewing model sets and barking at cars.



Lab Mascot

ROESY enjoys enforcing safety protocols and guards the NMR probes.


Past Members


Andrew Nguyen

Undergraduate (Spring 2021-Spring 2022)

Andrew graduated from Texas A&M in May 2022 and is from Sugar Land, Texas. His research focused on method development for the elaboration of heterocycles. He enjoys fixing and riding his motorized bike. He likes to play sports on the weekend. He also enjoys fishing and cooking. Currently, Andrew is working at Amgen in Boston, Massachusetts.


Desirée Young

Undergraduate (Summer 2021)

Desirée graduated from Texas A&M in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She is from Lumberton, Texas with the Aggie spirit. Her research focused on mechanistic studies of palladium complexes. She enjoys reading and going to football games. Her favorite animals are cats and sharks. Currently, Desirée is working as a chemist at Framergy in College Station, Texas.


Miguel Garcia

Undergraduate (Fall 2020-Summer 2021)

Miguel graduated from Texas A&M in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. He was born and raised in Conroe, Texas, just 40 miles north of Houston, Texas. His research was focused on investigating the reactivity of ozonolysis reactions. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, watching soccer, traveling, and hiking. Currently, Miguel is working at Exxon Mobile in Baytown, Texas.


Jonathan Cobb

Undergraduate (Fall 2020)

Jonathan graduated from Texas A&M in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He is from a little town east of Austin called Manor. His research focused on synthesizing ligands to control stereoselectivity in organometallic chemistry. Outside of the lab, Jonathan likes to read high fantasy, and cruise on his longboard.