K.V. Waynant Research Group

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Kristopher V. Waynant Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Waynant joined the University of Idaho in the Fall of 2014 as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  In January of 2017 Professor Waynant was converted to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Professor Waynant's experiences in organometallic methodology; total synthesis; C-linked sugar chemistry; and polymeric materials drives his current independent interests.  


Professor Waynant earned:

A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002

A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from New Mexico State University in December 2008

Post-Doctoral Research Associate with J.D. White at Oregon State University 2009-2010

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Colgate University 2010-2012 (Research with Prof. Ernie Nolen)

Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Paul V. Braun at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2012-2013


Prof. Waynant can also be found either rockclimbing; skiing; flyfishing; biking; hiking; roasting coffee; brewing beer; growing hops or watching Baltimore Orioles baseball. 

Current Graduate Students

Nicolas Johnson (B.S. Chemical Engineering 2017)

Nic joined the group in the Fall of 2015 

Since joining the group Nic has earned:

  • Office of Undergraduate Research Award (Spring 2016)
  • NIH INBRE Fellowship (Summer 2016) and NIH INBRE Yearlong Fellow (2016-2017)
Nic has presented his work at:
  • UI OUR Symposium (May 2016)
  • Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR) (July 2016)
  • 245th National ACS Conference in San Francisco in April of 2017. (INOR)

Nic's project is on a class of ligand called the arylazothioformamide (ATF).  He is investigating the various crystallization and complexation events with these ligands with a variety of metals in a range of oxidation states.  We hope that this ligand type can be utilized for a multitude of purification strategies.

Current Undergraduate Members:

Mitchell Leitzke (B.S. - Chemical Engineering / Chemistry 2019)

Mitchell Joined the group in Spring of 2016

Sine joining the group Mitchell has been awarded:

  • Renfrew Summer Departmental Scholarship (Summer 2016)
  • Office of Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Spring 2017)
  • Brian and Gayle Hill Alumni Fellowship (2016-2017)

Mitchell's project is based on pyrylium effects in substituted chromones towards medicinal agents and towards advanced materials.

Jessa Montoya (B.S. Microbiology 2017)

Jessa joined the group in the summer of 2016 

Jessa has earned:

  • NSF MURI Fellowship


Jessa currently works on the synthesis and post-functionalization of a variety of polymer brushes. 

Nicole Rueb (B.S. Chemistry 2018)

Nicole joined the group in the Spring of 2017


Nicole is currently working on the ATF ligand project.  She is making new ATF ligands and ATF coordination complexes.  


Awards:

  • Summer 2017 NIH INBRE Fellow
  • 2017 Office of Undergraduate Research Semester Award

  

Rachel Mitchem (B.S. 2019)


Rachel joined the group in the Spring of 2017.  

She is currently working on the total synthesis of various humulones. 

Christopher Kingsley (B.S. 2019)


Chris joined the group in the Spring of 2017.

Chris is working on the synthesis of C-linked cyanogenic glycosides

Waynant Group Alumni:

Guadalupe Gutierrez (Biology, B.S. 2017)

NOW - Graduate Student at UC Irvine Molecular Biology

Guadalupe has been a member of the Waynant Research Group since Spring 2015.  Since joining the group Guadalupe has earned: 

  • NSF MURI Research Award (Summer / Fall 2015)
  • NIH INBRE Fellowship (Summer 2016)
  • Brian and Gayle Hill Alumni Fellowship (2016-2017) 

Guadalupe presented a poster at the 243rd National ACS Conference in San Diego, CA on his project on C-linked glycosides. 

Lucas Sass (B.S. Biological Engineering 2016)

Now - Biological Engineering Graduate Student in the lab of Bryn Martin U Idaho

Lucas joined the group the 2nd day Prof. Waynant was on campus in the Fall of 2014.

While a part of the WRG Lucas Earned:

  • NSF MURI Fellowship
  • NIH INBRE Fellowship (Summer 2015)
Lucas also presented posters of his work at:
  • The 243rd American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego, CA (March 2016)
  • The IDeA Network National Conference in Washington, DC (June 2016)
Lucas focused on the synthesis of a various humulones and lupulones natural products.


Paul Hanna (B.S. 2016)

Paul joined the group early in the Fall of 2014

While Paul was in the group he earned:

  • The Brian and Gayle Hill Alumni award

Here is Paul presenting his poster on his efforts towards Elisabethin A at the OUR Symposium in the Spring of 2016.

Nicholas Sanchez 

Nick worked with us during the Summer of 2016 on the NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grant project on polymer brushes.

While part of the WRG Nick earned:

  • NSF EPSCoR MURI Fellowship
  • An Office of Undergraduate Research award (declined)

Nick worked on the synthesis and characterization of various polymer brush systems and gradients.

Lab Photos; Lab Outings; and Interlab Rivalries 


Prof. Waynant snapping a selfie with the moles...