People

Arthur L. Utz

Professor of Chemistry & Department Chair

Department of Chemistry
Pearson Chemistry Laboratory, Tufts University
62 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: P-106X
Tel: 617-627-3473
Email: autz@tufts.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow, 1990-93, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D., 1991, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
B.S., 1983, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Current Members

Daniel Tinney

Daniel is from Scaggsville, Maryland and received a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Virginia. Joining the group in 2016, he is striving towards a PhD in Chemical Physics. Entering the group in the era of the three Erics, his research has largely been focused on the reactivity of methane on nickel surfaces. When not working in lab, he relishes the opportunity to cook and try new foods. As one cannot only eat, he also enjoys playing games, solving puzzles, and hiking.

Laurin Joseph

Laurin grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and is a fourth year graduate student working towards a PhD in Chemical Physics. She joined the Utz group in 2018 and has worked on setting up Chamber 2 for the use of RAIRS in future experiments. Laurin is pictured here with the first mech pump she rebuilt in 2019. Outside of lab she enjoys reading, skiing, and attempting DIY crafts from Pinterest.

Molly Powers

Molly is a second-year graduate student from New Hampshire working towards a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Prior to joining the Utz lab in 2020, they spent a handful of years doing inorganic synthesis research but have since discovered a love for pchem. They are currently working on Chamber 2 and the SAA project with Laurin. When not in the lab, Molly enjoys hiking, collecting houseplants, and playing video games.

Yuxuan Li

Yuxuan is a second-year graduate student from Changchun, China working towards a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Before joining the Utz lab in 2020, he did research in catalysis and graduated from Peking University. He likes singing, playing games and photography after working in lab.

Matthew Kalan

Matt is a first year graduate student working towards a PhD in Chemistry. After working at a title company in the DC area for several years, he returned to school full time at the University of the District of Columbia, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2020. Before joining the Utz lab in 2021, he spent a year investigating the nanoparticle content of silica and titania food additives through an ORISE fellowship at the FDA. Outside of the lab, he enjoys baking, birding, and hiking with his wife.

Alumni List

Graduate AlumniDegreeYear of Graduation
Sally Shepardson-Fungairino M.S.2020
Eric HighPh.D.2020
Eric PetersonPh.D.2019
Eric DombrowskiPh.D.2018
Emily NicoteraM.S.2016
Yongli HuangPh.D.2014
Nan ChenPh.D.2013
Victoria CampbellPh.D.2011
Deno Del SestoPh.D.2011
Daniel KilleleaPh.D.2007
Richard SmithPh.D.2003
Ludo JuurlinkPh.D.2000
Undergraduate AlumniUniversityYear of Attendance
Ajun WitTufts2020-2021
Olivia BennettTufts2020-2021
Alyssa AttonitoTufts2020-2021
Mo LiuTufts2019
Sam FairchildTufts2018-2019
William Coreas Stonehill College 2017
Alec Mercier-Patterson Stonehill College 2017