Kimberly graduated for West Chester University in 2008 with a BS degree in BioChemistry, but a focus in Organic Chemistry. She went on to graduate school at Lehigh University in the lab of Dr. Robert Flowers. There she was introduced to kinetic analysis and studying the mechanistic details of samarium diiodide (SmI2) reactions. Following her graduation from Lehigh in 2013, she took a post doc position in the lab of Dr. Abigail Doyle at Princeton University where she developed a new enantioselective fluorination of diazo compounds. At Princeton she also broadened her view of Ni catalysis from her colleagues.0
Since becoming a professor at Drew University the Choquette lab has been home to Chemistry majors, BioChem majors and even a Biology major! We work through hard problems designing new organic syntheses which are extremely air-sensitive, using a unique glassware called a Schlenck line or a Argon-filled glovebox.
Students will learn lab techniques that are not typically taught in the undergraduate organic labs, but will be critical skills that they will be able to take into the workforce. Come in to chat about SmI2 and I would love to invite you to explore new chemistry with us!