Sign in

Assistant Chemistry

Essex Junction, VT
March 13, 2019

Contact this candidate


Mona Sharafi * Curriculum Vitae

Ms. Mona Sharafi

The University of Vermont, Department of Chemistry, 82 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405 Email: Phone: 802-***-**** EDUCATION

The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Dec 2013 – Present) Fifth year Ph.D. student in Organic/Materials Chemistry Advisor: Prof. Severin T. Schneebeli

Thesis Title: “Toward the Generation of Well-Defined Catalytic Macromolecules” GPA: 3.9

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (Aug 2008 – Aug 2010) M.S. in Physical Chemistry

Thesis Title: “Theoretical Analysis of the Electrochemistry and Power Generation in Thermally Activated Batteries” Islamic Azad university, North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran (Aug 2003 – Aug 2007) B.S. in Chemistry

Thesis Title: “Measuring the Absorption of Molybdenum on the surface of Activated Carbon Using UV-Visible Spectroscopy”


Doctoral Research, Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

• Invented a synthesis of the first hydrazone cage with Td symmetry. Employing the cage as an organocatalyst to selectively functionalize polymers in a processive manner. Combined computation and experiments to investigate the catalytic sites provided by the cage (manuscript in preparation).

• Devised a solid-state heating strategy for the selective amplification of a minor product from complex mixtures of several atropostereoisomers in high yields (see publication #3). This strategy introduces a unique “Green Chemistry” protocol by eliminating hazardous solvents associated with the purification steps.

• Synthesized and functionalized amphipathic perylenediimide (PDI) pigments and investigated how polyaromatic strips can selectively recognize π–π stacked PDI dimers in solution (see publication #4).

• Performed DFT calculations to demonstrate the electrochemical behavior of ferrocenes with H- or Li-terminated ethynyl groups covalently bonded to electrode surfaces (see publication #5).

• Synthesized and assembled colloidal polymer particles with long range order using covalent modifications on their surfaces. Investigated micelle formation in biphasic solvents (manuscript in preparation). Master Research, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

• Developed an accurate theoretical model for power generation in thermally activated lithium batteries. Explored the performance of these electrochemical devices during various stages of charge and discharge. Work Experience, Dismud Company, Tehran, Iran (Oct 2011 – Mar 2012)

• Production Quality Control Analyst in a PVP manufacturing company. TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

• Graduate Teaching Assistant: responsibilities included teaching two laboratory sections of approximately 20 students each, holding office hours, and grading exams CHEM 31 & 32 – General Chemistry I and II (Fall 2014 – Summer 2014) CHEM 141 & CHEM 142 – Organic Chemistry I and II (Fall 2015 – Spring 2015)

• Lead review sessions for 160 students, substituting for the professor in Organic Chemistry I

• Mentoring undergraduate students in organic synthesis and analytical instrument operation Mona Sharafi 2 Curriculum Vitae


Multistep organic synthesis X-ray powder diffraction Cyclic voltammetry Scanning electron microscopy Transmission electron microscopy Confocal microscopy Spin coating Gas chromatography High-performance liquid chromatography IR spectroscopy Atomic force microscopy Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy NMR spectroscopy Fluorescence and UV-Vis spectroscopy Gel permeation chromatography Dynamic light scattering Synthesis and coating of nanoscale polymer particles DFT calculations using Jaguar and Gaussian software PyMOL SCIENTIFIC AWARDS / DISTINCTIONS

• UVM Edith Hendley Award (2019). Awarded by The University of Vermont, Women Center to a woman pursuing graduate studies who has demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship and teaching, and who has performed dedicated service to women

• UVM Graduate Research Award (2018). Awarded by The University of Vermont, Department of Chemistry for outstanding research performance.

• UVM Graduate College Mini Grant (2018). Awarded to selected graduate students presenting at a conference in their field of research.

• UVM Chemistry Camp Travel Award (2018)

• Full-tuition scholarship from The Islamic Azad University, Iran (2006). Awarded for Academic Excellence PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

• 13th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (2018). “Toward Precise Molecular Shape Control.” Poster Presentation.

• UVM Student Research Conference (2018). “Toward Precise Molecular Shape Control.” Oral Presentation.

• UVM Student Research Conference (2014). “Toward the Assembly of Colloidal Crystals with Long Range Order, The University of Vermont, Material Science Division.” Poster Presentation.

• Sharif University of Technology Student Research Conference (2010). “Trends in Cardiac Pacemaker Batteries.” Oral Presentation.


• Facilitator, ACS National Chemistry Week, ECHO Center, Burlington, VT (Oct 2015)

• Laboratory Safety Officer, Schneebeli Research Group, Burlington, VT (Aug 2014 – Dec 2017)

• Envisioned and Performed chemistry demonstrations at the Chamberlin School Science Fair (2016 – 2017)

• Leader and presenter at the Annual Chemistry Camp (UVM) for fifth graders (April 2015 – Present)

• Mentored undergraduate students, including many women, who are generally underrepresented in STEM fields.

• Provided interpretation services to parents/guardians of ELL female students at the South Burlington School District, South Burlington, VT (2015 – 2016)

• Raised funds for the Iranian Student Association at The University of Vermont, lead Iranian events and encouraged female students to attend the events and support international women (2016 – 2019) AFFILIATIONS

• Member of the American Chemical Society (Jan 2018 – Present)

• Representative of the Vermont Iranian Student Association, The University of Vermont (Feb 2017 – Present)

• Active participant in the UVM Women in STEM Organization, The University of Vermont (Feb 2018 – Present) LANGUAGE SKILLS

• Persian (native)

• English (fluent in reading, writing, and speaking)

• Turkish (fluent in reading and speaking)

• Spanish (basic)

Mona Sharafi 3 Curriculum Vitae


1. M. Sharafi, Kyle T. McKay, J. P. Campbell, J. Li, S. T. Schneebeli. “A Hydrazone-Linked Tetrahedron as an Organocatalyst to Selectively Functionalize Polymers in a Processive Manner” – manuscript in preparation. 2. J. P. Campbell, S. C. Rajappan, T. J. Jaynes, M. Sharafi, Y. Ma, J. Li, S. T. Schneebeli. “Enantioselective Electrophilic Aromatic Nitration – A Chiral Auxiliary Approach” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 130, 1–7. 3. M. Sharafi, J. P. Campbell, S. C. Rajappan, N. Dudkina, D. L. Gray, T. J. Woods, J. Li, S. T. Schneebeli.

“Crystal-Packing-Driven Enrichment of Atropoisomers” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 7097–7081. Highlighted in University of Vermont CAS News.

4. M. Sharafi, Z. J. Weinert, I. M. Cohen, C. Liao, M. Ivancic, J. Li, S. T. Schneebeli. “Controlled Self-Assembly Inside C-Shaped Polyaromatic Strips” Synlett 2016, 27, 2145–2149. Special Issue on the “Synthesis of Non- planar Polyaromatic Compounds”.

5. M. V. Sheridan, K. Lam, M. Sharafi, S. T. Schneebeli, W. E. Geiger. “Anodic Methods for Covalent Attachment of Ethynylferrocenes to Electrode Surfaces: Comparison of Ethynyl Activation Processes” Langmuir 2016, 32, 1645–1657.

6. X. Liu, Z. J. Weinert, M. Sharafi, C. Liao, J. Li, S. T. Schneebeli. “Regulating Molecular Recognition with C- Shaped Strips Attained by Chirality-Assisted Synthesis” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 12772–12776. VIP, Inside Cover.


Dr. Assistant Severin Professor T. Schneebeli of Chemistry Dr. Professor Christopher & Chair C. of Landry Chemistry Dr. Assistant Adam Professor Whalley of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry The University of Vermont The University of Vermont The University of Vermont 82 University Place 82 University Place 82 University Place Burlington, VT 05405 Burlington, VT 05405 Burlington, VT 05405 Email: Email: Email:

Contact this candidate