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State University Project Management

Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
October 14, 2016

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Experienced organic/polymer chemist with expertise synthetic and analytical techniques, project management, experimental design and polymer structure-property relationships (>5 years).

Industrial experience in the paints and coatings field (1 year).

A team-oriented leader and self-starter with excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills

(co-authored twelve research articles working with interdisciplinary research teams, three awarded presentations and a proven record of mentoring and oral teaching experience).

Passion for troubleshooting complex problems.


Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry - University Of Notre Dame May 2017 Dissertation title: Regulating the Synthesis of Nanostructured Polymers by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in Microemulsion.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry- Grand Valley State University May 2012 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Graduate Research Assistant August 2012 - Current

University Of Notre Dame Advisor: Professor Haifeng Gao

Leveraged expertise in synthetic chemistry, design of experiments, effective communication and collaboration with researchers resulting in twelve peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter.

Mentored and lead four junior researches on projects resulting in new methods and published work.

Utilized strategic project management, through prioritization of tasks, to outline and reassess project goals, maintain tight deadlines and drive project completion resulting in a consistent publication record.

Initiated projects having clear objectives and approach, to improve polymer characterization accuracy, resulting new methods to more completely characterize complex polymers.

Exploited modern techniques in polymer and organic chemistry, utilizing materials including monomers, synthetic polymers, dendrimers, initiators and additives to achieve target research goals and publish work.

Applied skills in polymer synthesis, method development, and independent creative thinking to advance a technique for better controlling the structure of branched polymers resulting in three published articles. Graduate Teaching Assistant

University Of Notre Dame

August 2012 - Current

Independently led organic chemistry lecture, recitation, laboratory, review and office hour sessions.

Utilized effective teaching methods, open and helpful communication and enthusiasm for the subject material to achieve consistent top reviews from students and professors.

Granted Kaneb Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for excellence in teaching. Quality Intern

Sherwin-Williams Paint Co.

May 2011- July 2012

Conducted statistical process capability studies of product fillers increasing efficiency & cost savings.

Effectively communicated with team members across all levels in order to drive projects to completion. LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE

Mentored (high school, undergraduate, and junior graduate students) on research projects encompassing organic/polymer synthesis, purification, and characterization.

Invited by previous professors at Grand Valley State University to present academic research, mentor current undergraduate students, recruit for Notre Dame and discuss potential career pathways with students. TECHNICAL SKILLS

Polymer/small molecule/monomer synthesis and characterization

Communication: Lecture teaching, lab teaching, tutoring, strong publication record, mentoring, public speaking, oral presenting, technical reports, customer, non-technical, and international communication

Management: Research projects (personal, collaborative, supervisor), group HPLC systems

Instrumentation: SEC, SEC-MALS, DLS, NMR, FT-IR, LC-MS, ESI-MS, GC-MS, GC-FID, UV-VIS 231-***-****

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Robert William Graff

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