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Research Assistant

State College, PA
December 24, 2019

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KENNEDY S. OGUERI, Mobile: 978-***-****.


§ Being part of a challenging environment where I can utilize and enhance my skills for the betterment of the organization and myself


§ Creativity, Adaptability, Self-motivation, Time Management, Teamwork, Leadership, Decision Making. TECHNICAL SKILLS:

§ Synthesis, modification and blending: Small molecules, monomers, oligomers and polymers. Organic semiconductors and photo-active materials (including oligothiophenes for organic field-effect transistor

(OFET) and organic solar cell (OPV), thiophene-based polyphosphazenes, rubrene and porphyrin derivatives). Polymer/dopant (donor/acceptor) blends.

§ Testing/Characterization: Structural, optical, thermal, electrochemical, photochemical, morphological and mechanical properties.

§ Analytical Techniques: NMR, FTIR, MALDI-TOF, ESI-MS, UV-VIS, Fluorometer, Column Chromatography, GPC, Cyclic voltammetry, DSC, TGA, X-Crystallography, SAXS, WAXS and GIXD EDUCATION:

§ Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Chemistry Expected May 2020 Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Advisor: Harry R. Allcock, Ph.D.

§ Master of Science in Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering Sept. 2017 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Advisor: Alejandro L. Briseno, Ph.D.

§ Master of Science (M.S.), Chemistry August 2016

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA

Advisor: Emmanuel C. A. Ojadi, Ph.D.

§ Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Industrial Chemistry June 2010 Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

Advisor: Emeka Oguzie, Ph.D.


Research Assistant at UMass Amherst and Penn State (June 2016-present) Molecular Design, Characterization and Implementation of thiophene-based phosphazene polymers

§ Designing and synthesizing novel photoactive and electronically conductive thiophene-based polyphosphazenes and cyclotriphosphazenes.

§ Exploring different thiophene co-substituent side groups for the functionalization of dichloropolyphosphazene.

§ Optimizing optoelectronic properties of thiophene-based polyphosphazenes via side group chemistry.

§ Examining the spectroscopic characteristics of thiophene-based polyphosphazenes and cyclotriphosphazenes.

§ Evaluating molecular interactions of thiophene-based phosphazene polymers with p-type dopants using absorption and fluorescence quenching experiments.

§ Studying the morphologies and molecular organization of thiophene-based polyphosphazene in solid-state using a variety of thiophene side groups and variable compositions.

§ Investigating the morphological changes of thiophene-based polyphosphazene/dopant blended films with variable composition of dopant (PCBM and F4TCNQ).

Molecular Design, Characterization and Implementation of Thiophene derivatives

§ Synthesis and characterization of 2,3-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) BTTT oligomers.

§ Investigation of molecular interactions in electrically doped oligomer using fluorescence quenching process: BTTT and F4TCNQ, BTTT and PCBM, BTTT and TCNQ.

§ Design, synthesis and characterization of electrically self-doped semiconducting copolymers of sulfonated 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT-S) and 3-triethylene glycol (TEG) thiophene.

§ Synthesis and characterization of tri-isopropylsilylethynyl(TIPS)-functionalized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules for application in organic electronics.

§ Design and synthesis of new class of rubrene isomers which can act as acceptor units in P-N junctions. Research Assistant at Department of Chemistry, UMass Dartmouth (Jan. 2014-June 2016) Synthesis, Modification and Characterization of Porphyrin analogues

§ Design and synthesis of porphyrin compound derivatives and modified phthalocyanines.

§ Fluorescence quenching of metal porphyrins: optimization of charge separation and potential energy storage.

§ Photochemical kinetics of quenching processes of amino substituted porphyrins.

§ Photochemical reactions of novel porphyrins adsorbed on solid surfaces; catalysts for oxidation and reduction systems.

§ Use of porphyrin adsorbed on solid support as analytes for inorganic ions in aqueous media. Undergraduate Research:

§ Corrosion inhibition and adsorption behavior of methionine on mild steel in sulfuric acid and synergistic effect of iodide ion.

§ Evaluation of the inhibitive effect of some plant extracts on the acid corrosion of mild steel.

§ Corrosion inhibition of aluminum in acidic and alkaline media by Sansevieria trifasciata extract. Teaching Assistant at Department of Chemistry, UMass Dartmouth (Jan. 2014-May 2016) Chemistry laboratory

§ Teaching Applied Chemistry, I & II to ~ 32 undergraduate students.

§ Characterization techniques used: Qualitative analysis, Spectrophotometry, Potentiometry, Voltammetry. Instructor at Department of Chemistry, Penn State University (Jan. 2018-Dec. 2018) Chemistry laboratory

§ Teaching Experimental Chemistry, I & II to ~ 40 undergraduate students.

§ Characterization techniques used: Quatitative analysis, Spectrophotometry, Calorimetry, Chromatography, Electrochemistry, Synthesis and Quantitation.


§ Polyphosphazenes and Cyclotriphosphazenes with Polymerizable and Photo-active Thiophene Side Groups: Tuning Optical Properties and Quantative Doping (2019); Ogueri, K.S., Allcock, H.R., Macromolecules

(Under Review)

§ Regenerative Polymer Blends Composed of Glycylglycine Ethyl Ester-substituted Polyphosphazenes and Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid): Preparation, Phase Distribution Morphology, Degradation Mechanism, and In Vitro Evaluation (2019); Ogueri, K.S., Ogueri, K.S., Allcock H.R., Laurencin, C.T., Advanced Materials

(Under Review)

§ NSF, Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) Meeting at Georgia Tech. 2017: Oral Presentation “Synthesis, Characterization and Implementation of Organic Semiconducting Oligothiophenes” Ogueri, K. S., Briseno, A. L.

§ 250th ACS Boston Fall 2015 (PMSE): Poster Presentation “Photo-oxidation of a Novel Type Hafnium Porphyrin by Quinones” Ogueri, K. S., Ojadi, E. C. A.

§ 2nd Annual Penn State Polymer Supergroup Meeting 2018: Oral Presentation “Molecular Design and Synthesis of Organic Semiconducting Oligothiophenes by Side-chain Variations” Ogueri, K. S., Briseno, A. HONORS & AWARDS:

§ American Institute of Chemists (AIC) – Graduate student with the highest GPA in Chemistry Department.

§ UMass Graduate School Fellowship – Given to outstanding graduate students with professional promise. CERTIFICATIONS:

§ HSE Competence Development Course (Level 2&3)

§ Certificate of Proficiency in Computer Software Applications. GRADUATE COURSES TAKEN:

1. Advanced Analytical Chemistry 2. Advanced Organic Chemistry 3. Organic Polymerization Reaction, 4. Synthetic Polymer Chemistry 5. Polymer Synthesis Laboratory 6. Polymer Characterization Laboratory 7. Physical Chemistry of Polymers 8. Morphology of Polymers 9. Advanced Polymer Engineering 10. Applied Spectroscopy 11. Chemical Processing of Textiles 12. Chemical Kinetics 13. Chemical Thermodynamics 14. Biopolymers 15. Colloid/Surface Chemistry 16. Co-ordination Chemistry 17. Electrochemical Technology 18. Heterocyclic Chemistry 19. Industrial Chemicals and Allied Products 20. Instrumental Methods of Analysis 21. Materials Chemistry 22. Interaction of Radiation with Matter 23. Mineral Processing 24. Environment Chemistry 25. Photochemistry

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