Principle Investigator

Ivan A. Popov received his B.S. and M.S. with honors in chemistry from RUDN University, Russia, Moscow. In 2011, Ivan moved to the United States to pursue his education under the supervision of Prof. Alexander I. Boldyrev at Utah State University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physical Chemistry. Ivan joined Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in June 2017 as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, and later in February 2018, Ivan was awarded J. R. Oppenheimer Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2021, Ivan joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Akron.

Graduate Students

Chad Studvick
Office: KNCL 319

Chad graduated from Gannon University in 2021 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In his undergraduate research, he studied the likelihood of encountering contaminants in commercially available polymers, through the use of electrochemical analysis, under the guidance of Dr. Keith Krise. Currently, Chad is in his third year of the chemistry Ph.D. program at Akron. His current work uses computational chemistry to look at bonding characteristics in unusually low or high oxidation state actinide/lanthanide molecular compounds as well as redox properties of charge carriers holding promise for redox flow batteries. In his free time, Chad likes cross country running, biking, and reading classic literature.

Undergraduate Students

Jonah Sprosty
Office: KNCL 319

Jonah is an undergraduate student at the University of Akron and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After being homeschooled for 12 years, he finished High School in the Spring of 2021 with an average GPA of 3.95. During his Sophomore and Junior years, he developed an interest in classical Chemistry under his teacher, Mr. Hnat. This, combined with a fascination with nuclear reactions, inspired him to pursue a career in Quantum Chemistry. He is currently in the second semester of his freshmen year at UA. Outside of school, his hobbies and interests include digital music composition, Lego collecting/design, writing, and gaming. His ultimate goal in his field is to solve the mystery of sustainable Nuclear Fusion energy.

High School Students

 Patience Kenimond

Previous Graduate Students

 Anton Pozdeev

Fall 2023

Previous Undergraduate Students

Nick Barett

Fall 2023

Joe Salloum

Fall 2023

George Kondev

Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

Alexis Kiefer

Fall 2021 – Spring 2023

Previous High School Students