Welcome to the Knope Research Group!


Recent News:

July 31, 2017: Jen Wacker’s first group publication  “Uranium (IV) Chloride Complexes: UCl62- and an Unprecedented U(H2O)4Cl4 Structural Unit” is now available online! (DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01293)


July 2017: The Knope group headed to Mount Vernon Community School for a 4-day outreach event (Nature’s Synthesis: Geodes) with the Summer Language Program.

June 2017: Prof. Knope gave a talk at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Hershey, PA and later in June attended the 28th Rare Earth Research conference in Ames, Iowa with  graduate student Jennifer Wacker.

May 2017: Congratulations to Jennifer Wacker and Lee Ayscue for successfully defending their Phase IIA exams. And congratulations to Alyssa Adcock for successfully defending her Phase IIB exam.

April 2017: The Knope group spent a day with students at Mount Vernon Community School talking about Natural Resources and Uranium!

January 2017: Congraulations to Nicole Vanagas for successfully defending her Phase IIB exam.

December 2016: Alyssa’s first paper on bismuth-thiophenemonocarboxylates is published in European Journal Inorganic Chemistry. Stay tuned for more!

September 2016:  Congratulations to Nicole and Jen who were awarded a 2016 Nuclear Science Week Grant for Public Information Assistance (PIA) from the American Nuclear Society.

July 2016: Congratulations to Lee Ayscue who was awarded a highly competitive Science, Mathematics and Research Transformation or SMART scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense.

May 2016: A fond farewell to Chris Rom (B.S. 2016), recipient of an ACS Inorganic Chemistry Division Award. Chris is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Colorado State University. We’ll miss you, Chris!

March 2016: Jen Wacker is selected to attend the 2016 Ewha-Luce International Symposium in Seoul, Korea. Congrats, Jen!

February 2016: The group welcomes Dr. Rami Batrice. Dr. Batrice earned his Ph.D. at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

October-November 2016: The group extends a warm welcome to our newest graduate student members – Jennifer Wacker and Lee Ayscue.

July 2015: Alyssa Adcock and Nicole Vanagas presented their work at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association in Philadelphia, PA. Both were awarded honorable mentions for their poster presentations. Congrats, ladies!

My poster

Nicole’s poster presentation “Structural chemistry of tetravalent and hexavalent actinide-furoic acid complexes” was selected as an honorable mention for the CrystEngComm Poster Prize. Congrats, Nicole!


Alyssa’s poster presentation “Synthesis and Characterization of a Bismuth (III)-Organic Hybrid Material” won an honorable mention for the Journal of Chemical Crystallography poster prize. Congrats, Alyssa!


June 2015: Congratulations to Alyssa Adcock who was awarded a Georgetown Environment Initiative Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid to support her work on bismuth based materials.

May 2015: Bradley Gibbons from Westminster College joined the group for the summer as a NSF REU student. Welcome Brad!

May 2015:  Alyssa Adcock was awarded an American Crystallographic Association (ACA) Travel Award to attend the Annual Meeting of the ACA in Philadelphia, PA.

May 2015: Christopher Rom (GU ’16) is awarded a Georgetown Environment Initiative Fellowship to work in the lab this summer examining the actinide-organic interactions. Congrats Chris!