6th Year Students



Anton Tomich obtained his B.Sc. in biochemistry from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 where he participated in computational chemistry research with Dr. Ken Olsen. He is currently a PhD candidate at University of California, Riverside under the guidance of Dr. Vincent Lavallo. His projects focus on the synthesis of novel electrolyte solutions utilizing carborane anions and their performance in electrochemical devices. When not in the lab, Anton enjoys playing video games, cooking, and exploring california with his girlfriend.

Varun Tej graduated from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India with Masters degree in Chemistry and joined the group in September 2017. Varun is specialised in the organometallic chemistry of dicarbollide fused NHC ligands, functional ion pairs, and is also currently the captain of "Team Carbene". For fun, he continues to perfect his craft of impersonating people in the lab. Outside the lab, Varun enjoys music, spending time with friends, travelling, and cooking.

Sergio Lovera graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelorís of Science in Chemistry. During his time there he worked under Dr. James Rego in developing syntheses of organic molecules as Liquid Crystals. In the summer of 2017 he joined the research group of Dr. Vincent Lavallo at the University of California, Riverside where he is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Chemistry. His project involves the synthesis of carborane anions and their applications as electrolytes.

Isaac Banda likes chemistry.


3rd Year Students



Aaron Gregory grew up in Banning, California. He transferred from Mt. San Jacinto Community College in 2018 to UCR where he completed his B.S. in Chemistry. He is now pursing a Ph.D. with an emphasis in synthetic chemistry while on "Team Carbene". In his free time, Aaron likes to play video games and bust out his Kobe moves on the court.

Stephen Proctor obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at CSU, Chico in 2020 and is now working towards the Ph.D. with a focus on electrolyte design utilizing carborane anions. In his free time, Stephen likes to shred the gnar, spend time with friends, and play piano and guitar.


Undergraduates