David A. Shultz, Principal Investigator
David A. Shultz was born in Harrisburg, PA.  He earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from Shippensburg University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Prof. Marye Anne Fox.  He conducted postdoctoral research in the Dougherty group at the California Institute of Technology from 1989-1992.  Subsequently, David accepted a faculty position at NC State University in Raleigh, NC where he is now Professor of Chemistry.

Prof. David Shultz Curriculum Vitae


Patrick Hewitt, Post Doc

Patrick Hewitt was born in Indiana, PA. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA in 2014 where he was involved in the research of stimuli responsive polymers. Patrick earned his Ph.D in 2020 from North Carolina State University under the direction of David A. Shultz where he was involved in the incorporation of semiquinone radicals into the pendant groups of poly(phenyleneethynylene) and polythiophene polymers, studying the effects of quantum interference and torsional dependence in molecular rectifier analogs, and preparing and characterizing metal complexes of donor-bridge-acceptor biradicals possessing unique aromatic system bridges such as ferrocene and the non-alternate hydrocarbon, azulene.

Patrick is currently a postdoctoral scholar on a Department of Energy grant in the group working on the synthesis of radical-substituted bipyridine-platinum-catecholate complexes for the optical generation and manipulation of spin qubits.


Paul Miller, 1st-year Graduate Student

Paul Miller was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2017, where he was involved in the research of sulphonated azo dyes, and the aggregation patterns of P3HT. He also earned his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Virginia in 2019, where he investigated the synthesis of novel main group heterocycles.

Paul joined the Shultz group in November of 2020. His work in the group involves the synthesis of donor-bridge-acceptor biradicals with tunable bridges to investigate the bridge’s role in electronic coupling as it controls current flow in single-molecule electronic devices.


Zack Allen, 2nd-year Graduate Student

Zachary was born in Greensboro, NC. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry as well as two Minors in Philosophy and Classical Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018. As an undergraduate, he performed research under Dr. Kimberly Petersen synthesizing versatile enantioenriched building blocks.

Zack joined the Shultz Group in the fall of 2019 and has been working on synthesizing pyridyl-based acceptor ligands for platinum complexes to further the Shultz group’s goals on elucidating spin polarization mechanisms.


Riley Stephenson, Undergraduate Student

Riley was born in Asheville, NC. He is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry and a Minor in Vocal Performance. Riley joined the Shultz group in August of 2018. He is currently researching the synthetic routes and properties of d8 complexes of platinum (II). Specifically, the “ligand-to-ligand” charge transfer band dynamics of platinum complexes with diimine or bipyridine acceptors and catecholate donors.


Former Group Members

David Scammon (PhD 2020): Lonza Biologics, Portsmouth, NH

David Daley (PhD 2019):  Senior scientist, Phitonex, Durham, NC

Nathan Rivers (MS 2019):  Cree, RTP, NC

Jinyuan Zhang (PhD 2016): Scientist, Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CAS Key Laboratory of OrganicChemistry 

Chris Tichnell (PhD 2015): Dyna-Tech, WV

Dan Stasiw (PhD 2015): Cree, RTP, NC

Geoff Lewis (PhD 2012): Cree, RTP, NC

Rob Schmidt (PhD 2010): Research Division Head, Cree, RTP, NC

Tashni-Ann Dubroy (PhD 2007): COO, Howard University

Linda Ogallo (MS 2006): IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Candice Brannen (PhD 2006): Program Leader, Liquid Logic, CA

Sofi Bin-Salamon (PhD 2005): Program Officer, AFOSR

Rosario Fico (PhD 2005): Chemist, Merck, NJ

Jessica Queen (MS 2004): Analytics, Cary, NC

Joe Sloop (PhD 2003): Professor and Dean, Georgia Gwinnett College

Mary Klein (MS 2003):  Forensic Chemist, DEA, NYC, NY

Scot Bodnar (PhD 2002): Group Leader, Champion Technologies, TX

Chris Mussari (MS 2001): Chemist, Pfizer

Kevin Gwaltney (PhD 1999): Professor, Kennesaw State University, GA

Kay Sandberg (PhD 1998): Teaching Prof., NC State University

Martha Hollomon (PhD 1998): Senior Scientist, Hercules Inc., DE

Andy Boal (MS 1998): Miox Corp., Denver, CO

John Kitchin (BS 1995): Professor, Carnegie-Mellon ChemE, PA

Greg Tew (BS 1995): Professor, UMass Polymer Science, MA

Debbie Driscoll (MS 1995): Chemist, Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO