Graduate Students and Postdocs

Amela Arnold
B.S. University of California Berkeley, 2013

Amela joined the group in January 2015 after working for a year in process chemistry at Gilead Sciences. Her undergraduate research in the Toste lab spanned supramolecular chemistry and enantioselective fluorination. She now works with redox-active Al complexes. Amela also paints, and loves family time.

Thomas Bass
B.S. Chem E. San Jose State University, 2017

Thomas was an REU student in the Berben lab in the summer of 2016 and joined as a graduate student in January 2018. He is currently working on the synthesis of redox active Group 13 complexes, with interest in their reactivity toward small molecule reduction. Outside of the lab, Thomas enjoys family, going to the gym, and being outdoors.

Amanda Bohanon
B.S. Creighton University, 2018

Amanda joined the group in January 2019. Her undergraduate research focused on the synthesis of cationic frameworks with lanthanides and neutral organic molecules to perform anion exchange. In her free time, she enjoys sleeping, watching/playing sports, exploring new places, and searching for the best Mexican food.

Cody Carr
B.S. University of California Davis, 2013

As an undergraduate, Cody joined the Berben group where he worked on the synthesis of redox active aluminum complexes. He now studies electrocatlaytic H+ and CO2 reduction with first-row metal carbonyl clusters. He finds jubilation in doing research, playing paintball, watching NBA, snowboarding, and gaming.

Ryan Dougherty
B.S. & M.S. Cal State University Fresno, 2013 & 2015

Ryan joined the Berben Lab in the Fall of 2015. While at Fresno State he performed research with Dr. Melissa Golden, where his main project involved the synthesis and characterization of NiN2S2 model complexes. His current research focus is the synthesis and electrochemistry of iron clusters. Ryan also enjoys hockey, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Talia Loewen
B.A. Williams College, 2012
Ph.D. University of California Davis, 2019

Talia joined the Berben group in January 2014 to research the synthesis and electrochemistry of small iron clusters. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, quilting, and cooking.

Hervin Mendoza
B.S. University of the Philippines Los Banos, 2011
M.S. University of the Philippines Los Banos, 2017

Hervin is from the Philipines where he was a physical chemistry instructor for seven years and worked on analytical method validation for his M.S. He joined the Berben Lab in January 2019 to conduct research on electrochemistry of iron and cobalt clusters. He loves travelling with his wife, singing karaoke and playing table tennis.

Leo Parsons
B.S. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2017

Leo joined the Berben group in Winter 2019. As an undergraduate, his research focused on the synthesis of small organic molecules and polymers. His current interests lie in non-innocent ligand complexes. When not in the lab, Leo enjoys soccer, all things outdoors, and Southern cooking.

Dr. Santanu Pattanayak
B.Sc. (Hons) Vidyasagar University, 2010
M.Sc. University of Pune, 2012
Ph.D. National Chemical Laboratory Pune, 2018

During his Ph.D. with Dr. Sayam Sen Gupta at NCL-Pune (India), he studied the reactivity of high valent oxoiron(V) intermediates. His current work explores iron carbonyl clusters for electrocatalytic CO2 or H+ reduction. He enjoys gaming, reading, watching movies, and playing cricket.

Nathan Phan
B.S. University of Portland, 2016

Nathan conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Eugeneijus Urnezius working on nickel complexes with redox-active hydroquinone ligands. He joined the Berben group in January 2017 to research redox-active Al complexes. He enjoys watching films, being a sports fan, and drinking coffee.

Undergraduate Students

Lauren Reynolds
Class of 2020
UC Davis

Keyan Li
Class of 2021
UC Davis

Julia Weidner
Class of 2021
UC Davis

Riley Kibbee
Class of 2021
UC Davis


Graduate Students


Visiting Scholars

Undergraduate Students

High School Students