The Kosenkov Group

Physical Chemistry at Monmouth University

Group Members

Prof. Dmytro Kosenkov

Prof. Dmytro Kosenkov
E-mail: dkosenkov@monmouth.edu

My research is focused on the understanding of fundamental molecular interactions in complex biological systems for future applications in chemistry and medicine. I enjoy teaching physical and computational chemistry courses.

Favorite quote:
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. —Linus Pauling

Students

Erik Braunstein
Erik Braunstein
E-mail: s0807769@monmouth.edu

Research project:
Towars Design of Solar Cells: Investigation of Energy Transfer in Biological Chromophores

Favorite quote:
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well. —René Descartes

Philip Donahue
Philip P. Donahue
E-mail: Philip.P.Donahue@monmouth.edu

Research project:
Modeling interchromophore energy transfer.

I am a Monmouth University undergraduate student working towards a degree in Advanced Chemistry with a minor in Information Technology. I have aspirations to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry as well as utilize all I will learn throughout my scholastic and professional career to make advancements for the scientific community. I put great pride and passion into my work and hope to continue learning new skills and techniques as I strive to accomplish my goals.

Inspiring quote:
The past is history, the future is a mystery, and today is a gift. That is why it is called the present. Give your best efforts and appreciate every day that is given to you.

Daniel Chang
Daniel Chang
E-mail: s0856045@monmouth.edu

Research project:
Photosynthesis Based Photovoltaics

Favorite quote:
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. —Lao Tzu

Nicole Famularo
Nicole Famularo
E-mail: s0807489@monmouth.edu

Research project:
Modeling, design, and building of dye sensitized solar cells

Hello, my name is Nicole Famularo. I am currently an undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Chemistry with a concentration in Advanced Chemistry as well as Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Physics at Monmouth University. I aspire to receive my Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. I am excited to have this research opportunity to further understand the world atomically.

Inspiring quote:
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. —Thomas Edison

Kristen Flynn
Kristen Flynn
E-mail: s0891052@monmouth.edu

Research project:
Modeling interchromophore energy transfer

I am an undergraduate student at Monmouth University pursuing degrees in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Physics and Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry as well as two minors in mathematics and physics. I aspire to earn my PhD in chemistry after Monmouth and use my knowledge to engage in renewable energy research. Partaking in this research will allow me to gain more insight in the field of computational chemistry and further my chemical knowledge.

Favorite Quote:
When you have given nothing, ask for nothing. —Albanian Proverb

Omkaran Menon
Omkaran Menon (Co-mentoring with Dr. Greg Moehring)
E-mail: s0806926@monmouth.edu

My name is Omkaran Menon but I go by Omi. I am eager to take on tasks which may daunt others, however unlike most people I thrive off of challenges. I have a passion for learning new things and being a "master of my domain". I currently work as a Web Content Manager for Enrollment Publications, Monmouth University and as a General Chemistry Lab Assistant for Monmouth University. In the future after I get my Bachelors in Chemistry I hope to be a Pharmacist someday after obtaining a PhD. in Chemistry and a PhD. in Pharmacy

Research project:
Rhenium Complexes: Implications for Nanomotors

Favorite quote:
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. —Eartha Kitt

Gary Prato
Gary Prato
E-mail: s0926227@monmouth.edu

Hello, my name is Gary Prato and I am currently a undergraduate Bio-chemistry major with career aspirations about going into medical and pharmaceutical research.

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: DNA Binding of Naphthalene Diimide Ligands

Favorite quote:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. —Albert Einstein

Sammy Saka
Sammy Saka
E-mail: s0729585@monmouth.edu

I am currently an undergraduate here at Monmouth University majoring in Chemistry. After Monmouth I aspire to pursue a career in dentistry. This research will hopefully allow me to experience different fields and concepts of chemistry that I will be unable to experience later on.

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: DNA Binding of Naphthalene Diimide Ligands

Favorite quote:
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it is —J. Robert Oppenheimer

Samantha Silvent
Samantha Silvent
E-mail: s0771904@monmouth.edu

I am currently an undergraduate student studying chemistry with a career aspiration in medicine. I hope to utilize this research opportunity to further my contribution to the scientific community.

Research project:
Computer Aided Anticancer Drug Design: DNA Binding of Naphthalene Diimide Ligands

Favorite motto:
Push yourself until you cannot push anymore, then push ten times harder.

Kevin Wioland
Kevin Wioland
E-mail: s0871165@monmouth.edu

My name is Kevin Wioland and I am currently an undergraduate pursuing my bachelors’ degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Advanced Chemistry. I have a strong interest in computational chemistry and hope to further my knowledge in the subject and learn new things along the way.

Research project:
Development of Molecular Sensors: Solvatochromism of Viologen Derivatives

Favorite quote:
A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new. —Albert Einstein

Former Group Members

Sarah-Pearl Siganporia'14
Scott Nicholson, Visiting student, Summer 2013
Anthony Cappadona'13
Scott Anton'13