Alan Sellinger Research Group

Principal Investigator


The Boss |

Alan Sellinger received his B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University in 1989. After 2 years as a Research Associate at Gelman Sciences, Inc., he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the University of Michigan in Macromolecular Science & Engineering under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Laine. He then moved to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM for postdoctoral work with Prof. C. Jeffrey Brinker. From 1998 to 2003, he worked as a Research Scientist in the industrial R&D laboratories of Canon Research Center Americas, Palo Alto, CA and Opsys US Corporation, Fremont, CA. From 2003-2008, he held the position of Senior Scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Republic of Singapore. He then moved to Stanford University from 2008-2012 as both Consulting Associate Professor in Materials Science & Engineering, and Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (CAMP). Since 2012 he has been Professor of Chemistry/Materials Science at the Colorado School of Mines and Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). His research interests are in the synthesis of new hybrid materials for application in high surface materials for gas storage and catalyst supports, light emitting diodes (OLED), photovoltaics (OPV), thin film transistors (OTFT), and scintillation (radiation detection).

Graduate Students


Daniel Astridge

Daniel graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2018 with a B.A. in chemistry (ACS certified) with minors in math and biochemistry. As a graduate student in the Sellinger group, his research involves developing small molecules for use as dopants in plastic scintillators. In his spare time, Daniel loves all sports especially football (both American and the real kind), cooking, tropical fish keeping, and his two crazy labradoodles, Lucy and Dexter.

Caleb Chandler

Caleb completed a B.S. degree in Chemistry and B.A. degree in Computer science at Pacific Lutheran University in 2017. He then spent two years working at Los Alamos National Laboratory researching ceramic scintillators. As a current member of the Sellinger Group, Caleb is interested in studying plastic scintillators. Outside of lab he enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, climbing, and hiking around Colorado.

Anastasia Kuvayskaya |

Anastasia received her B.S. (2018) in Chemistry with concentration in biochemistry and M.S (2020) in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University. As a graduate student in Dr. Sellinger’s lab, she is working on the development and synthesis of ligands for photo separation of critical lanthanides. Outside of lab she loves spending time with her family, traveling, off-roading, and exploring everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Jacob Levin |

Jake is currently pursuing an M.S. in chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. He previously attended the United States Air Force Academy where he completed a B.S. in engineering chemistry. As a graduate student in the Sellinger group, his research involves synthesizing carbazole-based hole transport materials for perovskite solar cells. Outside of the lab, Jake enjoys watching sports, mountain biking, skiing and climbing.

Undergraduate Students


Connor Hook |

Connor is pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and is currently a senior. He has previously interned at the Department of Energy within the office of Nuclear Energy. As an undergraduate in the Sellinger group, Connor studies plastic scintillators and attempts to extract chemistry knowledge from the excellent graduate group surrounding him. Outside of the lab Connor is the Vice President of the Mines Chess Club, and enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking.

Luis Borrego |

I am Luis Borrego! I am currently pursuing a B.S in Chemistry and I am currently a senior. I received the Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship and using it to work as an undergrad researcher in the Sellinger group. My research now involves synthesizing ligands that will efficiently extract rare earth metals so we can recycle them from let’s say, electronics. I have also had an REU opportunity with CSU-Fort Collins where I spent my entire summer in Yellowstone studying the biodiversity of the pollinator population whereafter we presented our data at the annual Ecological Society of America Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Outside of lab I enjoy playing my guitar and working on music, hiking, board games, video games, traveling, cooking, and spending time with my dogs!