The Campillo-Alvarado lab is proud to host undergraduate researchers interested in improving organic materials for energy, separations, healthcare and electronics. If you are interested in joining our team, reach out to me and we will find you an exciting project to work on!

Henry Holleb, Biochemistry, Class of 2023

My name is Henry and I’m a senior biochemistry major, class of 2023.

In the US alone, an estimated 3 million adults (1.3% of the population) are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s, and the effects on peoples’ lives can be debilitating. Mesalamine is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. My project aims to improve mesalamine’s performance through cocrystallization while elucidating the crystal structures formed between the drug and its coformers.

When I’m not working on my project, I love going on hiking, cooking, going to coffee shops, and exploring new places (which I’ll then drag my friends to later).  


I am working to synthesize, characterize, and evaluate molecular sponges for the purpose of performing hopefully more efficient chemical separations. These sponges are organic crystals built on non-covalent interactions and have controllable dynamic properties capable of specific molecular recognition.

Things I enjoy outside research: Video games, photography, and learning lots of weird & interesting facts.


Nicholas Lutz, Chemistry, Class of 2023
Kyle Petersen, Chemistry, Class of 2023

Synthesizing molecular sponges in order to capture and release specific hydrocarbons from complex mixtures.

Things I enjoy outside research: Singing, playing music, and cooking.

Working with the Heath lab in physics, I’m investigating charge transport and morphology in thin films made from PEDOT:PSS and Au nanoparticles.

Hobbies: Rock climbing, baking, and knitting!

Amelia Schaeffer, Physics (co-advised with Jennifer Heath), Class of 2023