Connor Coley

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduate Student

I grew up in Dublin, which sounds more exciting than a suburb of Columbus, Ohio actually is. During high school, I developed an interest in chemistry and STEM in general; I decided to follow this interest at the California Institute of Technology, where I graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. While at Caltech, I undertook research in protein crystallography with Professor Douglas C. Rees, as well as electronic structure theory and KS-DFT convergence algorithms with Professor Thomas F. Miller. In the summers between, I interned at Carbon Recycling International working on renewable CO2-to-methanol processes and at Schlumberger working on novel fracturing techniques and fluid compositions.

I am now pursuing my Ph.D. as a co-advised student in the Jensen and Green Groups. My current work focuses on different forms of computer-assistance to chemical synthesis, including application of microfluidic platforms for the resource-efficient development and optimization of chemical processes and machine learning-driven approaches to leverage historical chemical data for designing synthetic routes. In my spare time, I like to garden, cook, hike, travel, and watch TV.