Anna Doner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Associate

Anna Doner I earned my B.S. in Chemistry with minors in mathematics and statistics from the University of Arkansas in May 2018.  From 2018 to 2023, I attended graduate school at the University of Georgia under the supervision of Prof. Brandon Rotavera. My dissertation focused on the stereoisomer-dependent reaction kinetics of cyclic ether radicals under combustion-relevant conditions. With support from the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, I performed a portion of my dissertation research at Sandia National Laboratories in collaboration with Dr. Judit Zádor. This work included calculation of Master Equation rate coefficients from reactive potential energy surfaces constructed with the automated chemical kinetics workflow, KinBot, for a multitude of cyclic ether radicals. I also had the pleasure to collaborate with the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry (CCQC) during my time at UGA. My additional projects included absorption spectroscopy diagnostic method development, theoretical simulation of absorption spectra, and construction of classification models for absorption spectra. I joined the Green Group in July 2023. I will be working on a variety of projects, including implementing chirality in RMG and predicting solubility of intermediates in drug synthesis with machine learning and computational chemistry. In my free time, I enjoy riding my bicycle, knitting, and crochet.