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Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA, Aug. 2012 - Present)
  • Graduate Student in Chemistry (College of Natural Sciences)
  • Business Certificate for Scientists and Engineers (Isenberg School of Management)
  • 3.7/4.0 GPA
Northeastern University (Boston, MA, Sept. 2008 - May 2012)
  • Bachelor in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • 3.7/4.0 GPA
Warren County Community College (Washington, NJ, Sept. 2006 – May 2008)
  • Obtained credits simultaneous with high school

Societies
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science - Sponsored Membership (Jul. 2014 - )
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Student Member (Dec. 2013 –)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS), Student Member, (Jun. 2013 –)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Student Member (Aug. 2011 – Oct. 2013)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (Sept. 2009 – May 2012)

Awards
  • Finalist for 2015 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science (2015)
  • ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research (2012)
  • Provost Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient (2011-2012)
  • Northeastern University College of Science, Dean’s List (2008-2012)
  • Liberty Township Scholarship for Male Student with Highest GPA (2008)
  • Hackettstown High School Football Boosters Scholarship (2008)

Research Experience
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA, Dec. 2012 – Present)
Graduate Research in DV Group
  • Studying the fundamentals of nanoparticle self-assembly
  • Fabricated nano-domain polymer morphology using unique nanoparticle method
  • Used organic chemistry to tune nanoparticle surface functionality

QinetiQ North America (Waltham, MA, Jul. 2011 – Sept. 2012)
Staff Chemist
  • Synthesized myriad metal-organic framework (MOF)
  • Worked extensively with decontamination chemistry
  • Synthesized graphene oxide and subsequent composite materials
  • Studied enzyme kinetics and activity with UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Developed fabric coatings and design for lab and plant scale-up

Northeastern University (Boston MA, Jul. 2011 – May 2012 )
Undergraduate Research Professor Kirss’ Group
  • Conducted 31P NMR kinetics study of organometallic catalysts
  • Synthesized a series of organometallic derivatives and studied their electrochemical properties


QinetiQ North America (Waltham MA, Jan. 2011 – Jul. 2011)
Co-op/Intern
  • Utilized surface and organic chemistry for DBTI program (US Army) and D5 program (US Army)
  • Used synthetic organic chemistry for DPAX program (US Navy) and MAZE program (DARPA)
  • Communicated results to government agencies

Teaching Experience
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst MA, Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2014)
Organic Chemistry Lab for Chemistry Majors Teaching Assistant
  • Promoted to TA for Chemistry Majors
  • Supervised and assisted undergraduates in organic experiments

MassNanoTech Science Quest (Amherst MA, Jul. 2013 – Present)
Assistant Instructor/Demonstrator
  • Assisted and led demonstrations to make simple solar cell
  • Participated in outreach program to get young people interested in science

University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst MA, Sept. 2012 – May 2013)
Organic Chemistry Lab for Non-Majors Teaching Assistant
  • Supervised and assisted undergraduates in organic experiments

Patents
  • Y. Lee, L. Renna et al., United States Provisional Patent 61/575,648 “Hyper-sorptive graphene oxide-based composite systems for rapid decontamination of chemical warfare agents,” Aug. 2011.

Publications
  • Supravat Karak, Paul J. Homnick, Lawrence A. Renna, D. Venkataraman, Joel T. Mague, Paul M. Lahti. (2014) "Solution-Processed Photovoltaics with a 3,6-Bis(diarylamino)fluoren-9-ylidene Malononitrile". ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. DOI: 10.1021/am504993j. 
  • Timothy S. Gehan, Monojit Bag, Lawrence A. Renna, Dana A. Algaier, Paul M. Lahti, D. Venkataraman. (2014) "Fabrication Conditions for Efficient Organic Photovoltaic Cells from Aqueous Dispersions of Nanoparticles". RSC Advances. DOI: 10.1039/C4RA07463G.
  • Timothy S. Gehan, Monojit Bag, Lawrence A. Renna, Xiaobo Shen, Dana D. Algaier, Paul M. Lahti, Thomas P. Russell, and D. Venkataraman. (2014) " Multiscale Active Layer Morphologies for Organic Photovoltaics Through Self-Assembly of Nanospheres". Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl502209s.
  • Michael J Verschoor-Kirss, Olivia Hendricks, Lawrence Renna, David Hill and Rein Kirss. (2014) "Phosphine Substitution Reactions of (η5- cyclopentadienyl)ruthenium bis(triarylphosphine) chloride, CpRu(PAr3)¬2Cl {PAr3 = PPh3, P(p-CH3C6H4)3, P(p-FC6H4)3, P(p-CH3OC6H4)3, and PPh2(p-CH3C6H4)}: A Tale of Two Mechanisms". RSC Dalton Transactions. DOI: 10.1039/C4DT02240H.
  • Renna, Lawrence A. et. al. (2014) Polymer Nanostructures Through Packing of Spheres. In Jain, V and Kokil (Eds.), A Optical Properties of Functional Polymers and Nano Engineering Applications. CRC Press.
  • Y. Lee, L. Renna, et. al. (2011) Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. Environmentally Compliant Vinyl Ester Resin (VER) Composite Matrix Resin Derived from Renewable Resources. (WP-1755).
Talks
  • "Probing Percolation Pathways in Binary Polymer Nanoparticulate Films". Lawrence A. Renna. Eastman Chemical Award Symposium in the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering. ACS National Meeting Fall 2015, Boston, MA.
Poster Presentations
  • Akshay Kokil, Lawrence Renna, Hardeep Singh Gill, Monojit Bag, Jayant Kumar, and D. Venkataraman. "Indanthrone: From Coloring Textiless to Organic Solar Cells", Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium, (Lowell, MA) December 2014.
  • Lawrence A. Renna, Monojit Bag, Timothy S. Gehan, D. Venkataraman. "Probing Structural Diversity in Disordered Assemblies of Nanoparticles", Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium, (Lowell, MA) December 2014.
  • Lawrence A. Renna, Monojit Bag, Timothy S. Gehan, D. Venkataraman. "Structural Diversity in Random Assemblies of Nanoparticles", University of Massachusetts Amherst, ReaserchFest, (Amherst, MA), August 2014.
  • Timothy S. Gehan, Monojit Bag, Lawrence A. Renna, et. al. "Multi-Scale Active Layer Morphologies for Organic Photovoltaics Through Self-Assembly of Spheres", Gordan Research Conference--Electronic Processes in Organic Materials, (Lucca (Barga), Italy), May 2014.
  • Gautam Satishchandran, Lawrence A. Renna, D. Venkataraman. "Tuning van der Waals Forces between Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles", American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Undergraduate Symposium, (Amherst, MA) April 2014.
  • P. Dellaney, L. Renna, Y. Lee. “Hypersorptive Graphene-Oxide Based Composite System for the Rapid Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents”, Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium, (Lowell, MA) December 2013.
  • L. Renna, D. Venkataraman. “Ultrasonication of Low Melting Molecules: A New Nanoparticle Synthesis”, University of Massachusetts Amherst, ResearchFest, (Amherst, MA), August 2013.
  • B. Oberlin, L. Renna, R. Kirss et. el. Northeastern University RISE:2013 (Boston, MA) March 2013.
  • Y. Lee, U. Shin, L. Keogh, L. Renna “Sorption-Reinforced Protective System against Organophosphate Pesticides”, 38th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, (Rochester, NY), October 2012.
  • Yongwoo Lee, Bob F. Kovar, Ura Shin, Lawrence Renna, Will Collins, Nicole Francis, Bob Reinstein “Greener vinyl Ester Resin from Biowastes”, 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Philadelphia, PA), August 2012.
  • Yongwoo Lee, Lawrence Renna, and Ura Shin “Efficient Pesticides Remediation using OPH enzyme bearing Metal Organic Framework (MOF)” 49th Annual Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop, (St. Pete Beach, Florida ) July 16, 2012.
  • L. Renna, R. Kirss, et. al. “Does Bigger Mean Faster? Steric Effects in the Kinetics of Phosphine Substitution in Ruthenium Catalysts”, Northeastern University RISE:2012, (Boston, MA) March 2012. 
  • Robert Fei, L. Renna, R. Kirss. “Tinkering with Ferrocifen”, Northeastern University RISE:2012, (Boston, MA) March 2012.
  • L. Renna et al. “Self-Decontaminating Metal Organic Framework (SD-MOF) Composite”, 2011 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference, November 2011.
  • Y. Lee, L. Renna, et. al, “Environmentally Compliant Vinyl Ester Resin (VER) Composite Matrix Resin Derived from Renewable Resources”, 2011 Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium and Workshop, November 2011.
  • Ura Shin, Lawrence Renna, Nicole Francis and Dr. Yongwoo Lee, “MOF for pesticide remediation,” 10th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment (Bridgewater, MA), Nov. 2011.
  • L. Renna et al. “Hypersorptive Graphene-Oxide Based Composite System for the Rapid Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents”, 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Denver, CO), August 2011.
  • A. Manesis, L. Renna et al. “Organophosphate Degrading Enzymes Bearing Metalorganic Framework for Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA)”, 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Anaheim, CA), March 2011.