Samuel Kougias

Credentials: Ph.D.

Position title: Joined 2016


Phone: (608) 262-0599

Chemistry Building, Room 6207

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Sam received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2014. While at UW Oshkosh, Sam worked under Dr. Kevin Crawford on a project involving HPLC method development for the separation of carotenoid pigments extracted from cell stains native to the Fox River. Additionaly, Sam worked under Dr. William F. Wacholtz to synthesize symmetrical bridging thiolate ligands used in closed-shell luminescent zinc (II) dimers. Since joining the McMahon group in 2016, Sam has worked on the synthesis and characterization of astrochemically relevant nitriles that are structural isomers of pyridine. Chemistry aside, Sam enjoys woodworking, fishing, camping, and committing antics.

Sam received his PhD in 2022.

Recent Publication:

Kougias, S. M.; Knezz, S. N.; Owen, A. N.; Sanchez, R. A.; Hyland, G. E.; Lee, D. J.; Patel, A. R.; Esselman, B. J.; Woods, R. C.; McMahon, R. J. Synthesis and Characterization of Cyanobutadiene Isomers – Molecules of Astrochemical Significance. J. Org. Chem. 2020, 85 (9), 5787-5798.  View Article