Jessica L. Menke
Jessica Menke received her B.S. in Chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. The main focuses of her undergraduate research with Dr. Eric V. Patterson were the decomposition of the nerve agent VX and studies of twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) characteristics of substituted pyrroyl pyridines, both through the use of computational chemistry. She also spent a summer working with Dr. Mohammad Omary at the University of North Texas working on the synthesis and spectral analysis of new classes of strongly absorbing charge-transfer Pt complexes for solar cell devices. Her research in the McMahon group dealt with computational, synthetic, and spectroscopic work on cyanocarbon chemistry. When not in the lab, Jessica can be found working on her ground-school flying lessons or spending time reading something that is not related to chemistry.