We Make Organic Materials and Polymers

Our team is an organic chemistry research laboratory based out of the University of Washington in the vibrant city of Seattle. We are interested in developing and using synthetic methods to access novel macromolecules for tackling challenges across materials science, biomedicine, sustainability, and energy.

Enthusiastic scientists of all levels (undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists) are welcome to get in touch to inquire about research opportunities.

Our research team strives to foster and maintain an open, diverse, and inclusive group because it makes us better as individuals and as a community. We aim to understand our individual identities and privileges when listening to and speaking with others, and are not afraid to admit when we don’t know how to approach a particular open conversation. Feedback from everyone is crucial, and will ultimately help us learn about new viewpoints and new ways of thinking via open discussions.


 Group News

August 2020: We’re happy to have two new faces in the lab! Progya joins the team as a postdoc after defending his PhD in Dominik Konkolewicz’s group at Miami University in Ohio. Anna joins as a summer rotation student prior to beginning graduate school. A socially distanced welcome lunch ensued from Grand Central Bakery!


July 2020: The team has joined Twitter; follow us @golder_team

June 2020: Wyatt Technology features us in their  monthly blog !

March – June 2020: Our team is operating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 2019: Meredith and Sarah officially join the team as our first two graduate students. We celebrated by taking our first ever team photo after a much anticipated lunch trip to Din Tai Fung, followed by trying local beers with the Xiao lab at Optimism Brewing.

October 2019: Louisa joins as a rotation student for the second half of the Autumn quarter. Check out our new digs now that we’re up and running!

September 2019: Wei joins the team as a postdoc after a stint at the University of Missouri. Welcome to Seattle, Wei! Jayme, a rising UW junior, also joins the team as the group’s second undergraduate.

August 2019: Incoming graduate students Sarah & Meredith join for a summer rotation and help to get the lab set up. Rising sophomore Ray (UW ’22) joins the team as well! We have our fair share of boxes to unpack…

May 2019: Chemistry starts in Seattle on August 1st, 2019. Check back for updates later this summer!