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Lessons offered by Luke
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics - Chemistry
  • Quantitative methods
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education

Recent Chemistry Graduate offering Student-specific tutoring to grasp a wide variety of topics in Chemistry (High School, AP, and Undergraduate levels)

Methodology

The way I explain things is entirely dependent upon the recipient. Unfortunately, textbooks and mainstream education are not geared toward each individual's learning style. I believe this is the greatest challenge student's face through their academic lives. To students, this often appears as if the instructor is speaking a completely foreign language!

I personally learn best using visual/spatial, logical, and kinesthetic forms. I am aware not everyone is the same, however, I am excited to expand my own perspectives to find the mode of explanation best suited for a student's personal learning and comprehension.

Background

Chemistry was my most challenging subject in high school and organic chemistry was my hardest course in university. Now it is my greatest passion.

By overcoming the difficulties presented by this subject, I am now well-equipped to explain its concepts to many different types of students' learning styles.

Chemistry is only hard to understand at first, but attempting to memorize course content through an academic term is nearly impossible. I am excited to explore these topics with students who are open to these challenges.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $17/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $90
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $170

Details

Extra costs may occur for AP/GRE Subject Test Preparation books or academic textbooks outside of my personal access or library. This is completely on terms of the student's needs.

Please give notice of cancellation/rescheduling 24 hours prior to predetermined meeting time. Full refund will only not be provided if cancellation occurs within this 24 hour period or if student payed for 5 or more hours upfront.



Lessons offered by Luke
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics - Chemistry
  • Quantitative methods
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education

Luke's resume

Research Experience

2019 – 2020

Spring 2020

 Selected the compounds and designed syntheses of carboxy-/amino- functionalized 1,10-phenanthroline bidendate ligands to complex with platinum(II) centers, purposed to form bridged and ionically-linked macrostructure networks.
 Preceded by thorough investigation of related literature reports of related complexes and syntheses.
 Attempted to troubleshoot problems encountered during synthesis procedure: most notably an issue of one reaction step’s precipitation when scaled from original preparation. Navigated around problems regarding the intermediate’s purity, salt formation, and introduction to metal contaminants. Salvaged the intermediate product via recrystallization and column chromatography techniques.

Due to interruption by COVID-19 institution closures, opportunities to finalize the project were prevented. However, the original scaled synthesis of the 4,7-dicarboxy-1,10-phenanthroline ligand, as well its platinated complex, were identified and synthesized successfully at appreciable yield.


Hospital Volunteer
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - Neurology Unit

 Restocked patient’s rooms, supply closets, access carts, of various supplies.
 Filed and organized department files.
 Interacted with and helped to accommodate patients and their visitors.

2020 - current
R&D Research Associate, Integrity Bio Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA

 Aided in developing formulations and buffers for various pharmaceutical products.
 Participated in designing and preparing for a study when assigned to a new project.
 Performed method transfers and developments for new projects, collaborated with colleagues to troubleshoot and resolve project-specific experimental or analytical challenges.
 Performed various studies including acute stress studies, accelerated stability studies, comparative formulation performance studies, among others.
 Data acquisition via numeral assays: size exclusion and ion-exchange HPLC and UPLC; IsoQuant; SDS-PAGE; CE-SDS; icIEF; freezing point osmometer; concentration determination by UV-VIS spectrometry (including a variable pathlength spectrophotometer); subvisible particle analysis by DLS, FlowCAM, MFI, and HIAC.
 Worked to troubleshoot issues encountered during experimental assay and optimize conditions for clean and resolved data output.
 Processed, organized, analyzed, and interpreted experimental results. Organized and visualized the results to outline study’s major conclusions, in both a presentation and written report, which are returned to the client for review.
 Responsible for tracking, stocking, and ordering the laboratory’s consumables, supplies, reagents, and chemicals. Worked to economize lab consumption by finding suitable substitutions.


Academic Experiences in Chemical Analysis

 Quantified components in a mixture by linear regression analysis of UV-Vis spectrometry results.
 Determined concentration and specific activity of Alkaline Phosphatase by UV-VIS spectrometry.
 Acquired protein profile and determined the molecular weight distribution of polystyrene by size exclusion HPLC.
 Actively monitored for the appearance of a reaction’s desired product by consecutively testing via thin-layer chromatography.
 Identified and quantified many organic and inorganic compounds by IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, and atomic absorption spectroscopies; MS-GC, GLC, HPLC, ESI-MS, and others.


Academic Experiences and Techniques in Chemical Synthesis

 Practiced isolation, separatory, and purification techniques including filtrations, extractions, distillations, column and ion exchange chromatography, reflux, rotary evaporation, centrifugation, titrations, liquid-liquid extractions, recrystallization, and others.
 Synthesized various polymers by different preparations to produce polymers of variable molecular weights, degrees of polymerization, cross-linkages, and branching in order to investigate their impact on polymer’s physical and mechanical properties.
 Synthesized humic acid-modified iron oxide nanoparticles, functionalized to remove heavy metal pollutants from water.
 Total synthesis of several epoxides from various substrates via asymmetric epoxidation catalyzed by highly selective synthesized Chiral (salen)Mn(III) complexes (the Jacobsen Epoxidation). Resulting products were studied to investigate the stereochemical, thermodynamic, and kinetic impacts of catalyst structure and substrate on the synthetic outcome.
 Selected a recently isolated natural product to attempt proposing a reasonable synthesis pathway. By compiling literary evidence that provided explicit or inductive support for each of the twenty steps in the highly enantioselective synthesis of a nakijiquinone derivative, a reasonable total synthesis was proposed.


Academic Experiences in Computational Chemistry

 Used molecular mechanics methods to generate a protein force field and analyze the conformational landscape of alanine dipeptide.
 Determined the enthalpy of vaporization for the three structural isomers of pentane using molecular dynamics simulations.
 Used CADD in the molecular docking simulation of several diminazine-derived ligands to DNA minor groove, then proposing an ideal binding candidate.
 Analyzed atomic boron’s energy using several different methods and basis sets of quantum mechanical calculations.
 Performed geometric optimization of formic acid and investigated the electronic structure relative energies of its conformations using Gaussian 16.
 Determined and applied the appropriate computational model and basis set to calculate the bond dissociation energies and ring strain energies of several cycloalkane species.
 Investigated of allylic effects through transition states in the SN2 reaction between several alkyl chlorides and gaseous chloride anion or dimethylsulfoxide using the SMD solvation model.
 Calculated rotational constants of several ions from the microwave spectrum collected from a nebula’s photodissociation/photon-dominated region using rigid rotor computational models.
 Investigated the HOMO-LUMO gap and electronic transition of several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon systems using CIS calculations. Determined a relationship between the orbital geometry of these π-conjugated systems and their transition state energies.
 Outlined electronic and geometric (steric) factors that influence substituent effects on nitrogen extrusion of diazo compounds using density functional theory calculations.

Miscellaneous Skills


 Microsoft Office
 Proficient in basic and intermediate functions of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
 Advanced ability to use Microsoft Excel for data processing, analysis, and visualization.
 Ability to process and organize large amounts of raw data, statistically assess the outcome, and concisely present and visualize it through Excel functions.
 Familiarity with common Excel formulas, commands, and functions.
 Ability to write and modify macros in VBA code for greater automation.
 Comfort using, exploring, and finding relevant documents from sources like SciFinder and Reaxys.
 Analytical software
 ChemStation: application for integration and processing of chromatography chromatograms.
 Chromeleon: another application for integration and processing of chromatography chromatograms.
 TopSpin: application for integrating and processing nuclear magnetic resonance spectra.
 Compass for iCE: application for integrating and processing of electropherograms from capillary and isoelectric focusing electrophoreses (designed to work with ProteinSimple’s Maurice instrument).
 Spectrus: program for processing mass spectrometric spectra.
 Molecular Modelling/Visualization Programs
 Full ability of using ChemDraw.
 Comfortable setting up and performing calculations on GaussView and Gaussian 16.
 Comfortable setting up molecular docking simulations and obtaining conformational energy profile on AutoDock.
 Familiarity with these functions on Schrödinger.
 Familiarity with ab initio DFT calculation set up using ORCA 4.1.
 Comfortable using SAMSON for adaptive modelling of molecular and nanosystems to provide rough electronic/steric energy profiles of structures or to provide 3-dimensional visual models of these structures.
 Demonstrates some proficiency in Python, R, and many Unix commands.
 Exhibits excellent communication and interpersonal skills:
 Produces organized and effectively written scientific articles, summaries, and explanations.
 Fluent in English; Proficient in French and German; and ability to speak some Italian, Swedish, Portuguese, and Japanese.

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