Zach Rengert

Zach Rengert
Killer Kaya


Graduate Student
2012-2017 (Ph.D.)


  • B.S. Biochemistry, B.S. Environmental Chemistry
  • Suma Cum Laude, Florida State University May 2012.


I was born in Indian Rocks Beach, FL and grew up in the surrounding area. My hobbies include playing music, gardening, hiking, and surfing.


Prior Research:

I conducted undergraduate research under Dr. Igor Alabugin at FSU, studying photo/thermal radical cyclizations of alkynes and their applications to cancer phototherapy.

Current Research:

The overarching goal of my research is to decrease the cost and environmental impact associated with the synthesis of organic semiconductors.  More specifically, I am currently investigating protocols for direct heteroarylations in donor-acceptor couplings.  Additionally, I work on the synthesis of near IR absorbing polymers and conjugated polyelectrolytes.