Michael C. Haibach
Alumni Resnick Postdoctoral Scholar 2015
Michael did his undergraduate study at the University of Chicago and got his PhD in chemistry from Rutgers University in 2014. At Rutgers, he worked on breaking carbon-hydrogen and carbon-oxygen bonds using transition metal catalysts under Prof. Alan S. Goldman. This included the discovery of a greener method for the synthesis of alcohols from an unreactive type of molecule found in biomass. At Caltech, Michael worked on improving the catalytic dehydrogenation process. Catalytic dehydrogenation is a green chemical reaction that can transform an otherwise useless chemical using only non-toxic and abundant materials such as natural gas. His research explores ways to use this method to make chemicals that are relevant to human health.
Mike is currently a Senior Scientist at AbbVie.
Faculty Sponsor: Robert H. Grubbs