Mae Joanne Aguila

Dr. Mae Joanne Aguila received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines - Los Banos in 2003. Her undergraduate research work focused on the utilization of silica, derived from rice hull ash, as catalyst for alcohol dehydration to alkene. She then taught General, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry in her alma mater for five years. Motivated to pursue an advanced career in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis, she pursued a PhD degree in Chemistry from Georgetown University (Washington D.C., USA), working with the group of Prof. Timothy H. Warren. Her graduate work covered the area of copper-catalyzed C-H bond functionalization (amination and hydroxylation); she successfully isolated and/or characterized elusive reactive intermediates (copper nitrenes and copper oxo species) -  species that are pertinent to mechanistic studies of C-H bond functionalization.
She presently works as a postdoctoral research associate at DSM Innovative Synthesis BV (Geleen, The Netherlands), under the guidance of Dr. Laurent Lefort. She is currently developing strategies for the sustainable use of phosphorus in the hydrogenation of esters and amides through the rationale design of catalysts with low-phosphorus or phosphorus-free ligands.