Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Karla K. Coti

Graduate Student

Hometown: Guatemala

Joined group: 2005

Left group: 2010


B.S. California State University Los Angeles


[1] Cotí, K. K.; Wang, Y.; Yu, Z. T. F.; Yeh, A.; Chen, C. C.; Selke, M.; Lu, W.; Tseng, H.-R. “A Dynamic Micromixer for Arbitrary Control of Disguised Chemical Selectivity”. Chem. Commun. 2008, 3426 (Highlighted by Lab on Chip, 2008, 8, 1241). [2] Wang, Y.; Coti, K. K.; Wang, J.; Alam, M. A.; Shyue, J.-J.; Lu, W.; Padture, N. P.; Tseng, H.-R. "Individually Addressable Crystalline Conducting Polymer Nanowires in a Microelectrode Sensor Array." Nanotechnology, 2007, 18, 424021.


I was born and raised in Guatemala City. At the age of 11, I immigrated into California to join my parents and had lived in Los Angeles ever since until the move to Northwestern University last December − in the middle of winter. I earned my BS (Chemistry) from CalState LA. As an undergraduate, I worked with professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez for three years, synthesizing enterobactin derivatives, which are iron(III) chelators found in Gram-positive bacteria. Not wanting to leave sunny California, I headed west to UCLA in 2004 for my graduate degree and became a joint student of Professors Stoddart and Tseng. For the first two years and a half I worked in the microfluidic laboratory of Professor Hsian-Rong Tseng (Molecular and Medicinal Pharmacology). My research consisted in the development of a hydrodynamic focusing-based microfluidic reactor for the chemical regioselectivity of diazo-coupling reactions and preparation of morphology-controlled polypyrrole nanoparticles. In October 2008, I started working in functional redox-active liquid crystalline rotaxanes in the Stoddart Group. Outside of lab, I enjoy eating at different restaurants—especially “mom n pops” and ethnic foods (Indian, Thai, Italian and eclectic foods), watching movies and spending time with my family. I like listening to new wave, alternative, jazz, international and eclectic music such as Cuban son and bossa nova and Paris Combo.


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