David Maldonado is a 2019-2023 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Kansas. Born and raised in Utuado, Puerto Rico, Maldonado obtained his B.S. in chemistry from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, in Odessa, TX. His current research involves the design of organometallic molecules with possible applications in energy harvesting materials, molecular wires, and molecular batteries. His goal is to use the knowledge obtained from his investigations to target one of society's biggest issues, the lack of clean and sustainable energy. In his free time, David likes to exercise, read, write, and play music instruments. He loves baseball and his favorite thing about the United States is hamburgers.
Mentor: Mikhail Barybin, Professor, Chemistry