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; where he also was a student-athlete. His current research involves the design of organic and organometallic molecules with possible applications in energy harvesting, storage, and transport. His goal is to use the knowledge obtained from his investigations to target one of society's biggest issues, the lack of efficient technologies to produce clean and sustainable energy. He is currently pursuing an entrepreneurship certificate, which will help him start his own business and have a bigger impact in society once he is done with his doctoral studies. In his free time, David is a content creator in different online platforms, a podcaster, and he loves to play the guitar.
Mentor: Mikhail Barybin, Professor, Chemistry