Patrick Connelly is a 2020-2024 Self Graduate Fellow, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry. He attended KU for his undergraduate education as well, earning degrees in chemistry (BS), microbiology (BS), linguistics (BA), and Japanese language and literature (BA). Patrick's current research is on the synthesis and characterization of novel azulene derivatives (especially 2,2'-biazulenes), with potential long-term applications in such areas as molecular electronics and energy storage. Outside of the lab, he loves to write, read and learning to draw. Patrick also plays chess.