Yuriy Bandera received his B.S. and M.S. in Bioorganic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine. He earned his Ph.D. in 2005 at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine. Bandera has held positions as a senior research scientist at Enamine Ltd. Ukrorgsynthes (UORSY) Ltd. Subsidiary and the Institute of Organic Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine. He was a research scientist at Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Currently, Bandera is a research associate in the Foulger group at Clemson University. His research interest is in synthetic organic chemistry, namely the modification of nanoparticles and developing compounds for memristors and cancer theranostics.
Thomas (Wade) Hawkins
Wade was born in Johnston, SC, on July 10, 1976. He earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering in 1999 from Clemson University. He completed his M. S. in Materials Science from Clemson University in 2005. Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D. in Materials Science.
After completing his bachelor's degree, he began working in fiber optic cable manufacturing for AFL Telecommunications in Duncan, SC. In 2002 he returned to Clemson to begin working on his M.S. in Materials Science. In 2005 after completion of his degree, he became a Research Associate at the Center for Optical Materials Research and Engineering Technologies (COMSET). In 2012, he took over the role of Optical Fiber Laboratories Director at COMSET. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science in addition to his duties as lab director.
Wade is currently an author of over 60 published scientific papers.