Wankowski, James

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Year of Graduation: 2016
Research Lab: Dr. Dietz
Major Area of Focus: Analytical Chemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Inorganic Chemistry

Thesis: Fundamental Studies of Metal Ion Extraction into Ionic Liquids By Macrocyclic Polyethers

Previously Attended

Carroll University, 2006-2011, Bachelors in Chemistry

Why I like Chemistry

I enjoy chemistry because everyday you have the potential of conducting an experiment or synthesizing a product or reaching a result that has never been done before.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee

I chose the graduate program at UWM first because it was close to home, but more importantly because of the work being done in the analytical research groups.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee

I was raised in West Allis and now live in Waukesha and I didn't spend much time in Milwaukee, but I do enjoy fishing at McKinley Marina and attending the sports and entertainment venues in the city.

Research Goals

Having just joined Dr. Dietz's group my goals are to begin to begin to understand the chemistry behind ionic liquids and eventually begin work on my own research topic.


Thronson Internation Program Participant - I was selected by the chemistry department at Carroll to conduct my undergraduate research at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. I spent 11 weeks working with Dr. Alan R. Kennedy on utilising CO2 capture to give porous Nickel(II) organic frameworks.