Tim was born in Saudi Arabia and raised between Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and southern California. In 2011, Tim received his B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley, where he worked in Jean M.J. Fréchet's laboratory developing materials for self-healing hydrogels and hybrid photovoltaic cells. Tim ventured out to New York City and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University with Colin Nuckolls in 2016 as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. In his graduate work, Tim leveraged principles from synthetic and physical organosilicon chemistry to devise new forms and concepts for single-molecule wires, insulators, and conductance switches. Tim returned to UC Berkeley as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Christopher J. Chang's laboratory, where he developed optical sensors and metal delivery agents for interrogating copper biology. In July 2019, Tim began his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry department at UC Riverside. 


Office: Chemical Sciences 424

Education and Research Experience

Assistant Professor in Chemistry – UC Riverside, Riverside, CA (July 2019 - Present)

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow – UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (2016 - 2019)
Advisor: Christopher J. Chang

Ph. D. in Chemistry – Columbia University, New York, NY (2016)
Advisor: Colin Nuckolls
Thesis: Structure-Conductivity Relationships in Group 14 Based Single-Molecule Wires

B. S. with honors in Chemistry – UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (2011)
Advisor: Jean M. J. Fréchet

Funding and AWARDS

NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (2017 - 2019)
National Institutes of Health

Louis Hammett Award for Excellence in Graduate Research (Thesis Prize, 2016)
Columbia University, Department of Chemistry

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-2016)
National Science Foundation

Traube Fellowship (2012)
Columbia University, Department of Chemistry

DOE Graduate Fellowship Finalist (2012)
Department of Energy

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award (2011)
American Chemical Society