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Meet Our Newest Chemistry Prof

September 16, 2016

Dionicio Martinez Solorio, PhD
Dionicio Martinez Solorio, PhD

A California native, Dionicio Martinez Solorio, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry, moved to Philadelphia five years ago to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His passion for organic chemistry started during his sophomore year of college — and he’s been dedicated to the subject ever since.

Degree: PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
Research Interests: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Asymmetric Catalysis, Total Synthesis of Natural Products and Biologically Active compounds
Hometown: Wasco, California

What did you do before coming to Drexel?
I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratories of Professor Amos B. Smith at the University of Pennsylvania.

What is your favorite book?
“The War of Art” (Steven Pressfield)

Movie?
“The Pursuit of Happyness” (Will Smith)

What is your favorite food or restaurant?
Vernick in Center City (American cuisine)

When is the last time you did something “for the first time”? What was it?
This summer, I started a new research laboratory from the ground up!

What/who inspires you?
My family.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The power to make others laugh and be happy!

What was the most impactful moment of your own college career?
At UC Santa Cruz during sophomore undergraduate organic chemistry: I fell in love with the subject, found my passion, and have been dedicated to its study ever since.

Which current event/issue do you think students should know more about and why?
Renewable energy sources and research surrounding this area. We need to find a way to move away from finite resources such as petroleum.

What would students be surprised to learn about you?
I am just like them!

If you could relive a moment in your life what would it be?
The moment my daughters were born.

What did you want to be when you were a kid? What made you want to become a professor?
A scientist or medical doctor. I want to help others in any way I can to fulfill their own career paths while doing good science that can impact society in a positive manner!

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement thus far in your career?
Obtaining an assistant professorship position at Drexel University.

What do you hope to add to the CoAS community?
A colleague that helps others in any way he can!