• Jean-Luc A. Ayitou, Ph.D.
    Jean-Luc A. Ayitou, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, PI
  • Postdoc, UCLA (2013–2016)
  • Merck & University of California President Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ph.D., North Dakota State University 2013)
  • NSF Graduate Fellow
  • B.S., North Dakota State University (2008)

Jean-Luc did his Postdoctoral training (2013-2016) under the mentorship of Prof. Miguel Garcia-Garibay at the University of California Los Angeles as a UC President and Merck Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellow. While at UCLA, Jean-Luc investigated Brownian Rotational Dynamics in Photoresponsive Crystalline Molecular Rotors under UV & Vis irradiations. In addition to using cutting edge solid state NMR techniques to probe Brownian rotatory motions in crystalline solids, he also employed pump-probe spectroscopy techniques to rationalize the mechanisms & kinetics of light initiated processes in crystalline organic chromophores. Jean-Luc graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 with Ph.D. degree as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow working under the guidance of Prof. Sivaguru Jayaraman. He also received his B.S. degree in 2008 from the same university .


  • UNCF-Merck Laboratories Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient (2013)
  • University of California’s (Los Angeles) Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013)
  • Scholarship and Travel Award recipient to attend Green Chemistry Gordon Research Seminars and Conference in Italy (2012)
  • NASA Space Grant Award. Internship at Goddard Space Flight Center (2012)
  • Karl-Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship to Attend GRC-Photochemistry (2011)
  • ACS Green Chemistry School Participant Award (2011)
  • Lendon N. Pridgen, GlaxoSmithKline Graduate Award (Sponsored by NOBCChE) (2011)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient (2010)
  • UNCF-Merck Laboratories Science Initiative Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient (2010)
  • GCOE Fellowship, Osaka University, Japan. (Host: Prof. Yoshihisa Inoue) (2009 & 2010)
  • NDSU-Chemistry Department: Academic & Research Excellence Award (2008)
  • NDSU-Chemistry Department: Richard-Wedel Scholarship
  • NDSU McNair Scholarship (20072008)