September 2020

Walker is from Knoxville, Tennessee, and is working towards his B.S. in Chemistry and his B.M. in Music Composition in the Jacobs School of Music. He is currently working with Renyu on developing methodologies for Lewis acid-catalyzed alkene-allenone [2 + 2] cycloadditions. He has been enamored with chemistry since eighth grade, when he began filming chemistry experiments in his garage and uploading them to his YouTube channel “TheChemistryShack,” which now has over 18,000 subscribers and over 1 million views. After graduation, Walker plans to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Outside of lab, Walker enjoys cooking, listening to and writing music, and hiking and mountain biking in the beautiful state parks around Bloomington.