About Davit

Davit was born and raised in Georgia. He studied chemistry at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi

DavitState University where he obtained his B.Sc. (Honors) degree in 2005 and M.Sc. degree in 2007.

In early 2008 he joined the research program at the University of Florida where in 2012 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry working with the late Professor Alan R. Katritzky on direct C-H functionalization of heterocycles, nucleophilic heterocyclic carbenes (NHC) and peptide chemistry. Highlights of his Ph.D. research include the discovery of Pd-catalyzed direct C-H functionalization of azolium N-imides, Cu (I) Catalyzed novel regioselective synthesis of pyrazolo-1,2,4-triazoles and imidazolo-pyrazoles as well as the development of a number of transformations in a chemistry of N-amino heterocycles and the synthetic utility of NHCs.

In 2013 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania (as visiting scholar) where his research interests were in the broad field of dendritic macromolecules. From 2014 to 2017 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania working with Professor Christopher B. Murray. His research interests included the synthesis of dendritic ligands for nanoparticle surface functionalization to tune an optical, magnetic, solubility and self-assembly properties of colloidal nanoparticles. Currently, he is an associate technical director of the Chemical and Nanoparticle Synthesis Center (CNSC) which was established in 2018 within the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.