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Dan Decato

Dan Decato

Graduate Student

Office: Chemistry 003
Email: daniel.decato@umontana.edu
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Personal Summary

Born in Connecticut, raised in a hockey rink. I spent half of my childhood in New Hampshire and the other half in Wisconsin. Growing up I enjoyed science and sports, but eventually hockey took priority. By the end of high school, I was attracting attention from division one colleges and NHL scouts. However, three knee injuries catalyzed my return to science midway through my undergraduate degree. My undergraduate work involved synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles as well as operating a transmission electron microscope, facilitating collaborative efforts. This turned out to be foreshadowing, as I currently serve dual roles as the department crystallographer and graduate research assistant for professor Orion Berryman. 


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2013)

B.S. Chemistry ACS certified (Advisor: Jennifer Dahl)

Research Interests

All chemistry. I believe the way to innovation is through ‘cross-fertilization’ of different fields. Transformative science can be fostered by going to talks outside your field. The fields I am particularly fond of are crystal engineering, supramolecular chemistry, and uranium sequestration.


Mountain biking, cyclocross, fishing.