The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don’t expect.

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

Welcome to

The Saint-Louis Research Group

Dr. Carl J. Saint-Louis joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kennesaw State University in the Fall 2020 Semester. His research group specializes in the discovery and characterization of new Fluorescent Organic Materials.


  • Summer 2022-Congratulations to Kaia!! Kaia accepted an offer to join the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at Northeastern University in Boston this summer. This prestigious program funded by NSF provides undergraduate students the opportunities to experience and discuss catalysis across the spectrum, from small molecule catalysts to enzymes. Out of hundreds who applied, Northeastern University only accepted 9 undergraduate students from all over the US. Go Kaia! You are going to do great and good luck on this exciting experience. Kaia was also highlighted by Kennesaw State University for her accomplishments. Link:Kennesaw State senior earns spot in exclusive chemistry research program

  • Dr. Saint-Louis featured in the Marietta Daily Journal for his dedication at mentoring first-generation and historically underrepresented student populations at KSU.

  • Congratulations to Albert for earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He was awarded a prestigious fellowship “Peach State Bridges to the Doctorate Program” to earn his master’s degree at KSU with the intent to transition to doctoral programs at major research universities. Albert will be returning to the Saint-Louis lab in Fall 2022 to work on developing photolabile groups (PPGs) with a diagnostic fluorescent by-product. Congratulations on your well-deserved success! We are excited to see the great things you will continue to do at KSU. Spring 2022.

  • Dr. Saint-Louis was highlighted as Faculty in Focus in the Kennesaw State University Magazine Spring 2022 Issue. His accomplishments during the 2022 academic year were also highlighted. Link: Faculty in Focus

  • Spring 2022 Semester– Congratulations to undergraduate student researcher, Samuel Moore, for receiving the Merck Index Award this semester at KSU. The Merck Index Award is awarded to undergraduate students that performed outstandingly in organic chemistry. Good job Sam! We expect great things from you in the future!

  • Congratulations to graduate student researcher, Robert Hughley, on earning his Master’s Degree in Chemical Sciences during the Fall 2021 semester! “Caps off to you, Graduate! Well done!”

  • Fall 2021 – The Saint-Louis Research Group has been awarded a prestigious NSF LEAPS-MPS 2021 Award ($249,604). The intent of this award is to initiate the research careers of pre-tenure faculty in tenure-track positions, particularly those at Minority Serving Institutions. This award supports innovative plans for recruiting and retaining a broad representation of researchers and to increase opportunities for all scientists including those from groups underrepresented in Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

  • Dr. Saint-Louis was invited as a distinguished speaker to present his research on “Photo Electroswitchable Arylaminazobenzenes” at SERMACS at Birmingham, AL (November 13, 2021)

  • May 4th, 2021 – Congratulations to graduate student researcher, Robert Hughley, on successfully presenting his research thesis for approval. Robert is now a candidate to graduate with his MS degree on December 2021.

  • April 2021 – Congratulations to undergraduate researcher, Samuel Moore, for being awarded funds from the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program (URCA) to start his research project.

    -Funding Source: The office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at KSU.

  • The Saint-Louis Research Group has recently been awarded The 2020 Mentor Protégé Research Program Funding Award (2020-2021).

    – Funding Source: The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at KSU