Matthew Mio is a Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research focuses on new transition metal catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Projects include exploring both the mechanism and synthetic capabilities of these reactions, with particular emphasis on the generation of phenylacetylenes for use in nanoelectronics and supramolecular chemistry. He is also interested in studying the pedagogy of organic chemistry. He has been co-advisor to the Detroit Mercy Chemistry Club (American Chemical Society Student Members) for over 16 years. Mio holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was awarded a Mellon Fellowship to perform post-doctoral research and teaching at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN). Mio joined Detroit Mercy's faculty in 2002. Mark Benvenuto is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Detroit Mercy, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research spans a wide array of subjects, including the use of energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to determine trace metal elements in land-based and aquatic plant matter, especially with regard to use in phyto-remediation of soil. Benvenuto received a B.S. in chemistry from the Virginia Military Institute, and after several years in the US Army, a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Virginia. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University, he joined the faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy in 1993.