Ivan was born in El Paso, TX, and raised in a borderland culture. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso where he is part of Dr. Skye Fortier's research group. He works on the synthesis of iron complexes using imidazolin-2-iminato ligands. He enjoys morning runs, playing soccer, and motorcycle cruising. Ivan joined Hayton lab in the summer of 2019 as a FLAM intern under the mentorship of Gregg Kent.
Ivan is working on the synthesis and characterization of complexes containing uranium-carbon double bonds.