Dustin was born in Cedar Rapids, IA. He enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ to pursue his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. There he was involved in the department both as a teaching assistant and an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Prof. Victor Hruby. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona. Later that year he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the direction of Prof. Jonathan Sessler. There his research involved ITC and NMR spectroscopy anion binding studies of meso-octamethylcalixpyrrole and its derivatives. After obtaining his Ph.D. he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to work with Prof. Jeffrey Moore as a postdoctoral researcher. His research involved using alkyne metathesis to synthesize novel arylene ethynylene macrocycles from acyclic diynes and depolymerization macrocyclization methods. Dr. Gross is now an assistant professor in the department of chemistry at Sam Houston State University. He teaches organic chemistry and continues to pursue his research interests in the fields of supramolecular and organic chemistry.
Here is a link to Dr. Gross's Publications.