The Group

Current group members

Graduate Students

Lichen Xiu

Kyle Czech

Lichen focuses on the synthesis and applications of porous materials. Kyle studies the relation between physical and electronic structures of nanomaterials.

Yongping Fu

Melinda Shearer

Yongping focuses on the metal halide perovskite materials. Melinda focuses on solar cell projects. 

Matthew Stolt

Lianna Dang

Matt works on magnetic skyrmions in confined systems Lianna works on screw dislocation-driven nanostructured material growth.

Wenjie Li

Yuzhou Zhao

Wenjie works on materials for energy conversion and storage. Yuzhou works on 2D transition metal chalcogenides Materials.

Nitish Mathur

Matthew Hautzinger

Nitish works on Magnetic Skyrmions Project. Matt works on the synthesis and characterization of novel materials for photovoltaic applications.

Dongxu Pan

Hongyuan Sheng

Dongxu works on the synthesis and application of perovskite materials. Hongyuan is working on LDHs for electrocatalytic water splitting.

Stephanie Werner

Brandon Lamb

Stephanie works on the nanoproteomics project​.

Brandon works on screw dislocation-driven growth of nanomaterials.

Tim Tiambeng


Tim is a joint student with the Ge group working on the nanoproteomics project.



Visiting Graduate Students

Yang Yang

Liang Cai

Yang is working on electrocatalytic water splitting for oxygen production.  Liang focuses on 2D TMDC for valleytronic and spintronic applications.

Xiaotong Han

Meiying Leng

Xiaotong focuses on two-dimensional transition metal hydroxides and their derivatives for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction. Meiying focuses on lead-free perovskite nanomaterials for optical applications.

Visiting Scholars

Bo Song


Bo is now focused on the growth of nanostructures by the screw dislocation.  

Undergraduate Students

Kunal Dani

Richard Costello

Kunal works on the bionanotechnology project. Richard  works with Lianna on Electrocatalysis.




Former group members


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