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.

Matthew Haveman

Nitish Mathur

Matt works on synthesizing novel transition metal chalcogenides for use in HER. Nitish works on Magnetic Skyrmions Project.

Matthew Hautzinger

Hongyuan Sheng

Matt works on the synthesis and characterization of novel materials for photovoltaic applications. 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.

Dongxu Pan

Tim Tiambeng

Dongxu works on the synthesis and application of perovskite materials.

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


Visiting Graduate Students

Yifan Dong

Jie Chen

Yifan is working on molten salt electrodeposition of battery materials Jie is working photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting for hydrogen production

Yang Yang

Liang Cai

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

Visiting Scholars

Bo Song


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

Undergraduate Students

Yi (Johnny) Zhang

Kunal Dani

Yi works with Melinda on synthesis of Metal Dichalcogenide nanostructures Kunal works on the bionanotechnology project.

Richard Costello

Richard  works with Lianna on Electrocatalysis.  


Former group members


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