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.

Tim Tiambeng


Natalia Spitha

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

Natalia is a joint student with the Wright group, studying the excited-state dynamics of perovskites through photoluminescence and multidimensional spectroscopy.

Kayla Lloyd

David Roberts

Kayla is joint group member with the Hamers group working on the characterization of novel materials for photovoltaic applications

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


Visiting Graduate Students

Liang Cai

Meiying Leng

 Liang focuses on synthesis and application of layered metal dichalcogenides beyond 2D Meiying focuses on lead-free perovskite nanomaterials for optical applications.

Xiaotong Han


Xiaotong focuses on two-dimensional transition metal hydroxides and their derivatives for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction.  

Visiting Scholars

Ying Yang


Ying works on the eletrochemical synthesis of thin film materials for solar energy conversion and storage.  

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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