I joined the Kanatzidis group in February, 2010. My research focuses on exploratory synthesis of halide-based semiconductors. Of special interest are materials of the perovskite structure. Such materials display interesting optical properties (Photoluminescence, Non-Linear Optical properties) and are thus being studied for energy conversion applications in the near-IR region. On January 2012 I joined ANL, where my research concerns single-crystal growth of dense, wide-bandgap halide and chalcohalide compounds for high energy radiation detection.
Previous research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Spyros P. Perlepes, involved the synthesis and characterization of polynuclear 3d-metal complexes (clusters) and study of their magnetic properties in search for prototype molecular magnetic materials.