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Research Professors

Antonio Facchetti

Position: Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Email: a-facchetti@northwestern.edu
Website:
www.chemgroups.northwestern.edu/marks/antoniofacchetti.html
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Industrial Chemistry, 1986, A. Righi Institute (Italy): M.S. in Chemistry, 1993, State University of Milano (Italy): Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1996, State University of Milano (Italy)
Project Summary: Dr. Facchetti's research interests include organic semiconductors and dielectrics for thin-film transistors, conducting polymers, molecular electronics, organic second- and third-order nonlinearr optical materials, and organic photovoltaics.

Yanshan Gao

Position: Research Assistant Professor
Email: yanshan@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Chemistry, 2012, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under co-supervision of Prof. Yong Tang (SIOC, CAS) and Zuowei Xie (CUHK); B.S. in Chemistry, 2007, Shandong University.
Project Summary: Olefin polymerization, lubricant and lubricant additives synthesis and applications, organometallic chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, supported organometallics, atomic layer deposition (ALD) precursor design and synthesis, new Lewis acids, and hydroelementation with organolanthanide catalysts.

Wei Huang

Position: Research Assistant Professor
Email: weihuang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in​ Optical Engineering, 2016, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC); B.S. in Physics, 2010, Nankai University (China)
Project Summary: Flexible, stretchable electronics; Advanced Li-ion batteries; Thin-film transistors based on organic and metal oxide materials and their functionalities; Organic light-emitting diodes, organic and Perovskite solar cells.

Post-Docs

Yao Chen

Position: Post-Doc
Email: yao.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Chemistry, 2018, Sichuan University.  B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, Hubei University of Arts and Science (China).
Project Summary: Development of Inorganic/organic functional materials and their applications in optoelectronics.​

Binghao Wang

Position: Post-Doc
Email: binghao.wang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:B.E.(2010), M.S.(2013) and Ph.D. (MSE, 2016), Soochow University, China.
Project Summary: Flexible and stretchable electronics based on solution-processed amorphous metal oxides, organic and perovskite semiconductors

Gang Wang

Position: Post-Doc
Email: gang.wang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Material Science, 2015, Georgia Institute of Technology & State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, Donghua University,  under co-supervision of Prof. Hongzhi Wang (Donghua University) and Prof. Elsa Reichmanis (Geoegia Institute of Technology).
Project Summary: Shear solution printing of conjugated polymers, transparent metal oxides and conducting polymers for their applications in organic electronics and wearable devices.​

Yang Wang

Position: Post-Doc
Email: yangwang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Organic Chemistry, 2017, University of Illinois at Chicago, with Prof. Vladimir Gevorgyan; M.S. in Organometallic Chemistry, 2011, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, under supervision of Prof. Zuowei Xie; B.S. in Chemistry, 2008, Wuhan University, under supervision of Prof. Qinghua Fan (ICCAS, China)
Project Summary: Group 4 bimetallic and hetero-bimetallic chemistry and polymerization catalysis

Weigang Zhu

Position: Post-Doc
Email: weigang.zhu@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Applied Chemistry, 2011, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC); Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 2016, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS).
Project Summary: Ultrafast photogenerated exciton and charge dynamics in molecular cocrystals for advanced optoelectronics

Visiting Scholars

Xia Chen

Position: Senior Visiting Scholar
Email: xia.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry with D.S. Liu, 2006, Shanxi University (China); Post-Doc in Organometallics with Moris S. Eisen, 2007-2008, Israel Institute of Technology (Israel); Visiting scholar in Organometallic & Polymer Chemistry with Eugene Y.X. Chen, 2011-2012, Colorado State University (USA); Currently, Professor at Shanxi University (China).
Project Summary: Group 4 bimetallic and hetero-bimetallic chemistry and polymerization catalysis

Jianhua Chen

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: jianhua.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S.(2011) and Ph.D. (2016), Xiangtan University, China.
Project Summary: Synthesis of novel organic semiconductors for organic photovoltaics and field-effect transistors.

Simone Fabiano

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: simone.fabiano@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: MSc. in Industrial Chemistry, 2008, University of Catania (Italy); Ph.D in Chemistry, 2012, University of Palermo (Italy); Post-Doc with Magnus Berggren, Linköping University (Sweden), 2012-2015; Ass. Prof. at Linköping University, 2016-present.
Project Summary: Metal oxides and organic semiconductors and their application in field-effect transistors.

Liang-Wen Feng

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: liang-wen.feng@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2012, Sichuan University: Ph.D in Chemistry, 2017, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under supervision of Prof. Yong Tang (SIOC, CAS)
Project Summary: Organic photovoltaic and semiconducting materials’ synthesis

Chunling Gu

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: chunling.gu@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2003, Sichuan University: Ph.D in organic Chemistry, 2008, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under co-supervision of Prof. Yongjun Chen, and Li Liu
Project Summary: Organic photovoltaic and semiconducting materials’ synthesis

Zhi Wang

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: zhi.wang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Materials Science with Prof. Yi Gu, 2013, Sichuan University (China); Associate research scientist in SABIC, 2014; Currently, Associate professor at North University of China (China).
Project Summary: Development organic materials and applications of metal oxides to field-effect transistor.

Jialong (Bruce) Zhang

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: jialongzhang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, 2012, East China University of Science and Technology, China
Project Summary: Synthesis of single-site supported catalysts for olefin polymerization with the method of chemisorption.

Xinan Zhang

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: xinanzhang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Physics, 1999, Henan University; Ph.D. in physical electronics, 2009, Xi’an Jiao Tong University; Ass. Prof. at Henan University (China), 2010-present.
Project Summary: Metal oxides semiconductor/dielectric and their application in thin film optoelectronics

Dan Zhao

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: dan.zhao@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Material science and engineering, 2013, Taiyuan University of Technology.
Project Summary: Organic semiconductors, organic light-emitting diodes, organic and perovskite photodetectors.

Ding Zheng

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: ding.zheng@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Electronic Science and Technology​, 2013, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Project Summary: Organic semiconductors, metal oxides, carbon nano-materials and their application in organic solar cells and perovskite solar cells.

Xinming Zhuang

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: xinming.zhuang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:B.S. in Electronic Science and Technology​, 2014, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Project Summary: Thin-film transistors based on organic and metal oxide materials and their sensors.

Graduate Students

Thomas Aldrich

Position: Graduate Student
Email: thomasaldrich2017@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2012, Harvey Mudd College
Project Summary: Development of Sustainable Polymerization Methodologies and Materials for High-Efficiency Organic Polymer Solar Cells.

Joaquin Alzola

Position: Graduate Student
Email: JoaquinAlzola2021@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A in Chemistry, Cornell University
Project Summary: Development of new small molecule acceptors for organic photovoltaic and electronic applications.

Sam Amsterdam

Position: Graduate Student
Email: SamuelAmsterdam2015@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2014 Carnegie Mellon University
Project Summary: Applications of two-dimensional nanomaterials in solar energy production.

Allison Arinaga

Position: Graduate Student
Email: allisonarinaga2022@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2017, Ursinus College
Project Summary: Heterogeneous oxidative coupling methane using sulfur as an oxidant

Chris Barger

Position: Graduate Student
Email: christopherbarger2014@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, University of Georgia
Project Summary: Organolanthanide-catalyzed hydroelementation of carbon-heteroatom multiple bonds

Cole Carter

Position: Graduate Student
Email: carterhcole@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: BS in chemistry, 2016, University of Caifornia San Diego
Project Summary: Investigation of electronically communicating metal centers in multinuclear complexes bearing redox active ligands and their reactivity in homogeneous catalysis

Jiazhen Chen

Position: Graduate Student
Email: jiazhenchen2014@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2014, Peking University (China)
Project Summary: Binuclear lanthanide catalysts for polyolefin synthesis and organic synthesis.

Brian Eckstein


Position:
Graduate Student
Email: b.j.eckstein@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in Economics, 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project Summary: My current research focuses on synthesis of novel molecules for organic photovoltaics and organic transistors.

Matthew Leonardi

Position: Graduate Student
Email: matthewleonardi2011@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2011, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Project Summary: Synthesis and characterization of novel small molecule donor materials for application in organic photovoltaics.

Jiaqi Li

Position: Graduate Student
Email: JiaqiLi2015@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2015, Peking University (China)
Project Summary: Supported metal oxides for biomass conversion

Shanfu Liu

Position: Graduate Student
Email: ShanfuLiu2014@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S in Chemistry, 2014, Nankai University (China)
Project Summary: Oxidative coupling of methane using sulfur as a “softer” and more selective oxidant

Jake Rothbaum

Position:Graduate Student
Email: JacobRothbaum2021@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, University of Georgia
Project Summary: Organometallic-catalyzed C-H activation of heterocyclic molecules using f-block elements

Aritra Sil

Position: Graduate Student
Email: AritraSil2015@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:  B.S. in Chemistry, 2014 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Project Summary: Anion Doping in Metal Oxides Semiconductors.

Katie Stallings

Position: Graduate Student
Email: katiestallings2011@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Biochemistry, 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology
Project Summary: Materials synthesis and fabrication of field-effect transistors.

Steven Swick

Position: Graduate Student
Email: stevenswick2020@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:B.S. in Chemistry, 2014, Western Washington University; M.S. in Chemistry, 2017, Yale University.
Project Summary: Synthesis of Organic Semiconducting Materials for Soft Matter Photovoltaics and Electronics


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