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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.

Tracy Lohr

Position: Research Assistant Professor
Email: tracy.lohr@northwestern.edu
Website: http://sites.northwestern.edu/facultytll239
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.Sc (honors, co-op) in Chemistry, 2008, University of Victoria; Ph.D in Chemistry, 2013, University of Calgary under the supervision of Warren E. Piers.
Project Summary: Dr. Lohr’s research interests include lanthanide catalysis, hydroelementation, biomass degradation, tandem catalysis, early metal oxo chemistry, supported organometallics, olefin polymerization, and heterogeneous catalysis.

Ferdinand Melkonyan

Position: Research Assistant Professor
Email:  f-melkonyan@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: M.S. in Chemistry, 2005, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia); Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2009, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia).
Project Summary: Dr. Melkonyan’s research interests include organic semiconducting materials with a focus on new active layer materials for organic solar cells (OPV) and field-effect transistors (OFET), organic dielectric materials, catalysis for π-conjugated organic materials synthesis, sustainable chemistry, and heterocyclic chemistry.

Post-Docs

Yanshan Gao

Position: Post-Doc
Email: yanshan@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2007, Shandong University: 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)
Project Summary: Group 4 bimetallic and hetero-bimetallic chemistry and polymerization catalysis

Wei Huang

Position: Post-Doc
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: Metal oxides and organic materials based field-effect transistors and their functionality

Titel Jurca

Position: Post-Doc
Email: titel.jurca@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: BSc w/honours in Chemistry, University of Ottawa, 2008; Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Ottawa, 2012; Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Ian Manners, University of Bristol, 2015.
Project Summary: Development of molybdenum-based ALD precursors for the fabrication of molybdenum oxide and sulfide materials, and heterogeneous catalytic applications of supported molybdenum oxide catalysts.

Tsu-Hui Su

Position: Post-Doc
Email: tsu-hui.su@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2008, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan; Ph.D in Chemistry, 2013, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan.
Project Summary: Transparent metal oxide/dielectric thin film formation via combustion synthesis and their applications.

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.​

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

Yao Chen

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: yao.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, Hubei University of Arts and Science (China)
Project Summary: Development organic materials for organic solar cells and applications of metal oxides to field-effect transistor.

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

Gabriele Di Carlo

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: gabriele.dicarlo@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, 2006, University of Milan (Italy); Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2009, University of Milan (Italy).
Project Summary: Dr. Di Carlo’s research interests include organic synthesis of inverted self-assembled nanodielectrics (I-SANDs) and their application in organic field-effect transistors (OFET).

Maxime Daigle

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: maxime.daigle@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, International Profile, 2011, Laval University (Canada); M.Sc. in Organometallic Chemistry, 2013, Laval University (Canada), PhD in Material Sciences, Laval University (Canada), 2013-present.
Project Summary: Photochemical preparation of ladder polymers and their application in organic electronics.

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.

Sungyong Seo

Position: Visiting Scholar
Email: sungyong.seo@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:
Project Summary:

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

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.

Joe Bailey

Position: Graduate Student
Email: JosephBailey2020@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2015, University of Rochester
Project Summary: Modified lanthanide triflate catalysts for lignin biomass conversion.

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

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.

Michael Desanker

Position: Graduate Student
Email:michaeldesanker2018@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Summary: Development of additives for lubricants to decrease wear and friction in motor vehicles

Nicholas Eastham

Position: Graduate Student
Email: nicholaseastham2012@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry 2012, University of Houston
Project Summary: Developing original fabrication techniques to improve solar cell device performance and encourage further innovation in active layer/interfacial layer components.

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.

Anna Invergo

Position: Graduate Student
Email: annainvergo2013@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, University of Louisville
Project Summary: Group 4, group 10, and lanthanide-based polymerization catalysis

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

Mike Liu

Position: Graduate Student
Email: ShengsiLiu2017@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry 2012, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Project Summary: Applications of surface organometallic chemistry to the design and fabrication of heterogeneous catalysts with homogeneous characteristics.

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

Alex Lou

Position: Graduate Student
Email: alexanderlou2013@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in Chemistry 2013, Williams College
Project Summary: Synthesis of organic chromophores for nonlinear optics.

Eric Manley

Position: Graduate Student
Email: ericmanley2012@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in Chemistry, 2011, Carleton College
Project Summary: I study the morphology of active layer materials in organic photovoltaics.

Stephanie Moffitt

Position:Graduate Student
Email:stephaniemoffitt2012@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2012, University of California at Santa Barbara
Project Summary: Exploration of the relationships between local structure, electrical properties, and thin film transistor performance of transparent amorphous oxides.

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.

Chan Myae Myae Soe

Position: Graduate Student
Email: chansoe2012@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in Chemistry, 2012, Wellesley College
Project Summary: My project focuses on the synthesis of inorganic materials and device fabrication and characterization of hybrid solar cells.

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.

Madi Stalzer

Position: Graduate Student
Email: madelyn@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Summary:Group 4 & 5 organometallic complexes supported on super acidic metal oxides for novel single site catalysis.

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

Victoria Weidner

Position: Graduate Student
Email: vweidner@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in Chemistry (2012), Franklin & Marshall College
Project Summary: F-element catalysis for C-H activation.

Li Zeng

Position: Graduate Student
Email: lizeng2016@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Physics, 2011, Wuhan University (China)
Project Summary: X-ray characterization of transparent oxides and organic electronics


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