Principal Investigator:

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Dr. Justin Caram

Email: | YH-3077A

Postdoctoral Scholar:

Dr. Tasnim Ahmed

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, India, 2021

Email: | YH 3086

I am interested in understanding photophysics of infrared emissive materials. Specifically my research focuses on studying the photophysical properties of 2D SWIR emitting semiconductor nanocrystals. Focused on that, I also enjoy developing new microscopy and spectroscopy tools. In my free time, I love exploring new areas, watching movies, and listening to music.

Graduate Students:

Austin Bailey

B.S. Chemistry, University of Rochester, 2018

Email: | YH 3086

I currently investigate the aggregation properties and photophysics of amphiphilic cyanine dyes. I am originally from West Hartford, CT and enjoy arranging music for piano as well as finding new music.

Belle Coffey

B.A. Chemistry, Bard College, 2021

Email: | YH 3086

I am interested in the photophysical properties of inorganic materials and coordination complexes. Specifically, I am interested in studying the synthesis and characterization of various metal quantum dots and nanoparticles in order to understated their unique photophysical properties. Such materials have general application potential in optoelectronics, imaging, and solar energy. My hobbies include painting, listening to music and volunteering with local animal rescues.

Elijah Cook

M.S. Materials Chemistry, William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2022

B.S. Chemistry, William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2020

Email: | YH 3086

I’m currently investigating new routes to obtain colloidally synthesized semiconductor nanostructures and studying their photophysical properties. I am from Sparta, NJ and I enjoy watching Formula 1, as well as learning about the chemistry of plants and fungi.

Yongjia He

B.S. Physics, Wuhan University, 2020

Email: | YH 3086

I really enjoy investigating molecular qubits for quantum computation and employing these quantum properties for future applications. My life-long goal is to tackle climate change with the help of quantum technologies. In my free time, observing trees that are bathed in the bright afternoon sunlight can make me happy all day! Feel free to email me for discussion and potential collaboration!

Ash Sueh Hua

B.S. Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University, 2020

Email: | YH 3086

I am working on using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to study the excitonic properties of quantum dots. I like cute things and enjoy creative hobbies such as fashion, cooking, crafting, and video games.

Barry (Yangtao) Li

B.S. Chemistry/Materials Science, University of California, Los Angeles (Bruin continued!), 2020

Email: | YH 3086

My research interest is to apply theoretical tools (electronic structure theory and photon statistics) to understand specific spectroscopic features and develop new spectroscopic methods from theoretical perspective. I am recently working on the theoretical study of complexes with large spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and nonnegligible ligand field (LF) effects. I am using quantum mechanical models to explain the spectroscopic features of these complexes. I am also working on theoretical modeling of higher order correlation spectroscopy to assist the new experimental designs. As the group IT, I am also trying to build suitable computational methods to speed up several data analysis codes for the group. During my free time, I love cooking (Szechuan cuisine), and reading European novels from the 19th century.

Richard Liu

B.S. Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, 2020

Email: | YH 3086

I am interested in better understanding the aggregation dynamics and exciton behavior of supramolecular dye molecules through a variety of spectroscopic methods. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing saxophone, and playing Dance Dance Revolution!

Arthur Odenheimer

B.S. Chemistry/ B.A. Music Performance, Louisiana State University 2022

Email: | YH 3086, Boelter 7813

My research interests include using photophysics and spectroscopic methods to better understand the self-assembly of polymers. Specifically, I investigate the kinetics of polymeric micelles for their use in applications such as hydrogels and biological imaging. I am constantly looking for ways to include ideas from many different branches of science into my own research; and in doing so, I currently work with both Dr. Justin Caram and Dr. Samanvaya Srivastava. In my free time, I enjoy playing flute, video games, and sitting outside looking at trees or rocks.

Caleb Pike

B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, 2022

Email: | YH 3086

My research is on the synthesis and characterization of metal chalcogenide 2D semiconducting nanocrystals, but more specifically on the applications of computer aided synthesis for these materials. Implementation of software controlled reaction conditions, such as temperature controlling or precursor injection, allows for exploration of very precise variations within the synthetic space that would otherwise be impossible to achieve with traditional techniques. Such variations can be used to optimize machine learning based models that will allow us to probe the mechanism of formation of these materials and push their synthetic limits. Outside of school, I enjoy rock climbing, biking, and competitive super smash brothers.

Ashley Shin

B.A. Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, 2017

Email: | YH 3086


My research aims to synthesize, handle, and characterize qubit molecular moieties that can bind to surfaces while maintaining their ideal qubit properties.

Xuanheng (TD) Tan

B.S. Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 2019

Email: | YH 3086

My research interest is to synthesize, characterize and develop semiconducting nanomaterials. I am currently working on metal chalcogenide nanoplatelets, a kind of 2D nanomaterials which possess the potential to be applied in electronic devices. In my free time, I enjoy playing videos games and watching movies.

Stephanie Tenney

B.A. Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, 2018

Email: | YH 3086

My research studies synthesis, characterization, and optical properties of 2D semiconductor nanocrystals. Specifically, I study metal chalcogenides with absorption and emission in the SWIR. In my free time I enjoy painting, gardening, reading, and hiking.

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Jillian Williams

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2020

B.S. Biochemistry, Indiana University, 2015

Email: | YH 3086

My research investigates the properties that drive the self-assembly of organic cyanine dyes to form aggregates. I use spectroscopic methods to better understand the photophysics of these aggregates and cryo-electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy to determine their structures. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and singing karaoke.

Lexi Wright

B.A. Chemistry, Boston University, 2022

Email: | YH 3086

My research interests are related to the dynamics of aggregate-forming cyanine dyes and spectroscopy. Specifically, I hope to simulate aggregation behavior and gain molecular-level insight into structural features. In my free time, I’m at the beach.

Postbaccalaureate Student:

Ben Nguyen

Undergraduate Students:

Lianne Alson

Anais Bolor

John Cao

Hannah Liu

Linus Murphy

Ricky Ronquillo

Elise Skytte

Laurie Tan

Group Alumni:

Postdoctoral Alumni

Dr. Timothy Atallah, Assistant Professor, Denison University,

Graduate Alumni

Dr. Anthony Sica, Postdoctoral Scholar, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,

Dr. Hannah Friedman, Postdoctoral Scholar, Naval Research Laboratory,

Dr. Anu Deshmukh, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University,

Undergraduate Alumni

Shireen Talieh

Ray Huang

Mikayla Sonnleitner, Medical Student, University of Hawaii

Azmain Hossain, PhD Student, California Institute of Technology

Jonathan Hui, University of California, Los Angeles

Danielle Koppel, HRL Labs, Malibu

Danielle Cadena, University of Texas at Austin

Zack Ferrin, North Carolina State University

Visiting Students

Janine Lorenz, Justus Liebig University Giessen

Niklas Geue, University of Manchester

Victoria Vilchez, Imperial College London

Xingyu Shen, Peking University

Chengye Huang, Imperial College London

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