People

Principal Investigator:

Justin Caram Picture

Dr. Justin Caram

Email: jcaram@chem.ucla.edu | YH-3077A

Postdoctoral Scholar:

Dr. Tasnim Ahmed

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

Email: tasnimahmed92@chem.ucla.edu | 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: austin.bailey@chem.ucla.edu | 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.

Hannah Friedman

B.S. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2016

Email: hcfriedman@chem.ucla.edu | YH 3086

My research focuses on energetics of triplet excitons in oligoacenes, a class of organic semi-conductors. A day in the lab can vary from designing and building quick scan fluorimeter to making and characterizing nanocrystals. When not in the lab, I love exploring both locally and abroad, playing board games, and volunteering with OCDS, QSTEM, and nanoscience outreach at UCLA.

Ash Sueh Hua

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

Email: ashleyhua@chem.ucla.edu | 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 fashion, cooking, crafting, and video games.

Barry (Yangtao) Li

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

Email: barryyangtao@chem.ucla.edu | 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 in the 19th century.

Ashley Shin

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

Email: ajshin@chem.ucla.edu | YH 3086

Website: www.ajshin.org

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

Anthony Sica

B.S. Chemistry, Hofstra University, 2018

Email: asica@chem.ucla.edu | YH 3086

I enjoy developing new spectroscopic techniques to study and develop a better understanding of materials. I use decay associated Fourier Spectroscopy (DAFS), that utilizes interferometric methods, paired with superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs) to observe otherwise difficult spectral features in the materials. Alongside DAFS I will build and develop a highly stable microscope that will assist in connecting the spectral properties with localized areas of our materials. I will use this to study materials such as lead-halide perovskites which have potential applications in optoelectronics. In my free time, I enjoy goofing off around Westwood with friends, playing guitar and video games, admiring sloths, impersonating Justin, and chilling with my sweet cats Nutella and ZZ.

Xuanheng (TD) Tan

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

Email: txh1028@chem.ucla.edu | 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.

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Stephanie Tenney

B.A. Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, 2018

Email: stenney@chem.ucla.edu | 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.

Jillian Williams

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

B.S. Biochemistry, Indiana University, 2015

Email: jillianwilliams@chem.ucla.edu | 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 (cryoEM) to determine their structures. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and singing karaoke.

Undergraduate Students:

Lianne Alson

Anais Bolor

John Cao

Ray Huang

Ben Nguyen

Shireen Talieh

Laurie Tan

Group Alumni:

Postdoctoral Alumni

Dr. Timothy Atallah, Assistant Professor, Denison University

Graduate Alumni

Dr. Anu Deshmukh, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

Undergraduate Alumni

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

Niklas Geue

Victoria Vilchez, Imperial College London

Xingyu Shen, Peking University

Yongjia He, University of California, Los Angeles

Chengye Huang, Imperial College London

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