Team Members

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    Colin Nuckolls

    Colin Nuckolls received his Ph.D. in 1998 from Columbia University. He was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California until he joined the Faculty at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2000. In 2006, Nuckolls was promoted to the rank of Professor, and from July 2008 to June 2011 he acted as Chairman of Columbia’s Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on integrating reaction ch&hellip Learn more about Colin »

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    Ally Bao Graduate Student

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    Qian Cheng Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Qian Cheng is currently a post-doc research scientist at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Arizona State University in 2016, and a B.S. in Materials Science from Fudan University in 2011. He works on electrochemical energy conversion and storage techniques, such as batteries and photocatalysts. Specifically, he works on designing novel electrode and electrolyte materials for next-generation batteries, such as solid electrolytes for long l&hellip Learn more about Qian »

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    Sarah Dubnik Graduate Student

    Sarah joins the group from the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her B.S. in Chemistry and Computer Science. Previously, she worked with photonic crystals as well as carbon nanotube composites. In the Nuckolls group she is now working with carbon nanotubes for single molecule detection.

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    Solomia Dzhaman Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Solomia is an undergraduate student at Columbia University, majoring in mechanical engineering.

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    Austin Evans Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Austin completed his PhD studies at Northwestern University under the direction of William R. Dichtel. As a graduate student, Austin studied two-dimensional polymerizations and the applications of macromolecular sheets. As a postdoctoral scientist in the Nuckolls and Venkataraman labs, Austin is exploring electron dynamics in single-molecule electronics and extended organic solids.

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    Natalia Gadjieva Graduate Student

    I’m Natalia, from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In the Nuckolls group I hope to work on synthesis for single molecule devices as well as device fabrication.

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    Jesse Gray Graduate Student

    Jesse Gray received a B.S. in Biochemistry ACS and B.S. in music at Andrews University. Previously, he conducted research in the synthesis of large-scale polymeric nanoparticles (PAMAM dendrimers) at Andrews ChemServices under the instruction of Ryan T. Hayes, Ph. D. Currently, Jesse is working on making organic materials-based pseudocapacitors in the Nuckolls lab.

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    Jen Han Graduate Student

    Jen is a joint student between the Roy and Nuckolls group and joined in the fall of 2019. While at Georgetown University, she received her B.S. in Chemistry and conducted research with Prof. Karah Knope investigating tetravalent actinide-halide complexes isolated from acidic aqueous solution under conditions relevant to nuclear waste management, separations, and discerning covalency of the 5f-block. In the Nuckolls group, she hopes to study two-dimensional materials and optimize device performance.

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    Ryan Hastie

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    Wendy (Shoushou) He Graduate Student

    Wendy (Shoushou) received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Toronto, where she conducted research with Prof. Geoffrey Ozin on gas-phase CO2 hydrogenation using mixed metal oxides-based catalysts. As a joint student between Prof. Colin Nuckolls and Prof. Xavier Roy at Columbia University, Wendy is now engaged in research involving superatomic materials.

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    Taylor Hochuli Graduate Student

    Taylor Hochuli received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has been working as a graduate student in the Nuckolls lab at Columbia University since November 2016. Taylor previously studied mixed-metal nanoparticles with Dr. Jill Millstone at the University of Pittsburgh during his senior year and developed an interface between two quantum chemistry computer programs with Dr. Daniel Lambrecht during his freshman year. Taylor is now studying redox-active superatom clusters and their assembly into larger structures.

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    Zexin (Henry) Jin Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Zexin (Henry) received his B.S. in chemistry from Peking University in 2014, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford in 2019. He joined the Nuckolls lab as a postdoc working on organic materials with various applications.

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    Liang Li Graduate Student

    Liang Li received his B.S. from Nankai University. Liang’s interests are material physics and spintronics.

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    Rachael Mow Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Rachael Mow is an undergraduate student at Columbia University majoring in chemical engineering.

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    Colin Nuckolls

    Colin Nuckolls received his Ph.D. in 1998 from Columbia University. He was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California until he joined the Faculty at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2000. In 2006, Nuckolls was promoted to the rank of Professor, and from July 2008 to June 2011 he acted as Chairman of Columbia’s Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on integrating reaction ch&hellip Learn more about Colin »

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    Nick Orchanian Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Nick is currently a Columbia Nano Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow engaged in researching electric-field-driven catalysis. During his B.Sc. studies at USC, Nick explored molecular spectroscopy to probe fundamental processes relevant to photosynthesis under the mentorship of Prof. Jahan M. Dawlaty. In 2015, Nick joined the group of Prof. Smaranda C. Marinescu at USC to pursue his doctoral studies. His thesis work focused on the&hellip Learn more about Nick »

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    Claudia Prindle Graduate Student

    Claudia is a joint student in the Nuckolls and Venkataraman labs. She received her B.S. in Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she conducted research with Prof. Peter Stair on the synthesis of organometallic complexes as ALD nanobowl templates. Currently, she is studying the effect of electric fields on organic catalysis.

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    Cedric Schaack Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Cedric received his BSc, and MSc ETH Zurich, where he worked on chemical ligation with Prof. Jeffrey Bode. He then completed his PhD studies at ETH with Prof. François Diederich, where he applied organic synthesis to the development of novel chiral optoelectronic materials, specifically helicene dimers and oligomers. As a postdoc in the Nuckolls Lab, Cedric is studying electric field catalysis and organic materials for electronic applications.

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    Shantao Sun Graduate Student

    Shantao Sun received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he conducted research about supramolecular anion sensors at Professor Jonathan Sessler’s group. In the Nuckolls group, he hopes to develop organic materials with unique electronic properties.

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    Ren Wiscons Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Ren grew up in San Diego before moving to Oberlin College, where she received her B.A. in Biochemistry. While at Oberlin, Ren was involved in metamorphic geochemistry research and the campus hydroponic wastewater treatment facility before completing her undergraduate thesis in solid-state chemistry under the direction of Prof. Jesse Rowsell. She then moved to Ann Arbor to conduct her graduate studies with Prof. Adam J. Matzger at the University of Michigan. Ren’s graduate studies focused &hellip Learn more about Ren »

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    Xiao Xiao Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Xiao did his undergraduate research on transition-metal catalysis at USTC. After moving to the US, he completed his PhD studies at the University of Minnesota, where he worked on aryne-based synthetic methodologies with Prof. Thomas R. Hoye. As a postdoc in the Nuckolls lab, he is interested in the synthesis and characterization of structurally unique helicenes and nanoribbons.