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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    Melissa Ball Graduate student

    Melissa Ball is a Graduate student at Columbia University, working in the Nuckolls Lab since June of 2014.

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    Emily Bellingham

    Emily is interested in organic electronics and is working with CNT-FETs, as well as C60-based devices.

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    Anouck Champsaur Graduate student

    Anouck joins the group from UC Berkeley.

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    Sarah Dubnik

    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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    Grisha Etkin Graduate student

    Grisha received his B.S. from UC Berkeley, where he worked on synthetic strategies for atomically precise graphene nanoribbons under Professor Felix Fischer. His research in the Nuckolls lab is focused on the synthesis of extended aromatic molecules for photovoltaics and other electronics.

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    Yan Feng Graduate student

    Yan Feng received her B.S. in Chemistry from Wuhan University. In the Nuckolls lab, she is working on CNT functionalization and single molecule detection. You can see her a lot in the gym, either jogging or playing table tennis.

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    Neil Foegen Graduate Student

    Neil received his B.S. in Chemistry and Geoscience from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. There, he worked under Professor Jason D’Acchioli on computational methods for determining oxidation states in simple transition metal complexes. In the Nuckolls lab, Neil is working on device fabrication for organic photovoltaics, photodetectors, and field-effect transistors.

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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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    Florian Geyer Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Florian received his PhD in the group of Prof. Uwe Bunz at Heidelberg University in late 2016 working on multicore acene and azaacene constructs. He studied at Heidelberg University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and is now a postdoctoral researcher and Humboldt-fellow in the Group of Colin Nuckolls. His work in the Nuckolls group is focused around the synthesis of conjugated designer macrocycles for singlet fission.

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    Ryan Hastie

    Contracts Coordinator

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    Raul Hernandez Sanchez Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Raúl Hernández Sánchez is a postdoctoral fellow working on assembling singlet fission molecules into 3D networks. Raúl completed his doctoral work under the mentorship of Ted Betley at Harvard, where he studied the electronic structure of iron clusters using a range of spectroscopic, electrochemical, and magnetic methods. He did his undergraduate degree at Tecnológico de Monterrey in México. After his second year he went to Caltech as a research assistant and explored the chem&hellip Learn more about Raul »

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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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    Khrystofor Khokhlov

    Originally from Ukraine, currently I am a Columbia University undergrad majoring in chemistry. In Ukraine I dedicated a lot of time to chemistry olympiads and worked in Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry, where I conducted research in the field of heterocyclic chemistry and worked as synthetic organic chemist for Enamine Ltd. Currently I work on synthesis of PDI-based flat graphene nanoribbons in the Nuckolls lab as a Rabi scholar of Columbia College.

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    Margarita Milton Graduate student

    Margarita joins us from Stony Brook University.

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    Madhav Neupane Graduate student

    Madhav joins the group from Texas A&M.

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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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    Sam Peurifoy Graduate Student

    Sam received his B.S. from the University of Miami, where he contributed to work on donor-acceptor supramolecular assemblies under Professor Adam Braunschweig. He intends to synthesize extended aromatic compounds for use in optoelectronic devices.

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    Elisabeth Purdy Graduate student

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    Nate Schuster Graduate student

    I received my B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where I studied the self-assembly of calixarene nanocapsules in the lab of Professor Jerry Atwood. As a graduate student in the Nuckolls lab, I intend to synthesize pi-conjugated organic molecules for use in OPV cells. My interests outside of chemistry include classical music, politics, and exploring everything New York has to offer, especially food.

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    Tom Sisto Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    My chemistry career began in the Thamattoor lab at Colby College, where I received my B.A. in 2009. After teaching chemistry at Fryeburg Academy for a year, I joined the lab of Ramesh Jasti at Boston University in 2010. I then moved with Ramesh to the University of Oregon, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2015. My research in the Nuckolls lab is focused on synthesizing helical donor-acceptor graphene nanoribbons for use in bulk heterojunction solar cells, in addition to other unique donor-acceptor architectures incorporating graphene nanoribbons.

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    Mike Steigerwald Research Scientist

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    Qizhi Xu Graduate student

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    Boyuan Zhang Graduate student

    Boyuan received her B.S. in chemistry from Fudan University in 2014. She joins the Nuckolls group as a graduate student.