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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    Sophia Ahmed Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Sophia is an undergraduate Rabi Scholar in Columbia College majoring in sustainable development. In the Nuckolls Group, she works with device fabrication and performance.

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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, where she worked under the guidance of Dr. Ron Zuckermann on the design and synthesis of peptoid biopolymers and their assembly into functional nanosheets. Her work in the Nuckolls group is focused on developing a toolbox of cobalt chalcogenide cluster building blocks in order to create new electronic materials with tuned dimensionality.

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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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    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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    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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    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 Undergraduate Research Assistant

    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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    Taifeng Liu Adjunct Associate Research Scientist

    Taifeng Liu is from Shanghai Normal University, and is working as an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Nuckolls group. He received his PhD from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research is mainly focused on the PDI-based nanoribbons and curved molecules.

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    Margarita Milton Graduate student

    Margarita joins us from Stony Brook University.

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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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    Vineeta Muthuraj Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Vineeta is a Materials Science & Engineering student at Cornell University. She is joining the Nuckolls group for the summer to work on superatom clusters. She is originally from New Jersey.

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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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    Nate Schuster Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    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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    Qizhi Xu Postdoctoral Research Scientist

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    Jingjing Yang Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Jingjing received his B.S. in chemistry from USTC in 2013, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2018. He is now a postdoc in the Nuckolls group. He is interested in interrogating superatomic materials.

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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.

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    Qi Zou Adjunct Associate Research Scientist

    Qi Zou is an Associate Professor from Shanghai University of Electric Power, and is now working as an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Nuckolls group. He received his Ph.D. from East China University of Science and Technology. His research interests lie in the field of single molecule junctions and photoelectric functional materials.