Wasielewski Group

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Graduate Students
Joaquin Alzola

Graduate Student

Joaquin was born in Durham, North Carolina, and shortly after moved to Vienna, Virginia where he grew up.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, where he worked under Prof. Will Dichtel developing the synthesis of polyheterohalogenated building blocks for functionalized graphene. He then came to Northwestern in the Fall of 2016, where he joined the Wasielewski group as a co-advised student with Prof. Tobin Marks. His work in the Wasielewski group involves the synthesis and photophysical studies of nonfullerene acceptors for organic photovoltaics.

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1030
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: JoaquinAlzola2021@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-6696

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Younjue (Eunice) Bae

Graduate Student

Eunice was born in Seoul, Korea and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Profs. Wendy Queen and Stephene Leone. She joined the Wasielewski research group in July of 2016, where she studies singlet fission in anthracene derivatives using visible and mid-IR transient absorption, femtosecond stimulated raman spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. 

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1032
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: YounjueBae2021@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4947

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Laura Bancroft

Graduate Student

Laura was born in Falmouth, MA and went to Wellesley College for her undergraduate work.  There, she worked and completed a thesis under Professor David Haines doing organic synthesis of non-native ligands for type II diabetes research.  She received her B.A. in Chemistry before coming to Northwestern University and joining the Wasielewski group in 2017.  Her research now focuses on optical detection of spin states, specifically measuring zero quantum coherences with high time resolution.  Laura also enjoys gardening on her back porch, rollerblading along the lake, and spending time with Jade, her leopard gecko. 

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1031
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: LauraBancroft2022@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4944

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Michelle Chen
Graduate Student

Michelle grew up in Woodbury, NY and graduated from Dartmouth College as a chemistry and economics double major. During her undergraduate career, she worked with Dr. James R. Gaier at NASA Glenn Research Center (2013) and Dr. Matt Eisaman at Brookhaven National Lab (2014). At Dartmouth, she completed her honors thesis under Professor Jane Lipson. Michelle joined the Wasielewski group in July of 2015; she synthesizes and characterizes singlet fission chromophores and studies their photophysical properties in solution and film.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1030
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: MichelleChen2015@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-6696

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Joseph Christensen

Graduate Student

Joe grew up on a farm in western Iowa, and he did his undergraduate studies at Creighton University. At Creighton, Joe got his B.S. in chemistry and worked in Prof. James Fletcher’s lab, but he spent most of his time cheering on the Creighton Bluejays basketball team. In the Wasielewski group Joe is interested in developing new visible-light absorbing chromophores for driving energy demanding photo-redox reactions. Outside of the lab Joe enjoys good food and drink, playing chess (poorly), watching Lake Michigan freeze, May Day, and mushroom hunting. 

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 2022
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: JosephChristensen2019@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4420

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Su Chen

Graduate Student

Su was born in Shexian County in Anhui, China. Su did his undergraduate study in South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC a.k.a. Sustech) in Shenzhen, China with his  thesis advisor was Prof. Xinyuan Liu. He joined Wasielewski research group in the winter of 2016, where he synthesizes electron donor-acceptor molecules which can self-assemble into charge conduits to harvest solar energy. He loves photography, and does photoshoots in his spare time.

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1031
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: SuChen2021@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4944

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Adam Coleman
Graduate Student

Adam grew up in the Chicagoland area. He attended the University of Chicago for undergrad, where he studied under Prof. Yossi Weismann.  He began in the Wasielewski research group in November 2015, where he studies synthesis and photophysical characterization of redox active chromophores.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1027
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: adam.coleman@northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4855

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Samantha Harvey

Graduate Student

Sam grew up in Granger, Indiana. She earned a B.S. in chemistry from Indiana University. During her undergraduate career she worked in the lab of Prof. Sara Skrabalak on the synthesis of Au/Pd nanostructures by the process of seed-mediated co-reduction. In addition she spent a summer doing an REU in the lab of Prof. Cathy Murphy at UIUC using a statistical method to better understand Au nanorod synthesis. Sam joined the Wasielewski and Schaller going in 2016 and has been working on studying semiconductor nanocrystals using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy and building a time-resolved Faraday rotation setup to study spin coherence in hybrid quantum dot-organic structures. Outside of lab, Sam enjoys reading, gaming, baking, and playing piano. 

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1033
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: SamanthaHarvey2021@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4948

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Jenna Logsdon

Graduate Student

Jenna is a tranplant from both Buffalo, NY and later Tampa, FL where she studied at the University of Tampa under the supervision of Prof. John Struss. She’s been a member of the Wasielewski research group since 2014, where her research focuses on charge transfer dynamics in model systems of organic photovoltaics.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1032
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: JennaLogsdon2019@u.northwestern.edu 
Office: 847-467-4947

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Haochuan Mao

Graduate Student

Haochuan was born and grew up in Hangzhou, China. As he turned 18, unlike most of his high school classmates who continued staying in Hangzhou, he was tired of that city and went to Nanjing, where completed his undergraduate education in chemistry at Nanjing University in 2017. His research in college involves investigating the static spin state of some boron-centered and nitroxyl radicals under the supervision of Prof. Xinping Wang. Unsured about how working in a foreign country was like, he did a two-month research internship in the summer of 2015 at the Universty of Sydney working on Open Source Malaria with Prof. Matthew Todd and felt great. He likes spin, EPR and quantum mechanics, so he joined the Wasielewski group in 2017 and has been working to learn more about the dynamics of spin like teleportation and polarization.

 

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1027
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: HaochuanMao2022@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4855

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Jose Martinez

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JoseMartinez2018[at]u.northwestern.edu

Ph.D. Student, Northwestern University, 2013-present

B.A. Chemistry and Computer Science, Cornell College, 2013

Ryan 2022 | 1-4420 | Subgroup: Solar Fuels

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Michele Myong

Graduate Student

Michele was raised in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. She obtained her BA in chemistry at Columbia University in 2016, where she worked in the research group of Professor Jonathan Owen. Soon after graduating, she joined the Wasielewski group in 2016 and works in the self-assembly subgroup. Michele enjoys reading, playing the piano, and eating.

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 2022
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: MicheleMyong2016@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4420

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Jordan Nelson

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jordannelson1.2014[at]u.northwestern.edu

Ph.D. Student, Northwestern University, 2014-present

B.S. Chemistry, University of San Francisco, 2013

Ryan 1027 | 1-4855 | Subgroup: Molecular Spintronics

Brian Phelan

Graduate Student

Brian grew up in Downers Grove, IL, and completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2009 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he worked in Jim Lisy’s lab studying the formation of solvated multivalent metal ion clusters. He then stayed at UIUC to complete his master’s degree in teaching chemistry in 2011 before moving to Monticello High School in central Illinois to teach earth science, chemistry, and physics. Brian then began the PhD program in physical chemistry at Northwestern in 2013 where he joined the Wasielewski lab. His research focuses on the use of ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopies to study the excited state dynamics of and electron transfer to covalently-bound chromophore pairs.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1032
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: BrianPhelan2018@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4947

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Natalia Powers-Riggs

May 2016

nataliapowersriggs2015[at]u.northwestern.edu

Ph.D. Student, Northwestern University, 2015-present

B.A. Chemistry and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University, 2013

Ryan 1033 | 7-4948 | Subgroup: Solar Electricity

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Brandon Rugg
Graduate Student

Brandon was born in El Paso, TX, but grew up primarily in Stafford, VA. He completed his B.S. in chemistry with a minor in mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, and performed undergraduate research in the labs of Drs. Daniel Downey and Brian Augustine. His work in the Wasielewski and Ratner groups at Northwestern focuses on the study of molecular spin physics with potential applications in quantum information processing. Outside of lab, he enjoys playing music, video games, and playing chess slightly better than Joe Christensen (according to Chess.com, not World Chess Federation ranking).

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1031
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email:  brandon.rugg@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4944

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Jon Schultz
Graduate Student

Jon grew up in Stevens Point, WI, and attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he worked with Professors R. Lee Penn and Renee R. Frontiera on problems ranging from groundwater remediation to improving the sensitivity of ultrafast Raman spectroscopy. During the summer of 2015, he worked with Professor Benjamin J. Lear on the photothermal effect at the Pennsylvania State University through the NSF REU research program. Jon received his bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from UMTC in the spring of 2017 and began pursuing his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Northwestern University in the fall. As a joint student in the Wasielewski and Ratner groups, his research concerns fundamental quantum phenomena that facilitate efficient energy and electron transfer in organic photovoltaic systems.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1032
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: JonathanSchultz2022@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4947

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