Meet the Group

Affiliated Faculty 

Antonio Facchetti

Antonio Facchetti

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Email: a-facchetti@northwestern.edu
Website:
www.chemgroups.northwestern.edu/marks/antoniofacchetti.html
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Industrial Chemistry, 1986, A. Righi Institute (Italy): M.S. in Chemistry, 1993, State University of Milano (Italy): Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1996, State University of Milano (Italy)
Project Summary: Dr. Facchetti’s research interests include organic semiconductors and dielectrics for thin-film transistors, conducting polymers, molecular electronics, organic second- and third-order nonlinearr optical materials, and organic photovoltaics.

Research Professors

Yanshan Gao

Yanshan Gao

Research Assistant Professor

Email: yanshan@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Chemistry, 2012, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under co-supervision of Prof. Yong Tang (SIOC, CAS) and Zuowei Xie (CUHK); B.S. in Chemistry, 2007, Shandong University.
Project Summary: Olefin polymerization, lubricant and lubricant additives synthesis and applications, organometallic chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, supported organometallics, atomic layer deposition (ALD) precursor design and synthesis, new Lewis acids, and hydroelementation with organolanthanide catalysts.

Wei Huang

Wei Huang

Research Assistant Professor

Email: weihuang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in​ Optical Engineering, 2016, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC); B.S. in Physics, 2010, Nankai University (China)
Project Summary: Flexible, stretchable electronics; Advanced Li-ion batteries; Thin-film transistors based on organic and metal oxide materials and their functionalities; Organic light-emitting diodes, organic and Perovskite solar cells.

Post-Docs

Yao Chen

Yao Chen

Post-Doc

Email: yao.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Chemistry, 2018, Sichuan University.  B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, Hubei University of Arts and Science (China).
Project Summary: Development of Inorganic/organic functional materials and their applications in optoelectronics.​

Yosi Kratish

Yosi Kratish

Post-Doc

Email: yosi.kratish@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Philosophy, Activation of E-H bonds (E= Pt, Si, Ge, Sn) Using RnM Reagents (M= Li, Mg, Zn, Hg), Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel; M.S. in Chemistry, 2013, Israel Institute of Technology; B.S in Chemistry-Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 2010.

Project Summary:

Patrick Littlewood

Patrick Littlewood

Post-Doc

Email: patrick.littlewood@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: MEng (2011) University of Manchester, UK
PhD (2015) Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
Project Summary: Synthesis and modification of Ni heterogeneous catalysts by atomic layer deposition for the dry reforming of methane.

Ning Su

Ning Su

Post-Doc

Email: ning.su@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:
Ph.D in Chemistry, 2019, Nanjing University. M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2016, Xiangtan University. B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Technology, 2012, Zhoukou Normal University.
Project Summary: Organic photovoltaic and organic light-emitting diodes

Yang Wang

Yang Wang

Post-Doc

Email: yangwang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Organic Chemistry, 2017, University of Illinois at Chicago, with Prof. Vladimir Gevorgyan; M.S. in Organometallic Chemistry, 2011, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, under supervision of Prof. Zuowei Xie; B.S. in Chemistry, 2008, Wuhan University, under supervision of Prof. Qinghua Fan (ICCAS, China)
Project Summary: Group 4 bimetallic and hetero-bimetallic chemistry and polymerization catalysis

Visiting Scholars

Hongming Chen

Hongming Chen

Visiting Scholar

Email: hongming.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: M.S. in Material Engineering, 2014, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; B.S. in Material Science and Engineering, 2011, Xiamen University.
Project Summary: Organic thin film transistors, organic light emitting transistors and organic light emitting diodes.

Jianhua Chen

Jianhua Chen

Visiting Scholar

Email: jianhua.chen@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S.(2011) and Ph.D. (2016), Xiangtan University, China.
Project Summary: Synthesis of novel organic semiconductors for organic photovoltaics and field-effect transistors.

Liang-Wen Feng

Liang-Wen Feng

Visiting Scholar

Email: liang-wen.feng@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2012, Sichuan University: Ph.D in Chemistry, 2017, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under supervision of Prof. Yong Tang (SIOC, CAS)
Project Summary: Organic photovoltaic and semiconducting materials’ synthesis

Chunling Gu

Chunling Gu

Visiting Scholar

Email: chunling.gu@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2003, Sichuan University: Ph.D in organic Chemistry, 2008, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under co-supervision of Prof. Yongjun Chen, and Li Liu
Project Summary: Organic photovoltaic and semiconducting materials’ synthesis

Minglu Huang

Minglu Huang

Visiting Scholar

Email: minglu.huang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Materials Science and Technology, 2017, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, under supervision of Prof. Bingyong Han; B.S. in Polymer Science and Technology, 2012, Jinan University.
Project Summary: Functionalized polyolefin via group 4 metal-catalyzed direct copolymerization.

Elisa Trippodo

Elisa Trippodo

Visiting Scholar

Email: elisa.trippodo@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Palermo (2013). M.S. in Chemistry of Molecular Systems, University of Palermo (2015). Visiting scholar, University of Vienna (2017).
Project Summary: Organic Solar Cells: Additives for the improvement of the performance of organic and hybrid photovoltaic devices.

Gang Wang

Gang Wang

Visiting Scholar

Email: wang_toward@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in  Electronic Science and Technology, 2016, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Project Summary: Thin-film transistors based on organic and metal oxide materials.

Zhi Wang

Zhi Wang

Visiting Scholar

Email: zhi.wang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Ph.D in Materials Science with Prof. Yi Gu, 2013, Sichuan University (China); Associate research scientist in SABIC, 2014; Currently, Associate professor at North University of China (China).
Project Summary: Development organic materials and applications of metal oxides to field-effect transistor.

Jianglin Wu

Jianglin Wu

Visiting Scholar

E-mail: jianglinwu@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Applied Chemistry, 2015, School of Jilin Institute of Chemical Technology, M.S. in Organic Chemistry, 2018, Sichuan University
Project Summary: Synthesis of novel organic semiconductors for organic photovoltaics.

Yao Yao

Yao Yao

Visiting Scholar

Email:  yaoyao_@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2016, Southwest Petroleum University​.
Project Summary: Organic electrochemical transistor and the application in flexible sensing electronics.

Xiaohua Zhang

Xiaohua Zhang

Visiting Scholar

Email:  xiaohua.zhang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Optical Information Science and Technology, 2015, Qufu Normal University.
Project Summary: Organic semiconductors, organic and perovskite photodetectors, morphology control in thick-film organic solar.

Dan Zhao

Dan Zhao

Visiting Scholar

Email: dan.zhao@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Material science and engineering, 2013, Taiyuan University of Technology.
Project Summary: Organic semiconductors, organic light-emitting diodes, organic and perovskite photodetectors.

Ding Zheng

Ding Zheng

Visiting Scholar

Email: ding.zheng@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Electronic Science and Technology​, 2013, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Project Summary: Organic semiconductors, metal oxides, carbon nano-materials and their application in organic solar cells and perovskite solar cells.

Xinming Zhuang

Xinming Zhuang

Visiting Scholar

Email:xinming.zhuang@northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:B.S. in Electronic Science and Technology​, 2014, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)
Project Summary: Thin-film transistors based on organic and metal oxide materials and their sensors.

Graduate Students

Joaquin Alzola

Joaquin Alzola

Graduate Student

Email: JoaquinAlzola2021@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A in Chemistry, Cornell University
Project Summary: Development of new small molecule acceptors for organic photovoltaic and electronic applications.

Sam Amsterdam

Sam Amsterdam

Graduate Student

Email: SamuelAmsterdam2015@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2014 Carnegie Mellon University
Project Summary: Applications of two-dimensional nanomaterials in solar energy production.

Allison Arinaga

Allison Arinaga

Graduate Student

Email: allisonarinaga2022@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2017, Ursinus College
Project Summary: Heterogeneous oxidative coupling methane using sulfur as an oxidant

Chris Barger

Chris Barger

Graduate Student

Email: christopherbarger2014@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2013, University of Georgia
Project Summary: Organolanthanide-catalyzed hydroelementation of carbon-heteroatom multiple bonds

Cole Carter

Cole Carter

Graduate Student

Email: carterhcole@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: BS in chemistry, 2016, University of Caifornia San Diego
Project Summary: Investigation of electronically communicating metal centers in multinuclear complexes bearing redox active ligands and their reactivity in homogeneous catalysis

Rachel Dicken

Rachel Dicken

Graduate Student

Email: RachelDicken2021@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: BS in Chemistry, Ohio State University
Project Summary: Design and synthesis of novel chiral ligands for organolanthanide catalyzed asymmetric hydroelementations.

Brian Eckstein

Brian Eckstein

Graduate Student

Email: b.j.eckstein@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.A. in Economics, 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project Summary: My current research focuses on synthesis of novel molecules for organic photovoltaics and organic transistors.

Brendan Kerwin

Brendan Kerwin

Graduate Student

Email: brendankerwin2023@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2018, Georgetown University
Project Summary:Chemical modification of 2D materials for optoelectronic applications.

Guoping Li

Guoping Li

Graduate Student

Email: GuopingLi2017@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2017, Sichuan University
Project Summary: Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Semiconducting Materials for Polymer Photovoltaics and Electronics

Jiaqi Li

Jiaqi Li

Graduate Student

Email: JiaqiLi2015@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2015, Peking University (China)
Project Summary: Supported metal oxides for biomass conversion

Shanfu Liu

Shanfu Liu

Graduate Student

Email: ShanfuLiu2014@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S in Chemistry, 2014, Nankai University (China)
Project Summary: Oxidative coupling of methane using sulfur as a “softer” and more selective oxidant

Yiqi Liu

Yiqi Liu

Graduate Student

Email: Yiqiliu2023@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Biochemistry, 2018, University of Richmond
Project Summary: Catalytic study of carbon-supported molybdenum-based catalysts

Alexander Mason

Alexander Mason

Graduate Student

Email: alexandermason2022@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B. S. Chemistry Kennesaw State University (2018)
Project Summary: Single-site supported organometallics for hydrogenation, polymerization and depolymerization of olefinic materials. 

Jake Rothbaum

Jake Rothbaum

Graduate Student

Email: JacobRothbaum2021@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Chemistry, 2016, University of Georgia
Project Summary: Organometallic-catalyzed C-H activation of heterocyclic molecules using f-block elements

Aritra Sil

Aritra Sil

Graduate Student

Email: AritraSil2015@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:  B.S. in Chemistry, 2014 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Project Summary: Anion Doping in Metal Oxides Semiconductors.

Katie Stallings

Katie Stallings

Graduate Student

Email: katiestallings2011@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Biochemistry, 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology
Project Summary: Materials synthesis and fabrication of field-effect transistors.

Steven Swick

Steven Swick

Graduate Student

Email: stevenswick2020@u.northwestern.edu
Previous Degrees & Institutions:B.S. in Chemistry, 2014, Western Washington University; M.S. in Chemistry, 2017, Yale University.
Project Summary: Synthesis of Organic Semiconducting Materials for Soft Matter Photovoltaics and Electronics