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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 graduated from Wellesley College with her B.A. in Chemistry.  While at Wellesley, she completed an honors thesis under Professor David Haines for organic synthesis of non-native ligands for type II diabetes research.  After Wellesley, Laura came to Northwestern University and joined the Wasielewski group in 2017.  Her research now focuses on electron spin teleportation using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.  Additionally, her work spans to other quantum information science-related projects such as testing the viability of organic qubits.  Laura also enjoys gardening on her back porch, cooking and baking wonderfully complicated things, and spending time with her leopard gecko Jade.

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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Jillian Bradley

Graduate Student

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Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 2022
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: jillianbradley2023@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4420

 

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Paige Brown

Graduate Student

Paige grew up in Lancaster, PA and attended Bowdoin College for her undergraduate degree. At Bowdoin she received a B.A. in Chemistry and completed a thesis under Professor Kana Takematsu studying excited state proton transfer in aminonaphthols. She then came to Northwestern in the Summer of 2019 and joined the Wasielewski group. Her research focuses on generating entangled photons and measuring quantum transduction between photons and Donor-Chromophore-Acceptor molecules. 

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1031
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: paigebrown2024@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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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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Jeremy Fisher

Graduate Student

Jeremy grew up in Newton, MA and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in chemistry and minors in biology and creative writing. During his undergraduate studies he did organic synthesis to develop novel polymers in the lab of Prof. Jonathan Barnes. Jeremy joined the Wasielewski group in the fall of 2018 where he is studying the role of quantum coherence in electron transfer for multi pathway donor-acceptor systems.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 2022
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: jeremyfisher2023@northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4420

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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Oscar Huang

Graduate Student

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Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1026
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: YuhengHuang2024@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-491-4855

 

Leanna Kantt

Graduate Student

Leanna is from Medford, MA and graduated with a BS in Chemistry from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in May 2019. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis on developing a method for understanding structured fluids using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) in conjunction with Dr. Malcolm Forbes from the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University after a summer internship with his group in 2018. Leanna joined the Wasielewski group in the summer of 2019 and is working on developing pulse shaping techniques for EPR to be used for quantum computing applications.

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1031

2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: leannakantt2023@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4944

Chenjian Lin

Graduate Student

Chenjian completed his studies at Peking University, studying under Prof. Chunhui Huang, before joining the Wasielewski research group at Northwestern.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1033
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email:

ChenjianLin2023@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4948

 

Emmaline Lorenzo

Graduate Student

Emmaline grew up in Leawood, Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas, and earned a B.S. in chemistry and minors in mathematics and philosophy. At KU, she completed her undergraduate honors thesis with Professor Chris Elles, using two-photon excitation to study photocaged molecules. Emmaline joined the Wasielewski group in the fall of 2018, where she studies charge transfer and spin dynamics in spin qubit pairs in DNA hairpins, utilizing ultrafast optical spectroscopy and EPR.

Department of Chemistry  Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1027 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 Email: EmmalineLorenzo2023@u.northwestern.edu Office: 847-491-4855

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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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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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James O'Connor

Graduate Student

James O’Connor grew up in Miami, FL before attending the University of Texas at Austin to major in Chemistry. Working under the labs of both Eric Anslyn and John Markert, James performed both novel organic synthesis on chiral compounds and nuclear magnetic resonance force microscopy respectively before graduating in early 2019 with a Bachelor of Science. James then later that year joined the Wasielewski group where he now studies Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy.

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1032
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
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Office: 847-467-4947

Yue Qi

Graduate Student

Yue was born and brought up in Guiyang, a beautiful city in the southwestern part of China, and, deciding it wasn’t cold and snowy enough, moved to Beijing to get her B.S. in Chemistry. While at Peking University, her research mainly focused on the design and synthesis of inorganic energy-storage materials. After graduating in 2017, and again, deciding Beijing wasn’t cold and snowy enough either, she moved oversea to Chicago area and joined the Van Duyne group at Northwestern University. There, her research interest shifted to investigating plasmon-driven reactions using Surface-Enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Yue moved to the Wasielewski group in the summer of 2019, excited about studying a broader scope of reaction dynamics using ultrafast spectroscopies. Yue’s hobbies outside of lab? You can tell from her profile picture.

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1032
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: yueqi2017@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-4947

Carolyn Ramirez

Graduate Student

Carolyn attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate studies where she earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2017. She conducted research in Professor Brian Korgel’s lab where she worked on perovskite photovoltaics, two-dimensional silicon synthesis, and lithium ion battery anode materials. She is now working on her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering here in the Wasielewski group researching the use of singlet fission organic chromophores in photovoltaic devices. Outside of lab, Carolyn enjoys live music, Texas football, and almost all foods.

 

Department of Chemistry 
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1030
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: carolynramirez2022@u.northwestern.edu
Office: 847-467-6696

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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

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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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Malik Williams

Graduate Student

Malik Williams graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Japanese Literature.

Department of Chemistry

Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 2022

2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208

Email: MalikWilliams2019@u.northwestern.edu

Office: 847-467-4947

Fangbai Xie

Graduate Student

Fangbai Xie was born and grew up in Wuhan, China. When he was in high school, he decided to study for Chemistry Olympiad and finally got a chance to participate in 46th International Chemistry Olympiad and won silver medal. That became the reason why he decided to studied for chemistry in Peking University in China from 2014. In Peking Univerity, he join in the Prof. Jian Pei’s research group and participated in the research about organic radicals and semiconductors. In the third summer of his undergraduate period, he did a summer research on supramolecular chemistry in Prof. Stoddart’s Group in Northwestern University and found that he is more interested in ESR and spintronics. That’s why he decided to choose Prof. Wasielweski’s group in 2018 for his graduate program. He would like to learn more about quantum computing and EPR/fsTA techniques to become a better researcher.

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 1027
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email:

fangbaixie2023@u.northwestern.edu


Office: 847-491-4855