Wasielewski GroupResearch Professors
Research Professors & Associates
Matthew D. Krzyaniak is an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance(EPR) specialist in Michael Wasielewski’s lab. His research interests include the application of EPR to the field of quantum information science, and the spin dynamics of radical and triplet pairs for use in solar energy.
He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Dearborn in 2005. While there he was involved in undergraduate research, in Dr. Yiwei Deng’s Laboratory, optimizing separation procedures for capillary zone electrophoresis. He continued his studies at Michigan State University in the group of John McCracken and received his Ph.D. in 2010. At MSU he utilized advanced Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopic techniques to characterize the active site of metallo-enzymes. Following graduation he joined the group of Michael K. Bowman at The University of Alabama as a Postdoctoral Fellow and continued to master EPR spectroscopy by studying the spin relaxation of radicals and radical intermediates trapped within proteins. From there he joined Michael R. Wasielewski’s group at Northwestern University as a Research Associate in 2013. In addition to performing research, he maintains Michael Wasielewski’s EPR lab, coordinates EPR collaborations, and helps to mentor graduate students.
Nathan La Porte
Director of Operations for LEAP Center
Nathan grew up in Washington, DC before attending Swarthmore College as an undergraduate. There, he did research with Prof. Tom Stephenson on collision-induced electronic energy transfer in Br2 gas, graduating in 2008. After graduation he spent a short time working in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to academia in 2010 to do his PhD with Prof. Michael Hopkins at the University of Chicago, where he worked on artificial photosynthetic systems, specifically the photocatalysis of the reverse water-gas shift reaction. In 2015, he joined the Wasielewski group, where he works on electron transfer reactions involving radical anion chromophores. When he isn’t at work, he can be found playing with his two sons Cyrus and Felix, working in his garden, or building something in his basement.
Northwestern University, Ryan Hall 2025
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Research Professor at Northwestern University, Chemistry
Director of Laboratory Research at Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN)
Ryan M. Young obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. He then studied anion dynamics using time-resolved photoelectron imaging at the University of California, Berkeley in the group of Daniel Neumark, receiving his Ph.D. in 2011. From there, he joined Michael Wasielewki’s group at Northwestern University as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow. Ryan directs research activities within the ISEN lab, ensuring a safe, productive, and collaborative research environment.