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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Xiao Zhang

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Computational materials discovery and method development

Graduate Students

Zihao Deng

Ph.D. Candidate Materials Science & Engineering and Scientific Computing

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Tsinghua University

Research Interests: Computational discovery of novel functional materials; defect thermodynamics in nitrides, oxides, and chalcogenides

Favorite Hobbies: Tennis and programming

Sieun Chae

Barbour Centennial Scholar & Rackham International Student Fellow

Ph.D. Candidate Materials Science & Engineering, Co-advised by John Heron, MSE

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Yonsei University

Research Interests: Growth and simulation of complex metal oxides films for power electronics and transparent conductors

Woncheol Lee

Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Scholar

Ph.D. Candidate Electrical & Computer Engineering, Co-advised by Mack Kira, ECE

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University

Research Interests: Quantum confinement and excitonic effects in quantum well heterostructures, Auger recombination in two-dimensional structures

Favorite Cat: Smudge, the cat

Kyle Bushick

U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow

Ph.D. Candidate Materials Science & Engineering and Scientific Computing

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Characterization of electronic and optical properties of III-V materials for lighting/PV applications, computational method development for Auger recombination and electron-phonon coupling

Favorite Pastime: Playing intramural sports on the MSE team, "The Bucky Ballers"

Nick Pant

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholar

Ph.D. Student Applied Physics and Scientific Computing

B.Eng. Honours Electrical Engineering, McGill University

Research Interests: Localization and disorder effects in III-nitride alloys for optoelectronics, physics of Auger recombination, interfacial charge transfer and dynamics on semiconductor surfaces

Favorite Coffeeshop in Ann Arbor: Vertex Coffee Roasters

Emily Oliphant

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Rackham Merit Fellow

Ph.D. Student Materials Science & Engineering and Scientific Computing, Co-advised by Wenhao Sun, MSE

B.S. Physics, Idaho State University

Research Interests: Developing fundamental intuition and prediction for material properties, high mobility alloys, high-throughput materials informatics

Favorite Artists: Sia, Sleeping at Last, The Score, and P!nk




Matt Webb

Ph.D. Student Materials Science & Engineering, Co-advised by John Heron, MSE

B.A. & M.Sci. Natural Sciences (Materials Science), University of Cambridge

Research Interests: Growth and simulation of rocksalt-structured entropy stabilised oxides

Favorite Color: Blue


Amanda Wang

Rackham Merit Fellow

Ph.D. Student Materials Science & Engineering

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Calculating mobility of wide bandgap materials, method development for calculating hot electron dynamics

Favorite Snack: Chocolate


Mahlet Molla

Ph.D. Student Materials Science & Engineering

B.S. Chemical Physics, Rice University

Research Interests: Tuneable optoelectronic properties of III-V materials, thermodynamics and kinetics of defect formation with alloy composition

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries


Yujie Liu

Ph.D. Student Materials Science & Engineering

B.S. Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

Research Interests: Computational materials design, computational physics, excitations, photocatalysis in many kinds of materials combined with experiment

Favorite Hobbies: basketball (avid Lakers fan), violin, singing, and chatting with friends


Undergraduate Students

Ilhan Onder, Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics

Sayan Raychaudhuri, Materials Science & Engineering

Malhar Kute, Materials Science & Engineering

Group Alumni

Post-doctoral scholars


  1. Dr. Michael Waters

    • Project: Optical Properties of Ag Metal Nanoparticles

    • Current Position: Rondinelli Group, Northwestern University

  2. Dr. Suvadip Das

    • Project: Electronic and Optical Properties of Two-Dimensional α‑PbO

    • Current Position: Georgia Tech

PhD Students

Dr. Nocona Sanders, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, 2021

Dr. Kelsey Mengle, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, 2019

Dr. Andrew McAllister, Ph.D. Applied Physics and Scientific Computing , 2019

Dr. Logan Williams, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, 2019

Dr. Jihang Lee, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, 2018

Dr. Christina Jones, Ph.D. Applied Physics, 2017

Dr. Guangha Shi, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering and Scientific Computing, 2017

Dr. Dylan Bayerl, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, 2015

Masters students

Olivia Liebmann, M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, 2019

    • Thesis: First Principles Calculations on the Optical and Electronic Properties of Bulk Silver

    • Current Position: PhD student at UCLA

Undergraduate Students

  1. Kori Maxie, Materials Science & Engineering (2019)

  2. Sahil Dagli, Materials Science & Engineering (2017-2019)

  3. Kevin Greenman, Chemical Engineering (2017-2019)

  4. Keyi Cai, Materials Science & Engineering (2016-2017)

  5. Annika Fash-White, Materials Science & Engineering (2015)

  6. Ian Nilsen, Materials Science & Engineering (2014-2015)

  7. Xiaofan Ji, Materials Science & Engineering (2014-2015)

  8. Dillon Kipke, Materials Science & Engineering (2012)