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Current Group Members



Principal Investigator


D_Milliron
Delia Milliron

Status: Group Principal Investigator

Degrees: University of California, Berkeley - Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
Princeton University - A.B., summa cum laude, in Chemistry, Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering

Email: milliron[aT]che.utexas.edu

Delia’s CV


Administrative Associate


Angie
Angie (Missildine) Villwock

Status: Senior Administrative Associate to Delia Milliron [Chemical Engineering], and Richard Crooks, Stephen Martin, Livia Eberlin, Graeme Henkelman [Department of Chemistry]

Previous Degrees: B.A. Merchandising

Email: angiem[aT]utexas.edu

Interests: Crafts, coloring book designer, fashion design




Postdoctoral Researchers


Benjamin
Benjamin Roman

Status: Postdoc, UT Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering

Previous Degrees: Ph.D. in Chemistry- Texas A&M University (2020); Bachelor’s in Chemistry - University of North Texas (2014)

Email: benjamin.j.roman[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in the unique photophysical and optoelectronic properties of nanoscale materials.

Benjamin's CV


Varada
Varada M. Palakkal

Status: Postdoc, UT Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering

Previous Degrees: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering- Louisiana State University (2020); Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering- National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India (2015)

Email: varada.palakkal[aT]austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Studies of plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals and optical properties of biological, bio-derived, and bio-inspired photonic structuresDesigning materials based on nanocomposites targeted for developing core hydrogen technologies. Specifically focused on synthesis of nano-ceramic based proton exchange membranes for elevated temperature operation of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).

Personal Homepage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/varada-menon-palakkal-9288b178/

Varada's CV


PrognaBanerjee
Progna Banerjee

Status: Postdoc, UT Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering

Previous Degrees: Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics (dissertation work performed with the Jain group in the Chemistry department), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.Tech. (Solid State Technology) and M.Sc. (Physics), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Email: pbanerjee321[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: Studies of plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals and optical properties of biological, bio-derived, and bio-inspired photonic structures

Personal Homepage: (1) https://prognabanerjee.wixsite.com/prognaphasespace

(2) https://mrsec.utexas.edu/progna-banerjee

(3) https://www.linkedin.com/in/progna-banerjee-physics

Progna's CV


Bharat
Bharat Tandon

Status: Postdoc, UT Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering

Previous Degrees: Ph.D. in Chemistry, IISER-Pune (2019); Masters in Chemistry, IISER-Pune (2015); Bachelor's in Chemistry, Delhi University (2013)

Email: bharat.tandon05[aT]gmail.com

Research Interests: Understanding the effects of surface depletion on the optical properties of doped metal oxide nanocrystals.

Bharat's CV




Graduate Students


Manuel Dominguez
Manuel N. Dominguez

Status: 5th Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemistry, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: University of South Carolina Aiken – B.S. in Chemistry

Email: mndominguez[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding and exploring the programmability of inorganic nanocrystal networks for their use in tunable inorganic assemblies.

Manuel's CV


Stephen Gibbs
Stephen L. Gibbs

Status: 5th Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: University of Florida - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Email: sgibbs93[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: Much is still unknown about the interaction of the plasmon-induced near field of a single metal oxide nanocrystal and its surroundings. I am interested in investigating this area with the ultimate goal of producing novel properties in the bulk material.

Stephen's CV


Allison Green
Allison Green

Status: 2nd Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: University of California, Berkeley – B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Email: allisongreen[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in exploring the structure and conductive properties of nanocrystal assemblies towards reconfigurable electrolytes.

Allison's CV


Jiho
Jiho Kang

Status: 2nd Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: Seoul National University – B.S. and M.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Email: jihokang[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding nanocrystal assembly and integration, and their application in functional assemblies.

Jiho's CV


KihoonKim
Kihoon Kim

Status: 4th Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: Sogang University - M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University - B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering / Integrated Biotechnology

Email: kkim0921[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: Extending my understanding on plasmonic semiconductor materials and their application to optics, electronics, and bio materials.

Kihoon's CV


Vikram
Vikram S. Lakhanpal

Status: 4th Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: University of Kansas - B.S. in Engineering Physics

Email: vlakhanpal[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in investigating the conductivity properties of composite nanomaterials for their potential application in energy storage and distribution.

Vikram's CV


Hsin-Che Lu
Hsin-Che Lu

Status: 4th Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin

Previous Degrees: National Taiwan University – B.S.E. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Email: hclu[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: Understanding the synthesis, electrochemical, optical and physical properties of metal-oxide nanocrystals for electrochromism and developing smart windows based on them.

Hsin-Che's CV


Sofia
Sofia Shubert

Status: 2nd Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemistry, UT Austin.

Previous Degrees: University of Texas at Austin - B.S. in Chemistry

Email: sofiashubert[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I’m interested in studying surface depletion in plasmonic metal oxide nanocrystals and what implications this can have for applications such as plasmon-driven catalysis.

Sofia's CV


Ben
Benjamin Z. Zydlewski

Status: 2nd Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemistry, UT Austin.

Previous Degrees: Virginia Tech – B.S. in Chemistry

Email: zydlewski[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in nanocrystal synthesis for the development of new materials with electronic and energy applications.

Benjamin's CV


Winston
Winston Wang

Status: 1st Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin.

Previous Degrees: Rice University – B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: winston.wang[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in the synthesis and characterization of nanocrystals, and their application towards energy storage.

Winston's CV


Victor
Victor Segui Barragan

Status: 1st Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemistry, UT Austin.

Previous Degrees: Texas Wesleyan University – B.S. in Chemistry

Email: vseguibarragan[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding and investigating the plasmonic properties of semiconductor doped nanocrystals to design new materials with unique properties.

Victor's CV


Jay
Jay T. Bender

Status: 1st Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin.

Previous Degrees: Cornell University – B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: jay.bender[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: Using nanocrystals as tunable conductive metal oxide supports for isolated metal atoms to develop next generation electrocatalysts.

Jay's CV


Kofi
Charles Kofi Ofosu

Status: 1st Year Ph.D. student, Department of Chemistry, UT Austin.

Previous Degrees: Macalester College - B.A. in Chemistry

Email: kofosu[aT]utexas.edu

Research Interests: I study the interactions between dispersed nanocrystals, with the goal of better understanding the factors that influence their assemblies and morphologies.

Kofi's CV