Dr. Edward Barry joined Prof. Heinrich Jaeger's group in December 2011 as a postdoctoral scholar. Starting in July he became a Visiting Scientist from Argonne. Ed completed his Ph.D with Prof. Zvonimir Dogic at Brandeis University and began working in the field as a Research Assistant in the Complex Fluids Group at the Rowland Institute at Harvard. His Ph.D research focused on the Colloidal Self-Assembly of Liquid Crystals, Membranes, and Ribbons, using filamentous viruses (bacteriophages) as building blocks. His current research at JFI focuses on the Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles.
Works with Prof. Karl
Theoretical, statistical thermodynamical studies
state polymers represent an important scientific tool in modern polymer
physics. One of our interests lies in predicting the thermodynamic
of multi-component polymer mixtures, such as phase behavior,
or neutron scattering intensity as a function of monomer structures,
pressure, and blend composition. Another interest focuses on the
polymerization that is a paradigm for clustering transitions occurring
in numerous systems, ranging from various nano-particle filled
to proteins in living organisms. An illustrative example of this
is provided by our recent description of the equilibrium polymerization
As a member of the Sibener
group, my interests involve studying gas-surface interactions. The main
tool for these studies is an ultra-high-vacuum chamber that allows us
expose the surface of interest to gases from three independent
beams. Reactions at the surface, and the energy, angular distribution,
and identity of any scattered or desorbed atom or molecule can be
Recent experiments have examined the oxidation of benzene and the
energy dependence of methane decomposition on Rh(111). We have also
the surface reactions of atomic O, examining the partial oxidation of
organic compounds, and the modification of the transition metal
The latter allowed us to grow a novel, dense water overlayer.
we are studying the scattering of gases from organic monolayers. Future
work will measure the surface reactions of atomic O at high kinetic
a problem for objects in low-earth orbit.
Dr. Qiti Guo joined Professor Emeritus Ole
Kleppa’s group in 1992, working on experimental thermochemistry. He
has determined the standard enthalpies of formation for more than 150
compounds of early transition metals with late transition metals and
noble metals. In 1998, he accepted a job offer from the Materials
Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and has been in
of the Materials
Laboratory (MPL) since then. His research interests include: (1)
of Scanning Probing Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy to
research. (2) Application of electron beam lithography to materials
(3) Thermochemistry of intermetallic compounds and mixed oxide systems,
using high-temperature reaction calorimetry. (4) Theoretical analysis
topological structures of phase diagrams for systems of n+3 phases (n
for the number of independent components of the systems), with emphasis
on the interrelationship between phase chemography and phase diagram
(5) Topological relations in systems of more than n+3 phases. He is
responsible for training students and postdocs for operating SEM,
and other MRSEC shared facilities in MPL.
Dr. Lin obtained her Ph. D in Physics at
Northwestern University in 1990 and joined Professor Stuart
Rice's group as a postdoc the same year. In 1994, she became a
beamline scientist at Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS),
University of Chicago. She is in charge of liquid surface/interfacial
scattering experimental station in ChemMatCARS at the Advanced Photon
Sources, Argonne National Laboratories (CheMatCARS is a national
synchrotron x-ray facility for chemistry and material sciences). Her
research interests in CARS are on surface/interfacial structural and
dynamic properties of soft materials, and systems of interests include
Langmuir monolayers, polymer/metal nano-particle composites, and liquid
metals. Dr. Lin also conducts research in James Franck Institute on the
behaviors of colloidal suspensions confined in one-dimensional narrow
channels. Digital video microscopy is used for the experimental
measurements, and synchrotron x-ray static/dynamic scattering
techniques are to be used in the future measurements. She is studying
the effects of the confinement on the diffusion and ordering of the
colloidal spheres in the channels.
Klevin Lo is a research specialist working with Prof. Norbert Scherer and Prof. Aaron Dinner to understand how bacteria control their size and shape over the course of the cell cycle and how chemical perturbations can affect these mechanisms. Klevin has a BS in Biological Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a BA in Biological Sciences with a Specialization in Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Mr. Andrew Oriani
Works with Prof. David Schuster.
Andrew Oriani is a research specialist and cryogenics engineer working with Dr. David Schuster on more efficient dry dilution refrigeration systems to support CQED and low-temperature research. Andrew has a BSE in applied engineering physics from Case Western Reserve University, and has previously assisted in research at Cornell University's Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, and Case Western's department of physics, where he has worked on projects ranging from non-linear crystal dynamics to thin-film crystal growth techniques. Andrew also has a BA in art history from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Zhao is a senior scientist working with Professor Stuart
Rice. His research includes active control of quantum dynamical
processes, the properties of solid-liquid and liquid-vapor
interfaces, especially the structure of liquid-X interfaces of
metals and alloys, quantum mechanical reactive scattering,
unimolecular reaction rate theory, as well as relativistic
quantum mechanics. Dr. Zhao is also working as the director of
general chemistry laboratories.
I am a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago under Kathy Levin. My research covers a variety of topics in many-body physics of condensed matter and cold atom systems. Specific topics include Bose and Fermi superfluids, synthetic gauge fields and synthetic spin-orbit coupling, topological physics. I have recently started working on pseudogap phenomena in a cold atoms context.
Before coming to Chicago I was a postdoc at the Joint Quantum Institute under Charles Clark. I received my PhD from the University of Maryland working with Victor Galitski.
Kinjal joined the JFI in October 2015 as a postdoctoral scholar in the Vaikuntanathan group. His interests lie in soft matter physics, particularly the application of continuum theories of matter and statistical physics to biological systems such as cells. His prior postdoctoral projects at the Weizmann Institute with Prof. Samuel Safran explained a link between the structural order and beating of heart muscle cells and showed theoretically how mechanochemical processes may govern cellular development in a controlled manner. He obtained a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of Florida in 2012.
Jacob Graham joined JFI as a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Steven Sibener's group. He earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Prof. Kit Bowen's group where he studied negatively charged nanoparticles and clusters. In Dr. Sibener's group, Jacob is currently exploring surface phonons through inelastic helium atom scattering.
Tianheng (Harry) Han joined Prof. Thomas Rosenbaum's group in JFI as a Grainger
Postdoctoral Fellow after completing his PhD at M.I.T. in 2012 with Prof. Young
Lee. He also holds a joint-postdoctoral appointment in the Material Science
Division at Argonne National Lab working with Prof. Eric Isaacs and Dr. John
Mitchell. His doctoral dissertation was about the search for quantum spin
liquid states using the techniques of single crystal growth, thermodynamic
measurements and inelastic neutron scattering. Currently, he is continuing the
search for quantum spin liquids in new systems with additional techniques, such
as transport measurements and synchrotron x-ray scattering.
I have joined Prof. Dmitri V Talapin’s group as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry at the James Franck Institute, University of Chicago. I did my PhD at the Solid State and Structural Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. My PhD research was in the area of the synthesis and photophysical properties of manganese doped colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. The main focus of my research has been on the understanding of fundamental electronic, optical and structural properties of semiconductor nanomaterials and development of new materials for the application of light emitting and photovoltaic devices.
Glen joined JFI as a Kadanoff-Rice Postdoctoral Scholar after receiving a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Columbia University. In his Ph.D. research, he studied connections between structure and dynamics in supercooled liquids with Prof. David Reichman. His postdoctoral research interests broadly involve the applications of techniques from statistical mechanics and molecular modeling to better understand the mechanisms behind biological processes, particularly those involving interactions between macromolecules.
In 2016, Zhiyue joined JFI as a postdoc in Aaron Dinners group in 2016. Before that, Zhiyue graduated from Christopher Jarzynski's group in University of Maryland with a PhD degree in Chemical Physics. Zhiyue's research covers various topics in non-equilibrium statistical physics. Currently, Zhiyue focuses on designing models and developing numerical tools to help one better understand and analysis non-equilibrium processes in chemical reaction networks, information processing, biological processes and many other interesting phenomena. Some of the tools involved in his research are stochastic thermodynamics, fluctuation theorems, non-equilibrium umbrella sampling (NEUS), diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) and so on. For more detail, please visit Zhiyue's research webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/zhiyuelu/home
Sayantan joined JFI in 2013 as a Kadanoff-Rice postdoctoral scholar working jointly with Prof. Margaret Gardel and Prof. Heinrich Jaeger. Currently, he is interested in mechanical memories in bio-polymer networks and shear induced jamming transitions in dense non-Brownian suspensions. Sayantan obtained his PhD in 2013, working with Prof. Ajay Sood at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During his PhD, he worked on rheological properties of soft matter systems, specifically, low Reynolds number instabilities, large deviation theorems and jamming transitions.
Patrick Oakes is a postdoctoral scholar in Margaret Gardelís group. Before joining the JFI he received a Ph.D. in physics from Brown University in 2009. His research interests focuses on cellular mechanics, specifically how cells coordinate molecular interactions to generate and transmit stress to the extracellular environment.
Nicholas Schade joined Prof. Sidney Nagel's group as a Postdoctoral Scholar in October 2015. His research interests range from soft materials out of equilibrium to exotic electromagnetic phenomena. Nick earned his Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University in 2015 for experimental research with Prof. Vinothan Manoharan on colloidal self-assembly as a new fabrication route for optical metamaterials.
Postdoctoral Scholar Ariel Sommer carries out research on photonic quantum materials in Prof. Jonathan Simon's group. He is interested in using atomic and optical systems as quantum simulators to provide insight into many-body phenomena. During his PhD work at MIT, he worked with Prof. Martin Zwierlein and performed experiments on atomic fermions, focusing on spin transport, pairing, and nonlinear dynamics.
Postdoctoral Scholar Yuanyuan Wang joined Prof. Talapin's group in 2014. He received his Ph.D in inorganic chemistry at Washington University in St.Louis with Prof. William E. Buhro. His Ph.D research focused on II-VI Colloidal Semiconductor Magic-size Nanoclusters and Crystalline Quantum Platelets.
Bryan Wiggins joined Prof. Steven Sibenerís group in JFI as a Postdoctoral Scholar. He earned his PhD from Washington State University under the supervision of Prof. K.W. Hipps. His graduate work consisted of studying the structural and electronic properties of organic semiconductors at the molecular level. His current research interest includes thin film growth by molecule beams.
Postdoctoral Scholar Wookyung Yu joined Prof. Freed's group. He received his Ph.D. in physics at the Pusan National University in South Korea where he worked on protein folding and bioinformatics. Now, he is working on protein folding and allosteric transition of a protein.