Research Staff

GCIS E237
(773) 702-5835
dudowicz@jfi.uchicago.edu

Dr. Jacek Dudowicz

Research Professor

Theoretical, statistical thermodynamical studies of liquid state polymers represent an important scientific tool in modern polymer physics. One of our interests lies in predicting the thermodynamic properties of multi-component polymer mixtures, such as phase behavior, miscibility, or neutron scattering intensity as a function of monomer structures, temperature, pressure, and blend composition. Another interest focuses on the equilibrium polymerization that is a paradigm for clustering transitions occurring in numerous systems, ranging from various nano-particle filled materials to proteins in living organisms. An illustrative example of this research is provided by our recent description of the equilibrium polymerization of actin.

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  • Freed Group
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ACC 207
(773) 702-2064
eng@cars.uchicago.edu

Dr. Peter Eng

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  • Advanced Radiation Sources
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GCIS E110
(773) 832-3102
agalda@uchicago.edu

Dr. Alexey Galda

Research Assistant Professor

Alexey received a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2012. Currently, he is a Research Assistant Professor at the James Franck Institute with a joint appointment at Argonne’s Materials Science Division. The focus of Alexey’s research lies in the field of strongly correlated electronic and magnetic systems. In particular, he is most interested in charge and spin transport, fluctuation superconductivity, and non-equilibrium phase transitions.




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  • Argonne National Laboratory
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GCIS E022
(773) 702-7205
k-gibson@uchicago.edu

Dr. Kevin Drew Gibson

Research Professor

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 to expose the surface of interest to gases from three independent molecular beams. Reactions at the surface, and the energy, angular distribution, and identity of any scattered or desorbed atom or molecule can be determined. Recent experiments have examined the oxidation of benzene and the translational energy dependence of methane decomposition on Rh(111). We have also studied the surface reactions of atomic O, examining the partial oxidation of adsorbed organic compounds, and the modification of the transition metal surface. The latter allowed us to grow a novel, dense water overlayer. Currently, we are studying the scattering of gases from organic monolayers. Future work will measure the surface reactions of atomic O at high kinetic energies, a problem for objects in low-earth orbit.

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  • Sibener Group
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GCIS ESB034
(773) 702-7811
q-guo@uchicago.edu

Dr. Qiti Guo

MPML Manager

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 intermetallic compounds of early transition metals with late transition metals and with noble metals. In 1998, he accepted a job offer from the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and has been in charge of the Materials Preparation & Measurement Laboratory (MPML) since then. His research interests include: (1) Applications of Scanning Probing Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy to materials research. (2) Application of electron beam lithography to materials research. (3) Thermochemistry of intermetallic compounds and mixed oxide systems, using high-temperature reaction calorimetry. (4) Theoretical analysis of topological structures of phase diagrams for systems of n+3 phases (n stands for the number of independent components of the systems), with emphasis on the interrelationship between phase chemography and phase diagram topology. (5) Topological relations in systems of more than n+3 phases. He is also responsible for training students and postdocs for operating SEM, AFM/STM and other MRSEC shared facilities in the MPML.

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  • MRSEC
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GCIS ESB09
(773) 834-3864
jureller@uchicago.edu

Dr. Justin Jureller

MPML Manager











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  • MRSEC
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GCIS ESB06B
(773) 702-9942
b-lin@uchicago.edu

Dr. Binhua Lin

Research Professor

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.

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  • Lin / Rice Group
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GCIS ESB01B; Acc F-36
(773) 702-7576
lmazzenga@uchicago.edu

Luigi Mazzenga

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Kent 208
(773) 702-7065
m-zhao@uchicago.edu

Dr. Meishan Zhao

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Postdoctoral Scholars

GCIS E110
(773) 702-3102
brandona@uchicago.edu

Dr. Brandon Anderson

Postdoc

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.



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  • Kathryn Levin Group
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GCIS ESB022
(773) 834-1877
dcoursault@uchicago.edu

Dr. Delphine Coursault

Postdoc










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  • Scherer Group
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GCIS E203
(773) 702-2347
kinjald@uchicago.edu

Dr. Kinjal Dasbiswas

Postdoc

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.

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  • Vaikuntanathan group
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GCIS
(773) 834-
jfournier@uchicago.edu

Dr. Joseph Fournier

Postdoc

Joe is an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Tokmakoff group. His research utilizes ultrafast infrared spectroscopic techniques to study the fundamental properties of aqueous systems including ion-water interactions and proton transport. Joe did his Ph.D. work at Yale University where he studied the structures of protonated water clusters using gas-phase infrared spectroscopy.





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  • Tokmakoff Group
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GCIS ESB20C
(773) 834-1877
itaygdor@uchicago.edu

Dr. Itay Gdor

Postdoc











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  • Scherer Group
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GCIS E001B
(773) 702-7207
jdgraham@uchicago.edu

Dr. Jacob Graham

Postdoc

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.




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  • Sibener Group
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GCIS E247
(773) 834-4149
ahazarika@uchicago.edu

Dr. Abhijit Hazarika

Postdoc

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.

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  • Talapin Group
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GCIS E038
(773) 702-7204
danielhe2@uchicago.edu

Dr. Daniel Hexner

Postdoc










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  • Nagel Group
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GCIS W309F
(773) 834-9160
barbarahissa@uchicago.edu

Dr. Barbara Hissa

Postdoc









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  • Gardel Group
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GCIS E137
(773) 834-8463
hockyg@uchicago.edu

Dr. Glen Hocky

Postdoc

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.


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  • Voth Group
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GCIS W309
(773) 834-9160
nitink@uchicago.edu

Dr. Nitin Kumar

Postdoc

"Nitin joined JFI as a postdoc in Margaret Gardel’s group in April 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore under the supervision of Prof. A.K. Sood and Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy. His research focuses on utilizing the principles of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics to understand the physical properties of active matter. He is also interested in designing simple experimental systems to study dynamical phase transitions in non-equilibrium steady states. Currently, he is working on model active systems created from filamentous cytoskeletal proteins which are driven by molecular motors.


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  • Gardel Group
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GCIS E247
(773) 834-4149
xinzhlan@uchicago.edu

Dr. Xinzheng Lan

Postdoc

Xinzheng Lan joined Prof. Talapin’s group as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry at the James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, in 2016. Before that, he worked in Prof. Sargent group at University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow for 2 years, working on development of high-performance solution-processed colloidal quantum dot solar cells. His work has led to the first-certified CQDs solar cells beyond 10%. He received his PhD degree in materials physics and chemistry from Hefei University of Technology. Currently, he is working on quantum dot-based optoelectronic devices.

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  • Talapin Group
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GCIS ESB38
(224) 800-4134
btglau@uchicago.edu

Dr. Bryan Lau

Postdoc

Bryan joined the JFI under Timothy Berkelbach to work on many-body theories of spectroscopy and electronic structure. Previously, Bryan studied electron ratchets, driven quantum systems, under Emily Weiss and Mark Ratner at Northwestern University. His research interests center around simple models as tools for understanding and exploring new physical phenomena.





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  • Berkelbach Group
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GCIS E126
(773) 702-7232
zhiyuelu@uchicago.edu

Dr. Zhiyue Lu

Postdoc

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.

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  • Dinner Group
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GCIS ESB09
(773) 702-
mickeymcd@uchicago.edu

Dr. Mickey McDonald

Postdoc

Mickey McDonald joined the JFI as a Postdoctoral Scholar in September of 2016, shortly after obtaining his PhD at Columbia University in New York. During his PhD he worked with Tanya Zelevinsky on research involving precision measurements and manipulation of ultracold 88Sr2 molecules, including quantum state-resolved photodissociation (laser-induced “molecular explosions”) and the effects of applied magnetic fields on molecular structure. He is currently working with Cheng Chin to develop a platform for quantum simulation via precise positioning and imaging of large arrays of individually addressable atoms.

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  • Chin Group
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GCIS E001F
(773) 702-7432
brolczynski@uchicago.edu

Dr. Brian Rolczynski

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  • Engel Group
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GCIS E114
(773) 702-
safaei@uchicago.edu

Dr. Shiva Safaei

Postdoc











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  • Mazziotti Group
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GCIS E038
(773) 702-7204
nschade@uchicago.edu

Dr. Nicholas Schade

Postdoc

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.





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  • Nagel Group
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GCIS 247G
(773) 834-4149
yuanyuanwang@uchicago.edu

Dr. Yuanyuan Wang

Postdoc

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.





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  • Talapin Group
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GCIS ESB022
(773) 834-1877
xiaoleiw@uchicago.edu

Dr. Xiaolei Wang

Postdoc







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  • Scherer Group
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GCIS W309
(773) 834-9160
kweirich@uchicago.edu

Dr. Kimberly Weirich

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  • Gardel Group
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GCIS ESB022
(773) 834-1877
yuvalyifat@uchicago.edu

Dr. Yuval Yifat

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  • Guyot-Sionnest Group
  • Scherer Group
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