Dr. Jacek Dudowicz
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.
Dr. Peter Eng
Dr. Alexey Galda
Research Assistant Professor
Alexey received a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2012. 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 is in quantum driven dissipative systems and theory of out-of-equilibrium phase transitions. He is working on the non-Hermitian formulation of non-equilibrium dynamics in a wide range of condensed matter systems. Applications of Alexey's research in quantum information science include quantum computing with molecular spin systems and theory of manipulating quantum information by spin-polarized currents.
Dr. Kevin Drew Gibson
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.
Dr. Qiti Guo
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.
Dr. Justin Jureller
Dr. Binhua Lin
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.
GCIS ESB01B; Acc F-36
Student Machine Shop Manager
Dr. Meishan Zhao
Dr. Horst-Holger Boltz
Horst-Holger Boltz is a postdoctoral scholar within the "Simons Collaboration on Cracking the Glass Problem". He is studying the evolution of glassy energy landscape under quasistatic driving under the advisory of Prof. Sidney Nagel (JFI), Prof. Jorge Kurchan (CNRS Paris) and Prof. Andrea Liu (UPenn). He earned his PhD from the TU Dortmund (Germany) in Prof. Jan Kierfelds group where he mainly worked on semiflexible polymers in disorder and deformable elastic capsules in flow.
Dr. Himchan Cho
Himchan Cho joined Prof. Talapin’s group as a postdoctoral scholar at the James Franck Institute, the University of Chicago in 2018. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Tae-Woo Lee’s group at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea from September 2016. He received his B.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in Materials Science and Engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Republic of Korea. His Ph.D. research focused on metal halide perovskite light-emitting diodes. He is currently working on quantum dot optoelectronic devices.
Dr. Bogdan Dereka
Bogdan is a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tokmakoff group. His research is dedicated to obtaining the comprehensive picture of hydration dynamics of various ionic and molecular solutes in bulk water. Bogdan obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) where he studied symmetry-breaking charge transfer and ensuing photochemistry in organic multipolar molecules using an array of ultrafast broadband spectroscopies, including time-resolved infrared.
Dr. Rachael Farber
Rachael Farber joined JFI in May 2018 as a Kadanoff-Rice Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Steven Sibener's group. She earned her PhD from Loyola University Chicago in Prof. Dan Killelea's group where she studied the structural and chemical consequences of high oxygen incorporation on Ag(111), Pt(553), and Rh(111). In Dr. Sibener's group, Rachael is investigating materials, such as Nb3Sn, to improve the performance of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities for use in accelerator technologies.
Dr. Chi-Jui Feng
YChi-Jui Feng joined JFI as a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff’s group in April 2021. His research focuses on conformational dynamics of proteins using two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D IR) and computational amide I spectroscopy. He earned his Ph.D. (2021) from the University of Chicago in Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff's group.
Dr. Han Fu
I am a JFI postdoc working with Prof. Kathy Levin. I received my PhD from University of Minnesota in 2017 advised by Prof. Boris Shklovskii. My main research interest was in disordered semiconductor systems, in particular, the electron transport in SrTiO3 and nanocrystal films. Currently, I am moving into the field of cold atom physics.
Dr. Jacob Graham
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.
Dr. Varda Faghir Hagh
Varda joined the James Frank Institute in September 2018 as a postdoctoral scholar within the Simons Collaboration on Cracking the Glass Problem. She is working jointly with Prof. Sidney Nagel (University of Chicago), Prof. Lisa Manning (Syracuse University), and Prof. Eric Corwin (University of Oregon) on the effect of marginality gap on memory formation in jammed systems. Varda received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University under the supervision of Prof. Michael Thorpe, where she studied the rigidity transition in various disordered systems including jammed and auxetic networks.
Dr. Daniel Hexner
Dr. Kabir Husain
Kabir joined Arvind Murugan's group at the JFI in 2018. As a qualitative biologist, he is interested in the relationship between structure, function, and dynamics in information transfer in biology. Prior to this, Kabir earned his PhD with Madan Rao and Jitu Mayor at the NCBS, Bangalore, where he worked on active mechanics and patterns in the cell cortex, kinetic proofreading in analogy with stochastic resetting, and the role of spatial organisation in immune discrimination by T-cells.
Dr. Grayson Jackson
Gray is a postdoctoral scholar studying the properties of self-assembled nanoparticle membranes. He joined the Jaeger lab in 2018 after earning his Ph. D. in Materials Chemistry in Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa’s research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (now at University of Minnesota). During his graduate work, Gray used surfactant-based liquid crystals as a platform to study confined water.
Dr. Matt Jaffe
Matt Jaffe joined the JFI in Dec 2019 as a postdoc in Prof. Jon Simon’s lab. Matt earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Prof. Holger Mueller’s group, where he helped develop the first atom interferometer in an optical cavity, and used it to probe tiny forces on atoms. As a postdoc in the Simon lab, Matt is working to create quantum many-body states of light using Rydberg polaritons in an optical cavity.
Dr. Prakriti Joshi
Dr. Aishwarya Kumar
Ash Kumar joined JFI in January 2020 as postdoc in the labs of Prof. Jon Simon and Prof. Dave Schuster. He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Prof. David Weiss' group, where he worked on a 3D optical lattice based neutral atom quantum computing platform. He helped demonstrate high-fidelity single qubit gates, atom sorting and lossless state detection in this system. At Chicago, his work is focused on interfacing mm-wave and optical photons using Rydberg atoms in cavities.
Dr. Xinzheng Lan
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.
Dr. Kan-Heng Lee
Kan-Heng joined the JFI in Feb, 2020, as a postdoctoral scholar working in the group of Prof. David Schuster. His research interests include the growth and application of new quantum materials for superconducting quantum circuits. Previously, Kan-Heng earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, advised by Prof. Jiwoong Park. His Ph.D. work developed the methods to assemble two-dimensional material heterostructures with sub-nanometer precision on the wafer-scale for building quantum circuits, including the first demonstration of MoS2 transmon qubits.
Dr. Yumin Lee
Yumin Lee joined JFI as a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff’s group in Aug 2020. Her research is exploring the structural dynamics of biophysical molecules via multidimensional infrared spectroscopy. She earned her Ph.D. (2020) from the University of Pennsylvania in Prof. Jessica Anna’s group, where she studied the ultrafast photoinitiated processes of natural and model light-harvesting systems using two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES).
Dr. Zhiyue Lu
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.
Dr. Justin Ondry
Justin Ondry joined the JFI in January 2021 as a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dmitri Talapin. He earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley in the group of Prof. Paul Alivisatos where he studied structural defects in colloidal nanocrystals and their assemblies using in-situ transmission electron microscopy. At Chicago Justin is working on synthesis and transformation of III-V colloidal nanocrystals using molten salt chemistry.
Dr. Jihun Park
Jihun Park joined Prof. Tian’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at the James Franck Institute, the University of Chicago in 2020. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Jang-Ung Park’s group at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea from February 2019. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Engineering (UNIST) in 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Engineering (UNIST) in 2019. His Ph.D. research focused on wearable electronics integrated with wireless power systems. He is currently studying robotics for bioelectronics.
Dr. Fei Pei
Fei Pei received his BSc and MSc in applied physics from University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He received his PhD in experimental quantum physics from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. During his PhD, he worked on quantum dot and qubit experiments in carbon nanotubes and quantum transport measurement in InSb nanowires. In 2019, he joined the Tian lab as a postdoc at the James Franck Institute, at the University of Chicago. He is working on semiconductor materials to study biointerfaces.
Dr. Riccardo Ravasio
Riccardo joined Arvind Murugan's group at the James Franck Institute in July 2021. He is interested in the connection between structure, function and evolution in biology both at the microbial and protein level. Prior to this, Riccardo pursued his PhD at EPFL in Lausanne under the supervision of Matthieu Wyart. He worked on understanding the physical principles behind the emergence of long-range functional response in elastic material as a proxy to understand allostery in proteins. He also worked with inference models to predict allosteric function from sequence data. He is currently also part of Rama Ranganathan's group.
Dr. Daniel Seara
Danny joined the JFI as a postdoc in Vincenzo Vitelli's group in 2021 after completing his Ph.D. in physics at Yale University under Michael Murrell. During his Ph.D., he created theoretical and computational tools to study the relationship between non-equilibrium thermodynamics and biological function. At UChicago, Daniel is interested in studying how information processing impacts material properties and dynamics in living and non-living matter.
Dr. Shailaja Seetharaman
Shailaja Seetharaman is a postdoc in the Gardel Lab at the JFI since May 2021. She received her PhD from Institut Pasteur, Paris, and a Master's from King's College London. Her research interests lie in the field of cell and tissue mechanics, focusing on the cytoskeletal networks and adhesion complexes.
Dr. F. Setiawan
I am a postdoctoral scholar in Kathy Levin's group at the University of Chicago. Broadly speaking, my research interests are in condensed matter physics, cold atomic systems and quantum information. More specifically, I have worked on the subjects of Majorana modes in solid state and cold atomic systems, transport in mesoscopic systems, Dirac and Weyl materials, spin-qubit quantum computation and quantum cryptography. I received my PhD from the University of Maryland working with Sankar Das Sarma and Jay D. Sau.
Dr. Abhinendra Singh
Abhi is a joint postdoctoral scholar between Prof. Heinrich Jaeger at the JFI and Prof. Juan de Pablo at the PME. His research efforts focus on simulating suspension dynamics. He develops numerical schemes for characterizing, visualizing and understanding the continuum behavior of particulate flows including dry/wet granular flows, dense suspensions, and emulsions. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Twente in The Netherlands, where he was co-advised by Prof. Stefan Luding and Dr. Vanessa Magnanimo investigating the flow behavior of the dense granular material. He moved to the Levich Institute in the City College of New York after finishing his PhD, where he developed the constitutive model for dense frictional suspensions as a part of post-doctoral research co-supervised by Profs. Jeff Morris and Morton Denn.
Dr. Nitin Upadhyaya
PRC 451 & GCIS E1102
Dr. Xiaoyu Wang
Xiaoyu is a JFI postdoc working with Prof. Kathy Levin. He got his PhD from University of Minnesota in 2017. His main research interest is in strongly correlated electron systems, in particular those relevant to high temperature superconductivity. His expertise is in many body techniques as well as numerical Quantum Monte Carlo methods.
Dr. Kimberly Weirich
Dr. Xing Wu
Wu Xing joined as JFI a postdoctoral scholar in the DeMille group. He works in the ACME collaboration, using the platform of cold thorium monoxide molecules to make the world’s most precise measurement on the shape of electrons, shedding light on the fundamental physics at and beyond the LHC energy scale. Before joining JFI, Xing worked in the same collaboration at Yale and Harvard university. Xing received his Ph.D. from Technical University of Munich and Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany, under the supervision of Gerhard Rempe, where he built a centrifuge decelerator to bring polyatomic molecules to standstill with spinning electrodes.
Dr. Jing Zhang
Jing Zhang joined Prof. Bozhi Tian’s group as a postdoctoral scholar at the James Franck Institute, the University of Chicago in 2021. She received her B.S. (2014) in East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and she earned Ph.D. (2020) in Peking University, where her research focused on Soft electrode array for stable neural electrical and opto-electrical interfacing. She is currently working on high-resolution neuron modulation through biocompatible semiconductors. .
Dr. Chenkun Zhou