We are a young group of scientists and engineers exploring opportunities to apply unique properties of nanoscale materials for efficient solar energy conversion and storage. Our interdisciplinary approach encompasses nanomaterial synthesis, surface chemistry, optical and electronic characterization, computation and prototype device fabrication.


Principal Investigator

Tobias Hanrath

Associate Professor

Olin Hall 350


Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dr. Daniel Balazs

Dr. Juan Jesus Guzman


Graduate Research Associates

Kevin Kimura

Jessica Akemi Cimada da Silva

Doug Nevers

Curtis Williamson

Eliad Peretz

Ben Richards

Jen-Yu Huang

Tyler Dunbar


M.S./M.Eng. Research Associates

Laura Montoya Ashton

Chang-Yun (William) Wang

Dung Yi (Jackson) Wu


Undergraduate Research Associates

Matt Crafton   CBE

Chuting Deng   CBE

Jiyoon Kim   MSE

Elyse Kauffman


Former colleagues

Name Position/degree Current Position
Postdoctoral Research Associates/Visiting Scientitst
Haitao Zhang* 2014 – 2016 Research Scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Australia
Byoungnam Park 2010 – 2011 Post-doctoral fellow, University of Illinois
Byung Ryool Hyun* 2009 – 2012 Industry
Jacek Jasieniak 2009 – 2011 Research Scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Australia
Graduate Research Associates
Kevin Whitham PhD, MSE, 2016
Ben Treml PhD, MSE, 2016 NRC Postdoctoral fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
Kaifu Bian PhD, CBE, 2015 Postdoctoral researcher, Sandia National Lab
William Baumgardner PhD, CCB, 2013 Engineer, Intel
Joshua Choi PhD, AEP, 2012 Assistant professor, University of Virginia
Yee-Fun Lim PhD, AEP, 2011 Scientist, A*Star
M.S./M.Eng. Research Associates
Qiannan Wen M.S., AEP, 2017 Univ. of Michigan
Hugo Gonzalez M.S., CBE, 2017 Max Planck Gesellschaft
Victor Lambert M.S., CBE, 2016 Axium nanofibers
Christian Ocier* MS, MSE, 2012 Univ. Illinios
Fred Twum-Acheampong M.Eng., CBE, 2012 Johnson Business School
Giacomo Bonfanti M.Eng., AEP, 2011 Industry
Matthew Oh M.Eng., CBE, 2011 Kraft
Stephen Codoluto M.S., CBE, 2009 Exxon Mobil
Ben Schweib M.Eng., AEP, 2008

* jointly advised with Prof. Frank Wise (AEP)