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 M. Balazs
Nanocrystal superlattices
for energy harvesting

Graduate Research Associates

Curtis B. Williamson, CBE ’19
Scalable synthesis
of nanocrystals
Jessica Akemi Cimada da Silva, CBE ’19
Photothermocatalytic reactions:
from nano- to reactor engineering
Eliad Peretz, MAE ’19
Additive manufacturing
using nanomaterials
Kevin W. Kimura, CBE ’20
Optimization of electrochemical
CO2 reduction
Jen-Yu Huang, CBE ’21
Additive manufacturing
using nanomaterials
Tyler A. Dunbar, CBE ’22
Reverse electrodialysis
Rileigh Casebolt, CBE ’23
Optimization of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction
Jesus Miguel Lopez Baltazar, CBE ’23
Programmed assembly of nanomaterials


M.S./M.Eng. Research Associates

Dung Yi (Jackson) Wu
MSE ’19
Yingjie Gao
CBE ’20
Yuanze Xu
CBE ’20

Undergraduate Research Associates

Elyse Kauffman CBE
Jiyoon Kim MSE
Michelle Quien CBE
Deniz Erkan CBE
Jennifer Yi CBE


Former colleagues

Name Position/degree Current Position
Postdoctoral Research Associates/Visiting Scientist
Juan Jesus Guzman 2018 Capro-X
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
Curtis Williamson PhD, CBE, 2019 Micron
Doug Nevers PhD, CBE, 2018 Micron
Ben Richards PhD, MSE, 2018
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
Chang-Yun Wang M.Eng, CBE, 2018 Global Communications Semiconductors
Laura Montoya Ashton M.S., MAE, 2018 R&D Scientist, Sandia NAt Laboratories
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* M.S., 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)