People

Graduate Students

Mikayla Anderson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mikayla Anderson is a graduate student in the Nuzzo group working on spectrum splitting in III-V photovoltaic devices, utilizing epitaxial lift-off to fabricate solar micro-cells.

Daniel Bacon-Brown

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel Bacon-Brown is a graduate student in the Braun research group at the University of Illinois, currently working on design and fabrication of periodic photonic nanostructures.

David Barth

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

David Barth is a graduate student in the Zhang research group at Berkeley.

Azhar Carim

California Institute of Technology

Azhar Carim is a graduate student in the Lewis group at Caltech. His research focuses on the photoelectrochemical deposition of nanostructured semiconductors wherein the applied electrical waveform and illumination are being studied as means to excercise control over composition, crystallinity and morphology.

Kaifeng Chen

Stanford University

Kaifeng Chen is a graduate student in Shanhui Fan’s research group at Stanford University. He has broad research interests in near-field optoelectronic devices, such as TPV and solid-state cooling devices.

Cris Flowers

California Institute of Technology

Cris Flowers is a graduate student in the Atwater research group at Caltech. He studies electrical and thermal architecture for novel spectral splitting approaches to photovoltaic energy conversion.

Junwen He

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Junwen He is a graduate student in the Nuzzo group focusing on spectrum splitting with dispersive optics and concentration photovoltaics. He is employing the epitaxial liftoff technique on III-V solar micro-cells.

Zoila Jurado

California Institute of Technology

Zoila Jurado is a graduate student in Minnich Group at Caltech. Zoila's current research focuses on selective thermal emission for energy applications.

Seyedeh Mahsa Kamali

California Institute of Technology

Seyedeh Mahsa Kamali is a graduate student in the Faraon group at Caltech, currently working on conformable and tunable flexible dielectric metasurfaces.

 

Laura Kim

California Institute of Technology

Laura Kim is a PhD candidate in the Atwater Group at Caltech. She studies carrier dynamics in low dimensional materials to achieve fast modulation of surface plasmon-assisted thermal emission.

Taeyong Kim

California Institute of Technology

Taeyong Kim is a graduate student in the Minnich Group at Caltech. He studies engineering thermal radiation for energy applications.

 

Brent Koscher

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brent Koscher is a graduate student in the Alivisatos Group at UC-Berkeley. He is currently working on quantum dot based luminescent solar concentrators.

 

Junlong Kou

California Institute of Technology

Junlong Kou is a graduate student in Minnich Group at Caltech. Junlong's current research focuses on controlled thermal radiation through nano-structure design.

Christian Ocier

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christian Ocier is a graduate student in the Braun Group at UIUC.

Siying Peng

California Institute of Technology

Siying Peng is a graduate student in the Atwater group at Caltech. She works on photonic crystals in the mid-IR wavelength that has bandgaps and non-reciprocal surface states.

Osman Safa Cifci

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Osman Safa Cifci is a graduate student in the Braun group at UIUC. He is working on spectrum splitting devices for solar cell applications.

 

Gregg Scranton

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Gregg Scranton is a graduate student in the Yablonovitch group at UC Berkeley. He is currently working on light trapping structures for solar cells through computational optimization.

Michelle Sherrott

California Institute of Technology

Michelle Sherrott is a graduate student in the Atwater Group. She is currently working on tunable graphene plasmonics for infrared radiation control.

 

Ethan Simonoff

California Institute of Technology

Ethan Simonoff is a graduate student in the Lewis research group at Caltech. His research focuses on controlling the photoelectrochemical growth of semiconductors on micro- and nanostructures.

Michelle Solomon

Stanford University

Michelle Solomon is a graduate student in the Dionne group at Stanford. Her current research focuses on harnessing the energy of hot plasmonic carriers, as well as dynamic optical materials.

Joe Swabeck

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Joseph Swabeck is a graduate student in the Alivisatos group at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on expanding the bandgap range and efficiency of quantum dot based luminescent solar concentrators.

Nate Thomas

California Institute of Technology

Nate Thomas is a graduate student in the Minnich Group at Caltech.  He is currently working to design and fabricate spectrally selective solar absorbers for use in solar thermophotovoltaics.

Jonathan Thompson

California Institute of Technology

Jonathan Thompson is a graduate student in the Lewis group at Caltech. He is working on using surface modifications of randomly dispersed silicon microwires to control their alignment and aggregation.

Ying Wang

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ying Wang is a graduate student in the Zhang group at UC Berkeley.

Will Whitney

California Institute of Technology

Will Whitney is a graduate student in the Atwater research group at Caltech.  He is presently studying non-reciprocal optical systems and novel methods of power generation in resonant optical structures.

Michael Wisser

Stanford University

Michael Wisser is a graduate student in the Dionne and Salleo Groups at Stanford University.  His research is primarily focused on lanthanide ion-based upconverting materials in the context of solar energy applications.

Patrick Xiao

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Patrick Xiao is a graduate student working in the Yablonovitch group at UC Berkeley. He is investigating novel approaches to solar spectral splitting and computational design of spectral splitting structures.

Lu Xu

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lu Xu is a graduate student in the Nuzzo research group at the University of Illinois currently working on design and fabrication of quantum dot based luminescent solar concentrators.

Yuan Yao

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yuan Yao is a graduate student in the Nuzzo group working on 3-D integration of flexible photovoltaics based on silicon.

 

Runyu Zhang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Runyu Zhang is a graduate student in the Braun Group at Illinois, currently working on three dimensional artificial nanostructures for light emission control, photonic crystals and metamaterials.

Hanyu Zhu

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Hanyu Zhu is a graduate student in the Zhang group at UC Berkeley. He is currently working on the electro-mechanical engineering of light-matter interaction in two-dimensional materials.



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