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Team Leader

Emilie Ringe. Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Chemistry, and Applied Physics

Affiliated with the Smalley Institute, Rice quantum Institute,  Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering, and Laboratory for Nanophotonics

BA Chemistry, McGill University/Northwestern University Summa Cum Laude
MSc Chemistry, Northwestern University
PhD Chemistry/Materials Science, Northwestern University

Junior Research Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
Newton International Research Fellow, Royal Society, Cambridge University

Emilie Ringe CV

Research Team

Sadegh Yazdi, Ph. D.     Email

2015-04-21 12.25.23 (1)

Postdoctoral Fellow Researcher
Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

BSc Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran 
MSc Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
PhD Nanotechnology, Imperial College, London, UK 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Electron Microscopy, Technical University of Denmark, DK

Research interests: Transmission Electron Microscopy of Semiconductors and other Functional Materials, Electron Holography of Functional Materials, Development of Off-Axis Electron Holography, and Development of In-Situ TEM Techniques.

Eduardo Villarreal     Email

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

BS, 2014,  Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Pan American

Research Interests: Design and development of low-cost biosensors using nanoparticles, characterization and assessment of two-dimensional materials

Dayne Swearer      Email

Dayne Swearer

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry

BS, 2014, Chemistry, Drexel University 
MS, 2014, Organic Chemistry, Drexel University

Research Interests: Hot-Electron photocatalysis, electron microscopy



Anjli Kumar     Email

Graduate Researcher
Department of Chemistry

BS, 2008, Chemistry, Georgia Tech

MS, 2011, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech

Research Interests: Nanoelectrochemistry studied utilizing plasmonic properties



Lauren McCarthy    Email

Lauren_McCarthy headshot

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry

BS, 2016, Chemistry, The University of Florida 

Research Interests: Utilizing plasmonic nanoparticles for photocatalysis, electron microscopy




Elisabeth Bianco    Email

Elisabeth_PhotoNSF Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry

BS, Chemistry, The Ohio State University 

Research Interests: Synthesis of 2D materials, characterization of unique structure-property relationships in 2D materials, electron microscopy




Sarah M. Rehn    Email

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Department of Chemistry

BS, 2016, Chemistry, Boise State University 

Research Interests: Development of alternative plasmonic materials, galvanic replacement reaction, advanced electron microscopy




Sofia Gereta    Email

Sofia_PhotoUndergraduate Researcher
Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Materials Science and NanoEngineering





Matthew Chagnot    Email

20160822_185749Undergraduate Researcher
Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Chemical Engineering






Anthony Stender, Post Doctoral Fellow (Fall 2014 – Fall 2016) –  Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Ohio University

Group Pets


Khushi is interested in exploring the world of aroma and scent in the wild. She also enjoys learning games and has recently learned how to play hide and seek. She loves spending time with her puppy momma (Anjli) and her brother (Oppie).







Eris is interested in geophysics and geodynamics research, specifically in the area of digging holes to achieve perfect temperatures to sleep. She is vegetarian by choice and plans to live for 50 (±2) more years with her owner Eduardo. When she is in the mood, she likes to be pet and fed without hiding in her shell.

We are always looking for motivated students to join our group!

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