Alumni

Postdoctoral Research Associates


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Dr. Binit Lukose

Post-Doc, Boston University (present)
Post-Doc, Cornell University 2013-2015
Post-Doc, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 2012-2013
Ph.D. Physics, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 2012
M.Sc. Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, India 2005
B.Sc. Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, India 2003

Email: bl548@cornell.edu
Research Interest: Stability and charge transfer of chalcogenide nanocrystals separated by unconventional ligands.
Modeling of silicon dopant activation and diffusion control in InGaAs.


Graduate Research Associates


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Brian Koo

Arkema (present)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering; Minor in Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University 2015
M.S. Chemical Engineering; Minor in Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University 2012
B.S. Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, Rutgers University 2009

Email: btk33@cornell.edu
Research Interest: I explore the structure, nucleation, and filling of a class of semiconducting covalent organic frameworks (COFs) using computational techniques such as molecular dynamics and density functional theory. Specifically, I study fullerene diffusion in 2D stacked COFs to further the design of ordered heterojunction all-organic solar cells using steered molecular dynamics and kinetic monte carlo techniques. I also study the nucleation and growth of boronate-ester linked COFs in solution by applying free energy methods and hybrid quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical techniques.

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Alexandra Raymunt

Intel Corporation (present)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering; Minor in Applied Physics, Cornell University 2014
M.S. Chemical Engineering; Minor in Applied Physics, Cornell University 2012
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Connecticut 2009
B.A. German Studies, University of Connecticut 2009

Email: amc442@cornell.edu
Research Interest: We have modeled low dielectric constant organosilicate glass materials using computational techniques designed to understand the relationships between the material’s structure, porosity, dielectric constant, and mechanical strength. We began by establishing a structure for these amorphous porous SiCOH-type materials that has the appropriate atomic composition, bonding distribution, pore size distribution, and bulk properties to match an experimental film. This allowed us to simulate the thermal annealing of this material and show how the structure evolves with increasing temperatures to eventually result in a point of pore collapse and higher dielectric constants. We are now taking the first steps towards the de novo design of completely different classes of materials that have intrinsically lower dielectric constants and improved mechanical strength.

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Jonathan Saathoff

ExxonMobil (present)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2016
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2010

Email: jds429@cornell.edu
Research Interest: Dynamics and colloidal properties of funtionalized “bottom-up” graphene nanoribbons. Structure and electronic property prediction of halogenated contorted hexabenzocoronenes (cHBC)

Victoria “Tori” Sorg

Intel Corporation (present)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2017
B.S. Chemical Engineering (Honors College, summa cum laude), Oregon State University 2011

Email: vcs26@cornell.edu
Research Interest: I am interested on how processing affects structure and electronic properties of semiconductor systems. My current research includes experimental studies of the effect of laser spike annealing InGaAs and computational modeling of organic semiconductors systems, specifically contorted hexabenzocoronene and carbon nanotubes.

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James Stevenson

Schrödinger (present)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2016
B.E. Chemical Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 2011

Email: jminuse@gmail.com
Research Interest: A one-man representative of the diversity of the Clancy Group, James studies advanced photovoltaic materials and the possibility of life on Saturn’s moon Titan. These disparate topics are joined by the methods used to study them: molecular simulation of free-energy thermodynamics with quantum mechanics for verification.


Masters Research Associates


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Sai Vineeth Bobbili

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (present)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2016
Bachelor of Technology Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 2014

Email: sb2326@cornell.edu
Research Interest: Roll-to-roll processing of organic semiconductors.

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Santoshkalyan “Santosh” Chakravarthy

Nomura (present)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2015
B.S. Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Techology, India 2010

Email: scr96@cornell.edu
Research Interest: Simulations of planar, charge-conducting molecules as spacers in lead chalcogenide quantum dots

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Cheng-Wei Lee

Ph.D Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (present)
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University 2014
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University 2011

Email: cl973@cornell.edu
Research Interest: I am interested in the behavior of Si dopants in InGaAs, both kinetics and thermodynamics. InGaAs is one of the promising candidates for the channel material of CMOS. Getting high enough dopant activation level is essential for Si-InGaAs system to be the final winner.
To study this behavior, I use both semi-empirical and ab initio methods. I parameterize the Si-X (X=Ga, In, As) Tersoff model for further study of Kinetics. I use DFT code (Quantum Espresso) to study the defect formation energy of Si in InGaAs and the ground state properties of Si-X compound.

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Kristina Lenn

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Michigan (present)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2014
B.S. Chemical Engineering Honors, Minor in Chemistry, Wayne State University 2011

Email: kml273@cornell.edu
Research Interest: We are collaborating with the Bao group at Stanford, who has developed a technique called solution shearing for decreasing the pi-orbital overlap and thereby enhancing the charge transport, specifically for an organic material 6,13-TIPS pentacene. We are looking at the energy profile of this material and how varying the unit cell parameters, changing the solvent size, and subjecting the unit cell to shear will affect the energy; in addition, we are studying how deviations of the acene, silylethynyl, and methyl angles from equilibrium overlap with the energy profile and the different polymorph configurations.

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Varun Subramaniam

M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2015
M.S Chemistry, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India 2013
B.Sc. (Honours), Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India 2011

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Haoqi “Yolanda” Xu

Yushan Partners (present)
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2014
B.S. Chemistry, Fudan University, China 2013

Email: hx75@cornell.edu
Research Interest: cHBC crystal structure prediction, which includes stability comparison of different simulated structures and the structure predictions with Monte Carlo algorithm.


Undergraduate Researchers


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Jovana Andrejevic

Ph.D. Harvard University (present)
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2016

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Huang-Ta Chen

Intel Corporation (present)
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2017
B.S. Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University 2013

Aron

Aron Coraor

Ph.D. University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering (present)
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2016

Warren

Warren Crowell

Yelp (present)
B.S Computer Science, Cornell University 2016

Angela

Angela Harper

M.Phil. Physics, University of Cambridge (present)
B.S. Physics, Wake Forest University 2017

James

James Raiford

Ph.D. Stanford University (present)
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2016

Shirong

Shirong Wu

Oracle (present)
M.Eng. Computational Informatics, Cornell University 2016
B.E. Zhejiang University, China 2015

Jee-Won

Jee Won Yang

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University (present)

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