2018 Graduate Fellows

Yize Chen

My research goal is to design efficient data-driven strategies to control and optimize complex energy systems.
Advisor: Boasen Zhang – Electrical Engineering

Neal Dawson-Elli

My research will focus on using artificial neural networks to create surrogate models for physics-based battery models for parameter estimation, real-time control strategies, and educational tools.
Advisor: Venkat Subramanian – Chemical Engineering

Ryan Elliott

I specialize in developing real-time control schemes that utilize data collected from GPS-synchronized sensors distributed over large geographical areas to enhance the stability of the grid.
Advisor: Daniel Kirschen – Electrical Engineering

Monica Esopi

My anticipated research will focus on designing and fabricating large area nanopatterned metal films for incorporation, as a transparent electrode, into organic solar cells.
Advisor: Qiuming Yu – Chemical Engineering

Boyuan Huang

During the CEI Fellowship period, I will explore how optimized microstructure help achieve high-performance perovskite solar cells with long-term stability.
Advisor: Jiangyu Li – Mechanical Engineering

Xiayu Linpeng

My research interest is on the fundamental spin and optical properties of defects in direct band gap semiconductors.
Advisor: Kai-Mei Fu – Physics and Electrical Engineering

Yun Liu

My goal is to jump-start organic photovoltaics research by testing the idea that the use of non-fullerene acceptors (NFAs) can allow OPVs to operate in the high-efficiency radiative limit that materials like GaAs and halide perovskites.
Advisor: David Ginger – Chemistry

Zhipeng Liu

The goal of my PhD study is to develop computationally efficient control techniques that are scalable to large power systems and provide provable guarantees on stability.
Advisor: Radha Poovendran – Electrical Engineering

Tyler Milstein

I will be working on optimizing the synthesis of cesium tin halide nanocrystals for use as host lattices for transition metal dopants such as rhenium.
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin – Chemistry

Joshua Mutch

I plan to perform systematic studies of carrier lifetimes and diffusion lengths in hybrid organic perovskites by optoelectronic, magnetotransport, and thermodynamic measurements.
Advisor: Jiun-Haw Chu – Physics

Adharsh Rajagopal

My research is focused on development of stable bandgap-tuned perovskite absorbers with superior optoelectronic quality, tailored for construction of high-efficiency multijunction solar cells.
Advisor: Alex K-Y. Jen – Materials Science & Engineering

Griffin Ruehl

My research focuses on two major challenges: the storage of solar and other forms of intermittent renewable energy, and carbon-neutral fuel and chemical production.
Advisor: Charlie Campbell – Chemistry

Nicole Thompson

My research will focus on developing novel processing techniques to incorporate dopants more efficiently and cost effectively into earth abundant and nontoxic semiconductor nanocrystals.
Advisor: Vince Holmberg – Chemical Engineering

David Ung

We are interested in studying how the identity of the surface ligand affects cobalt and cobalt phosphide nanoparticles’ activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction.
Advisor: Brandi Cossairt – Chemistry

Jonathan Witt

I will measure the rate of change of gas phase species with electrochemical impedance to give a set of stringent criteria for determining reaction mechanism and kinetics for co-electrolysis of C02 and H20.
Advisor: Eric Stuve – Chemical Engineering

Chen Zou

I will study perovskite solar cells enhanced by distributed feedback structures.
Advisor: Lih Y. Lin – Electrical Engineering

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