Students/Postdocs

Abhisek Basu is a postdoc at Carnegie working with Reinhard Boehler.  He is working on developing large volume diamond cells for neutron diffraction and is also interested in high pressure behavior of perovskite oxides using XRD and Raman spectroscopy.  Abhisek received his Ph.D. in physical sciences from the Indian Institute of Science Education...
Venkat Bhadram joined EFree as a postdoctoral associate from Purdue University where he was a visiting researcher after receiving his Ph.D from JNCASR, Bangalore, India. In EFree, he is working with Tim Strobel and Russell Hemley on the New Solar Materials project, and is also developing novel materials for photocatalytic water splitting. His work...
Bo Chen is a postdoc at Cornell and has worked with Professor Roald Hoffmann since 2014. He received his Ph.D. at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in China in 2011, and did his first postdoc research at University of North Texas with Professor Weston Borden from 2012 to 2014. He is currently investigating the mechanism of benzene...
Sabri Elatresh is a postdoc at Cornell University. He is currently working with Roald Hoffmann and Neil Ashcroft on structure prediction and phase stability of solid Li at high pressure. He obtained his Ph.D. from Dalhousie University in 2015 under the supervision of Stanimir Bonev.  Sabri's area of research has focused on the application and...
Zack Geballe a postdoc at Carnegie  studying melting, near-melting phenomena and the glass transition at high pressures and temperatures. His broader goals are to improve understanding of the Earth's deep interior, and of the physics of melting and amorphization transitions.  He is currently experimenting with electrical methods of heating...
Michael Guerette is a postdoctoral associate at the Geophysical Laboratory. He is working with Tim Strobel on novel solar energy materials, specifically Si24 synthesis and property investigations.  Previously, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering in 2014...
Steve Juhl is a graduate student in the Penn State Chemistry department with expertise in carbon nanomaterials synthesis and characterization.  He works with the experimental team to characterize materials synthesized across the EFree center using transmission electron microscopy, including advanced microscopy techniques enabled by our Titan3 G2...
Xiang Li is a graduate student in the Penn State Chemistry department with expertise in carbon nanomaterials synthesis and characterization. She is interested in new precursor strategies for kinetically controlled syntheses of carbon nanothreads.  Xiang often travels to beamlines at major national and international neutron and x-ray facilities to...
Hanyu Liu is carrying out theoretical and computational studies in support of current EFree projects and also contributing to the development of a new project focusing on hydrogen-rich materials.  He is also interested in studying the properties of materials at extreme conditions using molecular dynamics and crystal structure predictions.  
Yiqun Liu is a graduate student at Lehigh since 2011, after he received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from USTC, China. His work focuses on the hydrothermal growth of mesoporous quartz crystal as well as characterization using XRD, microscope, SEM and TEM.
Ajay Mishra works on the Novel Electron Transport in Light Element Materials project in EFree, including the synthesis of hydrogen rich materials under extreme conditions.  He characterize these materials using XRD, Raman and IR measurements.  Ajay is also interested in the behavior of materials under extreme conditions and to unravel the basic...
Damian Paliwoda is a post-doctoral research fellow at Lehigh University since September 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Adam ickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland in 2014. From 2014 to 2016 he developed his skills in high-pressure x-ray single-crystal diffraction techniques at High Pressure Diffraction Beamline ID09a/ID15b at the European...
Martin Rahm is a postdoc at Cornell. Among other things, he currently works on predicting the chemistry and structure of alkali - transition metal hydrides under pressure, as well a gold hydrides by computational modeling. After obtaining his PhD from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 2010, under the supervision of Tore Brinck,...
Tao Wang is an early-career graduate student in the Penn State Physics Department who is developing expertise in materials computation to support EFree efforts on nanothreads and beyond. She graduated from Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China with a B.S. in applied physics in 2011. Her thesis was on the preparation, separation and...
Nicholas Weadock is a graduate student in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology interested in thermodynamics and kinetics of metal hydrides.  This work involves both Sievert’s type isotherm measurements and x-ray diffraction and neutron scattering experiments.  Nick is currently constructing an in situ XRD hydrogen...
Peng Xu is a postdoc at Cornell University, currently working with Neil Ashcroft and Roald Hoffmann on the prediction of structures in the as yet unknown LiF3 system under ultra-high pressure. This work uses particle-swarm optimization algorithm in combination with VASP computation package to search for exotic structures of Li: F mixture of...
Tao Zeng is currently a postdoc at Cornell University. He obtained his PhD from University of Alberta in 2011 and joined Cornell in 2013. His research is related to theoretical studies of organic electronics and inorganic clathrates; the latter a collaboration with Tim Strobel at CIW.
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