Lab Members


Pradeepkumar Jagadesan – Postdoctoral Associate pradeep

Ph.D. University of Miami

Research Focus: Synthesis of linear conjugated polymers and organic frameworks exhibiting nonlinear optical properties

Zhiliang Li– Postdoctoral Associate 

Ph.D. University of Florida

Research Focus: Synthesis and photophysical study of conjugated polyelectrolytes

Amanda Sulicz – Postdoctoral AssociateAsulicz-Website

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

Research Focus: Synthesis and characterization of platinum acetylide conjugated polymers

Silvano Valandro – Postdoctoral AssociateSilvano

Ph.D. University of São Paulo at São Carlos

Research Focus: Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy of small molecules, polymers, and materials

Yajing Yang – Doctoral Candidate

BSc: Nankai University, China

Research Focus: Aggregation and quenching effects of conjugated polymers

C. Jason Zeman IV – Doctoral Candidate

BSc: University of Iowa

Research Focus: Polymer modeling and transient absorption study

Yan Zhao – Doctoral Student

BS: Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Research Focus: Polymer assemblies for the artificial photosynthesis

Ru He – Doctoral Candidate

MSc: Nanjing University of Science & Technology
BSc: Nanjing University of Science & Technology

Research Focus: Platinum-based polymers, charge transfer dynamics

Amran Khan – Doctoral Student Amran

MSc: Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh
BSc: Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh

Research Focus: 

Anh “Kim” Nguyen – Doctoral Studentgroup2017

BSc: University of Texas at San Antonio

Research Focus: Polyelectrolyte LBL self-assembly, polychromophore-catalyst assembly for the use of dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells

Ziqi “Effy” Yu – Doctoral StudentEffy

BSc: Shandong University of Science and Technology

Research Focus: Synthesis of water-soluble conjugated polyelectrolytes and phosphorescent conjugated polymers with chiral backbones

Meng Li- Visiting Scholar

Ph.D. Student

Research Focus: Perovskites

Soojin Kim – Visiting Scholar

Ph.D. Student at Ewha Woman’s University, South Korea

Research Focus: Electrochemical hydrogen production, photochemical regeneration of NADH, and water oxidation and carbon dioxide reduction using organometallic complexes.


Previous Members


2017 – 2018 YuKyung Eom, Ph.D., Korean University
2018 – 2018 Naresh Duvva, Visiting Scientist from Indian Institute for Chemical Technology
2017 – 2018 Muhammed Younus, Ph.D., Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh
2012 – 2018 Gyu Leem, Ph.D., University of Houston
2014 – 2018 Rajendra Acharya, Ph.D., University of Akron
2015 – 2016 Guisheng Li, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Shanghai Normal University
2012 – 2014 Jan-Moritz Koenen, Ph.D., University of Wueppertal
2011 – 2014 Galyna Dubinia, Ph.D., University of Hawaii
2011 – 2012 Dustin Jenkins, Ph.D., Princeton University
2010 – 2011 Sridhar Rajam, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
2009 – 2011 Yali Sun, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
2009 – 2011 Fude Feng, Ph.D., Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science
2009 – 2014 Anand Parthasarathy, Ph.D. University of Miami
2009 – 2011 Fang Zhen, Ph.D. National University of Singapore
2008 – 2010 Chen Liao, Ph.D. University of Wyoming
2008 – 2009 Richard Farley, Ph.D. University of Florida
2005 – 2009 Motokatsu Ogawa, Ph.D. North Dakota State University
2005 – 2008 Hui Jiang, Ph.D. Boston University
2004 – 2006 Fengqi Guo, Ph.D. Institute for Photographic Chemistry, Beijing China
2004 – 2008 Kye-Young Kim, Ph.D. Auburn University
2002 – 2004 Xiaoming Zhao, Ph.D. University of Texas at El Paso
2001 – 2005 Mauricio Pinto, Ph.D. Universidad do Rio De Janeiro
2000 – 2003 Yao Liu, Ph.D. Chinese Academy of Science
2000 – 2002 Shujun Jiang, Ph.D. Beijing Institute of Technology
1999 – 2000 Yeon-Tae Jeong, Visiting Scientist from Seoul, Korea
1999 – 2000 Hai-Feng Ji, Ph.D. Chinese Academy of Science
1998 – 1999 Carla S. P. Cavalaheiro, Ph.D. University of São Paulo at São Carlos
1995 – 1996 Yin Zhang, Ph.D. Dartmouth College
1995 – 1996 Edward Robinson, Ph.D. Georgetown University
1989 – 1991 D. Brent MacQueen, Ph.D. Clemson University
1987 – 1988 Gyu-Hwan Lee, Ph.D. SUNY Stony-Brook


2017 – 2018 Carlos Martinez
2017 – 2018 Anh (Kim) Nguyen
2015 – 2016 Alex Burnett
2011 – 2015 Samantha Phan
2010 Luisa Brokmann (visiting student, Universitat Bielefeld, Germany)
2010 Barbara Dettlaff (visiting student, Universitat Bielefeld, Germany)
2003 Amir Faraj
2000 Asher Smith
1999 Tomas Cardolaccia
1998 Richard Alexander
1997 Laurence Couvoier
1996 Jackie Jackiw
1992 Stacey L. Temkin
1990 Heather D. Stoeffler
1989 Mike M. Rooney
1988 Brian T. Hauser
1987 – 1988 James A. Larson