Geoff grew up in upstate New York and attended Williams College for undergrad. His Ph.D. is from Northwestern University, where he worked on rational design of transparent and conducting polymers. His postdoctoral research at Cornell University focused on single-molecule wires and novel cathodes for lithium-ion batteries.
Xialing Chen comes to the University of Pittsburgh from the prestigious University of Science and Technology of China. She is currently working on electrostatic self-assembly of semiconducting films and transistor characterization for the designer defect project.
Adam Gagorik is a lifelong Pittsburgh resident. He works in the group on theoretical simulation of charge transfer in organic semiconductors as part of the designer defects project.
Paula Hoffmann came to Pittsburgh after completing her B.S. in chemistry at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She works on atomic force microscopy characterization techniques and will be investigating charge transport dynamics and kinetics within the organic-solar cells and designer defects projects.
Christopher Marvin is from Charleston, SC, but has decided to brave the cold in Pittsburgh. He works on synthesis and characterization techniques for the single-molecule piezoelectrics project.
Ilana Kanal was born in Tokyo, Japan, but has lived in Pittsburgh since she was a child. She is investigating the “sequence effect” of conjugated polymers within the organic solar cells project.
Eric LeCaeto (’15) is originally from Coatesville, PA. At Pitt, he is a pre-med student studying chemistry with a bioscience track. Eric works with graduate student Chris Marvin on synthesis in the piezoelectric project.
Isabel Foreman-Ortiz (’15) grew up in Lebanon, PA and is currently pursuing a B.S. Degree in Chemistry at Pitt with a bioscience focus. Sheworks under the direction of Graduate Student Paula Hoffmann on atomic force microscopy characterization techniques.