Prof. Geoff Hutchison

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.

Graduate Students

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.  After completing her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and her teacher certification at Carlow University, she taught high school chemistry before returning to school to work on her PhD. She is investigating the “sequence effect” of conjugated polymers within the organic solar cells project.


IMG_2211Nathaniel Miller went to the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg completing a B.S. in Chemistry. Then attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed a P.S.M in Industrial and Applied Chemistry while working in industry. Currently pursuing a Ph.D in chemistry developing micro and nano-scale soft lithographic techniques.


Christopher Petroff was born and raised in Connecticut. Before coming to Pitt, he earned a B.S. in chemistry from Boston College where he spent two years researching metal-organic frameworks and nanoparticles. An avid runner, Chris ran cross country and track in high school before picking up marathoning in college; he has completed six marathons including Pittsburgh and Boston. He works with polyurethane foams for the single-molecule piezoelectrics project.


Undergraduate Students 

IMAG0335Michael Cole
is a senior Chemistry Major with a concentration in material science.  He plans to graduate in December 2016 and is looking to attend graduate school beginning in the fall of 2017.  Mike currently works on a project with Ilana Kanal developing a screening process for the discovery of new organic polymers for use in photovoltaics.



image1Erin Christensen is a junior chemistry major who came to Pitt from Syracuse, NY. Erin works with Nathaniel developing micro and nano-scale soft lithographic techniques. Her hobbies include triathlons, running and learning Arabic.