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

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.  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.


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Kyle Reese returned to Pittsburgh after completing his B.S. in chemistry at Bucknell University. He works on creating and controlling piezoelectric assemblies within the single-molecule piezoelectrics project.

Undergraduate Students 

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Eric LeCaeto (’15) is originally from Coatesville, PA. At Pitt, he is a pre-pharmacy student studying chemistry with a bioscience track. Eric works with graduate student Chris Marvin on synthesis in the piezoelectric project.



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Michelle Hu (’15) was born in Pittsburgh, but spent half of her childhood in Taiwan. She is pursuing an ACS certified bachelors degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She works under the guidance of Prof. Hutchison on theoretical calculations for 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. She works under the direction of graduate student Paula Hoffmann on patterning of organic semiconductors and atomic force microscopy characterization techniques.



croppedMichael Moody (’15) is a Pittsburgh native pursuing a BS in engineering science with minors in chemistry and German. Michael works with graduate student Chris Marvin on fabricating and testing piezoelectrics.