Shijing Sun

Dr. Sun’s research lies at the crossroads of materials science, data science, and robotics, driving interdisciplinary studies into autonomous design for clean energy technologies. With a vision to address global energy, climate, and sustainability challenges, Dr. Sun’s interests span from understanding the fundamental structure-function relationships of inorganic materials to tool development incorporating artificial intelligence for amplified research capacities and efficiency. Read More

Devin MacKenzie

Our lab’s work is centered around the development of new materials, device structures and integrated processes that enable more sustainable, lower carbon footprint, additive manufacturing pathways to optoelectronics, energy and biosensors. This includes techniques ranging form the world’s highest resolution inkjet printing systems for photonics, quantum materials and flexible electronics to scalable roll-to-roll (R2R) processing energy storage, sensing, and integrated systems. Key to these approaches is the development of solution-processable highly materials such as nanoscale emitters, conductors and semiconductors as well as molecular probes and functionalizations that enable the processing techniques and required optical, electronic and electrochemical performance. Read More

Dion Hubble

Dion Hubble portrait

As a graduate student in the lab of materials science and engineering professor Alex Jen, Dion worked on designing and testing new types of electrolyte materials for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. This type of battery could potentially be made twice as light as a lithium-ion cell, using cheap, earth-abundant materials; however, Li-S batteries are not currently commercially viable because they tend to die after only a few recharge cycles. This work could lead to better batteries for electric vehicles, as well as other applications where low weight is critical. Read More

Hao Tang

Hao is a Ph.D. student in the lab of materials science & engineering professor Bruce Hinds, where he is developing photocatalytic materials that facilitate more efficient chemical reactions for use in solar cells and other photovoltaic devices as well as biomedical devices. He is part of a collaboration with UW Medicine’s Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI), which seeks to improve the health and well-being of people with advanced kidney disease initiating and receiving dialysis treatment. Hao holds a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) from the University of Washington and a B.S. Read More

Liwen Xing

As a graduate student in the lab of materials science & engineering professor Christine Luscombe, Liwen developed a new and greener method to synthesize materials for organic photovoltaics (OPVs). OPVs have drawn lots of attention due to their flexibility, light weight, high charge mobility, and solvent processability. She developed a synthetic method called cross dehydrogenative coupling (CDC) polymerization, which can eliminate the pre-functionalization steps of monomers, thus lowering the cost of the resultant OPV materials and minimizing the generation of hazardous chemical wastes. Read More

Theodore Cohen

Ted worked under Professors Daniel Gamelin, Christine Luscombe, and Devin MacKenzie. He leveraged the expertise of his three advisers to produce a broad array of research investigating perovskite nanocrystals for luminescent solar concentrators, polymer composites, and additive manufacturing. While there, he earned a UW Clean Energy Institute Fellowship and participated in the Torrance Technology Due Diligence Fellowship Program, where he provided technical assessments of early stage companies for clean energy investors at E8 Angels. Ted is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the MacKenzie lab, where he is developing methods of scalable quantum optical device manufacturing. Read More

Xiaojing Xia

Xiaojing Xia portrait

As a graduate student in the lab of Materials Science and Engineering professor Peter Pauzauskie, Xiaojing studied lanthanide-doped fluoride and semiconductor materials for solid-state laser cooling. More specifically, she developed new laser cooling nanoparticles and designed a self-cooling high-power fiber laser using these materials. After completing her Ph.D. in 2022, Xiaojing joined Dr. Emory Chan’s team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoc scholar. Xiaojing’s current research interest is experiment automation. She is working on AI-accelerated high-throughput synthesis and characterization of upconverting nanoparticles. Read More

Tyler Jorgenson

Ty Jorgenson in the lab pipetting

As a graduate student in the labs of Professors Rene Overney and Mehmet Sarikaya, Tyler studied the fundamental molecular interactions between protein-like molecules and atomically thin inorganic materials to enable future technologies such as medical diagnostics. More specifically, he utilized scanning probe microscopy techniques to understand the self-assembly process and energetics of genetically engineered solid-binding peptides on single layer atomic materials. Since completing his Ph.D. in 2020, Tyler joined Professor Stuart Rowan’s lab at the University of Chicago’s Molecular Engineering department as a postdoctoral scholar. Read More

Jiaxu Qin

As a graduate student in the lab of materials science and engineering professor Alex Jen, Jiaxu worked on designing multi-functional binders for lithium-sulfur batteries based on molecular interactions. Different strategies are proposed to solve the cracks issue and lithium polysulfide dissolution issue in sulfur cathode to achieve high-loading, long-cycle-life sulfur cathode. Jiaxu was a 2017 Clean Energy Institute DIRECT data science trainee. In addition, Jiaxu completed the MolE Data Science Option. Since completing his Ph.D. in 2022, Jiaxu began working in the private sector as a software engineer to design data platforms. Read More

Jihui Yang

The Yang Research Group uses various experimental and theoretical techniques to study materials of great fundamental and application interest. Current research focuses on the design, synthesis, testing, and understanding of advanced thermoelectric materials and Li-ion battery materials for energy conversion and storage, which include electron and phonon transport of thermoelectric materials, thermodynamic stability, atomistic structural arrangement, electronic band structure, and lattice dynamics of nanocomposites, and degradation mechanisms of advanced Li-ion battery materials. Read More