Group Members

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PI and graduate students


Efrain Rodriguez

Dan Taylor

Amber Larson

Xiuquan Zhou

Austin Virtue

Rishvi Thiyalake

Stephanie Gnewuch

Brandon Wilfong









Undergraduate researchers


Hector K. Vivanco

Natalia Schoch

Benjamin Levitas









Alumni



efrain at umd.edu

4101 Chemistry Building

(301) 405-1541

Efrain E. Rodriguez

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Affiliate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Education

PhD Department of Materials, 2009,
University of California, Santa Barbara,
Advisor: Professor Anthony K. Cheetham, FRS

B.S, 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Past employment

National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2009-2012,
NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Graduate Researcher, Lujan Neutron Scattering Center, 2003-2008, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Graduate Researcher, Materials Research Laboratory, 2003-2008, UCSB

Awards and recognitions

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2015

Air Force Office of Scientific Research, MURI grant on superconducting materials, 2014

University of Maryland Research and Scholarship Award, 2013

National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow (2009-2011)

NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, IGERT (2004-2006)


For a full Curriculum Vitae, please click here.


ddtaylor at umd.edu

CV

Daniel D. Taylor

Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering
Education

B.A., 2010, Chemistry, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

Past employment:

Lancaster Laboratories, Inc., 2010-2011, Chemist in Pharmaceutical Product Testing

University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2012, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies, Analytical Chemist

Awards and recognitions:

NIST Graduate Research Fellow, 2012-current

Project:

Perovskite-derived transition metal oxides for energy conversion and storage through anion manipulation

Hometown:

Kennett Square, PA


ahop28 at umd.edu

Amber Marie Larson

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

B.A., 2009, Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College, PA

Past employment:

West Philadelphia High School, 2009-2011
Chemistry and Physical Sciences Teacher

Awards and recognitions:

University of Maryland University Fellow, 2013

NIST Graduate Research Fellow, 2012-current

Project:

New magnetic oxides containing cobalt and manganese with octahedral framework or layered structures.

Hometown:

Cache Valley, UT


xzhou1 at umd.edu

Xiuquan Zhou

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

B.E., Inorganic Non-metallic Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Tech., Shanghai, China

Project:

Synthesis and characterization of 2D iron chalcogenides

Hometown:

Yantai, Shandong Province, China


avirtue at umd.edu

Austin Virtue

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Awards and recognitions:

GAANN Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2016

Project:

Soft chemistry of mesoporous and microporous transition metal oxides.

Hometown:

Marshfield, Massachusetts


rishjay at umd.edu

Rishvi Jayathilake

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

Honors B.S. Chemistry, 2012, University of Culombo, Sri Lanka

Past employment:

Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC)
Ressearch scientist, preparation of TiO2 nanoparticles

Project:

Topochemical conversion of oxides to mixed anion systems.

Hometown:

Columbo, Sri Lanka


sgnewuch at umd.edu

Stephanie Gnewuch

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2015, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH

Project:

Synthesis and characterization of materials with toroidal moments

Hometown:

Springfield, VA


bwilfong at umd.edu

Brandon Wilfong

Graduate Student, Chemical Physics
Education

B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Mathematics, 2015, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Project:

Synthesis and characterization of low-valent transition metal chalcogenides

Hometown:

Hampstead, MD


Hector K. Vivanco

Undergraduate Researcher, Chemistry
Project:

The preparation of superconducting mackinawite, FeS and related phases.

Awards and recognitions:

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) fellow, 2014-2015

Hometown:

Rockville, MD


Natalia Lopez-Schoch

Undergraduate Researcher, Chemistry
Project:

Preparation of magnetic hollandites based on manganese oxides.

Hometown:

Madrid, Spain


Benjamin Levitas

Undergraduate Researcher, Biochemistry
Project:

Preparation of transition metal oxides for chemical looping cycle reactions.

Hometown:

Cumberland, MD


Alumni

    Ms. Brenna Hodges

    Current: Graduate student at Yale University in Fall 2016.
    Congrats to Brenna on receiving the NSF graduate education fellowship!









    Mr. Nathaniel Shreiber

    Current: Research intern at Argonne National Laboratory and
    Graduate student at Cornell University in Fall 2016




    Dr. Pouya Moetakef

    Current: Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space and Flight Center








    Dr. Tim E. Stacey

    Current: Data Scientist at Uptake



    Mr. Chris Borg

    Current: Citrine Informatics