Group Members

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Principal Investigator


Efrain Rodriguez









Postdocs


Jacob Tosado









Graduate students


Stephanie Gnewuch

Brandon Wilfong

Huafei Zheng

Tianyu Li










Timothy Diethrich

Matthew Leonard

Justin Yu

Lahari Balisetty









Undergraduates


Navneeth Babra

Sarah Bender

Hadas Elazar-Mittelman









Alumni


Austin Virtue

Rishvi Jayathilake

Xiuquan Zhou

Dan Taylor

Amber Larson









efrain@umd.edu

4101 Chemistry Building

(301) 405-1541

Efrain E. Rodriguez

Principal Investigator

Associate 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.


jtosado@umd.edu

Jacob Tosado

Post-doctoral Researcher,
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Education

PhD Physics, 2017 University of Maryland

Institution Affiliations (previous/on-going):

NIST Center for Neutron Research

Monash University

University of Florida

Marymount University

Miami-Dade College

On-going Research:

Spherical Neutron Polarimetry

STEM Education Outreach

Hometown:

United States of America


For a full Curriculum Vitae, please click here.


sgnewuch@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:

Belvidere, IL


bwilfong@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


hfzheng@umd.edu

Huafei Zheng

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemisrty
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2015, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China.

Project:

Synthesis and nanochemistry of functional hetero-layered materials

Hometown:

Wuhan, Hubei Province, China


tianyli@umd.edu

Tianyu Li

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemisrty
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2017, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Project:

Synthesis and characterization of transition metal oxides for chemical-looping cycle reactions.

Hometown:

Dali, Yunnan Province, China


tjd5@umd.edu

Timothy Diethrich

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemisrty
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2017, Hood College, Frederick, MD

Project:

Synthesis, characterization, and application of potential ferrotoroidic materials such as lithium transition metal orthophosphates and thiophosphates.

Hometown:

Mechanicsburg, PA


mleonar6@umd.edu

Matthew Leonard

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2013, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

Engineer Basic Officer Leaders Course, 2013 Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Sapper Leader Course, 2017 Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Urban Mobility Breaching Course, 2017 Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Past employment:

Army Corp of Engineer Officer 2013 - 2018

Project:

Synthesis and characterization of metal oxide materials for toxic chemical absorption. Synthesis and application of energetic materials for military and law enforcement applications.

Hometown:

Bartow, FL


jyu1120@umd.edu

Justin Yu

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

B.S. Chemistry, 2018, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Project:

Synthesis and intercalation chemistry of layered transition metal chalcogenides.

Hometown:

Chicago, IL


lbaliset@umd.edu

Lahari Balisetty

Graduate Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Education

Integrated Masters in Chemistry, 2014, Pondicherry University, India

Project:

Synthesis and characterization of transition metal oxides for oxygen storage/sensing applications.

Hometown:

Hyderabad, India


nbabra@umd.edu

Navneeth Babra

Undergraduate Researcher, Chemistry
Project:

Synthesis of ternary and quaternary layered transition metal chalcogenides. Application of machine learning techniques to aid solid-state synthesis and characterization.

Hometown:

Frederick, Maryland


sbender2@umd.edu

Sarah Bender

Undergraduate Researcher, Chemistry
Project:

Synthesis of lithium transition metal phosphates and their analogues.

Hometown:

Clarksburg, Maryland


hadasem@umd.edu

Hadas Elazar-Mittelman

Undergraduate Researcher, Chemistry
Project:

Preparation of transition metal oxides for chemical looping cycle reactions.

Hometown:

Silver Spring, MD


Alumni

    Mr. Hector Vivanco

    Current: Graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Fall 2017.






    Mr. Ben Levitas

    Current: Graduate student at Boston University in Fall 2017.






    Ms. Natalia Schoch-Lopez

    Current: Biochemist at Lancaster Laboratories.






    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






    Dr. Daniel Taylor

    Current: Ford Motor Company






    Dr. Amber Larson








    Dr. Xiuquan Zhou

    Current: Argonne National Laboratory









    Dr. Austin Virtue







    Dr. Rishvi Jayathilake