People

Ed Malachosky

PhD Student (2011 -- present)

A native of Houston, Texas, EW Malachosky graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. While there, he performed undergraduate research in the lab of Professor Matt Tuchler, where he worked with cavity ringdown laser absorption spectroscopy, and the lab of Professor Erich Uffelman, where he worked on synthesizing and characterizing Fe(III)-TAML compounds for green chemistry applications, as well as performing basic analysis on works of art. EW began graduate school at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2011, and he joined the PGS lab later that year. He received his Master’s degree from the University in the summer of 2012, and is continuing to pursue his PhD. His current research is in the field of plasmonics, where he is working to assemble and characterize colloidal metal nanoparticles. He is also a member of the University of Chicago judo club.


Zhiyou Deng

PhD Student (2013 -- present)

Office: 929 E 57th, GCIS ESB 32
Phone: (773) 702 3413

Zhiyou comes from Handan, Hebei province, China. He got his B.S. in chemistry from Nankai University in 2010 and began his PhD study at UChicago in the fall. He joined the PGS lab in June 2013 and currently he is working on the synthesis and characterization of II-VI semiconductor quantum dots with potential infrared applications. 

He has a broad spectrum of hobbies, including photography, travel, running, and skiiing. 


John Roberts

Undergraduate Student

John is from the Syracuse, New York area and is a fourth-year physics major at UChicago.  He is working on mid-infrared HgTe colloidal quantum dot photovoltaic detectors.


Menglu Chen

PhD Student (2015-present)

Menglu comes from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. She achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics at University of Science and Technology of China(USTC) in 2015. She joined the PGS Lab in November 2015 and started her physics program of Electrical Transport studies in infrared quantum dot films. 


Matt Ackerman

PhD Student (2015/12-present)

Matthew completed his B.S. in chemistry with a minor in physics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly, SLO) in June of 2015. In the summer of 2014, he participated in the Radiochemistry Fuel Cycle Summer School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he began investigating the lattice structure of doped scheelite materials using density functional theory (DFT). Matt continued this work through the summer of 2015 before moving to Chicago to begin a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago that September. He joined the PGS lab in December of 2015 to begin work on mid-infrared photodetection. 

He enjoys most outdoor activities and has been skateboarding for 11 years. 

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