Menglu Chen

PhD Student (2016-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 is interested in the electrical transport studies in infrared quantum dot films. From July 2016, she worked on using electrochemistry method to understand the doping and band structure of mercury chalcogenide quantum dots. 

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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Christopher Melnychuk

PhD Student (2016-present)

Chris completed his B.A. in chemistry and music at the University of Rochester in 2016. There, with Lewis Rothberg, he studied the plasmon-enhanced fluorescence and morphology-dependence of photophysics in organic light emitting diode (OLED) materials, and built a time-resolved resonance Raman instrument for the study of photocatalytic reaction mechanisms. With the PGS group, he studies the carrier dynamics in mercury chalcogenide nanocrystals using a variety of linear and nonlinear spectroscopies.

Tang Xin

Post doc(2017-present)

Xin Tang received his B.E. degree in Vehicle Engineering from the Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China, in 2013, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong in 2017. His current research interests include design, fabrication and optimization of quantum infrared photodetectors based on nanomaterials.