Principal Investigator

Adam earned his B.S. in finance at the University of Maryland, College Park before returning to school to pursue engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. There, he worked in the lab of Prof. Darren Lipomi, focusing on the co-optimization of the mechanical compliance and electronic performance of polymer-based solar cells. This work was awarded the Chancellor's Dissertation Medal for the Jacobs School of Engineering, the highest honor bestowed upon graduating doctoral students. He then completed his postdoctoral work at Stanford University in the lab of Prof. Reinhold Dauskardt where he worked on improving the thermomechanical stability of perovskite solar cells.

Adam is in a state of perpetual exhaustion from chasing around his adorable toddler.




PhD Student

Yanan completed her B.S. in Chemistry at Nanjing Normal University in 2015, before earning her M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry at Beijing Normal University in 2018. There she worked with Xiaojing Yang on 2D nanocomposites and the controllable assembly of inorganic nanosheets. Yanan's current research is focused on developing Pb-free perovskites and the crystallization behavior of perovskites for solar cell applications.


In her spare time, Yanan enjoys traveling and cooking.


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PhD Student

Matt completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah in 2020. He worked under Dr. Kerry Kelly developing a network of low-cost air quality sensors; under Dr. Tony Butterfield as the president of the K-12 Outreach group; and under Dr. Swomitra Mohanty developing an autonomous system for treating water by purification using synthesized TO nanotubes. He has a research focus on designing scalable printing methods for high-quality perovskite thin films.


In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, sports, company, and his dog Sage.


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PhD Student

Patrick J. Lohr completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona in 2018 before joining the graduate program in Chemical Engineering in 2019. He worked with Dr Kim Ogden and the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) project on the development of a predictive crop model for guayule biomass and rubber yield. As a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona, Patrick is interested in using computational tools to better understand molecular interactions in perovskite precursor solutions and how these interactions affect crystallite growth and film formation.

Patrick is a winner of the prestigious University Fellowship, which promotes engagement in outreach through mentorship and community engagement.

When not working, he enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and playing drums and guitar.


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PhD Student

Anton Samoylov completed his B.S. in chemical engineering at UC San Diego in 2021, where he worked with Drs. Robert Pomeroy, Michael Burkart, and Stephen Mayfield. Under Dr. Pomeroy, he analyzed biodegradation products using mass spectrometry and synthesized bio-renewable polyurethane precursors. Under Dr. Burkart, he developed low-cost scalable flow chemistry systems and processes. Under Dr. Mayfield, he worked to image biodegradable polyurethanes to monitor bacterial and fungal growths using scanning electron microscopy. He joined the Printz Research Group at the University of Arizona in Fall 2021 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering focused on researching the integration of polymeric additives into perovskite films

Anton is an NSF Indige-FEWSS trainee, which is a program focusing on engineering off-grid Food-Energy-Water nexus solutions within the indigenous communities through a culturally aware and interdisciplinary approach.

In his free time, Anton enjoys hiking, the outdoors, and binging shows.


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Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Allison is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is in the honors college, and serves as the webmaster for Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Before pursuing Engineering, Allison was a trainee with a professional ballet company. After graduating she hopes to continue her education in engineering so that she can do further research in the engineering of materials for use in renewable energy. 

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Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Mia is a junior in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Finance. Before coming to Tucson, she lived in Qatar for 9 years. Mia is in the Honors College at the University of Arizona as an Engineering Ambassador as well as a member of the Honors Student Council. In the future, she wants to work in the energy field working with renewable or nuclear energy, and bring us closer to moving away from carbon-based fuels. 

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Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Morgan is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Math. Before she decided on engineering, Morgan was pursuing a degree in mathematics and helping others enhance their skills as a math tutor. Morgan also works part time at a local restaurant in Tucson. After graduation, she wants to apply her knowledge from school to work in the renewable energy industry.


Dr. Subham Dastidar (Postdoc) - Linköping University

Dr. Michela Prete (Visiting Scholar) - University of Southern Denmark

Abdel Madina (Undergraduate) - Freeport McMoRan