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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 four-year-old.




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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PhD Student

Saddam Ali earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. He completed his M.S. in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversation at the US Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCASE). He also participated in research at the Arizona State University Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory during a research exchange program focused on assessment of degradation of photovoltaic performance parameters with field aging and development of anti-reflective self-cleaning coating for photovoltaic applications. Saddam has worked on a USAID funded project aimed at enhancing the impact of distributed energy on rural communities and women. Furthermore, he has also worked with UNHCR on feasibility studies and implementation of innovative energy access programs for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. He has also worked on a UNIDO funded pilot project for implementation of an energy management system to conserve energy in 10 industries across Pakistan. 

Saddam is a Fulbright Fellow pursuing his PhD in Materials Science with a research focus on development of scalable printing processes for durable and high-performance perovskite solar cells.

In his free time, he likes to study international politics, Netflix romcoms and comedies, and explore local eateries in Tucson.


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MS Student

Madeline completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona in 2022, and is currently working toward her M.S. in Materials Science Engineering. As a junior, she worked with Dr. Gregory Ogden to improve the reliability and thermal insensitivity of a Multi-Wavelength Optical Density Sensor (MWODS) that monitors the growth and health of algae for use in biofuel applications. For the past two summers, she interned for the Materials Science Branch of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), where she analyzed organic contaminants present in thermal vacuum chamber samples and contributed to a project focused on determining the survivability in space of electroplated 3D-printed polymeric parts for eventual use in flight hardware.

She is passionate about innovations in sustainable energy, and in the future, she hopes to apply both her chemical and materials science engineering knowledge to advance Earth-monitoring and space-exploration missions for NASA. At the culmination of her undergraduate studies, Madeline received the prestigious Most Outstanding Senior Award and the Smith GEP Engineering Scholarship for her academic merit. 

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, playing board games, snuggling her dog Bailie, and travelling with her family.


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Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Nick is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is in the Honors College and served as the Honors Village Hall Council President. Nick is an active member of Students for Sustainability, the student-government sustainability program at the University of Arizona. In the future, he hopes to apply his learnings to the advancement of renewable energies in an effort to decrease carbon emissions created by the energy and transporation industries.

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Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Juliana is a junior majoring  in Chemical Engineering. Previously, she completed the paid summer academy for the ASTEROID Lab where she practiced creating realistic space exploration projects. Currently, she works part-time at a popular restaurant in Tucson. Juliana is excited to solve problems related to renewable energy.

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Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Sophia is pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering, which is her second undergraduate degree. Her first degree was in biochemistry from Arizona State University. Sophia decided to pursue Chemical Engineering after an experience in a semiconductor research lab stoked her passion for growing innovative research in areas such as OLED design and applications.

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Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Antonio is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. After becoming a student at UArizona, Antonio joined Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS) program. Through ASEMS, Antonio previously shadowed Dr. Paul Blowers to learn about his research on the global warming potentials of various chemicals. This experience grew his interest in environmental chemistry, with a focus on renewable energy. antoion hopes to apply the knowledge he gains at UArizona to help society steer away from the use of carbon-based fuels.

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Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Sidney is a senior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics. She is on the pre-medicine path and will begin her applications to medical school in the spring. She has previously shadowed her parents who are Chemical Engineers and who have experience with renewable energy research. She is involved around campus as the President of the Pi Beta Phi chapter and has worked all four summers of her college years at a YMCA camp in Michigan with children ages 4-12 years old as the Day Camp Director. She will be doing her senior thesis project on her research with surface modifications of perovskite films.

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Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Eric is a junior majoring in materials science and engineering with a minor in mathematics. He previously interned for Rolls-Royce where he helped establish new laboratory procedures to increase the efficiency of metallographic evaluations. In the future, Eric wants to continue his education and pursue his master's degree in materials science.

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Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Alex is a junior majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in chemistry; she intends to continue her education at the University of Arizona and pursue her masters in chemical engineering. She previously led a team researching air quality, worked as a lab assistant, and most recently interned for Doe Run, where she was tasked with working on bench scale testing to create a more environmentally friendly way of extracting copper and lead from mined ore. In the future, Alex planes to use her experience and education to pursue a career in renewable energy.

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Undergraduate Student (Sophomore)

Abby is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Materials Science Engineering. She is currently the Media Chair for the Society of Women Engineers, as well as involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and STEM outreach in the community of Tucson. Abby is interested in polymers and the development of sustainable materials. In the future, she wishes to pursue graduate school to further her education in Chemical and Material Science Engineering.

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Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Wenli is currently pursuing his degree in Chemical Engineering and is interested in continuing his education at a grad school and pursuing his master's in chemical engineering in the future. He previously worked in serval enterprises as Laboratory Technician and followed a research team at a University conducting experiments on the study of the chemical composition of ancient artefacts. Wenli wishes to use his knowledge in the field of light industry or the production of daily necessities in the future if possible.


Dr. Subham Dastidar (Postdoc, 2019-20) - Linköping University

Dr. Michela Prete (Visiting Scholar, 2019) - University of Southern Denmark

Abdel Madina (Undergraduate, 2019-21) - Freeport McMoRan

Morgan Habkirk (Undergraduate, 2021)

Allison Segapeli (Undergraduate, 2020-22) - Pursuing PhD at University of Texas

Mia Migliore (Undergraduate, 2020-22) 

Chi Nguyen (Undergraduate, 2022) 

Danielle Roberts (Undergraduate, 2022)

Dorian Werner (Undergraduate, 2022) 

Omar Abutaleb (Undergraduate, 2022) 

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