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ADAM PRINTZ

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 five-year-old.

email: aprintz@arizona.edu

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GIZACHEW BELAY ADUGNA

Postdoctoral Scholar

Gizachew completed his B.S. in Industrial Chemistry at Bahir Dar University in 2010 and earning his M.S. in chemical Engineering at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in 2013. He worked as a lecturer in the Departments of Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Bahir Dar University. He then joined the Taiwan International Graduate Program and earned his Ph.D. in 2022 working with Prof. Yu-Tai Tao on upscaling film fabrication for efficient and stable perovskite solar cells, and he continued as a postdoctoral scholar in that group before joining the Printz group in 2024. In the Printz group, his research will focus on developing rapid film coatings for upscaling perovskite solar cells.

In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and traveling.

email: gbelay@arizona.edu

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MATT DAILEY

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.

email: matthewdailey@arizona.edu

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PATRICK LOHR

PhD Student, ARCS Scholar

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.

email: pjlohr@arizona.edu

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ANTON SAMOYLOV

PhD Student, Carson Scholar and NASA STGRO Fellow

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.

email: antonsamoylov@arizona.edu

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SEAN RAGLOW

PhD Student

Sean Raglow completed his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Arizona in 2020. He worked under D. John Schaibley building and measuring 2D material optoelectronic devices. His current research focus on using additive engineering to improve the mechanical and chemical properties of perovskites for solar cell applications.

In his free time, Sean organizes a book club, plays synthesizers in a band, and enjoys rock climbing and cycling.

email: sraglow@arizona.edu

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ALEX ALLRED

Undergraduate Student (Senior), Scott Roberts Scholar

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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ABIGALE BAHNICK

Undergraduate Student (Senior), Scott Roberts Scholar

Abby is 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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WARRI NAGBERI

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Warri is majoring in mechanical engineering. Currently, he is an active member of the ASEMS scholars program at the University of Arizona and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. In the future, Warri plans to work on developing efficient and versatile thin-film perovskite solar cells and implementing the construction of solar renewable energy systems within communities suffering from energy instability. In his free time, he enjoys reading, sports, cooking, and being outdoors.

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OJAS SANGHI

Undergraduate Student (Junior)

Ojas is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Future Earth Resilience. He is an intern at the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, where he works on machine learning approaches to improve video quality. Additionally, he is involved in climate activism in Tucson/Arizona, serving as a Commissioner on the City Commission on Climate, Energy, and Sustainability and as the Tucson co-lead of the AZ Youth Climate Coalition. On campus, he is an Avionics Engineering with AZ Autonomous and is also a Class of 2023 Liverman Scholar.

On Wednesday nights, you can find Ojas moonlighting as an improv comedian with the club Comedy Corner. In his limited free time, Ojas enjoys reading and playing tennis. 

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SYLAS GINNIS

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Sylas is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He currently works in two different research labs with an emphasis on quantum chemistry. In the future, he plans on attending the University of Arizona for his masters before continuing onto a PhD in Chemical Engineering. In his limited free time, he enjoys archery, reading, cooking, and spending time with those close to him.

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EZRA HARRIS

Undergraduate Student (Senior)

Ezra is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is currently the Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Secretary of the UA Homebrew Club. Ezra is interested in semiconductors and aspires to work in the energy sector. In his free time, Ezra enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, and watching movies.

ALUMNI

Dr. Yanan Li (PhD Student, 2019-2024) - Postdoc at Dartmouth College (Scheideler group)

Dr. Subham Dastidar
(Postdoc, 2019-20) - IMEC


Dr. Michela Prete (Visiting Scholar, 2019) - Molecular Gate

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

Morgan Habkirk (Undergraduate, 2021) - Freeport McMoRan

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

Mia Migliore (Undergraduate, 2020-22) - Hitachi Energy


Nickolaus Swenson (Undergraduate, 2021-23) 

Chi Nguyen (Undergraduate, 2022) - Publicis Sapient

Daniella Roberts (Undergraduate, 2022) - Henkel

Dorian Werner (Undergraduate, 2022) - Alta Southwest

Omar Abutaleb (Undergraduate, 2022) 


Madeline Dailey (Undergraduate, 2022-23) - Pursuing PhD at University of Arizona

Juliana Baltram (Undergraduate, 2022-23) - AkzoNobel

Sophia Qamar (Undergraduate, 2022-23) - Shermco Industries

Antonio Murrieta (Undergraduate, 2022-23) 

Sidney Haigler (Undergraduate, 2022-23) - University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

Logan Johnson (Undergraduate, 2022-23) 

Wenli Liu (Undergraduate, 2023)

Tucker Blanksma (Undergraduate, 2023)

Julian Duff (Undergraduate, 2023-24) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Ahmed Mustakim (Undergraduate, 2023-24) - Intern at Idaho National Lab/Pursuing MS at UC Davis

Eric Fingalson (Undergraduate, 2022-24) - Pursuing PhD at UC Santa Barbara

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