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Daniel Gamelin


IRG 1 LeadChemistry

Daniel Gamelin holds the Nicole A. Boand Endowed Chair in Chemistry at the UW. His research involves the development of new inorganic materials with unusual electronic structures that give rise to desirable photophysical, photochemical, magnetic, or magneto-optical properties. Honors for... Read more 

Xiaosong Li

Executive Director of Education and Outreach

IRG 1IRG 2Chemistry

Xiaosong Li is the Larry R. Dalton Endowed Chair in Chemistry and the Associate Vice Provost for Research Cyberinfrastructure. His research focuses on developing and applying time-dependent relativistic and non-relativistic electronic structure theories for studying excited state chemical processes that... Read more 

Xiaodong Xu

IRG 2 LeadMaterials Science and EngineeringPhysics

Xiaodong Xu is Boeing Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Physics, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Washington. His group is interested in understanding the optical, electronic, and quantum properties of novel solid state nanostructures by... Read more 

Jiun-Haw Chu

IRG 2 Co-LeadPhysics

Jiun-Haw Chu joined the Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor in March 2016. His research is focused on synthesis and characterization of materials with unconventional electronic and magnetic ground states, such as high temperature superconductors and topological insulators. The... Read more 

Brandi Cossairt

IRG 1 Co-LeadChemistry

Brandi Cossairt is a Professor of Chemistry. Research in the Cossairt lab centers on the synthetic inorganic chemistry of solution-phase nanomaterials with emphasis on developing new emitters for energy-efficient LED technologies, absorbers for solar energy harvesting, and catalysts for chemical... Read more 

Paul Nguyen

Postdoctoral Scholar | Shared Facilities Manager


Samantha Tetef

2022 Education and Training Fellow



Anton Andreev

IRG 2Physics

My research interests focus on electron physics in low-dimensional systems; quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots. Electron-electron interaction leads to a number of fascinating phenomena in these systems, such as the formation of Luttinger liquid in one-dimensional systems, and the Coulomb... Read more 

David Cobden

IRG 2Physics

David Cobden is Professor of Physics at University of Washington. He studies the physics in nanowires, nanotubes, and two-dimensional materials, with particular interests in low-dimensional, topological and many-body effects and phase transitions. His group fabricates a variety of nanoscale device... Read more 

James DeYoreo

IRG 1ChemistryMaterials Science and Engineering

Jim De Yoreo is an Affiliate Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering. Research in the De Yoreo lab focuses on understanding the pathways and dynamics of nucleation, growth, transformation and self-assembly in synthetic, biomolecular, and geochemical environments.... Read more 

Scott Dunham

IRG 1Electrical Engineering

Professor Scott Dunham, EE Dept., University of Washington .The Nanotechnology Modeling Lab at the University of Washington is part of the Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering. The efforts within the Lab are focused on obtaining basic understanding... Read more 

Kai-Mei Fu

IRG 1IRG 2Electrical EngineeringPhysics

Kai-Mei Fu​ is Associate Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at University of Washington. In the Optical Spintronics and Sensing Lab we study defects in crystals. Defects have historically played an essential role in classical electronic/optical devices. Now new, nanoscale, devices... Read more 

David Ginger

IRG 1SuperSeedChemistry

David Ginger is CEI’s chief scientist and Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry at the UW. Ginger earned his Ph.D. in physics in the optoelectronics group at the... Read more 

Vincent Holmberg

IRG 1Chemical Engineering

Vincent Holmberg is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. His research group focuses on the large-scale production of nanocrystals and nanowires synthesized by scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes for energy conversion and energy storage applications.

Nathan Kutz

SuperSeedApplied Mathematics

Nathan Kutz is the Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Professor of Applied Mathematics. His research involves data-driven modeling of complex physical systems, including the use of modern machine learning algorithms integrated with dynamical systems theory. His recent efforts have focused... Read more 

Mo Li

IRG 2MEM-SeedElectrical EngineeringPhysics

Mo Li is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics. Research in Li lab focuses on integrated and quantum photonic systems, optoelectronic devices and materials, optomechanics, NEMS/MEMS, and spintronics.

Christine Luscombe

IRG 1Affiliated FacultyMaterials Science and Engineering

Christine Luscombe is a Professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Previously, she was the Robert J. Campbell Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering at the UW. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry... Read more 

Devin MacKenzie

Affiliated FacultyMaterials Science and Engineering

Devin MacKenzie is a faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments at UW and is the Technical Director of the Clean Energy Institute's Washington Clean Energy Testbeds (WCET). Devin's research focuses on sustainable, additive and... Read more 

Arka Majumdar

IRG 2Electrical Engineering

Arka Majumdar is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include developing a hybrid integrated nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems (such as atomically thin... Read more 

Peter Pauzauskie

IRG 1Materials Science and Engineering

Since 2010 Prof. Pauzauskie has served as an assistant professor in the Materials Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington. Research in the Pauzauskie lab is focused on the design, synthesis, and experimental characterization of biocompatible nanomaterials for targeted photothermal... Read more 

Lilo Pozzo

IRG 1MEM-SeedChemical Engineering

Lilo Pozzo is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. Research in the Pozzo laboratory focuses on understanding, manipulating and controlling structure and properties of soft materials including polymers, colloids and nanomaterials. The Pozzo laboratory develops and... Read more 

Jihui Yang

IRG 2Materials Science and Engineering

Jihui Yang is currently the Kyocera Chair Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.  Jihui’s current research includes materials for solid state energy conversion, electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, and spintronics.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Matthew Yankowitz

IRG 2Physics

Matt Yankowitz is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Washington, with a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Research in his group focuses on the investigation of topology, correlations, magnetism, and symmetry in... Read more 


Arthur Barnard

MEM-SeedMaterials Science and EngineeringPhysics

Arthur Barnard is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. Arthur's research group is the Classical and Quantum Nano-Systems Lab at the University of Washington. The group uses novel probes to study emergent physical phenomena in nanoscale... Read more 

David Bergsman

MEM-SeedChemical Engineering

David Bergsman is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. The Bergsman Research Group tackles emerging challenges in water, energy, and sustainability using nanomaterials. Through the design of ultrathin nanostructures and coatings, we create materials that... Read more 

Ting Cao

MEM-SeedMaterials Science and Engineering

Ting Cao is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering. Research in the Cao group primary focuses on the electronic structures, excited-state properties, and light-matter interactions of one- and two-dimensional material systems.

Cole DeForest

MEM-SeedBioengineeringChemical Engineering

Cole DeForest is the Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. His research integrates the governing principles of rational design with fundamental concepts from material science, synthetic chemistry, protein engineering, and stem cell biology to... Read more 

Matthew R. Golder


Matthew Golder is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Matt's research team is in a unique position to utilize synthetic chemistry to build novel macromolecular architectures that address challenges spanning energy, sustainability, and biomedicine. The discovery of structural motifs spanning a... Read more 

Juan Carlos Idrobo

MEM-SeedMaterials Science and Engineering

Juan Carlos Idrobo is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department. His research consists in applying analytical techniques in electron spectroscopy within monochromated and aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy to study the structure, electronic, magnetic, thermal, optical... Read more 

Munira Khalil


Munira Khalil is a Professor of Chemistry. Her research group develops new femtosecond tools spanning the infrared to X-rays in order to measure correlated electronic and atomic/vibrational (vibronic) degrees of freedom in condensed phase molecular and material systems with high... Read more 

Jiangyu Li

MEM-SeedMechanical Engineering

Jiangyu Li is a Professor at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in China. Previously, he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the physical behaviors of materials. His group is... Read more 

Lucas R. Meza

MEM-SeedMechanical Engineering

Lucas Meza is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Meza’s research investigates the mechanics of architected materials at micro- and nanometer length scales. In this, he studies methods for harnessing the novel properties of nanomaterials in bulk materials. He... Read more 

Alshakim Nelson


Alshakim Nelson is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. The Nelson lab develops stimuli-responsive polymers and biomaterials for 3D printing with a particular focus on hydrogels and ion gels. These materials are of particular interest for applications such as cell-immobilized bioreactors,... Read more 

Matthew O’Donnell


Matt O’Donnell is the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean Emeritus of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering at UW. His most recent research has explored new imaging modalities in biomedicine, including elasticity imaging, in vivo microscopy, optoacoustic arrays, photoacoustic contrast agents... Read more 

Nadya Peek

MEM-SeedHuman Centered Design and Engineering

Nadya directs the Machine Agency at the University of Washington where she is an assistant professor in Human-Centered Design and Engineering. Her research focuses on harnessing the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals.

Jessica Ray

MEM-SeedChemical EngineeringCivil & Environmental Engineering

Jessica Ray is the Robert and Irene Sylvester Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. Ray's research focuses on developing, characterizing and applying new composite materials for selective contaminant removal in water,... Read more 

Gerald Seidler


Jerry Seidler is a Professor of Physics.  Research in the Seidler lab focuses on the development and use of advanced x-ray spectroscopy instrumentation for use in both individual laboratories and at major x-ray facilities.  Applications span clean energy, environmental remediation,... Read more 

Stefan Stoll


Stefan Stoll is a Professor and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington. The Stoll Research Group's primary focus is advanced Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, a set of techniques that allows... Read more 

Ashleigh Theberge


Ashleigh Theberge is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Research in the Theberge lab focuses on using new open microfluidic methods for material science and biomedical applications. Our new method to pattern hydrogels in three dimensions enables patterning of materials that... Read more 

Alexandra Velian


Alexandra Velian is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Research in the Velian group is centered on creating deterministic and modular syntheses for atomically defined nanostructures, with emergent physical and chemical properties. Of special interest are Single Atom Catalysts, designed to... Read more 

Dianne Xiao


Dianne Xiao is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. The Xiao research group develops new strategies to control the structure of porous frameworks and dense coordination solids across multiple length scales, from the molecular to the nano-, meso-, and macroscale. In... Read more 


Danica Hendrickson

Education Director

Danica Hendrickson serves as MEM-C's coordinator of all K-12 outreach and professional development for graduate students.

Kelly Olenyik

Research Operations Manager

Kelly Olenyik earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2008 and a M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Wyoming in 2019. At Chicago she was an undergraduate researcher with Prof. R. Stephen Berry and at... Read more