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  Felix R. Fischer   PI ffischer[at]

Felix received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in 2008. Prior to joining the Faculty at UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor he was a German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University New York, NY.

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  Raymond Blackwell   1st year Grad. balckwellr[at]

Raymond Blackwell is from McLeansville, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2016. He is interested in the characterization and on-surface synthesis of functionalized graphene nanoribbons using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) while also exploring the boundaries and capabilities of SPM.

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  Justin Bours   5th year Grad. justin.bours[at]

Justin graduated with a dual BA/MA degree in Chemistry from Wesleyan University. He is currently interested in developing functional organic networks capable of binding and sensing environmental hazards through hydrogen bonding motifs, pi stacking or other interactions. Once several of these networks are synthesized, evaluation of the characteristic response pattern of these networks assembled on the surface of a chip will allow for a portable, sensitive and selective multi-substrate sensing device.

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  Rebecca Durr   4th year Grad. rebeccadurr[at]

Rebecca is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (go Steelers!), and graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2012 with a B.A. in Chemistry. Her current research focuses on utilizing both solution-based and surface-mediated polymerizations to synthesize graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). In particular, Rebecca aims to create functionalized GNRs for nano-electronic applications.

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  Patrick Gorman   5th year Grad. pgorman1[at]

Patrick received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and hails from Montclair, NJ. He is interested in the fabrication of materials for use in the photovoltaic and nanoelectronic devices of the future.

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  Danny Haberer   Postdoc danny.haberer[at]

Danny obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Technology Dresden, Germany in 2012 for his research on the electronic properties of chemically functionalized graphene using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). Before he joined the Fischer group, he worked at UC Berkeley in the group of Prof. Michael F. Crommie as Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the German National Academy of Sciences (DFG). Danny’s research interests within the field of carbon based nanostructures currently focus on the targeted synthesis of functionalized graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) for electronic device applications and the characterization of the GNR electronic structure with scanned probe methods.

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  Hyangsoo Jeong   Postdoc hsjeong[at]

Hyangsoo obtained her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the tutelage of Prof. Richard Schrock, exploring molybdenum and tungsten alkylidene complexes for cis- and trans-selective ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Her research interest involves the synthesis of new catalysts for the conductive polymer using ring-opening alkyne metathesis polymerization.

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  Dharati Joshi   3rd year Grad. djoshi[at]

Dharati is from Long Island, NY and graduated with a B.A degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Boston University in 2014. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of functionalized graphene nanoribbons.

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  Stephen v. Kugelgen   4th year Grad. skugelgen[at]

Stephen received his bachelor’s from Reed College, where he studied the synthesis and electrochemical properties of porous vanadium oxides under Prof. Margaret Geselbracht. Prior to coming to Berkeley he worked at Kinestral Technologies, Inc., where he synthesized hydrolyzeable and polyoxometallate-based transition metal oxide precursors and incorporated them into high-throughput materials discovery workflows. His current research focuses on the development of alkyne metathesis catalysts and organometallic methodologies to access new functional carbon-rich materials.

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  Rana Mohamed   Postdoc rkmepmd[at]

Rana received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Florida State University for her research exploring dynamic covalent chemistry as well as excited state antiaromaticity as design tools in chemoselective radical reactions. Rana’s current research is focused on the design and synthesis of molecules for potential application in organic electronic and spintronic materials.

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  Wade Perkins   5th year Grad. wsperkins943[at]

Wade graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics in 2012. His current research is geard toward the develoment of new syntehtic strategies toward organic functional materials.

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  Ilya Piskun   2nd year Grad. ipiskun[at]

Ilya graduated with B.S in Chemistry from Florida State University. His current research interests include developing a synthetic pathway to multi-heteroatom doped graphene nanoribbons and predicting the electronic behavior of such structures using quantum mechanical computations.

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  Cameron Rogers   5th year Grad.[at]

Cameron graduated from Williams College in 2012 with a B.A. in Chemistry. His current research is on the synthesis of small-molecule, polymeric, and graphitic carbon materials.

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  Gregory Veber   3rd year Grad. gveber[at]

Greg Veber is from Chesapeake, Virginia and is a graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He graduated in May 2014 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. Physics. His research interest is in organic and polymer synthesis applied to novel graphitic materials for electronic applications.

Undergraduate Researchers
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  Alexandra Berl  

Ali is from Los Alamos, NM and is an undergraduate chemistry student at Berkeley. Her current research focuses on synthesis and functionalization of graphene nanomaterials.

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  James Griffin  

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  Alin Kalayjian  

Alin is a senior majoring in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. She previously worked at University of Washington on the synthesis of a conjugated polymer utilizing C-H/C-O cross coupling reaction under Prof. Christine Luscombe. She currently works with on the synthesis of bottom up functionalized graphene nanoribbons.

Former Members
Nicole Lorentz (Master Student, UC Berkeley)

Zhilian Liu (Undergraduate Student, UC Berkeley)

Alisa Leavesley (Amgen Scholar, James Madison University)

Christianna Lininger (Undergraduate Student, UC San Diego)

Maxfield Torke (Undergraduate Student, Sonoma State University)

Grisha Etkin (Undegraduate Student, UC Berkeley)

Dr. Francesca Toma (Staff Scientist, JCAP)

Elisabeth Menke (Undergraduate Student, University of Heidelberg)

Florence Chardon (Undergraduate Student, UC Berkeley)

Michelle Lee (Undergraduate Student, UC Berkeley)

Dr. Christopher Popeneye (Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley)

Aria Vahdani (Undergraduate Student)

Nathan Usselman (Master Student, UC Berkeley)

Vesta Goshtasbi (Undergraduate Student, UC Berkeley)

Aya Buckley (Graduate Student, UC Berkeley)

Dr. Ryan Cloke (Graduate Student, Intel Corporation)

Dr. Donatela Bellone (Graduate Student, McKinsey & Company)

Renee Sifri (Undergraduate Student)

Pauline Liesfeld (Undergraduate Student)

Christopher Eckdahl (Undergraduate Student)

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