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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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  Markus Bender   Postdoc markus.bender[at]

Markus received his Ph. D. in organic chemistry at the University of Heidelberg for his research on conductive polymers and their use in organic electronics and sensors. Prior to joining the Fischer Group as DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellow, he was postdoctoral researcher within the HeiKA research partnership between the University of Heidelberg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on the synthesis of intelligent molecular tips for scanning probe microscopy and functional nanomachines.

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  Raymond Blackwell   3rd 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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  Erin Brooks   2nd year Grad. erin_brooks[at]

Erin grew up in western North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a BS in Chemistry. Her current research focuses on using surface mediated polymerization to target novel zigzag edged graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) and graphene nanoribbon heterojunctions.

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  Julian Götz   2nd year Grad. jgoetz[at]

Julian received his B.S. in Chemistry from University of Würzburg, Germany, where he explored four-coordinate boron dyes with planar chirality. His current research focuses on novel 2D magnetic COFs.

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  Dharati Joshi   5th 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   6th 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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  Ryan McCurdy   2nd year Grad. ryanmccurdy[at]

Ryan is from Solana Beach, CA and graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Chemistry/Materials Science in 2017. While at UCLA, Ryan worked under Professor Yves Rubin on developing a synthesis of graphene nanoribbons from diacetylene precursors. His current research interests involve the development of novel, surface-assisted methods for the hierarchical assembly of atomically defined graphene nanostructures with applications as logic gates in computing.

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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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  Ilya Piskun   4th 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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  Kamil Skonieczny   Postdoc kamil.skonieczny[at]

Kamil received his Ph. D. in organic chemistry at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Science for his research on synthesis of new fluorophores and the study of excited state intramolecular proton transfer phenomena in these compounds. Prior to joining the Fischer Group as Postdoctoral Scholar, he worked at University of California Riverside, where he focused on self-organization, aggregation and charge transfer processes in bioinspired systems. His current research focuses on design, synthesis and application of nanoporous graphene membranes with a strictly defined structure.

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  Gregory Veber   5th 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.

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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)

Dr. Patrick Gorman (Graduate Student)

Dr. Justin Bours (Graduate Student)

Dr. Wade Perkins (Graduate Student, Intel Corporation)

Dr. Cameron Rogers (Graduate Student, Northwestern)

Dr. Rebecca Durr (Graduate Student, UCSB)

Dr. Hyangsoo Jeong (Postdoctoral Researcher, KAIST)

Alin Kalayjian (Undergraduate Student)

Dr. Danny Haberer (Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley)
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