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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   5th year Grad. blackwellr[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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  Ryan McCurdy   4th 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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  Michael Daugherty   2nd year Grad. mcdaugherty[at]

Michael grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Science in 2018. While at Northwestern, Michael worked under Professor Will Dichtel and developed an improved synthesis of covalent organic frameworks with stable linkages. His current research focuses on the synthesis of functionalized graphene nanoribbons for sensing applications.

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  Wyatt Ochs   2nd year Grad. wyatt_ochs[at]

Wyatt grew up in Dumfries, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a B.S. in Chemistry. While there, he worked under Dr. Eric Herbst studying dust grain surface methanol formation pathways in cold, dense regions of the interstellar medium. His current research interests include the synthesis of functional nanomachines.

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  Ilya Piskun   6th 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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  Boyu Qie   2nd year Grad. boyuqie[at]

Boyu Qie is from Chengdu, China, and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from South University of Science and Technology of China in 2015. He received his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University in 2017 worked under Prof. Yuan Yang. His current research interest is developing programmable self-assembly of functional graphene nanoribbon for multifarious applications.

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  Matthew Rollings   3rd year Grad. mrollings[at]

Matthew graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 2018. He worked under Dr. Dhandapani Venkataraman studying the self-assembly and optoelectronic properties of dye nanoparticles. His current research focuses on the targeted synthesis of 1D and 2D graphene-based spin systems.

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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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  Kaitlin Slicker   2nd year Grad. kslicker[at]

Kaitlin is from Atlanta, GA and graduated with a degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2019. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of nanographene heterojunctions.

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  Shenkai Wang   Postdoc shenkaiwang[at]

Shenkai received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 for his research on laser-assisted scanning tunneling microscopy and the detection of photo-induced charges at the single molecular level. His current research focuses on the characterization of functionalized graphene nanoribbons using scanning probe microscopies as well as the exploration of graphene-based one-dimensional topological systems.

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  Ethan Chi Ho Wen   2nd year Grad. ethan_wen[at]

Ethan Wen is from Hong Kong and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2019 from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His current research focuses on the self-assembly of graphene nanoribbons into 2D anisotropic materials.

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  Junmian Zhu   2nd year Grad. junmian_zhu[at]

Junmian graduated from Grinnell College, IA with a degree in both physics and chemistry. He is interested in the investigation of novel on-surface synthesis techniques using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and computational chemistry algorithms.

Undergraduate Researchers
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)

Dr. Hyangsoo Jeong (Postdoctoral Researcher, KAIST)

Alin Kalayjian (Undergraduate Student)

Dr. Danny Haberer (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Dr. Stephen von Kugelgen (Graduate Student)

Julian Götz (Undergraduate Student)

Dr. Rana Mohammed (Postdoctoral Researcher)

James Griffin (Undergraduate Student)

Erin Brooks (Graduate Student)

Dharati Joshi (Graduate Student)

Gregory Veber (Graduate Student)
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