REU Sponsor Faculty

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 blockade of electron transport in quantum dots. I am also interested in the physics of disorder both in quantum and classical systems.

Arka Majumdar

IRG 2Electrical Engineering

Two major challenges for realizing scalable nanophotonic systems are: weak optical nonlinearity and inherent disorder present in the nano-photonic devices. Hence, we work on cavity enhanced nonlinear optics with 2D materials, as well as, reconfigurable optics design to circumvent the effects of the disorder. Our ultimate goal is to realize single photon nonlinearity using cavity coupled 2D materials, and developing a chip-scale adaptive optics platform.

Brandi Cossairt

IRG 1Chemistry

Brandi Cossairt is Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Research in the Cossairt lab centers on the synthetic inorganic chemistry of solution-phase semiconductors and catalysts with emphasis on developing new materials for energy-efficient LED technology, solar energy harvesting, and fuels generation.

Christine Luscombe

Executive Director of Education and Outreach

IRG 1 Co-LeadMaterials Science and Engineering

Christine Luscombe is currently the Robert J. Campbell Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering at the UW. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2005. She has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, DARPA Young Faculty Award, UW CoE Junior Faculty Innovator Award, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. Her research ranges from small molecule to polymer synthesis and is directed towards the design, synthesis, and applications of functional macromolecules. Current topics of research include semiconductor polymer synthesis for photovoltaic applications.

Daniel Gamelin


IRG 1 LeadChemistry

Daniel Gamelin is the Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry at the UW. Prof. Gamelin received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1998. His research targets the development and physical characterization of new functional inorganic materials with unusual electronic structures that give rise to desirable photophysical, photochemical, chemical, electronic, magnetic, or magneto-optical properties. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the AAAS.

David Cobden

IRG 2Physics

David Cobden is Professor of Physics at University of Washington. We study the physics governing nanoscale systems, in particular nanowires, nanotubes and two-dimensional (2D) materials like graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides. Most of our nano-objects are grown in our lab, and they are then built into various kinds of devices using micro- or nano-fabrication techniques. We are particularly interested in low-dimensional physics, many-body effects, phase transitions, and electronic excitations. Though driven by curiosity, we also hope our work will be relevant to applications, perhaps in sensing or in storage and transfer of charge, energy and information.

David Ginger

IRG 1Chemistry

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 University of Cambridge (UK) in 2001. His research centers on the physical chemistry of conjugated polymers and nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics – especially thin film solar cells – and sensing.

James DeYoreo

IRG 1ChemistryMaterials Science and Engineering

Jim De Yoreo is Chief Scientist for Materials Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales at PNNL and an Affiliate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of chemistry at the University of Washington. De Yoreo’s research has spanned a wide range of materials-related disciplines, focusing most recently on in situ AFM and TEM investigations of interactions, assembly, and crystallization in biomolecular and biomineral systems.

Jihui Yang

IRG 2Materials Science and Engineering

Jihui Yang is currently Kyocera Associate Professor for Materials Science & Engineering at the UW. His research focuses on materials for energy storage and conversions. Current research focuses on the design, synthesis, testing, and understanding of advanced thermoelectric materials and Li-ion battery materials for energy conversion and storage, which include electron and phonon transport of thermoelectric materials, thermodynamic stability, atomistic structural arrangement, electronic band structure, and lattice dynamics of nanocomposites, and degradation mechanisms of advanced Li-ion battery materials.

Jiun-Haw Chu

IRG 2Physics

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 ultimate goal is to understand and control these emergent quantum behaviors and apply them to energy and information technology.

Kai-Mei Fu

IRG 2 Co-LeadElectrical 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 are being developed based on the quantum properties of defects. We are occupied with the following questions:

  • What are the fundamental properties of a known defect state? Alternatively, by measuring the properties of an unknown state, can we identify it?
  • How can the quantum properties of a defect be engineered and controlled?
  • What new technologies can quantum properties of defects enable?
  • What new capabilities can be realized through solid-state device integration of defects?

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 therapies.

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 of nanofabrication processes and device operation, applying that knowledge to produce better models, simulators and devices. Research within the Lab includes model development for process simulation, application of a wide range of simulation and modeling tools for device design and optimization, and experimental studies of device fabrication.

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.

Xiaodong Xu

IRG 2 LeadMaterials Science and EngineeringPhysics

Xiaodong Xu is Assistant Professor in the departments of Physics and 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 nanoscale device design, optical spectrosocpy, electrical transport, and scanning photocurrent measurements.

Xiaosong Li

IRG 1IRG 2Chemistry

Research in the Li group focuses on developing and applying electronic structure theories and ab initio molecular dynamics for studying properties and reactions, in particular non-adiabatic reactions that take place in large systems, such as polymers, biomolecules, and clusters.