Principal Investigator:

Nicola H. Perry

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering & Materials Research Laboratory

268 MRL / (217) 300-6335

Read Prof. Perry’s profile on the department website here.

nhperry [at] illinois [dot] edu

Post-doctoral Researchers:

Jongmin Lee

Joined 8/2021

PhD, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (2020)

ljm [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Thin film triple-conducting electrodes for intermediate-temperature H2 production


Emily Skiba

PhD Student
Joined 1/2018

skiba4 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Crystallization of mixed conducting films and their oxygen exchange kinetics (& I-MRSEC seed project)

Lawrence Anderson

PhD Student
Joined 9/2018

loa3 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Crystal chemical design rules for tailored chemical expansivity

Haley Buckner

PhD Student
Joined 9/2018

hbb2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Chemo-mechanically driven in situ hierarchical structure formation in mixed conductors (& MRSEC seed)

Adrian Xiao Bin Yong

PhD Student

Co-advised; primary advisor: Elif Ertekin

axyong2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Electronic structure and chemical expansivity of perovskites

Kai-Wei Lan

PhD Student

Joined 1/2021

kwlan2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Bulk & thin film solid electrolytes for temperature-insensitive and recyclable Li-ion batteries

En Ju Cho

PhD Student

Joined 9/2021

enjucho2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: 1) Recyclable batteries (thin film electrolytes); 2) Thin film electrodes for low temperature green H2 production

Alexia Popescu

PhD Student

Joined 8/2022

alexia3 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: Combinatorial film libraries and spatially-resolved optical analysis of defect kinetics for DOE-EC then HEISs EFRC

Sipei Zhang

PhD Student

Joined 8/2022

sipeiz2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: electro-chemo-mechanical coupling of interface-dominated materials for MUSIC EFRC

Yong-Yun Hsiau

PhD Student

Joined 8/2022

yhsiau2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: vertically aligned nanocomposite films and RBS/ERDA composition analysis for HEISs EFRC

Xuanze (Ben) Yu

PhD Student

Joined 8/2023

xyu63 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: design principles for perovskite chemical expansion

Chieh-Jung (Jimmy) Lu

PhD Student

Joined 8/2023

cjlu2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: photo-ionics (MRSEC)

Rachel Pereira

PhD Student

Joined 8/2023

rachel24 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Project: photo-ionics (MRSEC)

Katrina Arsky

BS Student in MatSE

Joined 8/2021

Project: Combinatorial films – automating big-data analysis

Yoav Malka

BS Student in MatSE

Joined summer 2023

Project: HEISs EFRC and combinatorial films


MS / PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers:

Dr. Steven Lin

PhD student (2018-2023)
Now working at Factorial Energy on solid-state batteries

Guha Keshav Mohan

MS student researcher (2022)

Dr. Dino Klotz

Post-doctoral researcher at I2CNER; Co-advised with Prof. Harry Tuller (MIT)
Working at Zurich Instruments

Dr. Ting Chen

PhD student then post-doctoral researcher at I2CNER (2015-2019)
Now assistant professor at China University of Mining and Technology

Dr. Sophie Ju

Post-doctoral researcher at I2CNER
Now working as researcher at Charles University (Prague)

Micah Armstrong

PhD student 2020-2022
Now working at Intel, Arizona

Colin Reedy

PhD student 2019-2020
Now working at Elemental Scientific, Inc., Nebraska

Yiwen Guo

3+2 ZJU-UIUC BS+MS student 2019-2021
Now PhD student at Penn State

Undergraduate researchers:

Harry Hawbaker

REU Mentee (summer 2023)

Michael Sun

Undergraduate researcher at UIUC (2022-2023)

Jackie Zheng

REU Mentee (summer 2022)

Joshua Simpson-Gomez

Undergraduate researcher at UIUC (1/2020-5/2022)

Sankhya Hirani

Undergraduate researcher at UIUC (2/2020-5/2020)

Jo Kubota

Undergraduate researcher at UIUC (9/2019-5/2020)

Kotaro Yamamoto

Visiting undergraduate researcher from Kyushu U. at UIUC (2-3/2020)

Karen Yang

Undergraduate researcher at UIUC (9/2018-8/2019)

Yuki Abe

Visiting undergraduate researcher from Kyushu University (spring 2019)

Kimberly Garza

Undergraduate researcher at UIUC (fall 2018)

Takaya Fujisaki

3-month intern in the group at I2CNER

Juveria Masood

Summer PIRE X-fusion exchange student at I2CNER