People

Pinshane Y. Huang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds appointments in the Materials Research Laboratory and Beckman Institute at UIUC. Pinshane holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, as well as a B.A, in Physics from Carleton College. Her research has been featured in Nova, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, CBS News, Discover Magazine, and the Guinness Book of World Records.

Research Awards

Teaching Awards

  • Grainger College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2021)
  • Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award (2018-2019)
  • List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students for MSE 481: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students for MSE 182: Introduction to Materials Science (Fall 2016-2021)

Post-Docs

Kayla Nguyen is a post-doctoral researcher in the MatSE department. Kayla holds a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Applied Engineering Physics from Cornell University. Her thesis explores "New Imaging Capabilities enabled by the Electron Microscopy Pixel Array Detector (EMPAD)". At UIUC, her research utilizes 4D-STEM to image magnetic spin domains in antiferromagnets.
See Kayla's TED talk on electron detectors here!
Office: MRL/Supercon 3013
E-mail: kxn at illinois dot edu

Kayla Nguyen

Graduate Students

Edmund Han is a PhD student in the MatSE department. Edmund holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University. His research explores mechanical strain and its impact on material properties in 2D deformable structures.
Joined in Fall 2017.
Office: MRL/Supercon 3012
E-mail: edmundh2 at illinois dot edu

Edmund Han

Chia-Hao Lee is a PhD student in the MatSE department. Chia-Hao holds a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering from National Taiwan University. His research explores the structure-property relationship in 2D materials through STEM and machine learning.
Joined in Fall 2017.
Office: MRL/Supercon 3012
E-mail: chiahao3 at illinois dot edu

Chia-Hao Lee

Sang Hyun (Justin) Bae is a PhD student in the MatSE department. Sang Hyun holds a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Joined in Fall 2018.
Office: MRL Supercon 3012
E-mail: shbae2 at illinois dot edu

Justin Bae

Priti Kharel is a PhD student in the Chemistry department. Priti holds a BA in chemistry from Hamilton College. Her research utilizes electron microscopy and image processing to atomically-resolve small molecules.
Joined in Fall 2018.
Office: MRL Supercon 3013
E-mail: pkharel2 at illinois dot edu

Priti Kharel

Jeffrey Huang is a PhD student in the MatSE department. Jeffrey holds a BS in Applied Physics from Cornell University. His research uses selected area electron diffraction and 4D-STEM to study antiferromagnetic materials.
Joined in Fall 2019.
Office: MRL/Supercon 3012
E-mail: jhuan100 at illinois dot edu

Jeffrey Huang

Gillian Nolan is a PhD student in the MatSE department. Gillian holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research explores the intersection between materials simulation and atomic-resolution imaging.
Joined in Fall 2020.
Office: TBD
E-mail: gnolan2 at illinois dot edu

Gillian Nolan

Blanka Janicek is a PhD student in the MatSE department. Blanka holds a BA in Chemistry from Barnard College. Her research utilizes quantitative EELS to study soft-hard interfaces at the nanoscale.
Joined in Fall 2015.
Office: MRL/Supercon 3012
E-mail: bjanice2 at illinois dot edu

Blanka Janicek


Alumni

Chuqiao (Joe) Shi earned his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2020. Chuqiao holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University. His Master's research applied computer vision techniques to conduct data analysis on STEM images of 2D materials.
E-mail: chuqiao8 at illinois dot edu

Chuqiao Shi

Rachel Lawless earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2020. Her research was on graphene growth and transfer.
E-mail: rll2 at illinois dot edu

Rachel Lawless

Jane Park earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2020. Her research was on graphene growth and transfer.
E-mail: eugenep2 at illinois dot edu

Jane Park

Shunya Namiki earned his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2020. His undergraduate research was on the growth and characterization of 2D materials.
E-mail: namiki2 at illinois dot edu

Shunya Namiki