People

Pinshane Y. Huang is an Assistant 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

  • 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, Fall 2017)

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 study 2D materials.
See Kayla's TED talk on electron detectors here!
Office: MRL/Supercon 3013
E-mail: kxn at illinois dot edu

Kayla Nguyen

Graduate Students

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

Yinchuan Lv is a PhD student in the Physics department. Yinchuan holds a BS in Physics from UC Berkeley.
Joined in Spring 2017.
Office: MRL/Supercon 3012
E-mail: lv3 at illinois dot edu

Yinchuan Lv

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 2018.
Office: MRL/Supercon 3012
E-mail: chiahao3 at illinois dot edu

Chia-Hao Lee

Chuqiao (Joe) Shi is a Master's student in the MatSE department. Chuqiao holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University. His research applies computer vision techniques to conduct data analysis on STEM images of 2D materials.
Joined in Fall 2018.
Office: ESB 140
E-mail: chuqiao8 at illinois dot edu

Chuqiao Shi

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.
Joined in Fall 2018.
Office: MRL Supercon 3013
E-mail: pkharel2 at illinois dot edu

Priti Kharel

Undergraduates

Yusen Ye is a junior in the MatSE department. He focuses on the growth and characterization of 2D materials.
Joined in Fall 2017.
E-mail: yusenye2 at illinois dot edu

Yusen Ye

Rachel Lawless is a junior in the MatSE department. She is currently doing research on graphene growth and transfer.
Joined in Fall 2017.
E-mail: rll2 at illinois dot edu

Rachel Lawless

Jane Park is a junior in the MatSE department. She is currently doing research on graphene growth and transfer.
Joined in Spring 2018.
E-mail: eugenep2 at illinois dot edu

Jane Park

Anna Alvarez is a sophomore in the MechSE department. She is currently doing research on 2D material exfoliation and transfer.
Joined Fall 2018.
E-mail: annava2 at illinois dot edu

Anna Alvarez

Alumni

Tejas Idate is a sophomore in the MatSE department. His research is on the growth and characterization of 2D materials.
E-mail: tidate2 at illinois dot edu

Tejas Idate

Shunya Namiki is a junior in the MatSE department. His research is on the growth and characterization of 2D materials.
E-mail: namiki2 at illinois dot edu

Shunya Namiki

Daniel Vaz is a junior in the MatSE department. He works on theoretical simulations and image analysis for STEM imaging.
E-mail: dvaz2 at illinois dot edu

Daniel Vaz