Polymer Innovation for Advanced Organic Electronics (PI-AOE) at Purdue University

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PI: Jianguo Mei

Richard and Judith Wien Professor

Professor of Chemistry

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Research Scientist

Mei group member

Liyan You (RS)
B.S., Hefei University of Technology, 2006
Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011
Senior Scientist/Group Leader, WuXi AppTec (STA), 2011-2015
Year entered group: Nov. 2015
Research interest: Polymer Synthesis and Manufacturing.
Email: you33@purdue.edu

​Postdoctoral Fellows

Mei group member

Jiao Suo (PD)

B.S. and M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan University, China, 2019
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong (Advisor: Prof. Wen Jung Li), 2023
Year entered group: Jan. 2024
Research interest: Flexible Sensors and Wearable Devices
Email: suo0@purdue.edu
Mei group member

Min Chen (PD)

B.S., Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, 2018
Ph.D., Zhejiang University (Advisor: Prof. Hanying Li), China, 2023
Year entered group: Jan. 2024
Research interest: Molecular Doping in Conductive Polymers
Email: chen4927@purdue.edu
Mei group member

Palak Mehra (PD)

M.Sc. (H.S.), Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, 2017 (Advisor: Dr. Shweta Rana)
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal (IISERB), India, 2022 (Advisor: Dr. Amit Paul)
You entered group: March 2023
Research Interests: Materials and Devices for Electrochemical Applications.
Email: mehrap@purdue.edu
Mei group member

Xiaojie Liu (PD)

Lillian Gilbreth Fellow jointly with Prof. Tian Li and Prof. Xiulin Ruan                                                                                                              
B.S., Thermal and Power Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, 2016          
Ph.D., Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University (Advisor: Yi Zheng), 2022
Year entered group: Feb. 2023 
Research interest: Nanomaterials and devices for sustainable energy
Email: liu3847@purdue.edu
Mei group member
Sanket Samal (PD)

M.Sc., National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), India 2016 (Advisor: Dr. V. Krishnan)
Ph.D., University of Southern California (USC), 2021 (Advisor: Dr. Barry C. Thompson)
PostDoc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2022 (Advisor: Dr. Aristide Gumyusenge)
Year entered group: Feb. 2023
Research Interest: Polymer Synthesis and Opto/Bio-electronics.
Email: samal@purdue.edu

Mei group member
Guangchao Liu (PD)
B.S., Hubei Normal University, China, 2014
Ph.D., Wuhan University (Advisor: Prof. Zhen Li), China, 2019
Postdoc, Peking University (Advisor: Prof. Ting Lei), China, 2020-2022
Year entered group: Nov. 2022
Research interest: Organic/Polymer Semiconductor and Conductor Materials
Email: liu3602@purdue.edu
Mei group member

Jinhyo Hwang (PD)

B.S., Seoul Women’s University, Korea, 2015 
Ph.D., Korea University (Advisor: Dong Hoon Choi), Korea, 2022 
Year entered group: Sep. 2022 
Research interest: Organic and Polymer Synthesis 
Email: hwang251@purdue.edu 
Mei group member
Songyan Yu (PD)
B.S., Shandong University, China, 2013 
Ph.D., Auburn University (Advisor: Prof. Curtis Shannon), 2018 
Postdoc, University of Arizona (Advisor: Prof. Erin L. Ratcliff), 2020-2022Year entered group: Sep. 2022Research interest: Electrochemical Devices, Biosensing and BioelectronicsEmail: yu1234@purdue.edu
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Won-June Lee (PD)

Ph.D., Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), 2021, Materials Science and Engineering; Advisor: Myung-Han Yoon
Year entered group: May 2022
Research Interest: Transparent Ion Storage Materials and Electrochromic Display
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Jagrity Chaudhary (PD)
M.Sc., Patna Science College, Patna University, India, 2015
Ph.D., Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Pilani Campus, India, 2021
(Advisor: Prof. Ram Kinkar Roy and Prof. Inamur R. Laskar)
You entered group: Nov. 2021
Research Interests: Computational Chemistry and Organic Synthesis.
Email: chaudhj@purdue.edu
Mei group member
Inho Song (PD)
B.S., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 2014
Ph.D., Pohang University of Science and Technology (Advisor: Joon Hak Oh), Feb 2019
Year entered group: Sep. 2021
Research interest: Electrochemical Materials and Devices
Email: song735@purdue.edu

​Graduate Students

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Uttam Pal (GS) - 2023
B. Sc. - Midnapore College (Autonomous), India, 2021.
M. Sc. - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2023. 
Research Interest: Organic and Polymer Synthesis
Email: upal@purdue.edu 
Mei group member
Bufan Xiao (GS) - 2023
B.S., Peking University, 2023
Research Interest: Material Design, Material Characterization and Electrochemical Devices
Email: bufanxiao@purdue.edu
Mei group member
Mona Rasa Hosseinzade (GS) - 2023 (co-advised by Prof. Letian Dou)
B.S., Isfahan University of Technology, 2017
M.S., Amirkabir University of Technology, 2023
Research Interest: Perovskite Solar Cells
Mei group member
Su Youn Kim (GS) - 2023
B.S., Chungnam National University, Korea
M.S., Chungnam National University, Korea
Research Interest: Organic and polymer synthesis
Email: kim4349@purdue.edu
Mei group member
Sumon Naskar (GS) - 2023
Bachelor of Science(B.Sc.): Narasinha Dutt College, Calcutta University, 2020
Master of Science (M.Sc.): Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2022
Research Interest: Bioelectronics, Neuromorphic & Organic Electronics
Email: naskars@purdue.edu
Mei group member
Priyanka Rout (GS)- 2022 (GS)
MS. Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, 2018
Research Interest: Bioelectronics
Email: prout@purdue.edu
Mei group member
Lawal Adewale Ogunfowora (GS) -2021 (Graduate Research Assistant)
B.S., University of Ibadan, 2019
Research Assistant, FUTMinna, 2019-2020
Research Interest: Machine Learning & Polymer Synthesis.
Internship: IBM
Mei group member
Jianing Zhou (GS) - 2021 (Graduate Research Assistant)
B.E.  South China University of Technology, 
M.S University of Akron
Research Interest: Organic and Polymer SynthesisEmail: zhou1225@purdue.edu
Internship: Argonne National Lab
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Mustafa Ahmed (GS) - 2020 (Graduate Research Assistant)
B.S., Virginia Tech, 2017
Eastman Chemical, 2017-2020
Research Interest: Organic and Polymer Synthesis
Email: ahmed166@purdue.edu

Mei group member

Joseph Romo (GS) - 2020 (Graduate Research Assistant)
B.A., Macalester College, 2018
Axalta Coating Systems, 2018-2020
Research Interests: Electrochemical Devices, Materials Processing and Manufacturing
Email: ​romo8@purdue.edu 

Internship: 3M

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Zhiyang Wang (GS) - 2019 (Graduate Research Assistant)
​B.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2018
​​Research Interest: Analytical Science and Electrochemical Devices
Email: wang4482@purdue.edu


Mei group member

Yukun Wu (GS) - 2019 (Graduate Research Assistant)
B.S., Tsinghua University, China, 2018
​Research Interest: Organic and Polymer Synthesis
Email: wu1558@purdue.edu

Internship: Argonne National Lab

Undergraduate Researchers

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Matt Schiavone -2022, Chemical Engineering


Alex Yakisan - 2022, Chemical Engineering



Dylan Forbes - 2020, Chemistry


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Former Postdoc

  1. Prof. Yan Zhao, ICCAS; 2014.08-2018.02 (currently MSE Faculty at Fudan University)
  2. Dr. Dazheng Huang, ICCAS; 2017.09-2018.09
  3. Prof. Youlong Zhu, University of Colorado, Boulder; 2018.09-2019.05 (currently Faculty at Sun Yat-Sen University)
  4. Dr. Zhenran Yi, Wuhan University; 2018.09-2019.10 (currently Faculty at Fudan University)
  5. Dr. Jongsu Lee,  Konkuk University, Korea; 2019.09-2020.02 (currently Faculty at  Sunchon National University
  6. Dr. Jongho Lee, National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea; 2020.08-2021.04 (Research Scientist, Samsung)
  7. Dr. Hongguang Shen, Institute of Chemistry, CAS, China; 2019.09-2021.08
  8. Dr. Na Gou (RS), Northeastern University; 2019.03-2022.01 (Currently Senior Instrument Specialist, Purdue University)  
  9. Prof. Xuefei Li, Penn State University, 2019.03-2022.03 (Currently Faculty at Georgia State University)
  10. Dr. Ranajit Mondol, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands, 2021.03 - 2022.05
  11. Prof. Lang Kai, University of Florida, 2021-2022 (Currently faculty at Heilongjiang University) 
  12. Dr. Ashkan Abtahi, University of Kentucky, 2020-2022 (Currently Research Engineer at Intel, Oregon)
  13. Dr. Vaidehi Pandit, University of Queensland, Australia, 2021.09-2022.12 (Currently at a startup in Boston) 
  14. Dr. Wenting Wu, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2019.10-2022.11 (Currently at SIOC)
  15. Prof Yoon-Ho Lee, Seoul National University, 2021.09-2023.12 (Currently a faculty member at Sungshin Women's University)
  16. Prof. Ke Ma, University of Colorado, 2019.08-2023.12 (Currently a faculty member at Shanghai Jiaotong University)
Graduate Students
  1. Xikang Zhao, 2014-2017 (Postdoc, with Prof. Bryan Boudouris, Purdue University)
  2. Jiazhi He2015-2019 (Founding Member, Ambilight Inc)
  3. Prof. Aristide Gumyusenge2015-2019  (GLAM Postdoc, Stanford University, with Prof.  Zhenan Bao @Chemical Engineering and Prof. Alberto Salleo at MSE), currently faculty at MIT (2022 Spring).
  4. Prof. Jiayingzi Wu, 2016-2020, co-advised by Prof. Jin-Xin Chen at Boston   University (Faculty at Shenzhen University)
  5. William McNutt, 2015-2021 (Research Scientist, DuPont, Marlborough MA
  6. Saadia Chaudhry, 2015-2021 (Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, UIUC, Currently government employee )
  7. Dung Tran, 2016-2022 (Micron Technologies, Boris, ID)
  8. Xuyi Luo (Peking University), 2016-2022 (Postdoc, currently with Prof Xia Yan, Stanford University) 
  9. Kuluni Perera (University of Colombo), 2017-2023 (HP, Oregon)
  10. Athena Jenkins, 2017-2023 ()
  11. Zhifan Ke (Xi'an Jiaotong University), 2018-2023 (Intel, Oregon)
  12. Ke Chen (East China University of Science and Technology), 2018-2023 (Postdoc with Prof. Zhenan Bao at Stanford University)

Visiting Students and Scholars

  1. Guobiao Xue, V-GS, Zhejiang University, 2015.09-2016.09 (Professor, Zhejiang University)
  2. Tianbai Xu, V-GS, Zhejiang University, 2015.11-2016.11 (Microelectronics)
  3. Prof. Haijun Niu, Helongjiang University, 2016.03-2017.03
  4.  Lina Ma, V-GS, Harbin University of Technology, 2016.11-2017.05
    (Faculty at Qingdao University)
  5. Tianxiong Mi, V-UG, Peking University, July-Sep, 2017 (GS, Texas AM)
  6. Zhuorui Zhao, V-UG, Tsinghua University, July-Sep, 2016 (GS, UC San Diego)
  7. Maria Fernanda Lizarazo Rojas, V-UG,  Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Fall 2018
  8. Brandon Jang, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, Fall, 2018 - Spring 2019 
  9. Ronaldo H. Franjul, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Summer 2019
  10. Huihong Jiang, V-GS, Zhejiang University, 2019.09-2020.09

Undergraduate Students

  1. Conner Noel, UG, ChemE, 2014-2015
  2. Samuel Kim, UG, Biochem, 2015-2015
  3. Rachel Rahn, UG, ChemE, 2015-2016 (Engineer, Ecolab Inc)
  4. Michael Abu-Omar, UG, Biochem, 2015-2016
  5. Vani Singania, UG, Chemistry and Math, Spring 2015 - Spring, 2017 (GS, UCSB)
  6. Junchen Liu, UG, Chemical Engineering, 2015-2017, (GS, NC state, ChemE)
  7. Hongyi Zhang, UG, Chemistry, 2015-2017, (GS, U Chicago, IME)
  8. Sebastian  Kenny, UG, Chemistry, 2016-2017, (GS, Purdue, Chem)
  9. Jordan Hunter, GS-candidate, Chemistry, 2016-2018, (Transferred to Lipton Group)
  10. Xingrui Zhu, GS-MS, Chemical Engineering, 2017-2018 (Colorado School of Mines) ​​
  11. Natalie Kadlubowski, UG, Chemical Engineering, 2018-2020 (DuPont)
  12. Matt Fosdick, UG, Chemistry, 2020
  13. Hanning Jiang, UG, Chemistry, 2019-2021 (GS, Cornell Chemistry)
  14. John Putzier, UG, 2018-2022 (GS, Cornell Chemistry)

Awards and Recognitions:

  1. Rachel Rahn, the SURF fellowship, 2015 ; Best Poster Award at the 2015 Semiconductor Research Corporation TECHCON, 2015
  2. Michael Abu-Omar, the Margerum award, 2015
  3. Xikang Zhao, the PRF fellowship, 2015
  4. Vani Singania,  the Falkner Summer Research Award, 2016; Poster Award for 2016 Norte-Dame Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter and Polymers
  5. Aristide Gumyusenge, HC Brown Travel Grant, 2017;  Charles Viol Fellowship, 2018; HC Brown Travel Grant, 2019; HC Brown Graduate Student Award, 2019; MRS Graduate Student Gold Award, 2019;  Arthur Nowick Graduate Student, 2019​; the  GLAM Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2020-2022, Stanford University.
  6. Yan Zhao, Purdue Graudate School Postdoctoral Travel Grant, 2017
  7. Junchen Liu, the SURF fellowship, 2017
  8. M Kadlubowski, the SURF fellowship, 2018; Goldwater Scholar, 2019; Astronaut Scholar, 2019
  9. Xuyi Luo, HC Brown Symposium Poster Award, 2018
  10. Saadia T Chaudhry, HC Brown Travel Grant, 2018; Best Poster Award for 2018 Norte-Dame Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter and Polymers; the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, 2020; Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020.
  11. John Michael Putziger, Wolinsky Summer Research Fellowship, 2019; Outstanding Sophomore, College of Science, 2020;  the SURF fellowship, 2020;  the Astronaut Scholar, 2021.
  12. Dung Tran, Poster Award for 2019 Norte-Dame Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter and Polymers; HC Brown Travel Grant, 2020.
  13. Kuluni Perera, the Eastman Summer Graduate Fellowship, 2020; Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, 2022.
  14. Mustafa Ahmed, Arthur Kelly Teaching Award, 2022HC Brown Travel Grant, 2022.
  15. Joe Romo, GEM PhD Engineering and Science Fellowship.
  16. Ke Chen, the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, 2023; F-Pi 15 Best Poster Award, 2023; 
  17. Zhifan Ke, F-Pi 15 Best Poster Award, 2023;