Sohee received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yonsei University in February 2016 and joined the group in April
2016. Her research interests include development and design of nanomaterials for high-capacity hydrogen
storages and understanding hydrogenation/dehydration processes.
Christian Selene joined the Urban group in October 2016. Her research interests include the synthesis and characterization of perovskites for photovoltaic applications, as well as the synthesis of lead-free perovskites with reduced toxicity. She also has interest in understanding the optical, electrical and photovoltaic phenomena within perovskites and at the interfaces with the goal of increasing stability. Christian Selene received her PhD in Science and Engineering of Materials at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2015. Her PhD research focused on core/shell CdSe/CdS for hybrid solar cells with P3HT, at the Institute of Renewable Energies (IER), UNAM.
Canghai joined Urban group in June 2017. He received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2012 and his thesis involved next-generation ester-crosslinkable hollow fiber gas separation membranes. Upon graduation, he joined Air Liquide as a Research Scientist working on advanced membrane technology and commercialization. His current research interests include novel forward osmosis water treatment and gas separation membranes. Besides research, he enjoys watching NBA and playing basketball.
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (2012)
M.S. Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China (2008)
B.S. Applied Chemistry, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China (2006)
Jaeyoo joined the Urban group in Sept 2017. His Ph.D. research involved the rational design of flexible thermoelectric generators based on nanocarbon materials. Previously, Jaeyoo also spent 6 years as a research associate (2012-2017) at the Nanohybrids Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology. In the Urban group, he is continuing to work on flexible thermoelectric devices, with special focus on cooling. He likes playing, watching and coaching basketball and soccer.
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University (2017)
M.S. Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University (2012)
B.S. Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University (2010)
Ngoc joined the Urban group December 2017, after earning a PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Connecticut on membrane science and separation for water remediation, and finishing her first postdoc training at Livermore Lab on smart protective fabrics based on carbon nanotube membranes. Her research interests lie at the interface of matters, how species behave across environments and how to leverage interdisciplinary first-principles foundations to tackle grand challenges toward a sustainable society. In the Urban group, Ngoc focuses on exploiting advanced porous nanomaterials for selective ions removal/capture from water via membrane- and sorption-based separations. She enjoys both indoor and outdoor activities at her leisure.
Pengyu received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2018 and joined the group in March 2018. He has one B.S. in Energy and Power Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and another B.S. in Business Administration from Wuhan University in 2012. He was a project mechanical engineer at GEA China from 2012 to 2014 before his graduate study at ISU. Currently, his research is to characterize ultrafast heat transfer induced by a pulsed electron beam from SEM through numerical simulations and thermal measurements with designing and fabricating devices for nanothermomertry.
His past research focused on studying the interface thermal energy transport and hot carrier diffusion in two-dimensional TMDs (transition metal dichalcogenides) by Raman-based thermal probing techniques. Pengyu enjoys photography, and he is a co-founder and portrait photographer of a website-based photography studio.
Zhuolei has an educational background in materials chemistry and nanotechnology. He received his Ph.D. from Jilin University in July 2015. His research interests include synthesis/self-assembly of novel inorganic/organic nanomaterials and their device design, fabrication and characterization for optical, photoelectric, ferroelectric, and energy storage applications. In the Urban Group, Zhuolei’s current research focuses on development of nanomaterials with high volumetric hydrogen density for reversible hydrogen storage at mild conditions.
Carlos joined the Urban group in July 2019. He received his Ph.D in physics from Columbia University. There he studied exotic quantum phenomena in 2-D material systems (i.e. graphene) such as Hofstadter's butterfly in moire superlattices. In the Urban group his research interest is in measuring thermal conductivity in various materials and thin films, through electrical and optical means.
Ph.D. Physics, Columbia University (2017)
B.S. Physics and Applied Mathematics, UC Berkeley (2008)
Chaochao joined the Urban group in July 2019. He received his PhD degree in Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Physics department in Wake Forest University (2012-2017). His current research focuses on the development of nanocomposites for high-capacity hydrogen storage. He also works on thermoelectric conversion, functionalization of nano-materials and manufacturing for flexible thermoelectric devices.
Ph.D. Student, Chemical Engineering Dept., UCB
Elizabeth is advised by Bryan McCloskey at UCB and is working with the Urban Group on photo-electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide.
Elizabeth received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. As a Research Associate at Air Liquide she studied CO2 capture from coal-fired power plants using polymeric hollow fiber membranes. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys singing, dancing, and hiking.
Ph.D. Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
Lukas joined the group for his Master's thesis in 2015 and is being co-advised by Prof. Ashok Gadgil. His research focuses on effective brackish and seawater purification through methods such as FO and CDI. In addition to understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms, he is interested in bringing these technologies to market in developed and developing countries.
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering and Nanosystem Technology, ETH Zurich, CH
B.Eng Mechanical Engineering and Management, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ph.D. Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
Hyungmook (also called Mook) joined the Urban Group in Oct 2016 as a graduate student researcher. He is co-advised by Prof. Chris Dames at UC Berkeley. His research interests include thermal and phonon transport in energy applications.
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University(SNU), 2013
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University(SNU), 2011
Graduate Student, Applied Science and Technology, UC Berkeley
Madeleine (aka Maddie) joined the Urban group in 2015 first as an intern until 2017 when she began as a graduate student researcher. She is co-advised by Prof. Junqiao Wu at UC Berkeley. Maddie’s research interests include the study of charge transport in soft hybrid composite materials for thermoelectric applications.
B.S. in Chemistry, College of Charleston (2015)
Kyle joined the Urban Group in November 2018. He has been tinkering with electronic equipment for years and has previously spent time working as a process staff member at the Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory. Kyle now works on better improving and optimizing hybrid thermoelectric material systems.
Undergraduate Student, Energy Engineering, UC Berkeley
Kelly joined the Urban Group in June 2019. Her research interests include green chemistry and synthesis of novel materials that address pressing environmental issues. She is currently researching phase change materials for improved heat storage and water conservation.
Undergraduate Student, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Trinity joined the Urban Group in June 2019. She is interested in transport phenomena and developing nano materials for water treatment and clean water production. Trinity’s favorite cartoon character is Piglet from Winnie the Pooh and she loves listening to K-pop.
Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley
Dr. Zhuonan Song (2016-2017) - Scientist at Gore Technologies
Dr. Youngsang Kim (2015-2017) - Analyst at Lam Research
Dr. Heng Wang (2015-2017) - Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Karol Miszta (2015-2016) - Postdoc at LBNL
Dr. Woochul Lee (2014-2018) - position accepted at University of Hawaii, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Boris Russ (2014-2016) - Senior Engineer at Apple, Inc.
Dr. Ayaskanta Sahu (2013-2017) - Assistant Professor at NYU, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Eun Seon Cho (2013-2017) - Assistant Professor at KAIST, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr. Jason Forster (2012-2017) - Apprentice in Japanese Woodworking
Dr. Jared Lynch (2012-2013) - Nanosys, Inc.
Dr. Richa Sharma (2010-2013). co-advised with Dr. Delia Milliron - Schlumberger-Doll Research
Dr. Nelson Coates (2010-2014) - Assistant Professor at California Maritime Academy
Dr. Rizia Bardhan (2010-2012) - Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University
Dr. Aaron Hammack (2010-2012), co-advised with Dr. Frank Ogletree - Hitachi HGST
Dr. Rueben Mendelsberg (2010-2011), co-advised with Dr. Andre Anders, Dr. Delia Milliron - First Solar
Dr. Anne Ruminski (2009-2015) - Silicium Energy
Dr. Ki-Joon Jeon (2008-2011) - Assistant Professor at Inha University, S. Korea
Dr. Saar Kirmayer (2008-2010) - Weizmann Institute
Dr. Adam Schwartzberg (2007-2010) - The Molecular Foundry, LBNL, Berkeley, CA
Dr. Kevin See (2008-2010) - Lux Research
Dr. Hoi Ri Moon, (2008-2010) - Assistant Professor at UNIST, S. Korea
Dr. Robert Wang (2008-2011), co-advised with Dr. Delia Milliron - Assistant Professor at Arizona State University
Edmond Zaia (2014-2019), graduate student from CBE dept., UC Berkeley
Erin Creel (2014-2019), graduate student from Chemistry dept., UC Berkeley
Norman Su (2011-2017), graduate student from CBE dept., UC Berkeley
Paul Baade (2015), masters student from ETH, Zurich
Maxime Szybowski (2015), masters student from ETH, Zurich
Robin Mutschler (2014-2015), masters student from ETH, Zurich
William Chang (2011-2014), graduate student from CBE department, U.C. Berkeley, co-advised with Prof. Rachel Segalman
Cynthia E. Chen (2011-2014), graduate student from CBE department, U.C. Berkeley, co-advised with Prof. Rachel Segalman - LAM Research
Shannon K. Yee (2010-2013), graduate student from Mech E department, U.C. Berkeley, co-advised with Prof. Rachel Segalman - Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech
Preston Zhou - undergrad at California Institute of Technology