Tisdale Lab @ MIT

nanoscale energy transport

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Professor William Tisdale

Group Leader

tisdale@mit.edu | ChemE Faculty Page | CV
Office: 66-458
Phone: 617.253.4975 | Fax: 617.258.5766

Will Tisdale joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in January, 2012, where he holds the rank of Assistant Professor and is currently the Charles & Hilda Roddey Career Development Professor. His research program is focused on the development of colloidal semiconductor nanomaterials for use in next-generation energy technologies, and the use of ultrafast laser spectroscopy methods and advanced optical microscopy techniques for probing dynamics at the nanoscale.

Will graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2005, earning an Honors B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Distinction, and minoring in Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2010, then studied as a postdoctoral associate under Vladimir Bulovic in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT before joining the faculty in Chemical Engineering in 2012.

Will Tisdale is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the DOE Early Career Award, the NSF CAREER Award, a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and MIT’s Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Will and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of two adorable little girls.


Barbara Balkwill

Administrative Assistant

balkwill@mit.edu
Office: 66-458
Phone: 617.258.7026 | Fax: 617.258.5766


Yunan Gao

Postdoc

yunangao@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Yunan joined the group in October 2014 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His current work focuses on development of a nonlinear optical technique for probing ultrafast dynamics in individual nanostructures with single-molecule sensitivity. He previously worked at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing as an International Young Scientist Fellow, where he studied epitaxial quantum dots and solid-state microcavities using Kerr spectroscopy and cryo-micro-photoluminescence. He received his PhD from Delft University of Technology in October 2012, where he studied charge carrier generation, diffusion and decay in QD solids in the group of L.D.A. Siebbeles, working under the supervision of Arjan Houtepen. Yunan is supported by a Chinese postdoctoral fellowship.


Kris Williams

Postdoc

kwil@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Kris joined the group in April 2017 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He received a BS in Chemical Physics from Rice University in 2010 while working in industry as a polymer chemist. In 2011, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin to begin his graduate work. He ultimately earned his PhD in Chemical Physics from Columbia University in March 2017 for his work on many-body recombination mechanisms in semiconductor materials using time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy with Professor Xiaoyang Zhu. His current research focuses on carrier behavior in 2D semiconductor heterostructures and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) within the Center for Excitonics at MIT.


Rachel Gilmore

PhD Student

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Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Rachel joined the group in January 2012 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011, where she worked on tandem quantum dot solar cells with Professor Tobias Hanrath. Her current research in the Tisdale Lab focuses on using ultrafast spectroscopy to understand charge carrier relaxation, trapping, and diffusion in colloidal quantum dot solids. Rachel is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Elizabeth M. Y. Lee

PhD Student

emyl3196@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Liza joined the group in November 2012 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. Co-advised by Professor Adam Willard in Chemistry, Liza’s primary research interest is combining experimental and simulation tools to understand, characterize, and predict novel nanostructured materials with applications in photovoltaics. Her current focus in the Tisdale Lab is using novel Kinetic Monte Carlo techniques to understand exciton diffusion in inhomogeneous molecular and quantum dot (QD) assemblies. She graduated with Honors from Johns Hopkins University in 2012, earning a B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a B.A. in Chemistry, with Distinction, and minoring in Mathematics.  She is an MIT Energy Fellow and holds an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Aaron Goodman

PhD Student

ajgoodm@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Aaron joined the Tisdale Lab in December 2012 as a Physical Chemistry PhD student.  Aaron received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2012 with concentrations in chemistry and mathematics.  As an undergraduate working with Professor Bart Bartlett, Aaron studied homogeneous catalysts for hydrogen evolution with the goal of integration into photocatalytic systems.  He is broadening his horizons in the Tisdale Lab, where he is studying exciton dynamics at hybrid interfaces, with a particular interest in 2D materials.  Aaron is a  member of the MIT Energy Initiative Society of Energy Fellows and a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Matt Ashner

PhD Student

mnashner@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Matt joined the group in January 2014 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. Matt graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a second major in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, he worked with Professor Daniel Giammar studying the mobility of uranium species in groundwater systems. In the Tisdale Lab, Matt is using femtosecond stimulated Raman scattering (FSRS) to study ultrafast pathways of vibrational energy relaxation in colloidal semiconductor nanostructures. Matt is a recipient of the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Nabeel Dahod

PhD Student

ndahod@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Nabeel joined the Tisdale Lab in January 2014 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. His primary research interest is in renewable energy technology. Nabeel received his B.S. with Honors in Chemical Engineering from Penn State in 2013, graduating with highest distinction and receiving a minor in English Literature. As an undergraduate researcher working with Professor Enrique Gomez, Nabeel studied the relationship between bulk heterojunction morphology and device performance in organic photovoltaic materials. His current focus in the Tisdale Lab is the investigation of thermal transport in nanostructured materials.


Oat Paritmongkol

PhD Student

wparit@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Watcharaphol “Oat” Paritmongkol joined the Tisdale Lab in January 2016 as a PhD student in Physical Chemistry. His research interest is in the use of ultrafast laser methods to probe excited state dynamics in colloidal semiconductor nanomaterials. Originally from Thailand, Oat holds a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, UK, where he worked on development of ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy techniques.


Sam Winslow

PhD Student

swinslow@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Sam joined the group in Spring 2016 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. He graduated with Honors, earning a dual-degree in Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 where he worked with Professors Aditya Khair and Robert Tilton on modeling the adsorption kinetics of surfactant at an oil/water interface. Sam spent his junior year abroad at Imperial College, London. In the Tisdale Lab, Sam’s primary interest is combining molecular dynamics simulations with in situ synchrotron X-ray scattering experiments to understand, characterize, and ultimately control the self-assembly of colloidal quantum dot (QD) superlattices. Sam is co-advised by Professor James Swan in Chemical Engineering.


Seung Kyun Ha

PhD Student

skha89@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Seung Kyun joined the group in January 2016 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. Originally from South Korea, Seung Kyun graduated summa cum laude from Seoul National University in 2015 with a B.S. in Chemical & Biological Engineering and a minor in Physics. As an undergraduate, he worked with Professor Kookheon Char developing synthetic procedures for InP quantum dots with reduced blinking. In the Tisdale Lab, Seung Kyun is focusing on developing synthetic tools for stable colloidal perovskite nanoplatelets and studying exciton dynamics in these materials. Seung Kyun is a recipient of the Kwanjeong Fellowship.


Wenbi Wu

PhD Student

wenbiw@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Wenbi joined the group in November 2016 as a PhD student in Physical Chemistry. She graduated cum laude from the University of Washington (UW) double-majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics. At UW, she worked with Professor David Ginger on hybrid organic/inorganic polymer/quantum dot systems. In the Tisdale lab, she is studying exciton dynamics in colloidal semiconductor nanostructures using ultrafast laser spectroscopy and optical microscopy techniques.


Deepankur Thureja

Visiting Masters Student

dthureja@mit.edu
Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Deepankur is a visiting student from ETH Zurich, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Micro- and Nanosystems. At ETH, he worked with Professor Dimos Poulikakos on the design and fabrication of metal grid transparent conductive electrodes using electrohydrodynamic nanodrip printing. He then continued his research at ETH in the lab of Professor David Norris, where he developed a theoretical model to explain the differences observed in spectral diffusion of colloidal CdSe quantum dots and nanoplatelets. For his Master’s thesis project in the Tisdale lab at MIT, he is designing automated systems for high-throughput discovery of new perovskite materials for optoelectronic applications. Deepankur is a recipient of the Werner Siemens fellowship.


Undergraduate Student Researchers

Janny Cai (MIT ChemE ’19)
Isabella Kim (MIT Chemistry ’18)
Nick Morgante (MIT ChemE ’18)

Former Group Members

Name Tisdale Lab Position Alum Since Current Position Location
Lisa Poulikakos Visiting Master’s Student 2013 PhD student ETH Zürich
Ferry Prins Postdoc 2014 Assistant Professor Autonoma de Madrid
Pooja Tyagi Postdoc 2014 Postdoc University of Illinois
Robert Keitel Visiting Master’s Student 2015 PhD student ETH Zürich
Jolene Mork PhD 2016 Data Scientist Macy’s New York
Michael Seitz Visiting Master’s Student 2016 PhD student ETH Zurich
Mark Weidman PhD 2016 Scientist Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue, WA
Dan Congreve Postdoc 2016 Principle Investigator Rowland Institute at Harvard
Leo Spiegel Visiting Master’s Student 2017 PhD Student ETH Zurich