Tisdale Lab @ MIT

nanoscale energy transport

MIT

People

Professor William Tisdale

Group Leader

tisdale@mit.edu | ChemE Faculty Page
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 is currently the Charles & Hilda Roddey Career Development Assistant Professor. Prior to joining the faculty, Will was a postdoc in the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory at MIT with Professor Vladimir Bulović, where he studied exciton dynamics in quantum dot (QD) and molecular thin films and optoelectronic devices. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2010 from the University of Minnesota under the joint direction of Professors Xiaoyang Zhu (now at Columbia University), David Norris (now at ETH, Zürich), and Eray Aydil. There, he used ultrafast two-photon photoelectron spectroscopy and surface nonlinear optical techniques to probe the relaxation of charge carriers at organic and inorganic semiconductor surfaces, and to investigate the dynamics of electron transfer across QD interfaces. 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 spent time abroad in Switzerland and South Africa.

Will Tisdale is a recipient of the DOE Early 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 (a scientist at a local biotech startup), 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


Pooja Tyagi

Postdoc

ptyagi@mit.edu
Office: 66-253b
Phone: 617.324.9637

Pooja joined the group in November 2013 as a Postdoctoral Associate. During her PhD at McGill University in Pat Kambhampati’s group, she studied the effect of semiconductor quantum dot surfaces on multicarrier dynamics with implications for solar cell and light-emitting applications. Before that she received her M.Sc. in Physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and then spent a year studying magnetic properties of high-temperature superconductors and coordination polymers using muon spin relaxation at TRIUMF. She is also the recipient of the Pall dissertation award and research excellence award from McGill chemistry. Her current research interests include structural phase transitions, charge and energy transfer in nanoscale systems, and the development of nonlinear optical techniques.


Rachel Hoffman

PhD Student

hoffmanr@mit.edu
Office: 66-253b
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 and exciton dissociation at colloidal quantum dot interfaces. Rachel is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Mark Weidman

PhD Student

mweidman@mit.edu
Office: 66-253b
Phone: 617.324.9637

Mark joined the group in January 2012 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. His primary research interest is renewable energy sources – particularly solar energy. In the Tisdale Lab, he focuses on transport processes in colloidal quantum dot (QD) solids. He is particularly interested in controlling the micro- and nanostructure of these materials and understanding how morphology affects performance. Mark received an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2011 and graduated cum laude with minors in Sustainable Energy Technology and French. He is a recipient of the Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship and holds an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Jolene Mork

PhD Student

jmork@mit.edu
Office: 66-253b
Phone: 617.324.9637

Jolene joined the group in June 2012 as a PhD student in Physical Chemistry. She previously received an S.M. in Organic Chemistry from her work in Tim Swager’s lab in the chemistry department at MIT, where she worked on novel methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles and polymers as well as electronic characterization of fluorous organic semiconductors. Jolene graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College in 2010 with degrees in Chemistry and Physics with Distinction. Her work in the Tisdale Lab focuses on development and use of a novel time-resolved Raman imaging technique for investigating thermal energy transport in quantum dot and polymeric materials. She was a Goldwater Scholar in 2008, and currently holds an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Elizabeth M. Y. Lee

PhD Student

emyl3196@mit.edu
Office: 66-253b
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 finite element and Kinetic Monte Carlo techniques to understand exciton diffusion in inhomogeneous 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: 66-253b
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 developing a novel high-sensitivity interfacial spectroscopy technique for studying charge transfer dynamics in photovoltaic systems, 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: 66-253b
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 focusing on the development and application of near-field optical spectroscopy techniques for probing heterogeneous ensembles at the single-molecule level.


Nabeel Dahod

PhD Student

ndahod@mit.edu
Office: 66-253b
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 exciton diffusion and energy transfer at nanostructured materials interfaces.


Undergraduate Student Researchers

Alberto Mulero (MIT MechE ’17)
Victoria Petrova (MIT MatSE ’17)

Former Group Members

Name Tisdale Lab Position Alum Since Current Position Location
Lisa Poulikakos Visiting Master’s Thesis Student 2013 PhD student ETH Zürich
Ferry Prins Postdoc 2014 Postdoc ETH Zürich