Haoyue Wan


Haoyue received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Peking University, China in 2021. He joined Sargent group in Toronto, where his research primarily focused on light-emitting diodes and perovskites. Presently, he is a visiting scholar with a specialized interest in optical spectroscopy and perovskite solar cells.

Xubiao Li


Xubiao Li graduated from Tsinghua University in 2023 with a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. There, his research focuses on the application of optical resonators in optoelectronic devices. At Northwestern University, he joined Sargent group in conducting research on III-V colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) in the infrared region and their applications in optoelectronic devices.

Ubaid Kazianga


Ubaid Kazianga graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2023 with a B.S. in physics. As an undergraduate, he performed research in the lab of Mumtaz Qazilbash on spectroscopy of strongly correlated systems. Ubaid is currently interested in the semiconductor physics of perovskites and applications to devices.

Qassim Hassan Al Khazal


Qassim graduated from Texas A&M university with a B.S. in chemistry, where he worked on electroless coating of nickel nanoparticles on steel pipelines. After graduation, he worked at Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Center in Dhahran, where he focused on material characterization with various analytical techniques. Qassim’s current research focus is electrified CO2 capture and release applications.

Xiangyu Ma


Xiangyu was born in Jinan, Shandong province. He graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2023 with a bachelor degree in Materials Processing & Control Engineering and a Master degree in Materials Science. During his school years, Xiangyu researched thermal catalysis under the guidance of Dr. Bin Shan. Currently, Xiangyu ‘s project is mainly about copper intermetallic for CO2/CO electrochemical reduction.

Aditya Menon


Aditya Menon graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2021 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. At UCSB, he worked in the McFarland Group on molten salt-mediated methane pyrolysis for clean hydrogen production. He then joined the R&D team at Boston Metal to develop the Molten Oxide Electrolysis process, a high temperature electrochemical process to decarbonize steel production. At Northwestern, he is co-advised by the Sargent and Seitz groups and is studying anodic hydrocarbon oxidation reactions to decarbonize the production of commodity chemicals.

John Weiss


John graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2021. He then completed a year of Post-Bachelors work at Los Alamos National Laboratory studying single-atom catalysts for electrochemical carbon dioxide valorization with Dr. Piotr Zelenay. Now in the Sargent Lab at Northwestern, John’s is looking to develop tandem catalyst layers for the direct reduction of carbon dioxide from capture solutions.

Peiying Wang


Peiying Wang is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Ian Cooper (FRS), her studies focused on the design and synthesis functional COFs for the CO2RR. She joined Sargent group as a visiting scholar focusing on COFs modified electrocatalysts for acidic CO2RR.

Taylor Wiggins


Taylor graduated from Wake Forest University in 2022 with a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. As an undergraduate working under Prof. Scott M. Geyer, they performed research on the photocatalytic efficiency and synthesis of Cs3Bi2Br9 perovskite nanocrystals for the purpose of the remediation of organic pollutants in aqueous environments. At Northwestern Taylor is jointly advised by Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Prof. Edward H. Sargent, where their research focuses on perovskite materials and their applications in photovoltaic devices.