People

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PI

Charles M. Schroeder        CV
Professor
Ray and Beverly Mentzer Faculty Scholar
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry (Affiliate)
Department of Materials Science & Engineering (Affiliate)
Department of Bioengineering (Affiliate)
Center for Biophysics & Computational Biology
Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (Affiliate)
Carl W. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology / Biosystems Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honors and Awards (selected)

Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2013)
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013)
NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2013)
Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award, Society of Rheology (2012)
U.S. Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering (2012)
Packard Fellowship, David & Lucile Packard Foundation (2011)
List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois, F’08, S’11 (2008)
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) (2006)
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005)
Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University (2003)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship (1999)


Postdocs

 

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Bo Li
Bo joins us from Georgia Tech, where he earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Bo’s research interest includes peptide assembly, new microfluidics and fabricating/demonstrating fluidic devices for assembly, and optical/chemical characterization of assembled materials. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing billiards, soccer, and developing new languages.


Graduate Students

 

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Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou
Yuecheng (Peter) joins us from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. MatSE and he has been studying the dynamics of single polymers in entangled solutions and the assembly and microrheology of electronically active oligopeptides.

 

 

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Songsong Li
Songsong joins us from the University of Science and Technology of China, where he received his B.S. in Polymer Chemistry. Songsong is interested in the electronic transport properties of polymers at the single molecule level. He has also studied the dynamics and assembly properties of thermoresponsive block copolymers using single molecule techniques. Outside of the lab, he is a backpacker and enjoys studying the Chinese history.

 

 

Shivani

Shivani Patel
Shivani joins from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where she received her B.Tech. and M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering in 2015. She worked on theoretical modeling of multi-component solutions for her master’s thesis. Her current interests lie in the field of polymer dynamics. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading and swimming.

 

 

Michael

Michael Tu
Michael joins us from the University of Minnesota, where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is interested in the dynamics of various polymer systems under shear flow. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing musical instruments and figure skating.

 

 

Dinesh

Dinesh Kumar
Dinesh joins us from the University of Toronto, where he received his Master of Applied Sciences (MASc) in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry in 2016. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2014. He is interested in using hydrodynamic trap to study vesicle interactions in an extensional flow.

 

Eddie Jira
Eddie joins us from Cleveland State University, where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is interested in the synthesis and self-assembly of electrically conductive oligomers and small molecules. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing tennis and reading.

 

 

 

 

Hao Yu
Hao received his B.S. in Chemistry from Jilin University in China. Hao is co-advised by Professor Jeff Moore in Chemistry. His main research interests are in sequence-defined polymers and organic semiconductor materials. Outside of the lab, he is a sports fan and enjoys weight training in the gym.

 

 

 

Wei Ge
Wei joins us from Zhejiang University, where she received her B.S. in Polymer Science & Engineering. Wei is currently in the 3+2 M.S. program between Zhejiang and Illinois. She is interested in the non-equilibrium dynamics of polymers under different flow fields. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading and watching movies.


Undergraduate Students

 

RichterChanning Richter
Channing is a junior in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. He currently works with Dinesh Kumar in using the Stokes trap to study vesicle interactions in flow. Outside of lab, he enjoys literature and music.

 

Aaron Merlin

Aaron is a rising sophomore in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. He is working with Shivani on studying the dynamics of single comb polymers. Outside of the lab, he enjoys watching movies and learning history.

 
 

Chris Rudolphi
Chris is a sophomore in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. He is working with Michael on the synthesis and dynamics of ring polymers. Outside of the lab, he enjoys watching baseball and playing chess.


Alumni

Graduate Students


Dr. Christopher Brockman (Ph.D. 2013)
Research Engineer
Intel Corporation

 
 
 


Prof. Arnab Mukherjee (Ph.D. 2014)
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California-Santa Barbara
Website

 


Dr. Folarin Latinwo (Ph.D. 2014)
Research Engineer
Synopsys

 
 


Dr. Eric Johnson-Chavarria (Ph.D. 2014)
AAAS Fellow, NIH/National Cancer Institute
Structural Biology Molecular Applications Branch (SBMAB)

 
 


Dr. Utsav Agrawal (Ph.D. 2015)
Research Engineer
Intel Corporation

 
 


Dr. Amanda Marciel (Ph.D. 2015)
Postdoctoral Fellow (Tirrell Group)
University of Chicago
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Rice University (starting Jan 2019)

 
 


Dr. Daniel Reilly (Ph.D. 2016)
Research Associate (Liarski Group)
University of Chicago

 
 


Dr. Luke Cuculis (Ph.D. 2016)
Consultant
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

 
 
 
 
 


Dr. Danielle Mai (Ph.D. 2016)
Postdoctoral Fellow (Olsen Group)
MIT

 
 
 


Dr. Kaiwen Hsiao (Ph.D. 2017)
Research Engineer
Intel Corporation

 
 
 
 
 


Dr. Anish Shenoy (Ph.D. 2017)
Research Engineer
Intel Corporation

 


Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers


Prof. Melikhan Tanyeri
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duquesne University

 
 


Dr. Younghoon Kim
Staff Scientist
Genzyme

 
 
 
 


Dr. Kejia Chen
Research Engineer
Google

 
 


Dr. Subhalakshmi (Subha) Kumar
Senior Research Engineer
Inprentus
 
 


Group Pictures

June 2018 – GAMES Camp activities (Girls Adventures on Mathematics, Engineering, and Science); Eddie Jira and Charles Schroeder (not pictured: Shivani Patel and Dinesh Kumar)
April 2018 – Illinois Marathon, Relay Team (Songsong Li, Dinesh Kumar, Charles Schroeder, Michael Tu)
September 2017
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April 2016

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