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Charles M. Schroeder       CV
Associate Head and Ray and Beverly Mentzer Professor
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Co-Leader, Molecular Science and Engineering Research Theme
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Center for Biophysics & Quantitative Biology
Department of Chemistry (Affiliate)
Department of Materials Science & Engineering (0%)
Department of Bioengineering (0%)
Illinois Materials Research Laboratory, MRL (0%)
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Biosystems Design Theme (Affiliate)


Senior coordinator of research programs

Ashley Trimmell
Ashley received her B.S. in Tourism Management (Special Events) from the University of Illinois in 2004. After several years working in marketing, public relations and continuing education for the healthcare industry, she returned to UIUC in 2008. Ashley joined Beckman Institute as Coordinator of Research Programs in 2010.
 


Postdocs

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Bo Li
Bo is studying single molecule conductance of pi-conjugated oligomers and peptides, self-assembly, and optical/chemical characterization of self-assembled materials. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing billiards, soccer, and developing new languages.

 

Piyush Singh
Piyush’s research is focused on soft materials, including fundamental processes in self-stratifying coatings (i.e. smart coatings). He is also interested in developing new experimental techniques and theoretical frameworks for nonlinear shear rheology, aimed at developing structure-property-processing relationships for a wide variety of materials.

 

 

 

Michael Jacobs
Michael is a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Schroeder Group. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. His research project is focused on controlled hierarchical assembly of proteins using molecular design and supercharging.


Graduate Students

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Songsong Li
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 Patel
Shivani’s interests lie in the field of polymer physics and non-equilibrium dynamics. She has been using single molecule techniques to study the dynamics of single comb polymers in semi-dilute solutions in flow. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading and swimming.

 

 

 

 

Michael

Michael Tu
Michael’s research is focused on the dynamics of ring polymers in flow. He is studying the dynamics of single DNA ring polymers in shear flow, and he is synthesizing and studying pure synthetic ring polymers using a combination of new methods in polymer chemistry and polymer physics. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing musical instruments and figure skating.

 

 

Dinesh

Dinesh Kumar
Dinesh’s research is focused on observing the non-equilibrium dynamics of lipid vesicles and polymersomes in flow using the Stokes trap. He is also developing new methods to trap and manipulate multiple anisotropic Brownian particles using fluid flow.

 

 

Eddie Jira
Eddie is interested in the synthesis and self-assembly of electrically conductive oligomers and small molecules. He is building a Molecule Maker to facilitate the automated synthesis of libraries of sequence-defined pi-conjugated oligomers. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing tennis and reading.

 

 

 

 

Hao Yu
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.

 

 

 

 

Jialing (Caroline) Li
Jialing (Caroline) Li is interested in studying charge transport in redox-active polymers. As an undergrad at Rice, she took part in the research of magnetically actuated colloid chains and the research of resolving flow assurance problems in oil industry. Outside of lab, she enjoys traveling, music and art.

 

 

 

 


Jonathan Deutsch
Jonathan is developing cutting-edge methods to trap and study single molecules and proteins in solution using the Stokes trap.

 

 

 


Kasra Tabatabaei
Kasra is interested in macromolecular (especially DNA) based data storage and computing systems. Outside the lab, he enjoys reading, music, working out, and playing chess


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.

 

 

 

 

Noah Hopkins
Noah 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 the lab, he enjoys music, sports, and spending time with people.

 

 

 


Group Pictures

May 2019 – Schroeder Group Photo in front of Beckman Institute
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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