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Recent News

  • October 2021 – Charles gave a seminar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UC Irvine. Many thanks to Herdeline (Digs) Ardona and her colleagues for the invitation to visit (virtually)! It was a pleasure meeting all of the outstanding students and faculty members at UCI!
  • September 2021 – Our collaborative paper reporting the dynamics of vesicles in non-steady, transient flows has been accepted at Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Outstanding team work from collaborators Vivek Narsimhan and his group at Purdue!
  • September 2021 – Our paper reporting the effect of counterions and reversible switching of molecular conductance in single viologen molecules using electrochemical gating has been accepted at the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Congrats to Caroline Li for the outstanding work, collaborators Nick Jackson and Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez and the entire team!
  • September 2021 – Charles gave a seminar in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State. Many thanks to Hee Jeung Oh and her colleagues for the kind invitation to present on our work!
  • September 2021 – Our paper reporting the transition to resonant charge transport in single-molecule electronics has been accepted at Nano Letters. Congrats to Songsong Li and the entire collaborative team!
  • August 2021 – Charles Schroeder has been named the first James Economy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
  • August 2021 – We are happy to welcome Seonghwan Kim to the group as is a first-year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Welcome Seonghwan!
  • August 2021 – We are delighted to welcome Sagar Chaudhary to the group! Sagar is a first-year PhD student in Mechanical Science & Engineering. Welcome!
  • August 2021 – We are excited to welcome Dr. Inkyu Oh to the group as a new postdoc! Welcome, Inkyu!
  • August 2021 – We are pleased to welcome Dr. Saadia Chaudhry to the group as a new Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow! Saadia received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and she will be working together with Prof. Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez and our group at Illinois. Welcome, Saadia!
  • August 2021 – Congratulations to Dr. Michael Jacobs, who was awarded a Mistletoe Research Fellowship to fund independent research in his postdoc at Illinois. Congrats Michael!
  • August 2021 – Congratulations to Dr. Gabriel Burks, who was recognized as one of the top 1000 Inspiring Black scientists by Cell Press. Also, Dr. Burks recently testified before US Congress on the topic of start-up companies and technology innovation. Congrats Gabriel!
  • August 2021 – Congratulations to Seungjoo Yi, who was selected as one of the 2021 Poster Session winners for the Molecule Maker Lab Institute! Seungjoo was recognized for his work on materials discovery for new organic electrochromic molecules.
  • June 2021 – Our recent papers on single molecule studies of ring polymer dynamics in semi-dilute solutions have been published in Journal of Rheology. Congrats to Peter Zhou and collaborators Charlie Young and Charles Sing!
  • May 2021 – We welcome Kyle Gray to the group as an undergrad researcher. Kyle is working with Gabriel Burks on studying the properties of brochosomes and biological materials. Welcome Kyle!
  • April 2021 – Charles gave an invited talk at the Spring MRS Meeting on Caroline Li and Hao Yu’s research on “Understanding Charge Transport at Electrode Interfaces using Single Molecule Techniques”. Many thanks to Kevin Zavadil and the organizers for the invitation!
  • April 2021 – Caroline Li passed her Preliminary PhD Exam with flying colors. Congrats to Caroline on a great job!
  • April 2021 – Dinesh Kumar successfully defended his PhD. Dinesh gave an outstanding presentation on his research focusing on vesicle membrane dynamics. He will be starting as a research engineer at Dow in summer 2021. Congrats Dinesh!
  • March 2021 – We are delighted to welcome Mary Power as Coordinator of Research Programs for our group in the Beckman Institute. Welcome Mary!
  • February 2021 – Charles gave an invited seminar in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Akron. Thanks to Thein Kyu and Kevin Cavicchi for the kind invitation! I really enjoyed the research discussions and learning about the science at Akron!
  • January 2021 – Seongon Jang joins the group as a co-advised student with Professor Chris Evans. Welcome to the group, Seongon!
  • January 2021 – Charles gave a Keynote Talk on automated flow control for molecular rheology at the British Society of Rheology. Thank you to Karl Hawkins and the meeting organizers for the kind invitation!
  • December 2020 – Charles gave a Plenary Talk at the 18th International Congress on Rheology (which was scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro). Many thanks to the meeting organizers for the invitation!
  • December 2020 – Michael Tu and Piyush Singh gave talks on their recent work at the 18th International Congress on Rheology. Great talks and nice work!
  • December 2020 – Gabriel Burks gave an outstanding talk at the ChBE Future Faculty Seminar Series in December. Way to go, Gabriel!
  • November 2020 – Congrats to Shivani Patel and collaborators Charlie Young and Charles Sing on our recent paper accepted at Physical Review Fluids, where we report an unusual and unexpected relaxation behavior of comb polymers in non-dilute solutions. Interesting work!
  • November 2020 – Our collaborative work on live cell imaging of Cas9 and TALE proteins with the Zhao and Selvin groups has been accepted at Nature Communications. Congrats to Surbhi Jain and Saurabh Shukla on the nice work!
  • November 2020 – Michael Tu and Dinesh Kumar presented on their research at the virtual annual AIChE Meeting. Nice job to both for the outstanding talks!
  • November 2020 – Congrats to Kasra Tabatabaei for successfully passing his Prelim Exam with flying colors! Great work, Kasra!
  • October 2020 – Caroline Li won the 3rd place poster prize for the ChBE Graduate Student Symposium. She presented on her research entitled “Single Molecule Charge Transport in Redox-active Molecules”. Congratulations to Caroline!
  • October 2020 – Congrats to Michael Tu on his recent paper accepted in Macromolecules on single molecule studies of ring polymer dynamics in shear flow. Congrats Michael!
  • September 2020 – We welcome three new MatSE PhD students to the Schroeder Group: Hao Yang, Seungjoo Yi, and Hung Nguyen! Welcome to all!
  • August 2020 – Our Viewpoint article with Professor Danielle Mai appeared in ACS Macro Letters. We discuss the current state of the field and future directions for single molecule studies of synthetic polymers. Check it out!
  • July 2020 – Congrats to Shivani Patel on her successful Ph.D. defense! Shivani did some really impressive work on single molecule polymer dynamics of branched polymers in flow. She will be starting as a Research Engineer with Intel in Portland, OR. Congrats Shivani!
  • July 2020 – We welcome Dr. Gabriel Burks to the group as a new postdoctoral fellow! Gabriel will be studying highly structured biomaterials found in nature, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in soft materials and engineering education research. Welcome Gabe!!
  • July 2020 – Our paper reporting an unexpected double-mode relaxation of highly deformed lipid vesicles has appeared in Physical Review E. Congrats to Dinesh Kumar and undergrad Channing Richter!
  • June 2020 – Our paper reporting a simple, new electrode-anchor pair for low resistance contacts has appeared in Nano Letters. Congrats to Songsong Li, Hao Yu, and collaborator Jeff Moore on the impressive work!
  • June 2020 – We welcome Darien Raymond to the group as a PhD rotation student! Welcome Darien!
  • April 2020 -Our paper on phase behavior and assembly of sequence-controlled pi-peptides has been accepted at ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats to Eddie Jira on the nice work! And to collaborators Andy Ferguson and JD Tovar.
  • April 2020 – Congrats to Songsong Li on his successful Ph.D. defense! Outstanding work on single molecule charge transport. Congratulations!
  • March 2020 – Our paper on single molecule charge transport in pyridinium-based redox-active molecules was accepted at Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. Great work to Caroline Li, Songsong Li, and Hao Yu!
  • March 2020 – Congrats to Eddie Jira, who passed his Preliminary PhD Exam with flying colors! Outstanding job, Eddie!
  • March 2020 – Michael Tu and Shivani Patel created great presentations for their work on single molecule studies of ring polymers in shear flow (Michael) and comb polymers in extensional flow (Shivani) for the March APS Meeting. Unfortunately, the meeting was cancelled – but the group greatly enjoyed seeing their presentations!
  • February 2020 – Our work on understanding charge transport in sequence-defined oligomers appears in JACS. Congrats to Hao Yu and Songsong Li on a striking set of experiments and results!