Charles M. Schroeder Brief Bio
Ray and Beverly Mentzer Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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
email: cms .at. illinois.edu
Mary received her BS in Family and Consumer Sciences from Illinois State University in 2002. Following several years in the non-profit sector, she came to the University of Illinois in 2013. Mary joined the Beckman Institute in March 2021 as Coordinator of Research Programs. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, crafting, baking, playing the piano, and spending time on the family farm.
email: mpower .at. illinois.edu
Dr. Gabriel Burks
Gabriel is interested in the nanoscale control, characterization, and in situ imaging of semicrystalline soft matter. In the Schroeder Group, he is focused on furthering our understanding of structure-property relationship of nanoparticles found in nature. In addition to studying polymers and soft materials, Gabriel has much experience as an engineering education researcher and as an upper level leader in an Illinois start-up company focused on mitigating issues related to spring frost in wine vineyards.
email: gabrielb .at. illinois.edu
Dr. 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.
email: mijacobs .at. illinois.edu
Songsong’s work focuses on molecular electronics, including charge transport in single polymers and conjugated molecules. His work has also included dynamics and assembly of thermoresponsive block copolymers using single molecule techniques. Outside of the lab, he is a backpacker and enjoys studying the Chinese history.
email: sli116 .at. illinois.edu
Dr. 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.
email: pksingh2 .at. illinois.edu
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 new methods in polymer chemistry and polymer physics. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing musical instruments and figure skating.
email: mtu4 .at. illinois.edu
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.
email: dineshk2. at. illinois.edu
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.
email: ejira2 .at. illinois.edu
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.
email: haoy3 .at. illinois.edu
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.
email: jli151 .at. illinois.edu
Jonathan is studying the dynamics of GPCR proteins using single molecule techniques. His work includes the development of new methods to trap and study single molecules using the Stokes trap.
email: jcd5 .at. illinois.edu
email: skt4 .at. illinois.edu
Hao (Alvin) Yang
Hao (Alvin) Yang is studying charge transport at the single molecule level. In particular, his work focuses on understanding the mechanisms behing long-range charge transport in heme-containing peptide polymers using the STM break junction method. Outside of the lab, Alvin is a coffee enthusiast who dedicated to extract the most flavorful and aromatic compound out of coffee bean.
email: haoy7 .at. illinois.edu>
Hung Nguyen is studying the dynamics of entangled linear polymers in flow, including the transient dynamics of linear and ring polymers under highly non-equilibrium conditions. Outside of the lab, Hung enjoys traveling, drawing, painting, and swimming.
email: hvn2 .at. illinois.edu
Seungjoo Yi is interested in automated chemical synthesis of organic small molecules and functional polymers. He is designing and building new libraries of organic molecules using a custom Molecule Maker instrument that enables automated synthesis of diverse compounds. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing and watching tennis.
email: yi22 .at. illinois.edu
Seongon Jang is co-advised with Professor Christopher Evans in Materials Science and Engineering. He is interested in the design, synthesis, and characterization of mixed ion/electron conductors. His work includes the material synthesis of oligomers and polymers using automated iterative methods, in addition to materials characterization. Outside of the lab, he enjoys traveling and watching documentaries.
email: seongon2 .at. illinois.edu
Aaron is in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. He is studying the dynamics of comb polymers using single molecule techniques. Outside of the lab, he enjoys watching movies and learning history.
Chris is 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.