The Argonne scientists profiled below are approved to work with University of Chicago
graduate students through the Graduate Research Cooperative.
Khalil Amine, Ph.D.
Head of the Technology Development group in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department within Argonne National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division
Ilke Arslan, Ph.D.
Research interests: Atomic, electronic, 3D, and time-dependent structure of a range of nanomaterials for energy, including materials for quantum computing and materials for catalysis..
Edward F. Barry, Ph.D.
Applications Scientist / Physicist, Applied Materials Division (AMD), Argonne National Laboratory • Research Integration Officer for the Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems EFRC • Director of Communications, DOE Energy I-Corps Alumni Association
Anand Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
Physicist at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Novel electronic and magnetic properties that emerge in
epitaxial thin films and heterostructures of various crystalline materials.
Yue Cao, Ph.D.
Assistant Physicist at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: unconventional superconductors, strongly correlated transition metal oxides, topological materials, and materials with reduced dimensionality.
Wei Chen, Ph.D.
Chemist at Materials Science Division (MSD), Center for Molecular Engineering (CME), and Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems (AMEWS) Center, Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Precise Polymer Synthesis, Soft Matter Interfaces, X-ray
and Neutron Scattering.
Justin G. Connell, Ph.D.
Manager of the Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory and Materials Scientist in the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) Energy Innovation Hub at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Interfacial Electrochemistry and Ultrahigh Vacuum
Materials Synthesis and Characterization.
Massimiliano Delferro, Ph.D.
Chemist, Group Leader
Research interests: Synthesis and characterization of multimetallic single-site hydrogenation/dehydrogenation catalysts to atomic layer deposition, polymer recycling and upcycling, additives for tribological applications, and supported organometallic catalysis for C-H and C-C transformation.
Jeffrey Elam, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Argonne National Laboratory’s Functional Coatings Group in the Applied Materials division
Research interests: Coating technologies for a diverse range of applications,
including energy storage, photodetectors, and water purification.
Marco Govoni, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory and Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
Research interests: Predictive modeling techniques based on first principles
numerical simulations to help design advanced materials for renewable energy,
water, and quantum information technologies
Joseph Heremans, Ph.D.
Staff scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Engineering spin systems in diamond, silicon carbide, and
other wide bandgap semiconductors for quantum information, nanoscale
sensing, and quantum communication applications
Stephan O. Hruszkewycz, Ph.D.
Group Leader of the Synchrotron Studies of Materials Group• Physicist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Microscopy of quantum materials with coherent x-rays, numerical methods for inverse diffraction problems.
Di-Jia Liu, Ph.D.
Senior Chemist and Principal Investigator in the Catalysis and Energy Conversion group at Argonne National Laboratory • Senior Fellow at Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
Research interests: Nanomaterials for fuel cells, electrocatalysis for water
splitting, CO2-to-chemical/fuel conversion, hydrogen/methane storage, lithium-
air battery, energy-water research.
Dafei Jin, Ph.D.
Research interests: Superconductivity, superfluidity, Bose-Einstein condensation; single-electron and single-photon quantum devices; quantum and topological photonics, plasmonics, and excitonics; few-phonon quantum nanomechanics and optomechanics
Xuedan Ma, Ph.D.
Scientist, Nanoscience, Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Quantum optics of semiconductor nanomaterials,
excitonic and electronic properties of optically active materials, plasmonic
and dielectric metamaterials; nanophotonics and nano-optics, high-resolution
single molecule/particle optical spectroscopy and imaging.
Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Theory and Modeling Group, at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Machine learning to bridge the electronic, atomistic and
mesoscopic scales, integrating atomistic (and continuum) simulations with
ultrafast X-ray imaging, inverse design for materials discovery and machine
learning to predict metastable phase diagrams.
Martin Suchara, Ph.D.
Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science division at Argonne National Laboratory and at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago
Research interests: Quantum computing and networking.
Jie Xu, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist in Nanoscience and Technology (NST) Division at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Understanding and controlling polymer packing under
non-equilibrium state with desired and new properties
Xufeng Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
Research interests: Experimental study of hybrid quantum systems involving
magnon spintronics, integrated photonics, and nanomechanics, aiming at developing
high-fidelity quantum transducers for distributed quantum networks.