Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Alex Ip

    Dr. Alex Ip

    Position: Research Operations Manager

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    Alex completed his undergraduate studies in Engineering Physics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also participated in an internship placement in the electro-optics group at Nortel in Ottawa. He completed his Ph.D. studies at the Sargent group in 2015 on the topic of broad-spectrum solution processed photovoltaics.

  • Dr. Ali Seifitokaldani

    Dr. Ali Seifitokaldani

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Ali received both B.Sc. (2006) and M.Sc. (2009) in Chemical Engineering at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. He did his PhD, between May 2010 and April 2014, at the Polytechnique Montreal, in investigating non-noble electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in PEM fuel cells. He performed DFT computations to understand the reaction mechanism, where the correlation between collegues experimental results and the computational works gave more profound insight into outcomes. Since May 2014 till October 2016, he has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow, in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Montreal and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences at the Duke University to extend his Computational Quantum Chemistry knowledge. Here, at the University of Toronto, in Prof. Sargent’s group, he will utilize his computational expertise as a catalyst to accelerate the experimental efforts to understand the CO2 reduction mechanism and to discover more efficient catalysts for CO2 to C2+ conversion.

  • Dr. Ankit Jain

    Dr. Ankit Jain

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Ankit recieved his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in September 2015. His PhD research was focused on computational atomistic simulations of phonon and electron thermal transport in semiconductors and metals. Prior to PhD, Ankit finished his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, India in May 2011.

  • Dr. Bin Sun

    Dr. Bin Sun

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Bin received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Waterloo, Ontario. His PhD research was focused on polymer semiconductor development and field effect transistor engineering in Prof. Yuning Li's group. He is currently working on solution processed colloid quantum dots solar cell devices.

  • Dr. Cao Thang Dinh

    Dr. Cao Thang Dinh

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Cao Thang Dinh received his Master and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Universite Laval in 2010 and 2014, respectively. His research focused on the design of nanostructured photocatalysts for hydrogen production and environmental application. He is currently working on the design of integrated solar-powered system for degradation of environmental pollutants.

  • Dr. Chih Shan Tan

    Dr. Chih Shan Tan

    Position: Pos-doctoral Fellow

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    Chih Shan received B.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering Department from National Cheng Kung University in 2008; MASc. in Material Science and Engineering Department from National Taiwan University in 2010 and Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering Department from National Tsing Hua University in 2015. He worked at the Chemistry department of National Tsing Hua University as Postdoctoral researcher from 2016-2017. His previous research focused on Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nano material synthesis, semiconductor surface state, Density functional theory (DFT) calculation. He is currently working on the design of efficient photo-voltaic cell.

  • Dr. Fanglin Che

    Dr. Fanglin Che

    Position: Rubicon Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow)

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    Fanglin earned her B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering at Dalian University of Technology, China. She then spent four and half years on her Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University in USA. 

    Fanglin's research interests are mainly focusing on heterogeneous catalysis in high electric fields with examples such as solid oxide fuel cell, solid oxide electrolysis cell, STM, FIM, FEM, Probe-bed-Probe reactor, continuous-circuit reactors, and capacitor reactors. In her research, she modeled such systems from atomistic simulations (mainly using ab initio quantum chemistry tools). Her works with examples such as environmental effects on the electronic interaction between adsorbates/catalytic surfaces, thermodynamic and kinetic properties of heterogeneous reactions, establishing microkinetic model of heterogeneous reactions, are closely related to experimentalists. In Prof. Sargent's group, Fanglin will mainly contribute her theoretical insights to provide ''bottom-up'' fundamental understanding on the CO2 electroreduction to C1, C2 and C3 products.

  • Dr. Fengjia Fan

    Dr. Fengjia Fan

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Fengjia received his PhD degree in University of Science and Technology of China in 2013. He worked in University of Science and Technology of China as a research assistant from 2012-2013. His research focused on synthesis, thermoelectric and photovoltaic applications of colloidal I2-II-IV-VI4 nanocrystals. He is currently working on quantum dot solar cells design and fabrication.

  • Dr. Guankui Long

    Dr. Guankui Long

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Guankui received his PhD degree from Nankai University under supervising of Prof. Yongsheng Chen in 2014, and he then worked as a research fellow in Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin) from 2014-2016. His research focuses on inorganic/organic solar cells and theoretical calculations. Prior to PhD, Guankui obtained his bachelor degree from Lanzhou University in 2009.

  • Dr. Haifeng Yuan

    Dr. Haifeng Yuan

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Haifeng received his Master degree from École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (France) in 2009 and his PhD degree from Leiden University (the Netherlands) in 2013 under supervision of Prof. Michel Orrit. After PhD, he joins the group of Prof. Johan Hofkens at KU Leuven (Belgium). He holds an individual fellowship from the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO, Belgium). He joined the Sargent group in February 2017 as a visiting postdoc fellow.

  • Dr. Hairen Tan

    Dr. Hairen Tan

    Position: Rubicon Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow)

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    Hairen Tan received the PhD degree with cum laude from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in September 2015. His research focused on the development of advanced materials and light-trapping substrates for single- and multi-junction thin-film silicon solar cells. He obtained the MSc degree from Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. His thesis project was interface engineering for polymer solar cells. Hairen Tan joined the Sargent group in October 2015 and is currently working on perovskite materials and photovoltaic devices.

  • Dr. Hongyan Liang

    Dr. Hongyan Liang

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Hongyan received her PhD degree from Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), supervised by Prof. Dongling Ma and Prof. Federico Rosei. She did research in plasmonic nanotechnology which including synthesis of nanoparticles, characterization and corresponding applications, such as surface enhanced spectroscopy, optical sensing and catalyzing. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow researching new nanostructures for light emission with a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FRQNT).

  • Dr. Jea Woong Jo

    Dr. Jea Woong Jo

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Jea Woong Jo received a PhD degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2015. He worked in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology as a postdoctoral researcher from March 2015 to August 2016. His research focused on synthesis of conjugated materials and development of organic/inorganic hybrid materials for optoelectronic applications.

  • Dr. Jie Li

    Dr. Jie Li

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Jie Li gained his PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from Central China Normal University in June 2016. His PhD research centered on engineering the dimensional structures of layered semiconductor nano-photocatalysts for water splitting and nitrogen fixation. Currently, in U of T, he is working on multi-carbon fuel synthesis via electro-catalytic CO2 reduction.

  • Dr. Jongmin Choi

    Dr. Jongmin Choi

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Jongmin obtained his Ph.D degree from POSTECH of KOREA under supervision of Prof. Taiho Park in Feb. 2016. He also worked in POSTECH as a postdoctoral researcher from Mar. 2016 to Aug. 2016 in same group. Joined the Sargent group in Sept. 2016. His research focuses on the multifunctional metal oxide nanostructures for application in advanced photovoltaics and photocatalysis.

  • Dr. Jun Xing

    Dr. Jun Xing

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Jun Xing received his PhD degree from East China University of Science and Technology of China (ECUST) in 2014 under the supervisor of Professor Huagui Yang and worked on photocatalysis. Then he worked as research fellow at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Professor Qihua Xiong’s group. His research focused on developing low-dimensional perovskite for optical and optoelectronic applications. In Sargent’s group he is focusing on perovskite based LED devices.

  • Dr. Junghwan Kim

    Dr. Junghwan Kim

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Dr. Junghwan Kim received his Ph.D degree in 2015 from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea. He has studied on the development of highly efficient and stable next generation photovoltaics such as organic solar cells and perovskite solar cells. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Heeger Center for Advanced Materials in GIST, and is now working in prof. Ted Sargent’s group in University of Toronto from September, 2016. His research interests encompass the printable energy harvesting and storage electronics using novel hybrid materials of conjugated organic molecules, perovskite, colloidal quantum dots, and so on. 

  • Dr. Lina Quan

    Dr. Lina Quan

    Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

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    Lina received her PhD degree in Chemistry and Nanoscience from Ewha Womans University in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Dong Ha Kim. She worked at the University of Toronto as a visiting graduate student from 2014-2016. Her current research focuses on the development of novel perovskites for optoelectronic applications.

  • Dr. Makhsud I. Saidaminov

    Dr. Makhsud I. Saidaminov

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Makhsud I. Saidaminov holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2013), where he focused in designing of porous materials such as exfoliated graphite for fire-retarding and sealing applications. During his post-doctoral fellowship in Prof. Osman Bakr group at KAUST (2014-2016), Makhsud has developed the crystallization of perovskites. Makhsud joined Prof. Ted Sargent group in early 2017 as a post-doctoral fellow. His current research focuses on chemistry and physics of novel inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for light detection, conversion and emission applications. Makhsud is a co-inventor in 6 international patents and co-authored over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Dr. Md Golam Kibria

    Dr. Md Golam Kibria

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Kibria received B.Sc. (Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Bangladesh in 2006; MASc. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from McMaster and McGill University, Canada in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Kibria was awarded with numerous awards, including Academic Gold Medal from KUET, Tomlinson Doctoral fellowship from McGill, McGill Engineering Doctoral Award (MEDA), Green Talents Award from German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), SPIE Education Scholarship, and Best student presentation award at 30th NAMBE conference. He was awarded with FRQNT PDF to work at McMaster University from 2015-2016. He also served as a Visiting Scholar at McGill University from 2015-2016. Very recently, Kibria was awarded with prestigious Banting Postdoctoral fellowship by the Govt. of Canada, which is currently hosted by Ted Sargent at University of Toronto. Kibria is interested in the broad area of artificial photosynthesis, including photo-catalysis and electro-catalysis for water splitting and CO2 reduction for sustainable energy and green environment. He is the co-inventor of 2 patents, and has over 50 scientific contributions, which includes peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, invited talks, international conference presentation, and proceedings.

  • Dr. Miao Zhong

    Dr. Miao Zhong

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Miao received his Ph.D. degree from The University of Tokyo in 2012. After that, he worked as a JSPS postdoc fellow and a NEDO project researcher in The University of Tokyo, Japan. He is currently working on CO2 reduction for chemical fuel production.

  • Dr. Min Liu

    Dr. Min Liu

    Position: Pos-doctoral Fellow

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    Min Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Theory and New Technology of Electrical Engineering from Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked at the University of Tokyo as Postdoctoral researcher from 2010-2014. His research focused on development of novel visible light photocatalysts for environmental remediation and water splitting application. He is currently working on the design of efficient photoelectrochemical system for solar fuel generation.

  • Dr. Oleksandr Bushuyev

    Dr. Oleksandr Bushuyev

    Position: Post-doctoral fellow 

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    Alex Bushuyev received his doctorate in Chemistry from McGill University in 2016 as a Vanier Fellow. His dissertation work focused on studies of azobenzene, a photo-active molecule, which is capable of transforming the energy of light into mechanical motion upon incorporation into polymers or single crystals. For his achievements he was awarded with the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award. Alex joined Sargent and Kelley Research Labs as an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow and will work on photo-catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide into solar fuels with the goal of storing excess energy generated by solar panels as well as crystal engineering of new perovskite light-emitting materials.

  • Dr. Peining Chen

    Dr. Peining Chen

    Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

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    Peining obtained his PhD degree in Fudan University of China in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Huisheng Peng, where his research mainly focused on synthesis of aligned carbon nanotubes and their actuation/sensing applications. His current research in Sargent Group focus on the design of high-performance catalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction reaction.

  • Dr. Pelayo García de Arquer

    Dr. Pelayo García de Arquer

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Pelayo received his Master of Science in Photonics at the Barcelona Tech University, after his MSc and BSc studies in Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. He completed his PhD at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona under the supervision of Prof. Gerasimos Konstantatos, where he explored the use of novel routes for optoelectronic devices with improved functionalities based on metallic nanostructures. As a Connaught fellow, his current research focuses on the use of bio-inspired ideas for renewable energy applications.

  • Dr. Rafal Sliz

    Dr. Rafal Sliz

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Rafal completed his undergraduate studies at Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, and in 2005 he had the great opportunity to be an exchange student at the University of Oulu, Finland. On returning to Poland he received his B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication in the same year. After graduation he started M.Sc. and consequently PhD studies along with working in the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory, University of Oulu, Finland. His research focuses on organic/inorganic printed electronics, especially photovoltaics. During his doctoral studies he was a visiting researcher at Arizona State University, USA and University College London, United Kingdom. Currently, Rafal is living in Toronto, Canada, continuing his academic career as a Post-doctoral fellow in the field of printed electronics.

  • Dr. Randy Sabatini

    Dr. Randy Sabatini

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Randy received his PhD degree from the University of Rochester in 2015 under the supervision of Professors David McCamant and Richard Eisenberg. During his time at the U of R, his research focused on alternative energy, specifically constructing and testing systems for the photochemical reduction of water into molecular hydrogen, while also characterizing them through steady-state and ultrafast spectroscopies. His current research explores the lasing properties of quantum dots.

  • Dr. Taotao Zhuang

    Dr. Taotao Zhuang

    Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

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    Taotao received his PhD degree in University of Science and Technology of China in 2015. He worked in University of Science and Technology of China as a research assistant from 2014 to 2015 and then as a Postdoctoral researcher from 2015. His research focused on design and synthesis of one-dimensional sulfide hetero-nanorods for solar energy conversion applications.

  • Dr. Xiyan Li

    Dr. Xiyan Li

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Xiyan received her PhD degree in Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. She worked at National University of Singapore as Postdoctoral researcher from 2013-2015. Her research focused on synthesis and investigation of the luminescent materials. She joined Sargent's group since 2015 and is currently working on the colloidal quantum dots photovoltaic devices.

  • Dr. Younghoon Kim

    Dr. Younghoon Kim

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Younghoon obtaned his Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. from Korea University. He also worked in Korea University as a postdoctoral researcher from September 2014 to March 2015. His research focused on the synthesis of functional nanocrystals in nonpolar solvent and the fabrication of nanocrystal-based thin films using layer-by-layer assembly. He is now working on the fabrication and optoelectronic applications of (quantum dot/ perovskite matrix) films onto any substrate.

  • Dr. Zhenyu (Kevin) Yang

    Dr. Zhenyu (Kevin) Yang

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Kevin received his B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from Nankai University, Tianjin, China in 2009. Then he obtained his Ph. D. degree from the University of Alberta in 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Veinot. His Ph.D. research focused on the synthesis and surface modification of group 14 nanomaterials (e.g., silicon and germanium). A major part of his work has aimed at gaining an understanding the role of silicon surface during hydrosilylation and the origin of silicon nanocrystal photoluminescence. Kevin joined the Sargent group in July 2014 and currently he is working on the development of quantum dot light emitting devices.