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

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    Ali received both B.Sc. (2006) and M.Sc. (2009) in Chemical Engineering at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. He did his Ph.D., 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 colleagues 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. Bin Sun

    Dr. Bin Sun

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    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: Post-doctoral Fellow

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    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. Dae-Hyun Nam

    Dr. Dae-Hyun Nam

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Dae-Hyun received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea, under the supervision of Prof. Young-Chang Joo in Feb. 2017. He worked in the Research Institute of Advanced Materials (RIAM), Seoul National University as a postdoctoral researcher from Mar. 2017 to Aug. 2017. He joined the Sargent group in Sep. 2017 and his research focuses on the development of transition metal-based catalysts for CO2 reduction.

  • Dr. Dongxin Ma

    Dr. Dongxin Ma

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    Dongxin Ma received her Ph. D. and B.Sc. from the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, P. R. China in 2017 and 2012, respectively. She is currently a postdoc in Sargent Group. Her Ph. D. research interests mainly focus on ionic transition-metal complexes and their applications in light-emitting devices, and she has demonstrated a feasible and versatile material design strategy of sublimable cationic iridium(III) complexes for vacuum-evaporated-deposited phosphorescent optoelectric devices.

  • Dr. Fanglin Che

    Dr. Fanglin Che

    Position: Post-doctoral 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. Fengwang Li

    Dr. Fengwang Li

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Fengwang received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Monash University, Australia in 2017. His research was focused on two-dimensional materials for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction. He is now working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Sargent group with a research interest in CO2 reduction.

  • Dr. Furui Tan

    Dr. Furui Tan

    Position: Visiting Professor (Post-doctoral Fellow)

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    Furui Tan received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences in July 2011. He joint as an assistant professor in the Key Lab of Photovoltaic Materials of Henan Province in Henan University in July 2012. His research mainly focused on the development of semiconducting nanomaterials and nanostructures for thin film solar cells. Furui joined the Sargent group in June 2017 and is currently working on perovskite and quantum dot materials and photovoltaic devices.

  • 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. Huihui Li

    Dr. Huihui Li

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Huihui received her PhD degree in University of Science and Technology of China in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Shu-Hong Yu, where her research mainly focused on design and synthesis of ultrathin low-Pt based electrocatalysts for ORR and MOR applications. She worked in University of Science and Technology of China as a Postdoctoral researcher from 2014 to 2016 and then as a Research Associate from 2016. She joined the Sargent Group in Oct. 2017 and she is working on the development of novel one-dimensional catalysts for N2 reduction reaction.

  • 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 the supervision of Prof. Taiho Park in Feb. 2016. He also worked in POSTECH as a postdoctoral researcher from Mar. 2016 to Aug. 2016 in the 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 Li

    Dr. Jun Li

    Position: Banting Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Jun Li received his BEng in Chemical Engineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China) in 2012, and his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario under the direction of Prof. Tsun-Kong Sham in 2016. Jun Li worked in renewable energy conversion, specializing in catalyst synthesis, synchrotron spectroscopy, and microscopic studies of the correlated physical and chemical properties during phase transformation, noble metal sensitization, chemical doping and ionic intercalation. Jun Li joined the Sargent group in 2017 as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, and his current research aims to synthesize, characterize and functionalize efficient electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction to hydrocarbon products with superior activity and selectivity.

  • 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. Laxmi (Kishore) Chiluka

    Dr. Laxmi (Kishore) Chiluka

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Kishore received his Bachelor of Science (2008) and Master of Science (2010) in Chemistry from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi, India. He was a Research Fellow at Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India and a Visiting Researcher at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland from 2010 to 2013. Subsequently, he received his PhD degree (2013-2017) in Chemistry from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium for the doctoral thesis “Colloidal Quantum Dots for Opto-electronic Applications in the Infrared: Synthesis and Surface Chemistry” under the supervision of Prof. Zeger Hens. He is currently part of Sargent’s group (since October 2017), where he will develop novel IR active Colloidal Quantum Dots.

  • Dr. Makhsud I. Saidaminov

    Dr. Makhsud I. Saidaminov

    Position: Banting Fellow

    Tel: 437-982-5300

    As a Banting Fellow, awarded by the Government of Canada, Makhsud is currently hosted by Ted Sargent at the University of Toronto. He is passionate about chemistry and physics of novel inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for light detection, conversion, and emission applications. Makhsud received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Moscow State University (2013) and worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Osman Bakr at KAUST (2014-2016). Makhsud is a co-inventor in 6 international patents and co-authored over 35 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 at The University of Tokyo, Japan. He is currently working on CO2 reduction for chemical fuel production.

  • Dr. Mikhail Askerka

    Dr. Mikhail Askerka

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Mikhail Askerka received an M.S. (2011) in Chemistry from Moscow State University where he was working with Daria Pichugina and Nikolay Kuzmenko. After brief postgraduate research experience, he moved on to the Chemistry Department of Yale University where he completed his Ph.D. (2017) in Physical Chemistry with Victor Batista and John Tully. His Ph.D. research was on computational studies of Photosystem II and development of new methodologies to describe electronic friction of molecules on metal surfaces. He is currently a part of the computational subdivision in Ted Sargent group where he is applying computational chemistry and data science techniques for rational design of materials for photovoltaics and catalysis.

  • Dr. Min-Jae Choi

    Dr. Min-Jae Choi

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Min-Jae received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, in Feb. 2017 under the co-supervision of Prof. Yeon Sik Jung and Dr. Jin Young Kim. He worked in the Applied Science Research Institute, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as a postdoctoral researcher from Mar. 2017 to Sep. 2017. He studied the device structure engineering for colloidal quantum dot solar cells, and his current research focuses on the synthesis of colloidal quantum dots and their application to optoelectronic devices.

  • 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. 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. Se-Woong Baek

    Dr. Se-Woong Baek

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Se-Woong received his Ph.D. degree in EEWS (Energy, Environment, Water and Sustainability) graduate school of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2017. He studied organic- and colloidal quantum dots-based optoelectronics devices, especially in the photovoltaics and various photovoltaics applications. His current research is focusing on the developing a new class of novel photovoltaics structure, comprising both organic and colloidal quantum dots solids as an NRF project.

  • 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 Ph.D. 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 investigation of the luminescent materials. She joined Sargent's group since 2015 and is currently working on the colloidal quantum dots photovoltaic devices.

  • Dr. Xue Wang

    Dr. Xue Wang

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Xue Wang received her PhD degree from Xiamen University in Dec. 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Zhaoxiong Xie at Xiamen University and Prof. Younan Xia at Georgia Tech (as a visiting graduate student, Sep. 2013-Sep. 2015). Then she worked in Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Feb. 2016-Oct. 2017). Her previous research focused on design and synthesis of nanocrystals for their applications in ORR, heterogeneous catalysis, gas sensing, and photocatalysis. Xue joined Sargent group in Nov. 2017 and she is currently working on the design of catalysts for electrochemistry application.

  • Dr. Yuan Gao

    Dr. Yuan Gao

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Gao Yuan completed his undergraduate study in Physics at Shandong University, China.  He did his Ph.D. between Aug. 2011 to Apr. 2016 at School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore under the supervision of Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir. From May 2016 to Sept. 2017, he worked at School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering as a research fellow. His main research interests are colloidal quantum dot synthesis, lasing and the laser spectroscopic study.

  • Dr. Yuhang Wang

    Dr. Yuhang Wang

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Yuhang received his PhD degree in Chemistry from Fudan University (China) in 2017. His PhD research was focused on nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion, especially for Lithium ion batteries, electrochemical water splitting and CO2 reduction. Currently, He is a postdoctoral fellow in Sargent group and working on CO2 electroreduction.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Ziyun Wang

    Dr. Ziyun Wang

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Ziyun Wang received his Ph.D. degree from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Peijun Hu. His dissertation work focused on rational design of catalysts using first-principles calculation and micro-kinetic modeling. Then he worked in University of Manchester with Prof. Chris Hardacre on catalyst design of alkyne hydrogenation from 2015-2017. From 2017-2018, he was a postdoc researcher in Stanford University with Prof. Jens Nørskov and Dr. Thomas Bligaard on machine learning surrogate model for accelerating material design. He joined Sargent group in May 2018, and he is currently working on the design of catalysts for electrochemistry application with machine learning and first-principles calculations.