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 Chen

    Dr. Bin Chen

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    Bin received his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from Arizona State University in 2018, under the supervision of Prof. Sefaattin Tongay. His previous research was on anisotropy control of layered pseudo-1D materials by vapor phase deposition. He joined Sargent group as a postdoctoral fellow after Ph.D. and his current focus is on developing high-performance perovskite/transport layers for photovoltaic applications.

  • 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. Dingjiang Xue

    Dr. Dingjiang Xue

    Position: Visiting Prof.

    Tel: 416-978-8935

    Dingjiang Xue received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. He worked in Huazhong University of Science and Technology as a Postdoctoral from 2013 to 2016. Then he worked at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences as an associate professor. His research focused on inorganic thin film solar cells. He joined the Sargent group in Sep. 2018 with a research interest in photovoltaics.

  • Dr. Dongxin Ma

    Dr. Dongxin Ma

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Mingchuan Luo

    Dr. Mingchuan Luo

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Mingchuan Luo received his Ph.D. degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Hong Zhu. From Sep. 2014 to Sep. 2015, He studied as a visiting PhD student at University of Delaware, advised by Prof. Yushan Yan. After graduation, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Peking University in Prof. Shaojun Guo’s group. His previous research focused on fundamental electrochemistry and materials design associated with the electrocatalysis in fuel cell and water electrolyser. Mingchuan joined the Sargent group in Jul. 2018, with research focusing on the development of promising electrocatalysts for renewable energy and environmental innovations.

  • 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. Yanwei Lum

    Dr. Yanwei Lum

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Yanwei received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and 2018 respectively. His thesis research focused on electrochemical CO2 and CO reduction to hydrocarbons and oxygenates, working under the supervision of Prof. Joel W. Ager. Currently, he is interested in the development of new catalysts for driving the same reactions with high selectivity and current density.

  • Dr. Yi Hou

    Dr. Yi Hou

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Dr. Yi Hou received his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Christoph Brabec. His previous research was on the interfaces design and understanding of perovskite based photovoltaic. He was awarded “SAOT” fellowship (2013-2017) and “Chinese Government Award For Outstanding Students Abroad” (2017). After a successful sabbatical in Prof. Henry Snaith group at University of Oxford, Yi joined Sargent group as a postdoctoral fellow and his current focus is on the electronic properties of novel perovskite based semiconductors, the emerging interface materials, understanding of their related optoelectronic properties and operation mechanisms in high-performance optoelectronics.

  • Dr. Ying Wang

    Dr. Ying Wang

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Ying received her Ph.D. degree in Electrochemistry at Oxford University with Prof. Richard Compton. During her D. Phil, Ying developed a joint computational and experimental approach to characterize the electron transfer kinetics on nanoparticles which provided insight to the electron transfer process from macro-scale to the nano-scale.  Before she joins the group at 2018/10, she was working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Prof. Thomas Meyer where her research focuses on electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis in CO2 reduction and nitrogen fixation. She is now working at CO2 reduction and NRR.

  • 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. Yuguang (Chris) Li

    Dr. Yuguang (Chris) Li

    Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

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    Chris completed his B.S. degree at the University of California, Davis in 2010. He subsequently worked in industries for three years before joining Penn State for graduate school. He received his Ph.D. degree (2018) with Dr. Tom Mallouk and his dissertation focuses on the design of efficient CO2 electrocatalysts and electrolyzer. Chris joined the Sargent group in July 2018 and is currently working on electrochemical reduction to generate renewable energy fuels.

  • 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. 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.