Former Group Members

Ph.D. and M.S. Students

  • Fall 2018 (Ph.D.) Chen, Yuan Molecule Design And Surface Functionalization Study Of Metal-Oxide Semiconductors
  • Fall 2018 (Ph.D) Ma, Xiuyuan Semiconductor surface functionalization for biosensor application
  • Summer 2018 (Ph.D.) Fan, Hao  Synthesis And Study Of Perylene-Bridge-Anchor Derivatives For Metal Oxides Semiconductor Sensitization (Postdoc in Switzerland)
  • Fall 2013 (Ph.D.) Cao, Yan Biofunctionalization of Semiconductor Materials for Sensing Device Applications (Now Scientist at Kashiv Pharma, NJ)
  • Spring 2013 (Ph.D.) Kopecky, Andrew N3-type ruthenium rigid rod dyes and N3-type ruthenium bifunctional dyes for studying solar cell properties (Now Postdoc at Houston University, TX)
  • Fall 2011 (Ph.D.) Marina Freitag Cucurbit[7]Uril Host-Viologen Guest Complexes: Electrochromic And Photochemical Properties (Now Assistant Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Fall 2010 (Ph.D.) Yongyi Zhang Chromophore Shielding on Metal Oxide Surfaces (now Postdoc at  NJIT)
  • Fall 2008  (Ph.D.) Olena Taratula Functionalization of Semiconductor Nanomaterials for Device Fabrication now Research Assistant Professor  at University of Oregon)
  • Fall 2008  (Ph.D.) Sujatha Thyagarajan Studies of Tripodal Pyrene Chromophores on Metal Oxide Surfaces (now postdoc at University of Pennsylvania)
  • Spring 2008 (M.S.) Z. Wu Binding Study of Rigid-Rod Azulene  Molecules on Semiconductor Nanoparticle Surface
  • February 2005 (Ph.D) Qian Wei (now Senior Research Chemist at International Specialty Products) Properties and Applications of Adamantane-based Organic Molecules
  • August 2004 (Ph.D) Dong Wang (now staff at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado) Rigid-rod Sensitizers for Functionalization of TiO2 nanoparticles
  • October 2003 (Ph.D) Wei Zhang (now staff at University of Pennsylvania)                                         [2+2] Photocycloadditions of Tethered Dicylopentadienes
  • September 2003 (M.S) Aiping Liu Synthesis of Si based Tripodal TiO2 Sensitizers with a Large Footprint
  • May  2001 (Ph.D)  Wenzhuo Guo  (now at Kovio, CA)   Recipient of the 2001 Dean Dissertation Award Properties and Applications of Tetrahedral Organic Molecules; New Tripodal TiO2 Sensitizers
  • January 1999 (M.S.) Yi-Heng Chen (now at Merck, NJ) Hydrogen-bonding in Supramolecular Networks

Postdoctoral Trainees

  • 2013-2015 Dr. Runkun Sun at North Carolina State University
  • 2012-2014 Dr. Hao Tang at CA
  • 2008-2010 Dr. Alfred Lee staff at MD Anderson Center, UCLA
  • 2005-2007 Dr. Jonathan Rochford  Faculty  at U Massachussets, Boston
  • 2004-2006 Dr. Massimiliano Lamberto Faculty  at Monmouth College
  • 2003-2004 Dr. Miroslav Zabadal now at Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • 2002-2003 Dr. Giovanni Zordan R&D group leader Reckit-Benkiser, Italy
  • 2001-2002 Dr. Rajesh Thotapally staff  U of Connecticut Medical School
  • 2000          Dr. Gianluca Pardi ricercatore, University of Pisa
  • 1999-2000 Dr. Chebolu Ravikrishna now at Sabinsa Corp., NJ

Visiting Students

  • Summer 2011 Elena Guillen-Ruiz Spain, Graduate Student from the  University of Malaga, Spain
  • Summer 2011 Audri  Sooijn Yoon Undergraduate  Student from Carnegie Mellon
  • Summer 1999 Gunilla I. Rydja, Undergraduate Student from the Royal Institute of Technology,  Stockholm, Sweden (Swedish CHUST Program)

Undergraduate Students 

  • Summer 2016 Ms. Kifah Abedrabbo
  • 2015-2016 Mr. Peter Catsoulis
  • 2015-2016 Ms. Penafrancia Malcampo
  • 2014-2016 Mr. Shiv Misra
  • 2014-2015 Mr. Morris Dweck
  • Summer 2014 Mr. Hudifah Rabie (NSF grant)
  • Summer 2014 Mr. Alberto Batarseh (NSF grant)
  • Summer 2011-2012 Mr. Ardi Agushi (Sanofi Award)
  • Summer 2009 Mr. Junaid Chaudhry (Sanofi Award)
  • Spring 2007 Mr. Olumide Famoyin;  Mr. Mrugesh Patel; Mr. Apiwat Romayanantakit
  • Fall 2006 Mr. Olumide Famoyin; Mr. Apiwat Romayanantakit
  • Summer 2006 Mr. Nishit Shah; Ms. Dorothy Chu (Rutgers undergraduate research fellow)
  • Spring & Fall 2005 Ms. Dorothy Chu (NSF grant)
  • Summer 2004 Ms. Stephanie Witko; Ms. Dorothy Chu (Rutgers Undergraduate Research Fellow)
  • Spring 2002Mr. Sherrad Okeyo (Rutgers Undergraduate Research Fellow)
  • Fall 2001 Mr. Sherrad Okeyo
  • Spring 2000 Mr. Ravi Katawaru
  • Summer & Fall 1997 Mr. Paresh Patel
  • Fall 1997 Ms. Jenny Dong
  • Spring & Summer 1997 Ms. Jagruti Patel (Howard Hughes Research Fellow)
  • Spring 1997 Ms. Akanhska Patel

High School Students

4 Students were participants of the ACS Project SEED Program (this program enables talented high school minority students to conduct research in academic laboratories).

  •  Summer 2011  Mr.  Harsh Patel, Bergen County High School, NJ
  • Summer 2009   Ms. Yonisha Dobson, From East Orange High, East Orange, School NJ
  • Summer 2004   Mr. Nishit Shah, From Dickinson High School, Jersey City, NJ
  • Summer 1998   Ms. Vinti Shah, from High Tech High School, North Bergen, NJ