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Ryan Hastie

Contracts coordinator


Michael Steigerwald

Michael Steigerwald

Research scientist

Michael Steigerwald, formerly a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, has demonstrated expertise in theoretical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, solid state chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and materials science.



Daniel Cavlovic

Postdoctoral research scientist

After receiving his Bachelor and Master in Chemistry from the University of Basel Daniel moved to the University of Zurich to conduct his PhD studies in Chemical and Molecular Science. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michal Juricek he studied chiral carbon based helical diradicaloids. In the Nuckolls groups he is continuing his work on chiral high-performance materials for applications in organic electronics. Next to his passion for hydrocarbons, Daniel uses his synthetic skills for crafting brews and loves to share his recreational pints.


​Qifeng Jiang

Postdoctoral research scientist

Qifeng Jiang received his B.S. in chemistry at Nanjing University,  where he conducted research with Prof. Qun-dong Shen on flexible electronic devices based on ferroelectric polymer. He then moved to Johns Hopkins University to complete his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Rebekka Klausen on synthesizing molecular and polymeric organosilane materials. In the Nuckolls group, he is interested in developing novel organic materials with unique optoelectronic properties.


Kyunam Lee

Postdoctoral research scientist

Kyunam joined the Nuckolls group as a postdoc in spring 2023. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Jang Wook Choi at Seoul National University on Li metal battery electrolytes. He received his B.S. in 2017 and Ph.D. in 2022 in materials science and engineering from Seoul National University under the supervision of Prof. Soo Young Park. In the Nuckolls group, Kyunam works on all-organic batteries.


​Nick Orchanian

Postdoctoral research scientist

Nick is currently a Columbia Nano Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow engaged in researching electric-field-driven catalysis. During his B.Sc. studies at USC, Nick explored molecular spectroscopy to probe fundamental processes relevant to photosynthesis under the mentorship of Prof. Jahan M. Dawlaty. In 2015, Nick joined the group of Prof. Smaranda C. Marinescu at USC to pursue his doctoral studies. His thesis work focused on the development of electrocatalytic molecules and materials for solar energy conversion and artificial photosynthesis, and he received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2020. Outside the lab, Nick is an avid reader and is passionate about science outreach, expanding literacy, and diversifying academia.


Jeff McNeill

Postdoctoral research scientist

Jeff grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He then completed his Ph.D. in the Mallouk group, where he did research in the field of active matter, with a particular focus on developing microsystems powered by acoustics and catalysis. Outside of the research lab, Jeff enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking, fishing, and hanging out with friends!


Scott Docherty

Postdoctoral research scientist

Scott Docherty obtained a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2018, completing projects in the groups of Prof. Christophe Copéret, Prof. Stephen Thomas and Prof. Polly Arnold. In 2023, Scott completed his doctorate in the lab of Prof. Christophe Copéret at ETH Zürich. In the Nuckolls group Scott aims to study the influence of dopants on novel carbon allotropes.

Graduate students


Ally (Si Tong) Bao

Graduate student

Ally received her B.A. from Wellesley College. In the Nuckolls group, she is developing chiral materials for organic electronics.

Jesse Gray

Jesse Gray

Graduate student

Jesse Gray received a B.S. in Biochemistry ACS and B.S. in music at Andrews University. Previously, he conducted research in the synthesis of large-scale polymeric nanoparticles (PAMAM dendrimers) at Andrews ChemServices under the instruction of Ryan T. Hayes, Ph. D. Currently, Jesse is working on making organic materials-based pseudocapacitors in the Nuckolls lab.


Jen (Sae Young) Han

Graduate student

Jen is a joint student between the Roy and Nuckolls group and joined in the fall of 2019. While at Georgetown University, she received her B.S. in Chemistry and conducted research with Prof. Karah Knope investigating tetravalent actinide-halide complexes isolated from acidic aqueous solution under conditions relevant to nuclear waste management, separations, and discerning covalency of the 5f-block. In the Nuckolls group, she hopes to study two-dimensional materials and optimize device performance.


Wendy (Shoushou) He

Graduate student

Wendy (Shoushou) received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Toronto, where she conducted research with Prof. Geoffrey Ozin on gas-phase CO2 hydrogenation using mixed metal oxides-based catalysts. As a joint student between Prof. Colin Nuckolls and Prof. Xavier Roy at Columbia University, Wendy is now engaged in research involving superatomic materials.


Liang Li

Graduate student

Liang Li received his B.S. from Nankai University. Liang’s interests are material physics and spintronics.


Claudia Prindle

Graduate student

Claudia is a joint student in the Nuckolls and Venkataraman labs. She received her B.S. in Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she conducted research with Prof. Peter Stair on the synthesis of organometallic complexes as ALD nanobowl templates. Currently, she is studying the effect of electric fields on organic catalysis.


Shantao Sun

Graduate student

Shantao Sun received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he conducted research about supramolecular anion sensors at Professor Jonathan Sessler’s group. In the Nuckolls group, he hopes to develop organic materials with unique electronic properties.


Kelsey Harrison

Graduate student

Kelsey Harrison received her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara where she conducted research with Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen on organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing. As a student in the Nuckolls group, she hopes to study organic materials for developing next generation devices.


Haoyu (Nasir) Jiang

Graduate student

Haoyu (Nasir) received his B.S. in chemistry at Nankai University, where he conducted research on transition-metal catalysis. In the Nuckolls group, he hopes to study the synthesis and characterization of organic materials with various applications.


Wenrui (Renata) Lei

Graduate student

Wenrui joined the Nuckolls group as a graduate student in Fall 2021. She hopes to use novel organic materials to fabricate high-energy batteries and other electrochemical devices.

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Shayan Louie

Graduate student

Shayan received a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Oregon, where he conducted research with Professor Ramesh Jasti on the synthesis of carbon nanotube-like structures known as cycloparaphenylenes. In the Nuckolls group, he hopes to study the interplay between fundamental design, organic synthesis, and device fabrication.


Saya Okuno

Graduate student

Saya Okuno received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2021. At UCSD she did research in Prof. Cliff Kubiak’s lab on CO2 reduction catalysis for three years. Saya joined the Nuckolls lab as a PhD student in 2021 and hopes to work on superatomic materials.


Jack Smith

Graduate student

Jack grew up in Newbury Park, California until he moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. While there, he studied anionic behavior at water-air interfaces using SFGspectroscopy under Prof. Richard Saykally and completed his B.S. in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2021. Continuing his studies at Columbia in NY, he is a joint student in the Roy and Nuckolls groups working on synthesis and characterization of doped organic superconductors. In his free time, Jack can be found on the volleyball court, playing piano, baking like a pro, or eating like a pro.


Sarah Candelaria

Graduate student

Sarah is from Tucson, Arizona, and lived there until she decided that she’d had enough of looking at cactus. She traded the desert for the lake and received her B.S. in Chemistry from UChicago, where she spent three years functionalizing cellulose nanocrystals to modify bio-based polymer matrices under Prof. Stuart Rowan. In the Nuckolls lab, Sarah hopes to synthesize and characterize novel organic materials with useful electronic properties. Outside of lab, you can probably find her running, rock climbing, hanging out with her cats Miso and Benny, or eating tofu.


Anna Champ

Graduate student

Anna grew up just outside New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M University (whoop!). While there, she studied anion exchange reactions of cesium lead halide perovskite nanorods under Professor Matthew Sheldon. After completing her B.S. in Chemistry, Anna finally left the South to begin her studies at Columbia, joining both the Roy and Nuckolls labs as a joint student. Outside of the lab, she enjoys crafting delicious meals, playing rugby, and hanging out in nature. 


Palak Jariwala

Graduate student

Palak grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA. At UCLA, he received his B.S. in Chemistry/Materials Science and worked on solid-state organic photochemistry with Prof. Miguel Garcia-Garibay. Moving back to the East Coast, Palak is now a joint student between the Roy and Nuckolls groups. Outside of the lab, Palak enjoys exploring new restaurants in NYC, playing video games, and watching NFL.


Luke Lackovic

Graduate student

Luke Lackovic received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina where he conducted research under Prof. John Lavigne on organoboron materials and their Lewis acidities. As a student in the Nuckolls group, he hopes to develop and characterize novel organic electronic materials.




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