People

All emails are ‘@stanford.edu’ unless otherwise noted

Principal Investigator

Prof. Alberto Salleo | asalleo@

Professor Salleo recieved his Laurea degree in Chemistry from the University of Rome (Italy) in 1994. He received his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) in Materials Science from UC Berkeley investigating optical breakdown in fused silica. He spent 5 years at the Palo Alto Research Center as a postdoc and then a member of the research staff in the Electronic Materials Laboratory before joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2005.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Alexander Giovannitti | ag19@

Alex received his PhD from Imperial College London (United Kingdom) where he was working on the development of novel redox-active polymers for bioelectronic devices in the group of Prof. Iain McCulloch. Before joining the Salleo group, he was an EPSRC fellow in the group of Prof. Jenny Nelson, studying the electrochemical charging of polymer-electrodes in water-based electrolytes.  Alex joined Stanford as a TomKat Postdoctoral Fellow where he explores electrochemical devices with a focus on exploring recycling processes for polymer batteries. Alex likes to go hiking, enjoys cycling and swimming and is looking forward to learn surfing in California. He also likes to cook and spend time with his friends.

Dr. Quentin Thiburce | thiburce@

Quentin received a PhD in physics from Imperial College London (UK) for his work on solid-state ion-gated polymer thin-film transistors in Prof. Alasdair Campbell’s group. He joined the Salleo lab in December 2018 and currently focuses his research on organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing and mixed charge transport in conjugated polymers. Outside the lab, he enjoys watching movies, hiking and exploring California.

Dr. Aristide Gumyusenge | ag47@

Aristide Gumyusenge received his Ph.D in Chemistry from Purdue University in 2019 after his research on polymer-based high temperature organic electronics in the research group of Prof. Jianguo Mei. He joined Stanford in January 2020 as the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM) Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research will focus on organic-based artificial synapses for neuromorphic computing. Aristide likes to play (and watch) soccer and basketball.

Dr. Giorgio Bonacchini | geb89@

Giorgio completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Mario Caironi and Prof. Guglielmo Lanzani, at the Center for Nano Science and Technology of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy). His research activities focused on exotic materials for organic bioelectronics, the realization of edible electronic devices and cell-sensing platforms based on semiconducting carbon nanotubes. After his PhD, he joined the group of Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University), working on tunable microwave metadevices and scalable deposition of silk-based functional inks. From July 2020, he is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Global fellow, working in the Salleo Group in collaboration with the lab of Dr. Mario Caironi (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy).

Dr. Yael Tsarfati | yaeltsa@

Yael received her PhD in Chemistry from The Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), where she was studying crystallization mechanisms of small organic molecules in aqueous solutions in the group of Prof. Boris Rybtchinski. Prior to that, she was working on perylene diimide/Carbon Nanotubes hybrid materials, as part of her MSc. She joined the Salleo lab in September 2020 as a postdoc, working in collaboration with the lab of Andrew Minor (University of California, Berkeley). Yael’s current research focuses on the structural study of different types of thin films of organic semiconductors using advanced Electron Microscopy techniques. Yael enjoys running outdoors, travelling and spending time with her family and friends. Yael’s twitter account: @YaelTsarfati

Graduate Students

Luke Balhorn | lbalhorn@

Luke graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and is currently a Ph.D. student in the same field at Stanford. His research focuses on charge transport in organic semiconductors. Outside the lab, Luke enjoys strategy games, guitar and hiking.

Dante Zakhidov | zakhidov@

Dante graduated from Rice University in 2015 with a B.S. in Chemistry and is a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. His current research focuses on characterizing phase switching in low-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides. Outside of the lab, Dante likes to play water polo, jog the Dish, go to concerts, and practice piano.

Tyler Quill | tquill@

Tyler graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. His current research focuses on studying organic mixed conductors for use as artificial synapses for neuromorphic computing. Outside of the lab, Tyler enjoys camping, hiking, and fly fishing.

Melissa Tan Siew Ting | stmtan@

Melissa graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2018 with a B. Eng. (Hons) in Materials Engineering with a specialization in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Her current research focuses on sensors for biomedical applications. Outside the lab, Melissa enjoys reading, watching movies, playing badminton and hiking.

Garrett LeCroy | garrett.lecroy@

Garrett graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and he is a first year Ph.D. student in the same area at Stanford. Garrett’s research focuses on understanding the fundamental aspects of ion motion in organic electrochemical transistors. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling and trying to play his guitar.

Ali Mahdi | alimahdi@

Ali graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2019 and is currently a PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering department. His research involves studying biological-electronic interfaces and neuromorphic devices. He is also co-advised by Professor Guosong Hong. Outside of lab, he enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and reading.

Christina Cheng | chxcheng@

Christina graduated from the University of Chicago in 2019 with a dual B.S. in Statistics and Molecular Engineering, concentrating in quantum engineering.  She is currently a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering, co-advised by Mike Toney, and studies non-fullerene, organic photovoltaics.  If you’re trying to find her outside of lab, she’s probably sitting on Kite Hill with a cup of Boba Guys.

Jeremy Treiber | jtreiber@

Jeremy graduated from UC San Diego in 2020 with a B.S. in NanoEngineering and Chemistry and is currently a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering. His current research focuses on biosensors utilizing organic mixed conductors. Outside of the lab, Jeremy enjoys playing with his dog, Iggy, finding good shows to watch, and exploring the Bay Area.