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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. Armantas Melianas | armantas.melianas@

Armantas received his PhD from Linköping University (Sweden) in 2017 for his work on time resolved charge motion in organic solar cells. He joined Stanford on October 2017 as a recipient of the prestigious Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and is currently working on brain-like computing applications using organic semiconductors. Outside the lab he is often skateboarding (with Scott), exploring the Bay Area, playing chess and painting.




Dr. Benjamin Cotts | cottsb@

Ben received his B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College in 2011 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 2016 for his work in Naomi Ginsberg’s lab on time-resolved spectroscopy of organic electronics as a function of their local environment. Before joining the Salleo lab, he worked as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) focused on international energy systems modeling and at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) focused on program and T2M support. Ben enjoys cooking stews, jogging around new cities, and drinking too much coffee.





Graduate Students

Zhengrong Shang | zshang@

Zhengrong received her B.S. in Materials Physics from University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2012 and is currently a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Stanford. She is interested in studying how microstructures and morphology of thin film polymeric semiconductors influence their electrical properties. She enjoys cooking, reading and hopes to learn piano and tennis.





Jesus Guardado | jesusog@

Jesus graduated from MIT in 2011 with his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, and is currently a graduate student in the Materials Science & Engineering department at Stanford. His research interests include structure-property relationships in organic semiconductors, tuning of microstructure, and interfacial science. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, and playing soccer.






David Hanifi | dhanifi@

David graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a B.S. in Chemistry, and is currently a PhD student in the Chemistry Department. He is currently studying the inorganic/organic interface of hybrid nanocrystal thin films and their optoelectronic properties. In his spare time he enjoys bread baking, swimming, spelunking and fixing old road bikes.






Yaakov Tuchman | ytuchman@

Yaakov graduated from Yeshiva University in 2014 with a BA in Physics, and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research includes studying the charging and discharging of mixed ionic/electronic conductors while working on a more complete model of the behavior of organic electrochemical transistors. When he isn’t busy working, Yaakov enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and hiking around the west coast.





Scott Keene | stkeene@

Scott graduated from University of Washington in 2015 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His research includes studying biological-electronic interfaces for biosensing and biomimetic devices. Interests outside of the lab include skateboarding, yoga, watching old movies, and cooking.






Camila Cendra-Guinassi | ccendra@

Camila graduated from the Technical University of Madrid in 2013 with a B.S. in Materials Engineering, and is currently a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. She is currently studying novel materials for organic electrochemical transistors. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading science fiction, and tasting new food when and when not traveling.





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.