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Current Team-Members

Astita Dubey

Dr. Dubey has earned her doctoral degree in Chemistry at Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany in 2023. During her Ph.D. program, her research was dedicated to exploring the “multifunctionality of doped Bismuth Ferrite nanoparticles”, specifically in the context of magneto-electric, catalytic and hyperthermia applications. Prior to her Ph.D., Astita obtained her master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 2018. She earned highest CGPA and a prestigious DAAD German-fellowship, which enabled her to pursue her master’s thesis at the Technical University of Hanover in Germany. During this period, her research focused on “Self-supported 3D Assemblies of Cesium Lead Bromide perovskite nanocrystals.”

Dr. Dubey’s main research interest is in the domain of catalysis, particularly focused on the development of cutting-edge photo/electro-catalysts. Her research endeavors leverage advanced High Throughput Combinatorial Methods and incorporate surface studies employing cutting-edge microscopic tools in conjunction with machine learning. This multifaceted approach holds the promise to mitigate environmental challenges stemming from greenhouse gases, notably methane.

Jonghee Yang

Dr. Jonghee Yang received his doctoral degree in Chemistry at Hanyang University in South Korea in 2020. Before joining UTK, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Department of Chemistry at Hanyang University, where he focused on surface/interface chemistry of organic/inorganic materials (perovskite films, perovskite nanocrystals, colloidal quantum dots, and organic semiconductors) for optoelectronic applications, and elucidation of their charge transport/transfer dynamics.

Holland Hysmith

Holland Hysmith is a third-year PhD student in Energy Science and Engineering through the Bredesen Center Fellowship. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Tech with a distinction of major in undergraduate research. Her research area focuses on development of perovskite materials for memristor device applications.

Sheryl Sanchez

Sheryl Sanchez is a first-year Ph.D. candidate. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the City College of New York before joining UTK. Her current interests are machine learning, nanotechnology, and its applications. She is looking forward to working with Dr. Ahmadi.

Elham (Eli) Foadian

Elham Foadian earned her Master and bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her current research interests are Perovskites, solar cells and machine learning in materials science.