The Nanostructured Spintronics Lab


Principal Investigator

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Professor Trisha L. Andrew

(608) 262-1502
Room 6329A Chemistry (Daniels Tower)

Postdoctoral Associates

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Dr. Brandon Kobilka

Joined group: October 2013
Email: bkobilka[at]

Ph.D. 2013, Iowa State University with Prof. Malika Jeffries-El
B.S. 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Project: Exploring Cofacial Interactions in Conjugated Polymers

Brandon joined Nanospin Lab in the Fall of 2013 after completing his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Iowa State University under the advisement of Malika Jeffries-EL. He is excited for this homecoming of sorts, as he completed his B.S. at Wisconsin in 2005. Brandon's current research involves the synthesis of conjugated polymers with enhanced cofacial interactions that aim to improve charge and exciton generation and transport upon their incorporation into electronic devices. The return to Wisconsin means that Brandon is looking forward to experiencing Badger hockey, cross-country skiing, New Glarus Brewing, and the local abundance of fried cheese curds once again.

Graduate Student Researchers

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Nick R. Myllenbeck

(Chemistry, Materials)

Joined group: August 2012
Email: nmyllenbeck[at]

B.S. 2011, University of California-Berkeley

Project: Singlet Fission-Sensitized Devices

Nick Myllenbeck joined Nanospin Lab in Fall 2012. His research focuses on developing an understanding of how to improve the morphological and electronic properties of singlet fission-sensitized heterojunctions to realize multiple exciton generation and efficient charge separation. To this end, he is involved in a range of research areas, including organic synthesis as well as photophysical and morphological characterization. In his free time, Nick enjoys backpacking, driving manual transmission cars, and barbequeing (even in the Wisconsin winter).

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Yuelin Peng

(Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

Joined group: September 2012
Email: peng25[at]

M.S. 2011, South Dakota State University with Prof. Alfred Andrawis
B.S. 2007, Northwestern Polytechnical University, P. R. China

Project: OLED Fabrication, Charge Recombination in Spin-Polarized Solar Cells, Engineering Awesomeness

Yuelin joined Nanospin Lab in the Fall of 2012 as a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Her current research focuses on fabricating and testing optoelectronic and spintronic devices, such as OLEDs, OPVs, and spin valves, that contain high-spin organic semiconductors in the active layer. She is also responsible for setting up and maintaining the equipment in the fabrication lab. She enjoys movies, music, and delicious food.

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Greg P. Eyer

(Chemistry, Materials)

Joined group: November 2012
Email: geyer[at]

B.S. 2012 (Chemistry and Spanish), Allegheny College

Project: Sythesis and Characterization of Open-Shell Organic Semiconductors

Greg joined Nanospin Lab in the fall of 2012 as a graduate student in Materials Chemistry. He is currently working on synthesizing and characterizing small molecule stable radicals that will be incorporated into organic electronic devices, such as solar cells and spin valves. In his free time, he enjoys running, skiing, and cycling.

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Lushuai Zhang

(Materials Science & Engineering)

Joined group: January 2013
Email: lushuaizhang[at]

M.S. 2009, Zhejiang University, P. R. China
B.S. 2007, Zhejiang University, P. R. China

Project: Thin Film Characterization of Open-Shell Organic Semiconductors, Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition of Radicals

Lushuai joined Nanospin Lab in January 2013. Her research focuses on the following:
1) Understanding the optical, electronic and magnetic properties of novel open-shell organic semiconductors both intrinsically and at heterointerfaces with inorganic materials and traditional closed-shell organic materials. 2) Improving properties of heterojunctions by manipulating spin transfer dynamics of spin-polarized materials to increase device performance. 3) Generating organic semiconductor thin films in-situ using oxidative CVD to realize highly conformal coating on varied substrates, and fabricating high-performance flexible devices using this technique.

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Morgan Baima

(Materials Science & Engineering)

Joined group: September 2013
Email: morgan.baima[at]

B.S. 2010 (Chemistry and French), St. Edwards University

Project: Physical Vapor and Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition of Organic Secmiconductors

Morgan joined Nanospin Lab in the Fall of 2013 as a graduate student in the Materials Science Program. She is currently working on depositing thin films of open-shell organic semiconductors that will ultimately be incorporated into organic electronic devices, like solar cells and spin valves. In her free time, she enjoys ultimate frisbee, ballroom dancing, wallyball, and league trivia.

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Ben Pollock

(Chemistry, Organic)

Joined group: November 2013
Email: bpollock[at]

B.S. 2013, Hope College

Project: Sub-Diffraction Optical Nanolithography Enabled by Organic Photochromes

Ben joined Nanospin Lab in the fall of 2013 as a graduate student in organic chemistry. The focus of his research is to develop organic photochromes which will enable optical nanolithography to produce pattern dimensions below the diffraction barrier by a process called absorbance modulation. His project involves the synthesis and photophysical characterization of photochromic systems. Outside of the lab, Ben enjoys drawing, live music, urban hiking, and the rich craft-brewing culture of Madison.

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Our Student Offices are located on the sixth floor of the Daniels tower in Room 6359.

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