Briseno Research Group

Briseno Group

 

Principal Investigator

Professor Alex Briseno was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.S from California State University, Los Angeles. While at Cal State LA, he carried out research on conducting polymers with Professor Feimeng Zhou and on chemiresistor conducting polymer vapor sensors in the lab of Professor Nate Lewis at nearby Caltech. In 2006, he completed his Master's Degree in chemistry at UCLA with Professor Fred Wudl on the synthesis and charge transport of organic metals. His Ph.D research on organic semiconductor solids was supported by a Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies Fellowship under the mentorship of Professors Zhenan Bao (Bell Labs, Stanford), Younan Xia and Sam Jenekhe at the University of Washington. Alex subsequently did a one-year postdoc at UC Berkeley with Professor Peidong Yang where he focused on inorganic/organic hybrid nanowire solar cells. In 2009, he joined the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where his research is centered on the synthesis of organic and polymer semiconductors, interfacial crystallization, and fundamental charge transport in organic electronic devices.

Professor Briseno is the recipient of the 3M Non-tenured Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, the UMass Faculty Exceptional Merit Award, DOW Distinguished Lecturer at UCSB, P&G Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Alex is also recognized for his nationwide efforts in cultural diversity and mentoring underprivileged students. 

Alejandro L. Briseno 
Assistant Professor 
Education: 
B.S./M.S., Biology/Chemistry, 
Cal State LA, 2000/2004 (F. Zhou) 
M.S., Chemistry, 
UCLA, 2006 (F. Wudl, Z. Bao) 
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington, 2008 (Y. Xia) 
Postdoc, Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 2009 (P. Yang) 
Contact information: 
E-mail:abriseno@mail.pse.umass.edu
Phone: 413-577-1213 
Office: A213

Christmas Party 2014

Summer BBQ 2014

 

 Summer BBQ 2013

 

Christmas Party 2011

 

Postdoctoral Fellows


Lei "The Professor" Zhang 
Postdoc 
Education: 
B.S./M.S., Polymer Physics and Chemistry, 
Zhengzhou University, 2006 
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, ICCAS, 2009 
Interests: Synthesis and Characterization of Organic/Polymer Materials for Solar Cell and OFET 
Contact information: 
E-mail: leizhang39@gmail.com
Office: A522

"JJ" Jaejoon Kim  
Postdoc 
Education: 
B.S., Physics, KASIST
M.S./Ph.D., Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, 2015
Interests: Device Physics, control and mechanism of crystallization of organic materials
Contact information: 
E-mail: kjykjj@gmail.com
Office: A231

 

 
Education: 
B.S., Chemistry, 
vices
Contact information: 
E-mail:@gmail.com 
Office: A 522

 
David Leonardo Gonzalez
Postdoc 2014-
Education: B. S., UNAM
Ph. D., Materials Science, Imperial College, London, 2014
Interests: organic electronic devices, Interfacial Crystallization, Graphene Ink Electrodes.                                                
Contact information:
E-mail: darutto@gmail.com 
Office: A231

 

Current Students


Ned "Escorpión Dorado" Burnett
Ph.D. Candidate 2013-
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University
Interests: Morphology and device characterization of OPVs and OFETs.
Contact information:
E-mail:ekburnet@mail.pse.umass.edu
Cell: (207) 446-6601
Office: A220

Ben Cherniawski
Ph.D. Candidate 2013-
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2012
Masters in Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2013
Interests: Synthesis of novel semiconducting materials for PV and OFET applications.
Contact information:
E-mail:bchernia@mail.pse.umass.edu
Cell: 434-987-1057
Office: A231/B566

 
Jack Ly 
Ph. D. Candidate, 2013-
Education: 
Interests: Polymer Semiconductor Synthesis.
Contact information: 
E-mail: jthanhly09@gmail.com
Lab: B566

Nicholas S. Colella 
Ph.D Candidate, 2010- 
Education: BA, Chemistry & Mathematics, Williams College, 2009
MSc, Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2012
Interests: Organic electronics: photovoltaics and transistors, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, novel crystallization methods.
Contact information: 
E-mail:ncolella@mail.pse.umass.edu 
Office: A233
Feng Liu 
Ph.D. Candidate, 2008 - Present 
Education: 
B.A./B.S., English/Polymer Materials and Engineering, ECUST, 2005 
M.S., Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics,Fudan University, 2008 
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, 
UMass Amherst, 2009 
Interests: Crystal Chemistry and Physics, Organic and Polymeric Nanostructures and Single Crystals
Contact information: 
E-mail:fliu0@polysci.umass.edu 
Office: A231


Marcos Reyes-Martinez 
Ph.D. Candidate, 2009 - Present 
Education: 
B.A., Physics and Mathematics, 
Manhattanville College, 2009 
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, 
UMass Amherst, Expected 2010 
Interests: Organic Single Crystal Growth, Mechanical Properties of Organic Single Crystals, Flexible Organic Electronics
Contact information: 
E-mail:mreyes@mail.pse.umass.edu 
Office: A522

Annikki Santala
Undergraduate Student 2014 -
Education: 
B.S., Chemistry, 
University of Massachusetts, Expected 2014 
Interests: Synthesis of Oligomer and Polymer Semiconductors for OFETs and OPVs.
Contact information: 
E-mail: asantala@umass.edu
Office: A566

 

Alumni

 


Hyunbok "Zombie" Lee
Postdoc 2013-
Education: B. S., Physics, Yonsei University Korea, 2005
M. S., Physics, Yonsei University, Korea, 2007
Ph. D., Physics, Yonsei University, Korea, 2012
Interests: Electronic structure determination of organic-inorganic and organic-organic interfaces, organic electronic devices, and theoretical calculation of organic semiconductors.
Contact information:
E-mail:hblee510@gmail.com
Office: A231

Now at UCLA, EE

Tim "The Boss" Mirabito 
Undergraduate Student 2011- 2014
Education: 
B.S., Electrical Engineering, 
University of Massachusetts, Expected 2014 
Interests: Organic Nanostructures, Graphene-Organic Interfacial Crystallization, Device Characterization.

Contact information: 
E-mail: tjmirabito@gmail.com 
Office: A###

Now in Strassbourg France, CNRS Fellow

Jayanta K. Baral 
Postdoc 2012-
Education: M. Sc (Physics); National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NIT - Rourkela), 2004. 
Junior Research Fellow (JRF); Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT - Mumbai), 2005. Ph. D; Organic Non-Volatile Memory, C
bo Akademi University, Finland, 2009.
Post-Doc Fellow (PDF); Organic Photovoltaics, Univ of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) & Concordia Univ, Canada, 2011
Interests: Printed (Roll-to-Roll manufacturing) & Flexible Organic Electronics

Contact information: 
E-mail:jkbaral@gmail.com 
Office: A233

Now at Boston University, ME

Rachael Jayne 
Undergraduate 2011-2012
Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst, 2012 
Interests: Fabrication of thin-film transistors, crystallization phenomenon.

Current Location: Boston University, Dept. Mechanical Engineering

Contact information: 
E-mail: rachkjayne@gmail.com 

Elvira Trabanino 

Undergraduate 2013
Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona, 2013
Interests: Growth of graphene, polymer crystallization.

Contact information: 
E-mail: eetrabanino@aol.com 

Supravat Karak 
Postdoc 2012-2013
Education: M.Sc., Physics, Indian institute of technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), 2007 
PhD, organic solar cell, Indian institute of technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), 2011
Interests: Organic and Polymeric Nanostructures, Single Crystals and their fundamental photovoltaic and charge transport properties.
Contact information: 
E-mail: supravat.k@gmail.com 

Stephan Trahan 
Undergraduate Student 2011-2013
Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 
University of Massachusetts, Expected 2013
Interests: Device Fabrication/Characterization
Contact information: 
E-mail:stephan.trahan@gmail.com 

Qingshuo Wei 
Postdoc 
Education: B.S., Chemistry, Peking University, 2004 
Ph.D., Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, 2009 
Interests: Organic electronic devices, Nanostructure control by self-organization, Organic and polymer synthesis 
Contact information: 
E-mail:qingshuo@polysci.umass.edu 
Office: A522

Now at UCSB, Chemistry, Quyen Group!

Niva Ran 
Undergraduate Student 
Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 
UMass Amherst, Expected 201x 
Interests: Organic Single Crystal Growth, Mechanical Properties of Organic Single Crystals, Flexible Organic Electronics

Current Location: UCSB, Chemistry Dept

Contact information: 
E-mail: nivaalinaran@gmail.com 

Now at KIST!

Jung Ah Lim 
Postdoc. Currently working as a Research Scientist at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) 
Education: 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 
Sogang University, 2004 
M.S./Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 
POSTECH, 2009 
Interests: Organic Photovoltaic Devices and Flexible Organic Field Effect Transistors 

Contact information: 
E-mail: jlim1@polysci.umass.edu

Carol Torres 
Summer 2010 REU Student
 


Now at Stanford, Chem Eng, Stacey Bent!

Rich Johnson 
Summer 2010 REU Student

Current Location: Stanford University, Materials Science & Engineering

 


Tobias Steinbach 
Exchange Student 
Education: 
Vordiplom, Chemistry, JGU, Mainz, 2008 
Grantee of JGU, Mainz/DAAD, Bonn, for Integrated Study-Abroad Program at Polymer Science and Engineering, 
UMass Amherst, 2009/10 
Interests: Organic Field-Effect Transistor (OFET), ZnO Nanowire Growth
Contact information: 
E-mail:tsteinbach@mail.pse.umass.edu

Group Mascot (Pee-Pee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pee-Pee Briseno
Education: U.S Department of Justice Certified Service Dog
Registration #RF9483
Interests: Laboratory Guard Dog, Loves Children, Works with Mentally Disabled.