People

The members of our group come from a diverse cultural and academic background, promoting a creative and productive work environment.

(Front Row, Left to Right) Andrew Ruttinger, Oluwaseun “Seun” Romiluyi, Greg Casee, Prof. Paulette Clancy, Henry Herbol, Jingyang Wang, Meng Min, Ryan Heden, Wang “Leo” Gao

(Back Row, Left to Right) Haili Jia, Nikita Sengar, Aaron Chen, Jason Liu, Divya Sharma, Yuxi “Sarah” Chen

[Not shown: Isaiah Chen, Blaire Sorenson, Spencer Hong, Hongyi “Charlie” Guan]


Principal Investigator


Prof. Paulette Clancy

Professor and Head, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Samuel W. and M. Diane Bodman Professor in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

Ph.D. Chemistry, Oxford University, 1977
B.A. Chemistry, University of London, 1974

Address: 221 Maryland Hall
Phone: 410-516-4312
Email: pclancy3@jhu.edu
Research Interest: Computational studies of crystalline semiconducting materials synthesis, processing and design with a focus on ‘small molecule’ organic semiconductors and beyond-CMOS electronic materials (from graphene to InGaAs and low-k SiCOH).


Doctoral Research Associates


Isaiah Y. Chen

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2018

Email: ichen23@jhu.edu, isaiahchen28@gmail.com
LinkedIn: isaiahchen
Research Interest: Modeling of nanoscale materials for use in semiconductor and energy applications. Specific works of interest include using Molecular Dynamics simulations to study the nucleation of lead chalcogenide quantum dot superlattices.


Xiangyu “Aaron” Chen

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2019
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2017

Email: xchen150@jhu.edu
LinkedIn: aaronchen0316
Research Interest: Crystal morphology of organic conductor for thin-film transistor in organic solvents.


Connor Ganley

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2019

Email: cganley2@jhu.edu
LinkedIn: connorganley1
Research Interest: Machine-learned interatomic potentials, Bayesian optimization in large combinatorial space, and electronic properties modeling, all applied to adduct formation in n– and p-type doped organic semiconductors for cleaner energy production and consumer applications.


Ryan Heden

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2018
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014

Email: rfh66@cornell.edu
LinkedIn: ryan-heden-590414125
Research Interest: Modelling and prediction of charge transfer and fluorescence quenching for the purpose of trace explosives detection.


Haili Jia

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2018
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2016

Email: hjia7@jhu.edu
LinkedIn: haili-jia-30aa00113
Research Interest:


Oluwaseun “Seun” V. Romiluyi

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2019
B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada, 2017

Email: oromilu1@jhu.edu, ovr4@cornell.edu
LinkedIn: seun-romiluyi
Research Interest: Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites (HOIPs). Elucidating the impact of solvent selection on the distribution of moieties (solvated complexes and haloplumbate species) formed during the solution processing of lead-halide perovskite films using Ab initio and Molecular Dynamic approaches.


Divya Sharma

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2019
B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, 2017

Email: dsharm23@jhu.edu
LinkedIn: dsharm
Research Interest: Model the interaction of anti-microbial peptides with microbial cells. The target is to make sure that the peptides have more of an affinity towards microbes than mammalian cells.


Blaire A. Sorenson

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2017
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2015
B.S. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Northeastern Illinois University, 2014

Email: bas348@cornell.edu
LinkedIn: blaire-sorenson-b28074124
Research Interest: Solution processing of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites for photovolatic applications. Nucleation, growth, and crystallization.


Masters Research Associates


Wenxin Qi

B.S. Pharmaceutical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2020

Email: wqi5@jhu.edu
Research Interest: Mechanistic studies on the assembly and attachment of lead chalcogenide quantum dot superlattices.


Undergraduate Research Associates

Kit Ao

Email: mao2@jhu.edu
Research Interest: Extending the application of an existing fingerprinting codebase to python and exploring it’s application in state of the art methods for machine learning force fields

William Shao

Email: wshao9@jhu.edu
Research Interest: Developing and verify a Gaussian Process-based force field model for Gallium Nitride.

Gigi Wang

Email: ywang580@jhu.edu
Research Interest: Applying Bayesian optimization to the fabrication of renewable energy materials.