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Principal Investigator (PI)
Emily A. Sprague-Klein
Assistant Professor 
Postdoc, Northwestern University/Argonne National Lab
          Physical Chemistry, Solar Energy Conversion Group
          Advised by Lin X. Chen and David M. Tiede

Ph.D. Northwestern University
          Applied Physics 
          Advised by the late Richard P. Van Duyne

B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          Engineering Physics, Mathematics minor

Emily was born in Columbia, MO and grew up in St. Louis.  Outside lab, she enjoys hiking, water sports and running, and playing both classical and contemporary music on the piano.  She is also an avid foodie who enjoys traveling and exploring new cuisines.   

Postdoctoral Associates
Prasenjit Srivastava 
Ph.D. The University of Kansas 
          Physical Chemistry
          Advised by Christopher G. Elles

M.Sc. in Chemistry
          Institute of Chemical Technology
          Advised by Bhalchandra M. Bhanage

B.Sc. in Chemistry
         St. Xavier’s College
Graduate Students & Visiting Fellows
Natalie Warren
B.S.  The College of William & Mary

Natalie is from Bryans Road, Maryland and graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2022 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Physics. She is an avid sports fan, spends most of her time cuddling with her dog Nina, and loves anything outdoors. 

Umar Yunusa
David Schauer
M.S.  Bayero University 
B.S.  Ahmadu Bello University

Umar holds a bachelor's and master's degree in chemistry, and is interested in development of nanostructured materials for applications in catalysis and renewable energy. He enjoys travelling and watching documentaries.

Visiting Scholar, Brown University
Scientific Staff, ETH Zurich  
B.S.  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 

David is an exchange student from Melk, Austria, studying Interdisciplinary Sciences (biochemical-​physical direction) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he most recently worked on plasmonic gold nanoparticles. In his free time, David enjoys reading and translating ancient philosophy, dangerous winter sports, and a wide range of outdoor activities, including rowing on lake Zurich. 
David Schauer
Lab Pets
Arnav Singhal
B.S.  Brown University '26

Arnav is from Palo Alto, California and is planning to major in Chemical Physics. In his spare time, he loves to act, eat oranges, and try (and fail) to learn to unicycle.

Zhanxian Gong
B.S.  Brown University '26

Zhanxian is from Beijing, China and is considering concentrating in Chemical Physics. In his freetime, he loves to listen to light music, learn Japanese (still at entry-level) and play board games with friends.

Undergraduate Students
Lab Pets
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