Principal Investigator

Research Summary
Dr. Mohite is interested in understanding and controlling photo-physical processes occurring at the interfaces created with layered 2D materials, organic and inorganic materials for thin film light to energy conversion technologies such as photovoltaics, photo-catalysis, etc. He is also interested in the application of correlated interface sensitive techniques such as photocurrent, time-resolved PL, electro-absorption, impedance spectroscopy, etc., to investigate the charge and energy transfer and recombination processes.

Brief Bio
Aditya D. Mohite will join the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University as an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering (CHBE), beginning July 1. Dr. Mohite has worked as a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since 2010, when he started as a post-doctoral fellow in its Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. Dr. Mohite received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville in 2007. He earned a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in solid state physics from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He did post-doctoral work at Rice in 2009 with Dr. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering, and chair of materials science and nanoengineering (MSNE), and R. Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry and of MSNE.

William M. Rice Trustee Associate Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Senior Research Scientist

Jean Christophe Blancon graduated from the University of Lyon (France), and completed in 2010 his M.Sc. in physics from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (France) and his M.Sc. in optics and photonics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). He was a postodoctoral fellow who joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2014 after obtaining his PhD from the University of Lyon in 2013, where he worked on measuring the absolute absorption cross-section of individual single- and double-wall carbon nanotubes. During his four-year postodoctoral appointment at Los Alamos, Jean-Christophe's main contribution was to elucidate mechanisms of formation and dissociation of exciton states in solution-processed, organic-inorganic, perovskite quantum well semiconductors, which has led to the core design of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices, and for which he was awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Semiconductor Physics in 2018

Jean-Christophe joined the George R. Brown School of Engineering (CHBE department) at Rice University in 2018 as a senior scientist in the group of Prof. Aditya Mohite. His work focuses on understanding multi-scale phenomena in low dimensional materials and directly correlate nanoscale physical mechanisms, including charge-energy conversion and transfer, to understand macroscopic figures-of-merit and performances of optoelectronics devices such as solar cells, light emitters, detectors, and transistors.

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Ph.D. Students

Wenbin (Bin) received both of his bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of Delaware in 2018. He joined Professor Aditya Mohite’s group in the Fall of 2018 as a Ph.D. student from the Applied Physics graduate program. His research interests now concentrate in understanding novel phenomena in 2D perovskites and other low dimensional materials. In 2020, he received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his research.

2nd Year Graduate Student
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Austin Fehr earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa in 2018. He is currently a PhD student of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. His research interests focus on the development of integrated photoelectrocatalytic systems, unifying the rising potential of perovskite-based solar cells with redox catalysis.

2nd Year Graduate Student
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Xinting Shuai joined Dr. Mohite’s group in fall of 2018. He received his B.S. degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Jiangsu University of Science and Technology (JUST) of China in 2015. He joined the Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE) department at Rice University in the summer of 2016 as a professional master’s student. He has previous research experience in the CVD growth of graphene and 2D materials. Currently, his interests focus on CVD growing optical organic and inorganic materials. His motto is: “Build better materials and change the world”

2nd Year Graduate Student
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Hao Zhang received his B.S. in Photoelectric Information Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China in 2018. His past research focused on designing microscopic systems for bioimaging. He is currently a Ph.D. student of Applied Physics at Rice University, with research interests in understanding the optical and physical properties of perovskites as well as other 2D materials, and performing optical measurements using confocal microscopy.

2nd Year Graduate Student
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Jin Hou earned his B.S. in Material Science and engineering from the China University of Geoscience in May 2017, and received the Master’s degree in MSNE of Rice in Jan 2019. Currently He is active in research about 2D perovskites synthesis, growth mechanism and control.

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Andrew Torma earned his B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 2017. His previous research experience involves the characterization of magnetic properties in thin films, and the growth and characterization of transition metal compounds. He joined Dr. Mohite’s group in the fall of 2019, as a PhD student in the Applied Physics program. His research interests focus on revealing the underlying physics of low dimensional structured materials to help create novel and better solutions for energy application.

1st Year Graduate Student
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Ayush Agrawal got his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay, India in 2019. His research interests are development of integrated perovskite based photoelectrochemical cells for catalytic reactions and energy production. He is primarily working on creating acid resistant barriers for efficient perovskite cells for Solar to Hydrogen conversion.

1st Year Graduate Student
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Visiting Scholars and Research Associates

Siraj Sidhik is a PhD candidate (Supervisor, Dr. Elder De La Rosa Cruz) in the Nanophotonics and Advanced Materials Group, Center for Optics Reseearch, Leon, Mexico. He started his doctoral studies in January 2016. He joined Dr. Mohite's group as visiting scholar on August 2018. His research interests are mainly focussed on the fabrication of thin film organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells and LEDs to understand the physical processes happening within the device, leading to an increase in the performance and stability. . 

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Yafei Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electronic science and technology from Huaqiao University. He is a Ph.D. Candidate of optical engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology. He currently joins the Prof. Mohite group as an exchange student. His study mainly focuses on synthetic engineering and optoelectronic applications (photovoltaic, photodetector etc.) of perovskite materials.. 

PhD candidate of optical engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology

Ravi is a Research Associate in Dr. Mohite's group. With prior research background in fabricating hybrid vertical heterostructures and studying their photophysics, his focus in the group is towards electronics applications using 2D Perovskites. He has done his undergraduate studies in Mechatronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology and a Masters in Nanotechnology from University of Pennsylvania.

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Masters Students

Gary McCuistian earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas in the Spring of 2018. The following Fall, he joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineeering department as a professional master's student at Rice University. His current research involves building and characterizing devices from perovskites, as well as assisting in the development of a protective chemical coating for perovskite based solar cells.

Graduated May 2020
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Undergraduate Students

Joseph Essman graduated from Rice University in 2020, majoring in physics. His past research projects involved diffusion simulations in synthetic biology as well as charge transport simulation, device fabrication, and device characterization in organic photovoltaics. He joined the MPEM group in the fall of 2019 to carry out his senior thesis research project. His research involves investigating the fundamental nature and behavior of 2D Perovskites for use in stable and efficient optoelectronic devices. 

Undergraduate Researcher
Graduated May 2020
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Christopher Botello is a 3rd Year Undergraduate at Rice University pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering with a speciality in Energy and Sustainability. He is currently a member of Dr. Aditya Mohite’s research group and focuses on creating carbon based barriers for perovskite solar cells. This summer he is looking to join the Savannah River National Laboratory to research new energy storage technology and fuel generation through CO2 capture. His aspirations include attending graduate school and finding employment in the energy industry with a focus on renewables or energy storage.

Junior Year Undergraduate Student
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