Supratik Guha ✉
Principal InvestigatorSupratik Guha is Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago and holds a joint appointment at Argonne National Laboratory (2015 to present). He is one of the few scientists who has held senior executive positions in industrial R&D, in the U.S. National Laboratory system, and as a tenured professor at a leading research university. At Argonne, he has been Director of the Nanoscale Science and Technology Division and Science Advisor to the Director of Argonne. In this latter position he ran Argonne’s overall science strategy during 2018-2019. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at the Argonne led Q-NEXT: one of the five Department of Energy National Quantum Information Centers. His research interests are in the discovery science of new materials and devices for future information processing. Supratik was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2015 for his contributions to field effect transistor technology. He is also currently a Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Fellow.
From 2010 to 2015, Supratik was the Director of Physical Sciences at IBM Research, leading a team of over 250 researchers who were distributed across IBM’s worldwide laboratories and engaged in fundamental and applied science research. As a scientist, Guha initiated and then led IBM’s research in high dielectric constant (high-k)-metal gate transistor technology between 1998-2011. Today, the materials introduced by him can be found in the processors of the majority of smart phone products, as well as in IBM servers. While at IBM he championed IBM’s quantum computer on the cloud model, and was the first professional manager to put together a multidisciplinary engineering team for an integrated design of a quantum processor. As a manager he was also responsible for initiating and overseeing IBM’s silicon photonics and IoT based geospatial technology research activities, both of which led to successful product impact.
After joining the University of Chicago and Argonne, he drove Argonne's strategy in quantum information sciences and helped expand the program to where it is now one of Argonne's key strategic initiatives. He has also played an active role in championing national quantum information strategy and testified in front of Senate and Congressional sub-committees: these hearings played a role in the formation of DOE’s National Quantum Information Centers. His own research efforts are in the areas of quantum information technologies and in geospatial sensor networks and sensors for agriculture and water: topics apparently disparate, but both related to future information processing systems. In quantum, the efforts of his research group are in discovering new materials, devices, and atom scale nanofabrication processes for silicon compatible chip scale, integrated solid state quantum memories. He is co-PI of the Materials and Integration Thrust within Q-NEXT in this regard. His work on geospatial sensing systems includes the development and pilot scale evaluation of fully buried wireless underground sensor networks/sensors for agriculture; and mobile sensing platform-based mapping of water quality in rivers (thoreau.uchicago.edu). He is a co-PI at AIFARMS, the first national center for artificial intelligence applications for agriculture (USDA and NSF). A strong champion for multidisciplinary engineering research, which he believes academia needs to strongly engage in, Supratik works closely with electrical engineers, soil scientists, agronomists, computer scientists, economists and physical scientists on his various research activities.
Supratik received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Southern California in 1991, and his B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1985. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. He was awarded the IBM Corporate Award in 2013 (IBM’s highest technical award) by IBM’s CEO. He received the American Physical Society (APS) 2015 Prize for the Industrial Applications of Physics. His recent research has been funded by the DOE, DoD (ONR), NSF, USDA, and the Tata Center for Development.
Dr. Daniel Durham ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherDan joined as a postdoctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratory in April 2022 after finishing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is interested in revealing the switching mechanisms in electronic materials using advanced dynamic imaging. For instance, he is working with scientists at the Center for Nanoscale Materials to develop ultrafast electron imaging during electrical operation with nanometer-nanosecond resolution. He is also examining the influence of microstructure on performance of ferroelectric and memristive devices.
Dr. Koichi Tanaka ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherKoichi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. Koichi received his PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2020 for his work on growing transition metal carbide thin films on 2D materials. Before UCLA, he worked at Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan. Koichi's current research interests include thin film growth, heterolayered and multilayered materials, materials characterization, and instrumentation of high and ultra-high vacuum systems.
Dr. Brian Khau ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherBrian is from the Bay Area and obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley in 2016. There, he worked with Prof. Ana Claudia Arias on developing processing techniques for manufacturing mechanically compliant Li-ion pouch cells. After completing his undergraduate degree, he spent 5 years at Georgia Tech working with Prof. Elsa Reichmanis on probing the mixed ion-electronic conduction behavior of conjugated polythiophenes functionalized with pendant ion groups, obtaining his doctoral degree in 2021. For his postdoctoral work, Brian splits his time between UChicago and Argonne National Lab to develop an a photonic-based sensor platform for real-time monitoring of micronutrients in soil and wastewater.
Dr. Srinivasa Balivada ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherSrinivas contributes to the Thoreau's soil sensing project, and is currently assisting the development and testing of high-performance low-cost wireless underground sensor networking systems and estimation of soil characteristics using radio signal strength. Srinivasa earned his PhD at Andhra University in India before joining the Water-to-Cloud initiative as a research lead. He then joined UChicago as a postdoc and Argonne National Lab as a resident scientist, where he now studies soil sensing and quality monitoring.
Gregory Grant ✉
Graduate StudentGregory graduated from the University of Chicago College as a Physics major in June 2018. He subsequently joined the Guha Group as a PhD candidiate at the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. His interests lie in solid-state quantum memory and wireless sensor network technologies.
Xella Doi ✉
Graduate StudentXella graduated from Cornell University in 2019 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics. In 2020, she started at the University of Chicago as a PhD candidate at the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering.
Connor Horn ✉
Graduate StudentConnor joined the Guha group in 2020 as a PhD student in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. He previously completed a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University. His primary research interest is in the layer transfer and heterogeneous integration of crystalline materials for electronics and quantum engineering.
Cheng Ji ✉
Graduate StudentCheng Ji joined the Guha Group in 2020 as a PhD student in the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.
Sagar Kumar Seth ✉
Graduate StudentSagar graduated from IIT Bombay with a Bachelor's in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Nanotechnology. In 2021, he started his studies as a PhD candidate at the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.
Ignas Masiulionis ✉
Graduate StudentIgnas graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2021 with bachelor's degrees in Physics and Astronomy. In 2021, he joined the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering cohort as a PhD candidate in Quantum Engineering. He is jointly advised by Professor Supratik Guha and Professor David Awschalom.
Rishi Chebrolu ✉
Undergraduate StudentRishi is an undergraduate at UChicago studying quantum molecular engineering and business economics. He is currently working on the characterization and analysis of rare-earth doped thin films for the quantum memory project. His interests include quantum optics, quantum materials, and the commercialization of novel quantum technologies.
Brian Fu ✉
Undergraduate StudentBrian is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying physics, mathematics, and economics. He is currently working on simulations for the near-field deposition project. His research interests include materials science and quantum information and computing.
Chloe Isabella Tsang ✉
Undergraduate StudentChloe is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying quantum molecular engineering. She previously worked with Koichi on solid-phase epitaxy experiments, and is currently working on the direct-write project with Xella. Her interests include quantum materials, nanofabrication, and the semiconductor industry.
Dr. Swarnabha Chattaraj ✉Swarnabha is a postdoctoral researcher in the Galli Group studying electronic structure calculations, light-matter interaction of rare earth emitters, and defects in solids for classical and quantum memory applications, quantum networks, and quantum computation.
Dr. Oni BasuOni is a professor of genetic medicine and the head of the Basu Group at the University of Chicago, studying microfluidics and RNA sequencing.
Dr. David AwschalomDavid is a professor of molecular engineering and the head of the Awschalom Group at the University of Chicago studying solid-state quantum information, sensing, and communication.
Dr. Gary WolfowiczGary is a staff scientist working in the Awschalom Group at the University of Chicago studying quantum communication.
Dr. Alan DibosAlan is a scientist at Argonne National Lab specializing in nanofabrication and cryogenic measurement of low-dimensional optical nanostructures.
Dr. Subramanian SankaranarayananSubramanian is a scientist at Argonne National Lab studying machine learning, multiscale modeling, and molecular dynamics.
Dr. Suman DattaSuman is a professor of nanotechnology at Notre Dame and head of the NDC lab, studying a variety of advances in computing.
Dr. Roser MatamalaRoser is a scientist at Argonne National Lab studying terrestrial ecology, and is the head of the Matamala Group.
Dr. Jianguo WenJianguo is a scientist at Argonne National Lab studying the development and application of electron microscopy techniques for materials science problems.
Dr. Alexandria Kuhl ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherAlex now works as a postdoc at Michigan State continuing her research in hydrogeophysical sciences.
Dr. Manish Kumar Singh ✉
Graduate StudentManish has founded memQ with Sean Sullivan, a startup focused on quantum internet technologies.
Dr. Vamsi Nittala ✉
Staff ScientistVamsi now works at Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho.
Dr. Niazul Khan ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherNiazul now works at Intel.
Dr. Suryakant Mishra ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherSuryakant now works at Los Alamos National Lab.
Dr. Jiyuan Zheng ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherJiyuan now works at Tsinghua University in China.
Dr. Kyaw Zin Latt ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherKyaw Zin now works at Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Sanjoy Sarkar ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherSanjoy now works at Intel.
Dr. Zhongbo Zhang ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherZhongbo now works at Argonne National Laboratory.
Dr. Abhinav Prakash ✉
Post Doctoral ResearcherAbhinav now works at Lam Research.
Dr. Bhaswar Chakrabarti
Post Doctoral ResearcherBhaswar is now an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.
Dr. Xufeng Zhang
Post Doctoral ResearcherXufeng is now an assistant professor at Northeastern University.
Dr. Khan Alam
Post Doctoral ResearcherKhan now works as an assistant professor in the department of physics at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Jerome Lin
Post Doctoral ResearcherJerome now works at Intel.
Dr. Sushant Sonde
Post Doctoral Researcher
Sonia Vohra ✉
Graduate StudentSonia now works at the engineering co-op Phoenix Tailings in Boston.
Linus Woodard ✉
Undergraduate StudentLinus now works at memQ as a quantum photonics researcher.
Emilio Rosas ✉
Marianna Rogers ✉
Undergraduate StudentZiqi now works at Microsoft.
Daniel Montano ✉
Undergraduate StudentArseniy is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Princeton University.
Undergraduate StudentWill has continued on to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Undergraduate StudentUjaan is now pursuing a Ph.D. at UIUC.
Program DirectorPriyank is now the Data & Tech Lead at the Asia Regional Office of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Dr. Anand Kumar
Water Research LeadAnand is currently searching for new postdoctoral or university positions.
Data AnalystSaba is currently working on her MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art, London.