Tisdale Lab @ MIT

nanoscale energy transport



Professor Will Tisdale

Professor William A. Tisdale

Group Leader

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Office: 66-458
Phone: 617.253.4975 | Fax: 617.258.5766

Will Tisdale joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in January, 2012, where he holds the rank of Associate Professor and is currently the ARCO Career Development Professor. His research program is focused on the development of colloidal semiconductor nanomaterials for use in next-generation energy technologies, and the use of ultrafast laser spectroscopy methods and advanced optical microscopy techniques for probing dynamics at the nanoscale.

Will graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2005, earning an Honors B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Distinction, and minoring in Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2010, then studied as a postdoctoral associate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT before joining the faculty in Chemical Engineering in 2012.

Will Tisdale is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the DOE Early Career Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the AIChE NSEF Young Investigator Award, and a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. For his dedication to undergraduate teaching Will has been recognized with MIT’s highest honor, the MacVicar Fellowship, and the student-selected Baker Award.

Will and his wife, Alison – who works in Cambridge area biotech – are the proud parents of two amazing girls.

Barbara Balkwill

Administrative Assistant

Office: 66-458
Phone: 617.258.7026 | Fax: 617.258.5766

Nannan Mao


Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Nannan began working in the group in February 2018 as a Postdoctoral Associate. Originally from China, Nannan received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Peking University in June 2016 for her work on Raman spectroscopic and optical anisotropic investigation of two-dimensional black phosphorus crystals with Professor Jin Zhang and Professor Lianming Tong. Her current focus in Tisdale lab is non-linear optical effects and exciton dynamics of two-dimensional materials. Nannan is co-advised by Professor Jing Kong in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Wenbi  Shcherbakov-Wu

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Wenbi joined the group in November 2016 as a PhD student in Physical Chemistry. She graduated cum laude from the University of Washington (UW) double-majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics. At UW, she worked with Professor David Ginger on hybrid organic/inorganic polymer/quantum dot systems. In the Tisdale lab, she is studying exciton dynamics in colloidal semiconductor nanostructures using ultrafast laser spectroscopy and optical microscopy techniques.

Eric Powers

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Eric joined the group in December 2017 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. He graduated summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. While there, he worked with Professor Mark Prausnitz on ocular drug delivery via microneedle injection. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked in industry for several years as an engineer at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery before beginning his graduate studies. Eric’s current work with the Tisdale Lab focuses on using ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to study exciton dynamics in optoelectronic semiconductor nanomaterials, including perovskite quantum dots and 2D nanoplatelets. Eric is a recipient of a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Ruomeng Wan

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Ruomeng joined the group in November 2018 as a PhD student in Inorganic Chemistry. She graduated from California Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2018. At Caltech, she worked with Professor Theodor Agapie on the synthesis of molybdenum complexes supported by a hemilabile P-pyridine-P ligand for small molecule activation. Ruomeng is a joint member of the Tisdale and Dincă research groups, where she focuses on exploring exciton dynamics in metal-organic frameworks.

Woo Seok Lee

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Woo Seok joined the group in December 2019 as a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Originally from South Korea, he holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Korea University where he worked on development of colloidal-nanocrystal based electronic devices. His current research interest in Tisdale Lab is in the synthesis, characterization, and application of novel low dimensional materials. He is a recipient of the SBS Foundation Scholarship.

Narumi Wong

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Narumi joined the group in December 2019 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. Originally from Hong Kong and Japan, she graduated from Imperial College London in 2019 with a MEng in Chemical Engineering with a Year Abroad at Columbia University in the City of New York. At Imperial, she worked on mechanocatalysis of lignocellulose with Dr. Roberto Rinaldi, whilst at Columbia, she worked with Professor Ioannis Kymissis on organic electronic devices. She has also spent her summers abroad at Kyoto University and EPFL where she worked on OPVs and quasi-2D perovskites, respectively. In the Tisdale Lab, Narumi is currently working on studying interfacial dynamics in solar cells using ultrafast spectroscopy. She is co-advised by Professor Marc Baldo in EECS.

Eliza Price

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Eliza joined the group in August 2021 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. She is originally from Denton, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2020 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Materials Science and Engineering. Eliza worked in Professor Micah Green’s lab for three years while studying at A&M, investigating scalable functionalization methods of Graphene Oxide. She also worked as a co-op at Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants. Eliza is co-advised by Professor James Swan in Chemical Engineering and is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her current work focuses on the self-assembly of colloidal quantum dot superlattices.

Tomoaki Sakurada

Visiting Scientist

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Tomoaki joined the group in March 2020 as a visiting scholar from AGC Inc., Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 2013 with a Master of Engineering in Applied Chemistry. While there, he worked on development of porphyrin-based dye sensitized solar cells. His current research interest is in the design and synthesis of novel low dimensional inorganic materials.

Thomas Sheehan

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Thomas joined the group in January 2022. He grew up in Northern Virginia, and he graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2020 with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. At UIUC, he worked on the development of LCMS-based high-throughput screening methods for catalysts in organic synthesis under Prof. David Sarlah and on the selective electrochemical removal of heavy metal ions from water under Prof. Xiao Su. In the Tisdale lab, he is studying the diffusion of excitons in perovskite quantum dots using transient spectroscopy techniques.

Niamh Brown

PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Niamh joined the group in November 2021 as a PhD student in chemistry. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2021 with a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Niamh worked in Professor Michael Marshak’s lab synthesizing and characterizing novel heavy metal complexes for use in organic light emitting diodes. She also worked in Professor Gordana Dukovic’s lab on characterizing trap states in cadmium sulfide quantum dots. Niamh is co-advised by Professor Moungi Bawendi in chemistry and is interested in using ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to explore exciton dynamics in colloidal semiconductor nanomaterials. She is the recipient of the Robert T. Haslam Presidential Fellowship.

Chana Honick


Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Chana joined the group as a postdoc in January 2022. She received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2016 and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in the lab of Prof. Art Bragg in 2021. At JHU, she used ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to study the structure-dependent photodynamics of photoswitchable and supramolecular materials. Her current work in the Tisdale lab uses ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to study exciton dynamics in semiconductor nanomaterials.

Fabio Marangi

Visiting PhD Student

Office: 66-216
Phone: 617.324.9637

Fabio joined the group in March 2022 as a visiting PhD student. Originally from Italy, he is a PhD student in Physics at Politecnico di Milano under the mentorship of Professor Francesco Scotognella. His research focuses on the fabrication and spectroscopic characterization of doped semiconductors nanocrystals heterojunctions for hot electron extraction. He graduated cum laude from Politecnico di Milano with a Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology during which he worked with Professor Guglielmo Lanzani on the fabrication and characterization of Pi-conjugated polymer nanoparticles for bio-optoelectronic applications. During his studies he spent a semester abroad as a visiting student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Fabio’s current focus in the Tisdale Lab includes the synthesis of 2D RP perovskites at the interface between air / solvent for the fabrication and characterization of heterostructures.


Name Tisdale Lab Position Alum Since Current Position Location
Lisa Poulikakos Masters 2013 Postdoc Stanford
Ferry Prins Postdoc 2014 Assistant Professor Autonoma de Madrid
Pooja Tyagi Postdoc 2014
Robert Keitel Masters 2015 PhD student ETH Zürich
Jolene Mork PhD 2016 Senior Data Scientist Macy’s
Michael Seitz Masters 2016 PhD student ETH Zurich
Mark Weidman PhD 2016 Sr. Lidar Engineer Lumotive
Dan Congreve Postdoc 2016 Principle Investigator Rowland Institute at Harvard
Leo Spiegel Masters 2017 Quantitative Risk Specialist UBS
Deepankur Thureja Masters 2017 PhD Student ETH Zurich
Rachel Gilmore PhD 2017 Engineer Creare LLC
Yunan Gao Postdoc 2017 Assistant Professor Peking University
Alexia Stollmann Masters 2018
Elizabeth M.Y. Lee PhD 2018 Postdoc University of Chicago
Aaron Goodman PhD 2018 Algorithm Engineer ClimaCell
Alex Hernandez Oendra Masters 2018 PhD Student ETH Zurich
Matt Ashner PhD 2019 Engineer Aerospace Corporation
Nabeel Dahod PhD 2019
Katie Mauck Postdoc 2019 Assistant Professor Kenyon College
Katie Shulenberger PhD 2019 Postdoc University of Colorado at Boulder
Dahin Kim Postdoc 2019 Postdoc University of Pennsylvania
Makhsud Saidaminov Visiting Scientist 2019 Assistant Professor University of Victoria
Sam Winslow PhD 2020 Senior Coatings Engineer LiquiGlide
Kris Williams Postdoc 2020
Abigail Rae Taussig PhD 2021
Seung Kyun”SK”Ha PhD 2021 Postdoc MIT
Watcharaphol “Oat” Paritmongkol PhD 2021 Postdoc