About Our Team

Group Leader

James M. Rondinelli

James M. Rondinelli

Assistant Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University
2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-3108, USA
Coordinates

3037 Cook Hall

Contact

Tel: (847) 491-3198
Fax: (847) 491-7820
Email: jrondinelli@northwestern.edu
Skype: james.rondinelli

Professional Preparation (CV)

Joseph Katz Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Lab. (06/2010–08/2011)
PhD in Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
BS in Materials Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Appointments

Morris E. Fine Junior Professor of Materials and Manufacturing, Northwestern University (09/2016 – present)
Fellow, Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (03/2015 – present)
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering (09/2014 – present)
Assistant Professor, Drexel University, Materials Science & Engineering Dept. (09/2011 – 08/2014)

Honors and Awards

MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2017)
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics (2016)
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, 2016)
3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (NTFA, 2016)
Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Emerging Investigator in Materials Chemistry (2016)
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2015)
ACS Select Virtual Issue on Solid-State Chemistry, Emerging Leader (2014)
American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award (2014)
Outstanding Research Award, Materials Science & Eng. Department, Drexel University (2012)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Doctoral New Investigator Grant (2012)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (2012)
Army Research Office, Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2012)
Joseph Katz Named Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory (2010)
Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award (2010)
NSF – ICMR International Research Fellow (2008)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow (2007)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow (2007)

Professional and Service Activities

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (2017 – present)
Member, Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) (2016 – 2019)
Editorial Board Member, NPJ Computational Materials (2015 – present)
Member, MRS Academic Affairs Committee and University Chapters Subcommittee (2015 – present)
Faculty Adviser, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society at Northwestern University (2015 – present)

Meetings, Workshops, and Sessions Organized

ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) Symposium S8: Multifunctional Nanocomposites (Orlando, FL, 2018)
ISIF-17 Session C: Science and technology of multiferroics and magnetoelectrics (New Delhi, India, 2017)
International Workshop on Oxide Electronics (iWOE-24) (Chicago, IL, 2017)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Magnetic Oxide Thin Films and Heterostructures (New Orleans, LA, 2017)
ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) Symposium S14: Multifunctional Nanocomposites (Orlando, FL, 2017)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Complex Oxide Interfaces & Heterostructures (Baltimore, MD, 2016)
ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) Symposium S5: Multifunctional Nanocomposites and Symposium S6: Computational Design of Electronic Materials (Orlando, FL, 2016)
Fall MRS Symposium DDD: Lighting the Path Towards Non-Equilibrium Structure-Property Relationships in Complex Materials (Boston, MA, 2015)
Materials Science and Engineering 32nd Annual Hilliard Symposium (Evanston, IL, 2015)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Computational Discovery and Design of Novel Materials (San Antonio, TX, 2015)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Emergent Properties of Bulk Complex Oxides (San Antonio, TX, 2015)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Complex Oxide Interfaces & Heterostructures (Baltimore, MD, 2013)
Fall MRS Symposium AA: Oxide Nanoelectronics and Multifunctional Dielectrics (Boston, MA, 2012)
Workshop on Oxide Interfaces by Design (Newport, RI, 2012)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Dielectric, Ferroelectric & Piezoelectric Oxides (Dallas, TX, 2011)

Graduate Students

Xuezeng Lu

MS (Physics), Fudan University, Shanghai, China
BS (Physics), University of Jinan, Jinan, China

Research Interests
First-principles electronic structure studies on multiferroic and improper ferroelectric materials.

Joined Group
October, 2014

Hometown: Shandong, China
Favorite Linux command: chmod
Favorite vim command: ctrl+V
Favorite element: Manganese
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: R3 (no. 146)

XuezengLu2014@u.northwestern.edu

Nathan Koocher

MS (Chemistry) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
BS (Biochemistry and Biophysics) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests
Materials out of equilibrium and nonlinear optical materials

Joined Group
October, 2015

Favorite element: Titanium
Favorite mineral: Rutile
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite vim command: q
Favorite space group: P4mm (no. 99)

nathankoocher2015@u.northwestern.edu

Daniel Hickox-Young

BA (Physics and Mathematics), St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Research Interests
Relating molecular structures to macroscopic electrical, optical, and magnetic properties.

Joined Group
October, 2016

Hometown: Reno, NV
Favorite element: Chromium
Favorite mineral: Titanite
Favorite structure: BCC
Favorite Linux command: ls
Favorite space group: F\bar{4}3m (no. 216)

danielhickox-young2021@u.northwestern.edu

Nenian Charles

MS (Applied Physics), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
BS (Physics) Grambling, State University, Grambling, LA

Research Interests
Development of new theories to understand functional mixed-anion perovskite systems by formulating first-principles structure-property relationships.

Joined Group
September, 2012

Hometown: St. Joseph, Dominica
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite element: Antimony
Favorite vim command: D
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: Pn\bar{3} (no. 201)

nc465@drexel.edu

Jaye Harada

BS (Physics) University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests
Developing theories to understand mixed-anions systems through experiments and first principles electronic structure calculations.

Joined Group
October, 2015

Hometown: Davis, California
Favorite element: Co
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite Linux command: awk
Favorite vim command: gg

jayeharada2015@u.northwestern.edu

Richard Saballos

BS (Material Science and Engineering) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Interests
Relating property changes in transition metal oxides with anionic substitution of oxygen.

Joined Group
October, 2016

Hometown: Miami, FL
Favorite element: Gallium
Favorite mineral: Calcite
Favorite Linux command: clear
Favorite structure: Perovskite

richardsaballos2021@u.northwestern.edu

Nicholas Wagner

BSE (Materials Science and Engineering), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Research Interests
Structure-property relationships and machine learning to develop new electronic materials.

Joined Group
October, 2014

Hometown: El Mirage, AZ
Favorite Linux command: sudo
Favorite element: Platinum
Favorite vim command: U
Favorite structure: FCC
Favorite space group: Fd\bar{3}m (no. 227)
Favorite blog: Slate Star Codex

monsieurwagner@gmail.com

Yongjin Shin

BS (Materials Science and Engineering), Korea University, Korea

Research Interests
First-principles study on structure-property relationship to design functionality into electronic materials including  layered oxide, noncentrosymmetric metals and non-linear optical materials

Joined Group
October, 2015

Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite element: Carbon
Favorite vim command: dd
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: Fd\bar{3}m (no. 227)

yongjin.shin@u.northwestern.edu

Research Fellows

Danilo Puggioni

PhD (Physics), Università di Cagliari, Italy

Research Interests
Theoretical description of solid-state systems, including the electronic properties, magnetism, correlations, and phase transitions in complexoxides. The main techniques that I use are first-principles methods based on density-functional theory, and on post-DFT treatments for correlated systems.

Joined Group
June, 2012

Hometown: Chiaramonti (SS), Italy
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite emacs command: ctrl+x r-k
Favorite element: Copper
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: Pnma (no. 62)

da.puggioni@gmail.com

Mingqiang (Kurt) Gu

PhD (Physics), Nanjing University, China

Research Interests Magnetic oxides and non-equilibrium physics of complex perovskites.

Joined Group November, 2014

Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Favorite Linux command: awk
Favorite vim command: s
Favorite element: Carbon
Favorite lattice: Honeycomb
Favorite space group: Im\bar{3}m (no. 229)

perfectkurtg@gmail.com

Liang-Feng Huang

PhD (Physics), Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interests First-principles simulation of corrosion-resistant metal alloys.

Joined Group January, 2015

Hometown: Zhejiang, China
Favorite Linux command: rm -rf *
Favorite vim command: wq
Favorite element: Hydrogen
Favorite lattice: BCC

liangfeng.huang@northwestern.edu

Visitors

Institution at Time of Visit

Mr. Shiming Lei, PennState, Gopalan Group

Dr. Alessandro Stroppa, CNR-SPIN, L’Aquila, Italy, MODEM Group

Alumni

Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Prasanna Balachandran, (2012-14), Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Antonio Cammarata, (2011-13), Czech Technical University in Prague

Graduates

Dr. Joshua Young, PhD (2016), Naval Research Lab

Mr. Emrys Tennessen, MS (2016)

Mr. Adam Cordi, MS (2014), Sage Analytical Lab, LLC

Dr. Nina Lane, PhD (2013), Intel

Undergraduate Researchers

Mr. Kyujin Jang, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University 2016-

Mr. Parth Lalkiya, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University 2015-16

Mr. Sam Kulsa, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 2014

Mr. Paul Cheung, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2013

Ms. Nesya Havela, Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2011-12

Senior Design Projects

Mr. Yinong Cao, Theoretical Study of ZnxSn1-xS Quantum Dots, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University

Mr. David TriderSeebeck Coefficients and Thermopower from First-Principles, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University