Former Postdocs and Graduate Students

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Prof. Jin Zhao, University of Science and Technology of China. "Our research focuses on first-principles calculations on excited carrier dynamics in different condensed matter systems, trying to understand the behavior of electrons in multiple dimsnsions, including time, energy, real, and momentum space."

Prof. Min Feng, School of Physics & Technology, Wuhan University, China. By using STM and TR-2PP, Min and her group members study the static electronic structures and dynamic electronic processes at the surfaces/interfaces for probing the strategies of modulating and controlling their electronic character.

Prof. Aimo Winkelmann - Associate Professor, Akademickie Centrum Materiałów i Nanotechnologii, Poland. Analysis of metallic materials by transmission Kikuchi electron diffraction.

Prof. Shijing Tan - Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China. “My 3.5-years stay in Dr. Petek's lab is the most delightful time in my past. After that, I took a faculty position at USTC, and I am currently working on developing the scanning probe microscope with multidimensional resolutions in space, energy and time. I am also continuing the study with ultrafast photoemission spectroscopy, in close collaboration with Dr. Petek, to investigate the coherent charge transfer at heterointerfaces and the unique properties in emerging 2D materials.”

Prof. Ken Onda (Kyushu University) - After leaving Dr. Petek's group, he has been studying photoinduced dynamics in strongly correlated electron systems using various ultrafast spectroscopic techniques: from 10 fs to 100 ns and from vibrational to electronic at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Krushu University in Japan. He is also studying ultrafast dynamics of inhomogeneous (semiconductor) and homogeneous (metal complex) photocatalytic reactions using the same techniques.

Dr. Niko Pontius (BESSY II) - "I'm currently working at the BESSY II storage ring of the Helmholtz Center Berlin in Germany, where I went after my two years stay in Dr. Petek's lab.  Here I'm involved in ultrafast x-ray science doing research on photoinduced phase transitions in strongly correlated systems.  In particular, I'm in charge of an experimental station for ultrafast resonant soft x-ray diffraction which is used at the Femtoslicing facility at BESSY II."

Dr. Chungwei Lin (Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories) - Research / Technical Staff

Dr. Benoy Anand

Dr. Maciej K. Dabrowski - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exeter University. His research activities focus on antiferromagnetic spintronics and all-optical control of spins in 2D van der Waals magnets

Other former Postdoctoral Fellows:  A. Kubo (Tsukuba University), Tian Huang (Corning Inc.), Qiang Zou (Oak Ridge National Lab), Xuefeng Cui (Assisstant Professor, USTC)

Former Graduate Students

Dr. Amlan Basak (Intel) - Working at Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, as a Process Technology Development Engineer.  In that role he is working on Intel's next generation microprocessor technology.

Dr. Vahit Sametoglu (University of Alberta, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering) - Postdoctoral research fellow.  Research interests:  Warm dense matter - Investigation of ultrafast nonequilibrium electron dynamics of laser-matter-plasma interactions, i.e., metal lattice stability measurements at INRS-ALLS (Varennes, Quebec); Nanoscale Laser-Induced Forward Transfer (Nano-LIFT) on metal surfaces and its lateral resolution; Undertaking design and manufacture of quantum-dot semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (QD-SESAM) by molecular beam ipitaxy (MBE) technique.

Dr. Adam Argondizzo - II-IV Inc., Pittsburgh

Dr. Shengmin Zhang - BNY Mellon, Pittsburgh

Dr. Cong Wang - Amazon

Prof. Yanan Dai - Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

Other former Graduate Students: A. Constantinescu (Florida State University, Magnet Lab); B. Li (UCL).