Ryan C. Chiechi
Ryan Chiechi received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2005 under the guidance of Prof. Fred Wudl and Prof. Yang Yang at the University of California, Los Angeles. He focused on developing new pi-conjugated materials using efficient and scalable synthetic routes and used them to fabricate organic light-emitting devices. As a postdoctoral fellow from 2006-2009 at Harvard University with Prof. George M. Whitesides he developed new tools for molecular electronics and nanofabrication, studied charge-transport through arrays of quantum dots and used flames to encode and transmit information. His most notable contribution was the development of eutectic Ga-In as a non-destructive electrode for constructing tunneling junctions from delicate molecular monolayers. In 2009 he joined the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry at the University of Groningen as an Assistant Professor. He won an ERC Starting Grant in 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Organic-Materials Chemistry in 2014. His current research interests are in charge-transport through self-assembled monolayers, unconventional nanofabrication and the design and synthesis of conjugated polymers.