Halasyamani Research Group

Group Members & Alumni

Research Associate

Dr. Weiguo Zhang

w-zhangPh.D. 2009 - State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University: wgzhang82@gmail.com

Weiguo Zhang was born in 1982 in Shandong province of China. He studied Applied Chemistry at Shandong University (2000 – 2004). After obtaining his BSc degree, Weiguo continued to do research work at State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials as a PhD student at the same university (2004-2009). He joined Halasyamani’s research group at University of Houston to conduct single crystal growth and characterization, as soon as he got his PhD degree in July 2009. He has successfully grown many noncentrosymmetric crystals such as BaTeMo2O9 (BTM), Na2TeW2O9 (NTW), Cs2TeW3O12 (CTW), BaCuTeO6, LiFeP2O7, etc. Weiguo enjoys cinema, swimming, badminton, table tennis and tai chi.

Post-doctoral Associates

Lili Liu:

l-liuPh.D. 2017 - Chinese Academy of Sciences :

Lili Liu was born in Hebei province of China. She studied Material Physics at Hebei University of Technology (2008-2012). After obtaining Bachelor degree, she was admitted to Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences to do research work as a PhD student in Material Physics and Chemistry (2012-2017). After obtaining her PhD degree in July 2017, she joined Prof. Halasyamani’s research group at University of Houston to conduct research on the synthesis and growth of new functional inorganic crystals.

Graduate Students

Meng Shang 0202_1

Meng was born in Shandong province of China, and studied for her bachelors degree in Polymer Engineering at Qingdao University of Science and Technology(2011-2014)and earned her masters degree in polymer science at The University of Akron(2014-2015). Her interests are swimming, running and traveling.

Stephanie Araiza s-araiza

Stephanie was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in chemistry at California State University, Long Beach in 2015 and 2018, respectively. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, baking and attending concerts.


Visiting Scholars

Prof. Tongqing Sun (2017-2018)
Dr. Tongqing Sun is an Associate Professor at Nankai University - http://physics.nankai.edu.cn/wlxyen/2017/1118/c7774a82875/page.htm.

Prof. Yanjun Li (2017-2018)
Dr. Yanjun Li is an Associate Professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

Prof. Lei Geng: (2016-2017)
Dr. Lei Geng is an Associate Professor at Huaibei Normal University.

Prof. Hongping Wu (2016-2017)
Dr. Hongping Wu is an Associate Professor at Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry of CAS, China.

Graduate Students

Kang-Min Ok: Ph.D. 2003, Post-doc 2004-2006
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University - http://inmatchem.cau.ac.kr/index.php?mid=Professor

Yetta Eagleman: Ph.D. 2003
Senior Chemist - Day and Zimmermann, Texarkana

Dr. Tianxiang Zhu (Sept. ‘08 - Sept. ‘09):
Vice-General Manager, Areospace Hi-Tech Holding Group Co., Hubei, China

Hong-Young Chang: Ph.D. 2009
Post-doctoral Associate Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University - http://shock.wsu.edu/team/research-associates/hong-young-chang/

Jaewook Baek: M.S. 2009
Chief Chemist ExperTox Inc., Houston, TX

Jeongho Yeon: Ph.D. 2011
Senior Process Development Engineer, Coherent Corp., NJ - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeongho-yeon/21/39/109
Jeongho.Yeon@coherent.com yeonj8305@gmail.com

Sau Doan Nguyen: Ph.D. 2012
Post-doctoral Associate - University of Northern Colorado (Prof. Robin Macaluso)

HaNa Lee: M.S. May 2013
LG Chemicals, Korea

Sun Woo Kim: Ph.D. 2014
Post-doctoral Associate - Rutgers University (Prof. Martha Greenblatt)

Thanh Thao Tran: Ph.D. 2015
Post-doctoral Associate - Johns Hopkins University (Prof. Tyrel McQueen)

Post-Doctoral Associates

Dr. N.S.P. Bhuvanesh (Sept. ‘99 - Aug. ‘01):
Powder Diffraction Manager - Texas A&M University - http://xray.tamu.edu/people.php: xray@tamu.edu

Dr. Zhong-le Huang (April ‘01 - April ‘02):
Research Scientist, Christian-Albrechts- University Kiel

Dr. Joanna Goodey-Pellois (Sept. ‘01 - July ‘02):
Senior Lecturer - Associate Graduate Advisor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University - http://www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/faculty_detail.php?ID=1495

Dr. Lei Zhang (June ‘02 - May ‘04):
Research Scientist, Peking University

Dr. Oya Gokcen (Jan. ‘03 - Jan. ‘04):
Research Scientist, Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center, University of Houston

Dr. Ranbo Yu (Feb. ‘03 - Feb. ‘04):
Professor, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, 30 Xuryuan Road, Beijing 100083, China, +86 (010) 62332525

Dr. Eunok Chi (April ‘03 - March ‘06):
DC Chemical Company, Seoul, Korea

Dr. T. Sivakumar (August ‘04 - March ‘07):
Post-doctoral Associate, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Dr. Jun Ho Kim (June ‘06 - June ‘08):
DC Chemical Company, Seoul, Korea

Dr. Sang-Hwan Kim (Feb. ‘08 - June ‘11):
Senior Research Chemist, Central Research & Development, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Inc., Wilmington, DE, USA

Dr. Elise Pachoud (Jan. ‘12 - June ‘13):
Post-doctoral Associate, Edinburgh University

Dr. Hongwei Yu (Sept. ‘14 - Feb. ‘17):
Post-doctoral Associate, Northwestern University

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