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February 2020 -- Left to right around the table: Zhujian, Penny, Elizabeth, Rachel, Teddy, Sarah, Viktor, Belvin, Chaoyun, Oscar (visiting), Maicely, Meng and (not photographed: Tao and Durga) [February 2020.

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February 2020 -- Left to right around the table: Sarah, Chaoyun, Belvin, Oscar (vising), Viktor, Maicely Teddy, meng, Zhujian, Penny, Elizabeth, Rachel and (Not photographed: Tao and Durga) [2020]


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Summer 2017 -- Having group bbq at a park after a long day and work.


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 (2015-2016) -- Front Left to Right: Tao, Teddy, Anjani, Yue, Sreenivas, Jianping, Xiaoxi, Viktor, Elizangela, Vanessa, Katherine, Heveline, and Rafael (2015-2016)

AG 2014

2014 -- Font Row (From L to R): Chi-han, Ahmed, Tao, Katherine, Jay
Back Row (From L to R): Marina, Xiaoxi, Teddy, Ananda, Yuying, Viral
[not in Picture: Apoorva (the photographer)] (2014).

AG Pic 2012

2014 -- Font Row (From L to R): Xiaoxi, Bhaskar, Zhimin, Sayantani, Ci-han, Vitor
Back Row (From L to R): Ananda, Teddy, Xiaoxi, Rafael.

Asefa Group 2016 2017



Principal Investigator

prof tewodros asefaProf. Tewodros Asefa (

Ph.D. (2002), University of Toronto




Post-Doctoral Fellows


Dr. Chaoyun Tang

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Research Projects: Synthesis of 2D and multifunctional nanostructured materials for energy conversions and storage using rationally designed metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as precursors.


Dr. Zhujian Huang

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Research Projects: Synthesis of novel layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and nanoporous materials for electrolysis and environmental remediation and extraction of emerging pollutants.



Graduate Students


Tao Zhang

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Research Projects: Development of multifunctional semiconducting nanocatalysts and photocatalysts for renewable energy applications.


Viktor Dubovoy

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Research Project: Synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials and organo-functionalized mesoporous materials for delivery of drugs and antibacterial agents.


Maricely Ramirez Hernandez


Research Project: Synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials for prevention of wound causing microbes and biofilms and development of wound dressings.


Belvin Thomas

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Research Project: Metallic and semiconducting nanostructured materials and heterojunctions for photocatalysis, renewable energy and environmental remediation.


Durga Sankar Vavilapalli

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Research Project: Development of novel multiferroic and topological materials and investigation of their electrocatalytic properties for renewable energy systems and photocatalysts properties for environmental remediation.


Meng Liu

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Research Project: Development of novel precious metal-free electrocatalysts and investigation of their electrochemical and electrocatalysis properties using state-of-the-art spectroscopy.


Undergraduate Students


Sarah Sonbati

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Research Project: Synthesis of polymer-functionalized nanostructured materials for chronic wound healing.


Rachel Ondricek

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Research Project: Nanomaterials functionalized with metal Ions for skin wound treatment,


Elizabeth Defazio

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Research Project: Development of organic-functionalized mesoporous metal oxides with antimicrobial agents for wound treatment.