We are hiring PhD students and Postdocs!
Prospective Graduate Students: Should have a strong interest in structure-property relationships of printable semiconductor materials. Projects include spectroscopy and electrochemistry, with opportunities to do a combination of fundamental materials characterizations, make and test devices, and multidisciplinary collaborations, including visits to national laboratories. Backgrounds in materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, and optics are strongly encouraged to apply to graduate programs of interest and email Dr. Ratcliff.
Applicants for PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and/or Chemistry and Biochemistry: https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/procedures/apply-now
Domestic PhD applicants interested in a multidisciplinary degree should consider applying to the Indige-FEWSS (Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty) Fellowship: https://energy.arizona.edu/indigefewss
Prospective Postdocs: Want to work on printable electronic materials and devices? Interested in stability? Love semiconductor electrochemistry? Have an interest/background in electrochemical impedance, transient spectroelectrochemistry, scanning electrochemical (cell) microscopy and/or photoelectron spectroscopy? We have three postdoc positions available and we want to work with you! Email Dr. Ratcliff your CV and cover letter.
Latest and Greatest From LISPEM
February 10, 2020 - Scientists Study Sweat, the Small Stuff
We are excited about our new project - developing methods to collect and analyze sweat for clues about how the body is functioning - funded by SEMI-NBMC (Nano-Bio Materials Consortium). https://blog.semi.org/technology-trends/scientists-study-sweat-the-small-stuff
January 2020 - New Year, New Decade, New Awards!
Congratulations to Michael for winning the top graduate student prize for Environmental Impact and to Zhiting for winning second place in the ACS Women's Chemist Group at the Graduate Professional Student Council Student Showcase! Their award-winning posters are the products of their Institute for Energy Solutions Summer 2019 Fellowships. Well done Michael and Zhiting!
January 2020 - Welcome Dr. Songyan Yu!
Dr. Yu joins us to work on wearable sweat sensors and conductive polymer electrochemistry from Auburn University. Welcome to LISPEM Songyan!
December 2019 - Congratulations Dr. Neelamraju!
Bharati successfully defended her PhD entitled "Doping and Stability of Organic Semiconductors". She was selected as the top graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona, an award presented to her by Dean Hahn. Way to go Bharati!
November 2019 Congratulations to Zhiting!
Her collaboration paper with Pat Uniwn's group University of Warwick was just accepted in ACS Nano.
September 2019 LISPEM receives DOE BES funding!
August 2019 Congrats to Kristen, Trung, Bharati, and Michael!
Their collaborative paper with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on degradation of organic donors for solar cells was accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.
July 2019 Congrats to Dr. Ratcliff!
July 2019 Congrats to Jon and Bharati!
Their manuscript was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials.
July 2019 Congrats to Kristen and Bharati!
Their manuscript was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials.
May 2019 Congrats to Dr. Ratcliff - she was selected for the Award for Excellence at the Student Interface: Most Supportive Junior Faculty
May 2019 Congrats to Sean!
Sean graduates this month with his Master's in Materials Science and Engineering, which has been published in Synthetic Metals.
April 2019 Congrats to Jon!
Jon was named a Repperger Research Intern at the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force Research Laboratory for Summer 2019!
March 2019 Congrats to Zhiting and Michael!
Both were named as 2019 Institute for Energy Solutions Summer Fellows: https://energy.arizona.edu/2019-ies-summer-fellows
March 2019 Congrats to Bharati for passing her oral exam!
February 2019 Congrats to Zhiting!
Her poster won the American Chemical Society Women's Chemistry Group Award at the 2019 GPSC Student Showcase.
December 2018 Congrats to Bharati!
Her travel grant from the GPSC was funded to attend the Fall 2018 MRS meeting.
November 2018 Congratulations to Bharati and Kristen for their paper published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters!
October 2018 Dr. Ratcliff gives an invited talk at Orbitaly 2018
"Gating strategies in organic electrochemical transistors: Fundamental mechanisms, transport effects, and materials design" Milan, Italy
September 2018 Congratulations to Bharati and Melanie!
Their paper "Controlling the Kinetics of Charge Transfer at Conductive Polymer/Liquid Interfaces through Microstructure" was published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2018, 122 (37) 21210-21215.
August 2018 Our MRI proposal "Acquisition of a Cryogenic Scanning Near-field Optical Microscope with Spatially Resolved Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy" with Brian LeRoy, John Schaibley, Robert Norwood, and Sefaattin Tongay was selected for funding by NSF DMR (Award #1828427)! Thank you NSF!
August 2018 Ratcliff selected to be member of the BIO5 Institute. http://www.bio5.org/
August 2018 Zhiting Chen joins the Ratpack. Welcome Zhiting!
July 2018 Our collaboration on MoOx/PbS interfaces with Naval Research Laboratory "Energy Level Alignment of Molybdenum Oxide on Colloidal Lead Sulfide (PbS) Thin Films for Optoelectronic Devices" is published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 10, 30, 24981-24986
July 2018 Michael Anderson joins the Ratpack. Welcome Michael!
June 2018 Our new step-scan FT-IR with electrochemical capabilities is delivered and installed!
May 2018 Jon collects NEXAFS spectra on a recent trip to SSRL
April 2018 Justin and Bharati work on depositing thin films of organic semiconductors
March 2018 Sean gets the last piece of GIWAXS data he needs for his thesis!
February 2018 Bharati is named as one of twelve 2018 Carson Scholars! Congratulations Bharati!
MSE Grad Student Cultivates Communication Skills
October 2017 Melanie's paper is published in Nature Communications
"Normal and inverted regimes of charge transfer controlled by density of states at polymer electrodes” is now available online: https://rdcu.be/wTeD
Nature Communications 8, Article number: 1048 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01264-2
Postdoctoral associate Melanie Rudolph pours electrolyte onto a thin-film polymer for experiments on electron transfer reactions. Credit: University of Arizona
October 2017 Ratcliff lab in the news!
Researchers demonstrate new ways to achieve selectivity for biomarkers in bioelectronics
Engineers at the University of Arizona have experimentally verified the electrochemical processes that control charge transfer rate from an organic polymer to a biomarker molecule, using common materials and measurement techniques to make their results widely accessible and reproducible.
Erin Ratcliff, left, and undergraduate student Zachary Kushlan examine an organic semiconductor thin film prepared in the Ratcliff lab. Credit: University of Arizona
September 2017 Ratcliff Co-PI of $3 million National Science Foundation grant to help fit sustainable systems to existing infrastructure with the Navajo Nation
A new five-year, $3-million NSF-funded program(link is external) will develop a diverse STEM workforce with the intercultural awareness and multidisciplinary knowledge necessary to address this problem. Through the program, at least 26 University of Arizona graduate students will apply their STEM education to food, water, and energy-related challenges in Navajo Nation.
August 2017 New paper on "Critical Interface States Controlling Rectification of Ultrathin NiO–ZnO p–n Heterojunctions" published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (36), pp 31111–31118 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b08899
July 2017 Jonathan Harris joins the RatPack. Welcome Jon!
May 2017 Trung Nguyen graduates with his masters in MSE. Congrats Trung!
February 2017 Ratcliff named Summer Fellow in 2017 ONR Summer Faulty Research Program at the Naval Research Laboratory
September 2016 - Ratcliff lab on YouTube.
August 2016 Our pilot proposal "Wearable sensor arrays for real-time analysis of sweat biofluid" is funded by UA Office of Research and Discovery!
July 2016 - Our NSF grant is featured in UANews!
June 2016 - Sean Arnold and Zack Kushlan join the Ratpack
Welcome Sean and Zack!
May 2016 - Release of Advanced Materials Special Issue: Metal Oxide Heterointerfaces in Hybrid Electronic Platforms
Dr. Ratcliff's co-edited special issue of Advanced Materials can be found here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.v28.20/issuetoc
And our editorial with Martyn McLachlan
Bharati Neelamraju joins the Ratpack as a PhD student. Welcome Bharati!
Thank you to the National Science Foundation Division of Materials for awarding our joint proposal with Jeanne Pemberton (Chemistry, University of Arizona).
The project entitled "In Operando Characterization of Degradation Processes in Organic Semiconductor Materials" is for $590,000 and runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.
Congratulations to Ankush! His poster "Band gap Engineering of ZnO Selective Contacts with Mg Additives" was nominated for best poster award at the Spring MRS 2016 meeting!
The RatPack visits Phoenix for the Spring 2016 MRS meeting. Come join us at Symposium EP5: Metal Oxide Hetero-Interfaces in Hybrid Electronic Platforms, chaired by Dr. Ratcliff.
Dr. Ratcliff gives an invited talk at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source (SSRL) and conducts experiments with Dr. Leah Kelly.
Dr. Kelly at beam line 8-2 (SSRL)
Dr. Ratcliff gives an inivted talk at Fall MRS in Boston "Doping and nano-texturing of polymer semiconductors" in Symposium AA: Organic Semiconductors -Surface, Interface and Bulk Doping.
Dr. Melanie Rudolph joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher after completing her Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany. Welcome to the University of Arizona Melanie!
The new IPES has arrived! Assembly is underway.......
Dr. Ratcliff travels to Arizona State University to meet with researchers part of QESST. The title of her seminar talk was "Selectivity of Contacts in Thin Film Photovoltaics".
Dr. Ratcliff gives a seminar "Overcoming Materials Challenges with Interfaces in Thin Film Optoelectronic Devices" and visits with researchers at US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC.
Trung Nguyen (Ph.D. student in MSE) joins the Ratcliff group and our organic thermoelectric effort. Welcome to the group and to Tucson Trung!
Dr. Leah Kelly joins us as joint postdoctoral researcher with Oliver Monti's group in Chemistry. Leah is working on characterizing doping in organic semiconductors. Welcome Leah!
Dr. Ratcliff travels to Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Source (SSRL) for spectroscopy experiments of colloidal quantum dots with Naval Research Laboratory collaborators.
Ankush Nayak (Masters student, MSE) and Zack Fortuno (undergraduate, MSE) join the lab to work on photoelectrochemistry of oxides and polymers. Welcome Ankush and Zack!
Congratulations to Kira Rundel on graduating with a Bachelor's degree from University of Arizona. Kira leaves us for first a summer internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) before heading off to Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) to pursue a Ph.D. Best of luck Kira!
Ratcliff proposal funded with Oliver Monti (UA Chemistry) "Organic Thermoelectrics: Breaking the Barrier for Conversion of Heat to Electricity" by TRIF UA Renewable Energy Network $60,000. Thank you REN!
Kira Rundel wins the Distinguished Poster Award at the Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC). Congratulations Kira!
Ratcliff proposal "Inverse Photoemission Spectrometer" was selected for funding by the Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions (WEES) competitive equipment grants program. Thank you WEES!
Kira Rundel and her poster “Exploring the Effect of Donor Polymer Molecular Weight in Bulk Heterojunction All-Polymer Solar Cells” win multiple prizes at UA Homecoming, including First Place in Undergraduate Division of Engineering Student Showcase, First Place from the American Chemical Society Women’s Chemistry Group, and the President’s Award for the Best Undergraduate Research Project. Excellent work Kira!