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Jun

2024

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Congrats Declan for passing his prelim exam! Great job!

May

2024

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Electrochemical Society meeting in SF: Marina gives an invited presentation about machine learning applied to perovskites and Declan presents a talk on optical emitters for thermophotovoltaics.

May

2024

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Margaret is awarded the Master's Thesis Award from our College of Engineering. Great job, Margaret! Check the news story here: https://engineering.ucdavis.edu/news/materials-science-alum-wins-jeffery-c-gibeling-masters-thesis-excellence-award

Apr

2024

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Congrats to Abby for being awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR). Nice job! See news stories from DOE and UC Davis.

Apr

2024

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Marina presents to invited talks at the Spring Materials Research Society in Seattle: "Novel Approaches to Synthesize and Characterize Stable Halide Perovskites and their Devices" and "Plasmonics and Metasurfaces—Design, Materials and Applications". Thanks to all organizers for the invitations.

Apr

2024

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Peifen presents her work at the Spring MRS Meeting in Seattle.

Mar

2024

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Abby gives a virtual talk for the Next-Generation Solar Energy PhD- Postdoc Seminar Series

Mar

2024

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Big congrats to Peifen for being selected as a Graduate Student Award Finalist for the 2024 MRS Spring Meeting, Seattle, WA. Well done Peifen!

Feb

2024

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Marina delivers an invited talk about optical materials for high-temperature photonics at the SPIE Advanced Lithography + Patterning, in San Jose. Thanks Tito and Alex for the kind invitation!

Feb

2024

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Mansha and Declan present their work at the Sandia-UC Davis Research Partnership Symposium: Climate Security. Marina gives an overview of the group's work on materials for sustainability.

Jan

2024

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Marina delivers an invited talk at the SPIE Photonics West meeting.

Jan

2024

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Marina presents an invited talk about ceramic materials for photonics and energy at the ICACC '24 Conference (48th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites) from ACerS.

Dec

2023

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Abigail wins the "Richard and Joy Dorf Engineering Fellowship Award" from the College of Engineering, University of California, Davis.

Dec

2023

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Our group's research is highlighted in the UC Davis "In Great Focus" 2023 magazine, which features selected stories from our faculty, and their achievements attained through very generous, philanthropic contributions. Thank you to all UC Davis donors and their support to the Chancellor's Fellow Program! Check the full story here: https://giving.ucdavis.edu/impacts-giving/in-greater-focus-magazine-fall-2023/edge-of-energy

Dec

2023

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Marina becomes an Associate Editor at APL Materials! See details about the journal here: https://pubs.aip.org/aip/apm

Dec

2023

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Marina gives an invited talk at the "Next Generation Solar Energy (NGSE) Conference", on machine learning applied to hybrid perovskites. Thanks Carolin, for the kind invitation. See full program here: https://www.ngse.info/

Dec

2023

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The LeiteLab welcomes new PhD student Declan!

Dec

2023

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Marina presents two invited talks at the Fall MRS meeting, and co-organized the "EN05 Halide Perovskites—From Fundamentals to Applications" symposium.

Oct

2023

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Our collaboration with Profs. J. Munday and S. McCormack on optical emitters for thermophotovoltaics is published in Joule. Nicely done Mariama, Tao, and Margaret! Check out the paper here.

Oct

2023

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Our collaboration with Prof. van Benthem's group is published in the The Journal of the Electrochemical Society. Check the paper here!

Oct

2023

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Two awards in the group! Ece wins the "American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall meeting in the Division of Energy and Fuels – Silver Award" and Abby receives the "UC Davis Graduate Student Association Travel Award". Congrats everyone!

Oct

2023

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Peifen, Ece, Mansha, and Abby present their work at the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Symposium at UC Davis!

Oct

2023

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Marina delivers two invited talks at the Brazil Materials Research Society Meeting (ML applied to halide perovskites and materials for ultra-high-temperature photonics). Thank you to all organizers for the invitations!

Sep

2023

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Our invited Perspective on "Emerging opportunities for hybrid perovskite solar cells using machine learning" is published in APL Energy (pdf), and highlighted as a cover. Great job Abby and Mansha!

Sep

2023

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The group receives a DARPA Disruptioneering award from the ATOM program, together with Profs. J. Munday and H. Houmayon (ECE / UC Davis).

Sep

2023

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Sep

2023

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Congrats to Margaret for successfully finishing her MS in materials science and engineering!

Sep

2023

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Tao's work on materials for ultra-high-temperature photonics is published in ACS Appl. Optical Materials and featured on the journal's cover. Great job Tao! Read our paper here!

Aug

2023

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Marina delivers a key note and an invited talk at the I-MRS meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Thanks Federico and Fabian for the great days.

Aug

2023

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Abby, Ece, and Mansha present their work at the ACS Fall meeting in San Francisco.

Jul

2023

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Our work on machine learning applied to halide perovskites is highlighted by The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering (from the National Academy of Engineering) and the Science Daily.

Jul

2023

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Congrats to Mansha and Abby for passing their Qual Exams. Great job!

Jul

2023

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Marina is promoted to Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering!

Jun

2023

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Abby participates in the NSF-funded JUAMI summer school in Nairobi, and Marina gives an invited presentation. Thanks Sossina for the great meeting!

Jun

2023

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Marina gives an invited talk at the 14th World Conference on Thermophotovoltaic Generation (TPV-14). Thanks Andrej for the kind invitation!

Jun

2023

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Peifen is featured in this College of Engineering article "Materials Science Ph.D. Candidate Driven to Engineer Sustainable Future." Congrats Peifen!

Apr

2023

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Thanks ACS Energy Letters for the Energy Spotlight piece about out paper. Read the piece here, and check out the paper on our Publications page!

Apr

2023

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Abby and Dr. Leite release a new paper in ACS Energy Letters, entitled "Machine Learning Enables Prediction of Halide Perovskites’ Optical Behavior with >90% Accuracy". Thanks to all our collaborators!

Apr

2023

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The Leite Lab takes Spring MRS by storm! Marina delivers two invited talks, Abby and Peifen also give talks on hybrid perovskites and photonics, respectively.

Mar

2023

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Marina presents a summary of the group's work and its connection to the College of Engineering Next Level Research Vision at the Engineering on Tap online event. Thank you to our Associate Dean for Research, Raissa, for invitation.

Feb

2023

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Big congrats to Peifen for receiving the 2023 College of Engineering (COE) Excellence in Graduate Student Research Award. Go Peifen!

Feb

2023

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Kevin and Micah's paper entitled "Optical Tunability and Characterization of Mg−Al, Mg−Ti, and Mg−Ni Alloy Hydrides for Dynamic Color Switching Devices" is published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Read the paper on our Publications page now.

Feb

2023

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Marina presents the Colloquium in the Chemistry Department at the Federal University of Pernambuco and the one in the Physics Department at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (Brazil). Big thanks to Claudete and Ferraz for these invitations!

Feb

2023

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Tao, Peifen, and Dr. Leite submit a new paper to ACS Applied Optical Materials entitled "Scalable Superabsorbers and Color Filters Based on Earth-Abundant Materials". Well done all!

Feb

2023

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Professor Leite honored in Optica's Women in Science Tribute. Thanks for the kind words!

Feb

2023

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Marina presents a seminar at the Physics Department in Recife, Brazil. Thanks Anderson and Cid, for the kind invitation!

Jan

2023

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Leite Lab grad student Abby Hering presents her research in a talk entitled "Automated Optical Measurements and Machine Learning Analysis of Cs-FA Halide Perovskites" at SPIE Photonics West. Great job Abby!

Jan

2023

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Congrats to Ece for advancing to candidacy. Great job Ece!

Jan

2023

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Abby presents our work on machine learning applied to hybrid perovskites at the SPIE Photonics West Meeting in San Francisco. Well done Abby!

Nov

2022

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The group presented some of our recent results at the Fall Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting in person and virtual. Marina gave two invited talks, Margaret presented her work on refractory materials for high-temperature photonics, and Abby gave a talk on the potential of machine learning to forecast the behavior of perovskites.

Nov

2022

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Congrats to Margaret on advancing to candidacy. Well done Margaret!

Oct

2022

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Marina presents an invited talk on machine learning applied to perovskites at the nanoGe meeting. Thanks Qiang, for the invitation - it was awesome to be back to in-person meetings!

Oct

2022

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Marina presents the group's work on photonics at the FiOS - Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science. Thanks Willie for the kind invitation!

Sep

2022

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Leite Lab members Abby, Ece, Mansha, and Peifen attend the UC Davis CHMS Graduate Research Symposium, where Peifen is awarded the Best Poster Presentation award. Congratulations!

Aug

2022

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Marina gives a Keynote talk at the LAOP - Latin American Optics and Photonics Conference. Thank you Anderson for the kind invitation!

Aug

2022

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Congrats to Peifen for advancing her candidacy. Well done Peifen!

Jun

2022

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Marina is elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior member.

Jun

2022

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Congrats to Peifen for being awarded the Summer Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) Award for summer 2022-23!

May

2022

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Marina delivers an invited talk on thermophotovoltaics at the Spring MRS Meeting.

May

2022

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Meghna is awarded the College of Engineering Jeffrey Gibeling Best Master’s Thesis Award. Well done Meghna!

May

2022

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Richa successfully defends her Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Lahoti!

Apr

2022

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Peifen and Tao’s paper on Transient Structural Colors with Magnesium-Based Reflective Filters has been published in Advanced Optical Materials. Check the article here.

Apr

2022

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Our paper on hot-carrier dynamics in near-infrared photocatalytic metals is published in Physical Review B.

Apr

2022

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Margaret is awarded the prestigious NSF-GRFP. Congrats Margaret!

Mar

2022

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John’s paper on machine learning applied to halide perovskites is published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Jan

2022

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Leite is nominated a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow!

Jan

2022

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The Leite Lab is awarded the University Partnerships Investment Area Team, a collaboration with Dr. Kenny Chowdhary from Sandia National Laboratories. Together, we will implement machine learning methods to unravel degradation mechanisms in perovskite solar cells.

Dec

2021

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The group welcomes Mansha and Abby, new grad students!

Nov

2021

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The Leite Lab takes Fall MRS by storm! Ece, Richa, and Meghna present their results on solid-state batteries and halide perovskites for solar cells at the in-person meeting. Peifen and Margaret shared their findings on transient photonics and thermophotovoltaics during the online meeting. MSL was one of the meeting Chairs. Thanks MRS, for a fantastic meeting!

Oct

2021

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Leite presents invited talks at the AVS 67 and the XXXV Brazilian North and Northeast Regional Physics Meeting.

Sep

2021

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Leite presents a Colloquium at the Department of Physics, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). Thanks Carol, for the kind invitation. It was great seeing several old friends and colleagues!

Sep

2021

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John and Erica’s paper on perovskites’ dynamic response to humidity and light is highlighted on the front cover of Adv. Optical Materials.

Sep

2021

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Leite and Dr. Míguez (from the Institute of Materials Science of Seville) co-edit a special issue on “Photophysical Processes in Metal Halide Perovskites” for Adv. Optical Materials.

Aug

2021

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Leite becomes an SPIE Senior Member.

Aug

2021

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Meghna’s paper on machine learning for perovskite solar cells is now published on J. Phys. Chem. Letters. Good job Meghna!

Aug

2021

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Leite presents an invited talk on materials for thermophotovoltaics at SPIE.

Aug

2021

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Leite gives an invited talk on transient photonics at the RAPID Meeting.

Jul

2021

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John’s article on Emission Dynamics in Triple-Cation Halide Perovskites is published in Adv. Optical Materials. Well done John!

Jul

2021

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Leite presents an invited talk at META.

Jun

2021

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Leite shares the groups’ latest results on perovskites for optoelectronics with an invited talk at the 2021 Photonics North meeting.

May

2021

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Tom's article on selective etching properties of Mg thin films is published in Optical Materials Express. Good job!

Apr

2021

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We welcome David, a new undergraduate student that will be working on perovskite solar cells!

Apr

2021

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Leite gives an invited talk at the Spring MRS Meeting, Frontier Energy Science in Halide Perovskite Symposium. Thanks for the organizers for the kind invitation!

Mar

2021

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Congrats to Meghna for receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award!

Mar

2021

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Richa presents a talk at the 2021 American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting!

Mar

2021

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Tao and Meghna present talks at the 2021 SPIE Photonics West Meeting.

Mar

2021

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Leite presents an invited talk about the group’s most recent work on perovskites at the NanoGe Spring Meeting.

Feb

2021

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Leite is a speaker for the “Professional development in Materials Science series of talks, as part of the Materials Outreach Corporation - an MSE/UC Davis undergraduate organization.

Dec

2020

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Welcome Margaret Duncan, a new PhD student in the group!

Dec

2020

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Congrats to Meghna for winning the best poster award at the Fall MRS Meeting!

Dec

2020

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Leite presents three invited talks at the 2020 Fall MRS Meeting!

Dec

2020

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Leite gives an invited talk at the Pacifichem 2020. Thanks to Mihri Özkan for the kind invitation.

Oct

2020

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Tao and Peifen’s invited review article is published in Adv. Optical Materials. Good job Tao and Peifen!

Oct

2020

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The Leite group, in collaboration with Prof. Munday (ECE) and Prof. McCormick (MSE), is awarded a DARPA grant to realize materials for ultra-high temperature photonics!

Aug

2020

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We are delighted to have Prof. M. Dias joining us at UC Davis for her sabbatical.

Jul

2020

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New invited review article on Imaging Metal Halide Perovskites Material and Properties at the Nanoscale is on the cover of Adv. Energy Materials. Great job, John and Richa!

Jun

2020

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Leite Lab is awarded an NSF grant to advance the understanding of environmental stressors on perovskite’s stability. Thanks NSF!

May

2020

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Our collaboration with J. Munday and A. Rocha is published in ACS Photonics and featured as a supplementary cover. Check the article here

Apr

2020

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New paper on correlative microscopy of perovskite solar cells is published and highlighted on the front cover of Adv. Materials Interfaces.

Feb

2020

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Paper about the ISOS Protocols for Stability Assessment and Reporting for Perovskite Photovoltaics is published in Nature Energy.

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