Latest News

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.

Jan

2020

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Leite is featured on the “Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 2” of ACS Energy Letters.

Jan

2020

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Paper about perovskite photovoltaics is published in Nature Energy!

Jan

2020

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Our most recent review paper on perovskite solar cells is now published in Adv. Energy Materials.

Jan

2020

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Leite is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Energy Letters!

Jan

2020

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Welcome Dr. Tao Gong, new post-doc in the group!

Nov

2019

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John is awarded Best Poster at the Fall MRS Meeting for his work on machine learning applied to perovskite solar cells. Congrats John!

Nov

2019

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Our paper on PdxAu1−x alloys is on ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Nov

2019

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Our latest paper on perovksite solar cells is published on the cover of Chemistry of Materials!

Nov

2019

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Big welcome to 3 new PhD students: Peifen, Meghna, and Ece!

Oct

2019

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Our invited review on metal alloys is featured as a supplementary cover in ACS Accounts of Chemical Research!

Sep

2019

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The Leite Lab moves to UC Davis! We are looking forward to the upcoming years in sunny CA…

Sep

2019

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Leite gives an invited presentation about the group’s work on perovskite materials and the opportunities in machine learning at SPIE Optics + Photonics, in San Diego.

Jul

2019

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Leite presents an invited talk at META (International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics), in Lisbon.

Jun

2019

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Our invited review paper on metallic alloys is now published on ACS Accounts of Chemical Research. Great job Mariama!

Jun

2019

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Leite gives an invited talk at the TechConnect World Innovation, in Boston.

May

2019

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Our ongoing collaboration with ARL (in Adelphi, MD) and the Institute for Theroretical Physics (in Brazil) related to Pd-Au alloys and their promise for catalysis is now published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

May

2019

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Leite is promoted to Associated Professor at UMD.

May

2019

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Sabrina’s work on stretchable Si for electronics is published online on Adv. Electronic Materials. Good job Sabrina!

Apr

2019

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Leite delivers an invited talk at the WiTec Confocal Imaging Workshop at George Washington University, in DC.

Apr

2019

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Leite gives an invited talk at the Spring MRS meeting (“Perovskites’ Recovery and Degradation from the Macro- to the Nanoscale“). PhD student Tom presents a talk on his research on optical materials (related to our recent publication in ACS Photonics).

Apr

2019

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Leite will be one of the 2021 Fall MRS Meeting Chairs. Stay tuned for news about the meeting!

Apr

2019

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One more award to John! He has been selected for the UMD Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship.

Apr

2019

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Alumni Brady (now PhD student at Princeton) is awarded an NSF-GRF. Well done Brady!

Apr

2019

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Congrats to John, awarded the UMD Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2019).

Mar

2019

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Leite presents an invited talk at APS March Meeting!

Feb

2019

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John’s invited Perspective in on the cover of Joule!

Feb

2019

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Our latest paper on perovskite solar cells is on the cover of ACS Nano!

Feb

2019

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Welcome Richa Lahoti, new PhD student in the group!

Feb

2019

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Alumni PhD student Elizabeth is awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie post-doc fellowship. Congrats Beth!

Feb

2019

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Leite gives an invited talk at the SPIE Photonics West Meting, in San Francisco, as part of the “Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices VIII” Symposium. Thank you L. Lombez (CNRS) for the invitation.

Jan

2019

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Tom’s first paper is on the cover of ACS Photonics! See our work on Transient Photonics here (PDF).

Jan

2019

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Leite presents an invited talk at the Perovskite and Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics International Conference (IPEROP19), in Kyoto.

Jan

2019

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Leite presents an invited talk at the 46th Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces (PCSI-46) Meeting, in Santa Fe. Thanks L. Lauhon (Northwestern) and C. Palmstrøm (UCSB) for the kind invitation.

Jan

2019

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Our paper “Cesium-Incorporated Triple Cation Perovskites Deliver Fully Reversible and Stable Nanoscale Voltage Response” is now available online.

Nov

2018

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Leite gives two invited talks at Fall MRS (photonic materials and perovskites symposia), and John presents our work on pervoskites’ dynamics, including our new Joule perspective paper on machine learning, and on tomography of carrier recombination in solar cell materials.

Nov

2018

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Leite presents invited talk at the OSA LAOP meeting, in Lima. Thanks A. Silva (Samsung) and G. Wiederhecker (UNICAMP), for the very kind invitation. Loved Peru!

Oct

2018

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Leite presents the MSE/Penn Seminar. Thank you Prof Karen Winey (Chair) for the kind invitation!

Oct

2018

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We thank NSF-ECCS for the new MRI grant that aims the “Development of Ultrafast Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscope”.

Oct

2018

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Leite presents the MSE/Penn Seminar. Thank you Prof Karen Winey (Chair) for the kind invitation!

Oct

2018

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We thank NSF-ECCS for the new MRI grant that aims the “Development of Ultrafast Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscope”.

Oct

2018

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John is awarded the Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant from UMD. He will present 2 talks and and 1 poster at Fall MRS. Congrats John!

Oct

2018

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Leite presents the MSE seminar at UMD.

Sep

2018

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Leite gives an invited presentation at the ICTMC-21 meeting (21st International Conference on Ternary and Multinary Compounds), in Colorado.

Sep

2018

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Chen’s paper on “Band Structure Engineering by Alloying for Photonics” is highlighted on the front cover of Adv. Optical Materials. Well done Chen! And thank you to our collaborators from ARL and from IFT/Brazil.

Sep

2018

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Leite presents an invited talk at The 2nd Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting in Philadelphia.

Sep

2018

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Welcome Nick Dzuricky (new PhD student) and John Hoerauf (undergrad)!

Aug

2018

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Joe’s paper on “Multiscale Functional Imaging of Interfaces through Atomic Force Microscopy Using Harmonic Mixing” is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Aug

2018

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Leite gives invited talk at the IEEE RAPID (Research and Applications of Photonics In Defense Conference) in Florida. Thanks Jake Fontana, for the kind invitation!

Aug

2018

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Leite presents plenary talk at “SPMonSPM” meeting in Leuven, Belgium.