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Students postdocs and scientists receive outstanding training

Students postdocs and scientists receive outstanding training

Students, postdocs, & scientists in CISSEM experience outstanding training. photo by Jim Bosch, NREL

CISSEM group photo for final slideshow 8-7-2014

CISSEM group photo for final slideshow 8-7-2014

CISSEM successfully integrated the research groups of 19 principal investigators at five institutions

Publications collage

Publications collage

An important goal for CISSEM is to facilitate highly visible and wide-spread dissemination of the results of our interfacial research.

Anne Lemon and Raj Giridhagopal CISSEM Alumni

Anne Lemon and Raj Giridhagopal CISSEM Alumni

Read Dr. Anne Simon’s profile                                      Read Dr. Rajiv Giridharagopal’s profile

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Dr. Rajiv Giridharagopal earned his Ph.D. from Rice University, later training as a postdoc with CISSEM in the Ginger research group at the University of Washington. His primary postdoc task was in scanning probe development with application to organic photovoltaic (OPV) studies. He developed fast free time-resolved electrostatic force microscopy (FF-trEFM) and applied that to studying OPV devices, and he collaborated with CISSEM researchers in the Armstrong group at the University of Arizona on OPV scanning probe work. CISSEM’s unique collaborative training culture has been instrumental to his success in his current work as an Optical Probing Tool Development Engineer at Intel. To quote Dr. Giridharagopal “Particularly in a position like mine that has to interact with a wide range of groups of highly disparate backgrounds, just being able to talk to others on the same level is important. In CISSEM I had to do that a lot – much of my FF-trEFM project was somewhat esoteric signal processing, but translating that language (Hilbert Transforms) into a different language (in situ measurements of OPV device performance) is a useful skill. Working in the Center was highly important in that it let me directly interact with a broad range of excellent individuals of varying educational backgrounds. It is hard to understate how important it is to get an outside perspective.” Dr. Giridharagopal’s final piece of advice to current and incoming CISSEM members is to use the inherently cross-institutional nature of CISSEM to help build a personal network.


In her current role as an Analytical Scientist at SABIC Innovative Plastics, CISSEM alumnus Dr. Anne Lemon [née Simon] communicates daily with a wide variety of people with different knowledge levels about developing capabilities on cutting-edge instrumentation. Her extensive training in the CISSEM Saavedra research group on technique development helped prepare her for her current career. While in CISSEM, Dr. Lemon designed an innovative instrument coupling transient absorbance spectroscopy to an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) platform to make sensitive optical kinetic measurements on thin films and organic monolayers.  Her frequent collaboration with fellow CISSEM member Ajaya Sigdel, a physics graduate student from the Berry research group at NREL, provided Dr. Lemon with invaluable experience applicable to her chosen profession. To quote Dr. Lemon, “As a chemist, one thing that became apparent was the difference between our fundamental knowledge and terminology for similar processes.  We had to dedicate some time to teach each other what we knew, how we viewed the problems and reasoning for potential solutions. This type of exposure to alternative ways of approaching problems was very valuable and is extremely relevant to my current career.” Dr. Lemon’s advice to current and incoming CISSEM members is to “use your time at CISSEM to collaborate and become a better, interdisciplinary problem solver.”


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