Jeremy Hilgar

Graduate Student


Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

BS: Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Yijun Xie

Graduate Student


Hometown: Shanghai, China

MS: Univ. of Alberta

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Benjamin Zhou

Graduate Student


Hometown: Irvine, CA

BS: Univ. of California, Irvine

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Undergraduate Researchers

Tara Zand

Brandon Flores

Alexandre Vincent

Group Alumni

Prof. Pius O. Adelani

- Email: - Assistant professor at St. Mary's University

An D. Nguyen

- Email: - Analytical Chemist at Teknova, South San Francisco, CA

Jeffrey Rinehart


Office: Pacific Hall 4100E

Phone: (858) 822-6610

Fax: (858) 534-6255

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Postdoctoral Scholar — University of Washington — Prof. Daniel R. Gamelin

PhD in Chemistry — UC Berkeley — Prof. Jeffrey R. Long
BA in Chemistry — Cornell University — Prof. Stephen Lee


Jeff grew up in Oconomowoc, WI, and, deciding it wasn't nearly cold and snowy enough, moved to Ithaca, NY to get his B.A. in Chemistry. While at Cornell, he worked in the lab of Prof. Stephen Lee on characterizing the elusive structures of a series of metal cyanide polymer catalysts using powder x-ray diffraction and density functional theory. After graduating in 2005, he moved to sunny California to work under Prof. Jeffrey Long at University of California, Berkeley. There, he became fascinated with both the f-elements and especially their magnetic properties, eventually receiving his doctorate with a dissertation entitled "Magnetic Exchange Coupling and Single-Molecule Magnetism in Uranium Complexes." Having heard the word "nano" bandied about with much reverence during his PhD, Jeff decided to move to rainy Seattle to work for Prof. Daniel Gamelin at the University of Washington on electronically and magnetically doped colloidal nanocrystalline semiconductors. Jeff was hired at UCSD as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2014. Outside of chemistry his hobbies include high-stakes mini golf, low-tech cryptography, and, more recently, (re)acquiring enough web design skill to (re)design this website.