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May 15, 2024


Congratulations to Ted, Zhizhi, Maddie, and Samra for graduating with their PhDs!  And congratulations to Bryan and Amani for graduating with their Bachelors! 


May 15, 2023


Congratulations to Valerie McGraw and Jonathon Nessralla for graduating with their PhDs!

May 15, 2023


Congratulations to Cameron Mollazadeh, Rocky Hughes, Nikita Dowlatshahi, Nikta Khaloo, and Simon Li for graduating!

Fall 2022

Qualifying Exams!

Congratulations to Sonal Maroo and Shannon Fender for passing their qualifying exams!

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May 14, 2022


Congratulations to our undergraduate researcher Elena Belk on her graduation! Elena also received the award for Outstanding Research as an undergraduate! 

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April 23, 2022

Undergraduate Research Fair

The 14th Annual Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair featured posters by our 7 outstanding undergraduate researchers: Elena Belk, Nikita Dowlatshahi, Rocky Hughes, Nikta Khaloo, Bryan Kim, Alberto Mier, and Cameron Mollazadeh.

[Pictured here (from left to right): Nikta Khaloo, Nikita Dowlatshahi, Elena Belk, Rocky Hughes, Alberto Mier.]

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December 2021

Group Dinner

Celebrating our accomplishments of 2021 with a group dinner at Comal

October 2021

New members!

Welcoming our newest grad students, Sonal and Shannon! 

September 2021

Mid-career talk

Contrats to Kwabena on his mid-career talk!


September 2021

Farewell to Jacob!

Best of luck to our visiting student, Jacob, as he finishes his master's degree at Uni Würzburg!


July 2021

Moore Fellow in Materials Synthesis Award

Kwabena is a recipient of an award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative.


March 2021

3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Kwabena is a recipient of the Non-Tenured Faculty Award from 3M


January 2021

W. M. Keck Foundation grant

Kwabena and Prof. Michael Zuerch are recipients of a prestigious grant from the Keck foundation

October 2020

Qualifying Exams!

Congrats to Matt, Zhizhi, and Ted for passing their quals!! Fantastic work team!

October 2020

New members!

Welcome to the team, Isaac and Oscar!

June 23, 2020

DOE Early Career Award

Kwabena is a recipient of an Early Career Research Award from the Department of Energy:

January 01, 2020

Qualifying Exams!

Congrats to Maddie, Jonathon, and Samra on passing their quals!! Excellent work folks!

November 21, 2019

DURIP Award for new instrumentation

The group has been awarded funds to purchase a high resolution Raman microscope with confocal and tip-enhanced capabilities (Horiba LabRAM Nano HR).

October 14, 2019

New group members!

Welcome to the team, Zhizhi, Matt, and Ted!

October 11, 2019

AFOSR Young Investigator Award

Kwabena has been named a recipient of The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) 2020 Young Investigator Award.

July 01, 2019

Rose Hills Innovator Award

Kwabena has been selected as a 2019 Rose Hills Innovator for work on creative chemical approaches to quantum materials for energy conservation, energy conversion & energy storage, in particular as it relates to our accelerating reliance on information and communication technology.

December 20, 2018

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Kwabena has been named a recipient of The Office of Naval Research (ONR) 2019 Young Investigator Award for research on Van der Waals engineering for electrochemically tunable quantum materials.

December 17, 2019

1st Group Holiday Party!

Boardgames at Victory Point Cafe in Berkeley. A fun end to a busy but exciting first semester!

October 15, 2018

First group members!

Welcome to Michelle Crook, Samra Husremovic, Jonathon Nessralla, Samantha Stegman, and Madeline Van Winkle!

August 19, 2018

Group meeting!

Bediako lab group meetings in Fall 2018 will take place on Mondays at 5:30 pm.

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*Rumor has it that Samra is still on the balcony, trying to get the bottle open*

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