Executive Manager, Nanofabrication Facility, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Scientist, DSSC
Peng Liu received his B.S. from Peking University in China, his M.S. from the University of Guelph in Canada, and finally his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States! All three degrees are in Chemistry, with a specialization in Theoretical Organic Chemistry. He won several awards at UCLA, both during his studies as a Ph.D. student and after during his appointment as a post-doc; specifically he won the Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Research. He finally joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Pittsburgh in 2014.
Brian D’Urso received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from Harvard University, where his work contributed to a new measurement of the electron g-factor, which currently provides the most accurate measurement of the fine structure constant. He then went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Wigner Fellow and remained as a member of the ORNL Research then Senior Research Staff until 2008, where he led a team in developing nanostructured materials and novel fabrication techniques. In 2009, he joined the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Physics while remaining a joint faculty member at ORNL. Currently, he is working as a assistant professor in Montana State University.
Giannis Mpourmpakis received a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from the University of Crete. He was then a post doctoral “Marie-Curie” research fellow at the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (University of Delaware) for the outgoing phase, and then at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of the Foundation for Research and Technology in Hellas, Greece, for the return phase. He then held a senior researcher position at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at the University of Delaware before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.