We are currently looking for students and postdocs interested in materials synthesis and solid-state chemistry! Contact Jim directly if you want to learn more about joining the group. 

Principal Investigator

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James M. Hodges
Assistant Professor (starting January 2022)
Department of Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University

506 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802


Jim is materials chemist with a background in exploratory synthesis and thermoelectrics. After earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State and postdoctoral studies at Northwestern, he's been developing new materials for catalysis and adsorbent technologies at Honeywell UOP. 

Education and Training
Senior Scientist - New Materials Group, Honeywell UOP                                                                                               2019-2021
Postdoctoral Fellow - Northwestern University (Advisor: Mercouri G. Kanatzidis)                                                       2016-2019
Ph.D. Chemistry - The Pennsylvania State University (Advisor: Raymond E. Schaak)                                                   2012-2016
B.S. Chemistry - Rider University                                                                                                                                       2008-2012




Ayat Tassanov
joined 2021

BS, Chemistry, 2021
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

akt5745 at psu dot edu 

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Brendan Troesch
joined 2021

BA, Chemistry, 2021
Washington and Jefferson College
bqt5271 at psu dot edu