The Kamat Group

Graduate Students

Jacob Hoffman

Jacob Hoffman received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from Heidelberg University in 2012. During undergrad he did research in the synthesis of Dafachronic acid derivatives and computational modeling of core/shell type quantum dots. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Notre Dame in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Email: jhoffm10@nd.edu





Danilo Jara

Danilo received his Bachelors in Chemistry at University of Santiago de Chile. He received the "Becas Chile" scholarship from the Chilean government to pursue a doctoral degree abroad. He is a fourth year doctoral student interested in synthesizing, characterizing, and studying the photophysical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals for light energy conversion applications. In his free time, Danilo enjoys soccer, table tennis, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Dania.
Email: djaraqui@nd.edu





Seogjoon Yoon

Seogjoon Yoon (Seog Joon Yoon) graduated Cum Laude from Hanyang University in South Korea with his BS in 2010 and received his MS from the same university in 2012. During his undergraduate and masters studies, he performed research on dye-sensitized solar cells and the electrochemical oxidation of titanium. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D at the University of Notre Dame under the supervision of Professor Prashant Kamat. His primary research interest is in the unique photophysical properties of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite structure.
Email: syoon2@nd.edu



Victoria Bridewell

Victoria is a fourth year doctoral student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Memphis in 2013 receiving Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, during which she was a member of the Mobile Analytical Monitoring and Miniaturization Lab and held a rolling internship with DuPont Titanium Technologies. Her research interests at Notre Dame focus on designing and understanding the electron storage and shuttling properties of graphene-based nanomaterials. These versatile composite materials offer improved conductivity, photocatalytic activity and electrocatalytic performance making them excellent candidates for energy conversion and storage applications as well as chemical sensing platforms. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys working out, going to ND sporting events, and playing with her Siberian Husky, Tyris.
Email: victoria.bridewell.1@nd.edu


Steven Kobosko

Steven is a fourth year doctoral student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He then spent a year on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. There he worked in the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces under Prof. Michael Grätzel researching Fe2O3 (hematite) water splitting. Steven enjoys soccer, tennis, hiking, and playing piano in his free time.
Email: skobosko@nd.edu


Anselme Mucunguzi

Anselme is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. He graduated from Belhaven University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. During the summer of 2014, he conducted an REU intern at Georgia Tech in Prof. David Sherrill's group, where he contributed on the development of force fields to measure non-covalent interactions. He is currently working on perovskite solar cells.
Email: Anselme.Mucunguzi.1@nd.edu



Olivia Cracchiolo

Olivia is a first year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. She graduated from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences within Rutgers University in January of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Upon graduation she worked in the interior paints research and development lab at Benjamin Moore and Co. Her research interests include photovoltaics and energy storage devices.
Email: ocracchi@nd.edu



Rebecca Scheidt

Rebecca is a first year doctoral student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. She graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2016. Her current research focuses on gradient all-inorganic perovskite films for photovoltaic uses.
Email: rscheidt@nd.edu