Meet The Ortony Lab

Prof. Julia Ortony

Finmeccanica Career Development Professor of Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2005 B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota
2011 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

Prof. Ortony completed her Ph.D. in Prof. Songi Han’s group at U.C. Santa Barbara. Prof. Ortony’s graduate work involved developing instrumentation based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy for measuring the motion of water on molecular length scales in soft matter. Prof. Ortony investigated a variety of soft materials systems during this time, including conjugated oligo- and polyelectrolytes, complex coacervates, mussel adhesion proteins, and biphasic hydrogels. Prof. Ortony’s postdoctoral research was under the guidance of Prof. Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University. There she applied her instrumentation background to dynamics characterization of supramolecular materials. Prof. Ortony joined the faculty of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in November 2015. Details about her research program can be found here.

Priyanka Chaudhuri

Administrative Assistant

Dr. Dae-Yoon Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2010 B.S. Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Korea
  • 2018 Ph.D. Polymer Nano Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Korea

Dae-Yoon is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Research Foundation of Korea, and a recipient of a Glenn H. Brown prize from the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS). Dae-Yoon’s work focuses on design, synthesis, and self-assembly of light-responsive molecules and remote-controllable smart materials.

Yukio Cho
Graduate Student
  • 2016 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2018 M. Eng. Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan

Yukio is a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Yukio’s research focuses on design, synthesis, and application of molecular nanomaterials for renewable energy technologies.

Ty Christoff-Tempesta
Graduate Student
  • 2017 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida

Ty is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Program in Polymers in Soft Matter (PPSM). Ty is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is also the recipient of an H.F. Taylor Fellowship. Ty’s research focuses on understanding the relationship between molecular nanomaterials and interfacial water/ion dynamics.

Andrew Lew
Graduate Student
  • 2017 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Andrew is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Chemistry and a recipient of the H.F. Taylor Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Andrew’s research focuses on understanding the dynamic properties of molecules within self-assembled nanostructures.

W. Robin Lindemann
Graduate Student
  • 2015 B.S. Materials Engineering, B.S. Mathematics, Iowa State University

Robin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is also the recipient of the Gilbert Y. Chin Graduate Student Fellowship. Robin’s research focuses on synthesis of supramolecular biomaterials and the interplay between dynamics and molecular recognition of surface tethered peptides.

Cynthia Lo

Research Scientist

  • 2018 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Cynthia is currently a research scientist and is also a former MIT Energy Initiative UROP Fellow in our laboratory. Cynthia uses spectroscopic techniques to understand materials that combine molecular self-assembly and host-guest chemistry.

We Are Always Welcoming New Group Members

GRADUATE STUDENTS:
We are accepting new graduate students from MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and related programs.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS:
We are accepting new postdoc applications in the area of organic chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule synthesis, purification, and chemical characterization.