Current Members

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Ling-Yi Huang
Post-Doctoral scholar

I am Ling-Yi Huang. I received my MS from National Taiwan University and PhD in physics from Case Western Reserve University. I am interested in condensed matter theory and first-principles computational methods.

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Connor Callaway
Post-Doctoral scholar

Hello! I'm Connor Callaway, a Risko lab postdoc. I received my BS from the University of Kentucky and my PhD from Georgia Tech, both in materials science. I love video games, dogs, hiking, and discovering new world music. Teaching is one of my greatest joys, so I'm always happy to try to help if I can!

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Chamikara Karunasena
Graduate student

Hello! I'm Chamikara. I joined Risko labs back in 2017 and continued having fun serving science. On the side, I am a guitarist, music composer, songwriter and a producer. I conduct research on crystal nucleation and growth of soft, synthetic organic semiconductor materials through molecular modeling and classical-mechanics simulations. My long term goals entail addressing hot topics in the field understanding crystal packing and morphological order as a function of molecular chemistry and processing environment.

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Vinayak Bhat
Graduate student

I obtained my Masters degree in Chemistry form Indian Institute of Science Eductiona and Research (IISER) Thoruvananthapuram. My reasearch is in data-driven organic semiconductors. I am one of the lead developers of OCELOT.

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Rebekah Duke
Graduate student

I obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Lipscomb University in May of 2020. My current research focuses on polymeric dihedral angle rotations. I am a researcher and developer for D3Tales. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking and baking, exploring the outdoors with my husband, and dabbling in amateur philosophy.

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Keerthan Rao
Graduate student

A graduate student in chemistry with interests in computational science involving discovery and development of novel materials employed in catalysis with wide applications in biofuel production, CO2 reduction and other hetero- and homogeneous catalyzed reaction interfaces using first-principles Density Functional Theory calculations. Recent interest include design and study of surface electronic properties of lead-free perovskites in the application of photovoltaic cells. Other interests and hobbies include, reading non-fiction books/novels, playing and watching soccer, cooking and exploring scenic places.

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Parker Sornberger
Undergraduate student

I am an undergraduate here at the University of Kentucky, and I am working towards dual degrees in math and chemistry, with a focus on materials chemistry. I currently help maintain and develop code for the API of the OCELOT database, and have worked with the Risko group since the spring of 2020. I spend most of my free time coding (with the assistance of my cat).

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