Professor Emilia Morosan - Principal Investigator

Emilia Morosan is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University in Houston TX. She joined Rice in 2007, following doctoral work in Physics at Iowa State University and Ames Lab, and a postdoctoral position in Chemistry at Princeton University. She received several early career awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) and the NSF CAREER, and was recently selected as a EPiQS Investigator by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. When not "cooking" in the lab, Emilia enjoys baking, gardening, kayaking, rock climbing, and most mornings you can join her for a bike ride or a run. 


BRK 339 - p: 713-348-2529 - e: emorosan_at_rice_dot_edu

Shiming Lei - research scientist

Shiming Lei joined the Morosan group in November 2020, following this postdoctoral work at Princeton University. He got his PhD at The Pennsylvania State university in 2017. His research experience covers ferroelectrics/multiferroics, domains/domain walls, complex magnetism, topological materials, and 2D materials. He is particularly interested in materials with emergent properties due to the interplay of electronic correlation, magnetism, and electronic band topology. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with friends and family, badminton and occasionally basketball. 

BRK 264 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: sl160_at_rice_dot_edu

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Jaime Moya - graduate student

Jaime is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from New Mexico State University in 2017 with a degree in Engineering Physics.  He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2017.  He is interested in the characterization and synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures.  On his spare time, he enjoys travelling, spending time with family, and following baseball.

BRK 263 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: jaime.m.moya_at_rice_dot_edu

Long Qian - graduate student

Long is from Beijing, China and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018 from Material Science & Engineering Department.  He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the summer of 2019.  He is interested in magnetic frustration in the rare earth RRh3Si7 and R3Ir4Ge13 compounds.  He enjoys playing video games, traveling, swimming and reading novels.

BRK 266 - p: 713-348-2606 - e: lq9_at_rice_dot_edu


Yuxiang Gao - graduate student

Yuxiang is from Beijing, China and graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from Physics department. He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2019. He is interested in the characterization and synthesis of frustrated magnets with 3d transition metal elements and/or rare earth elements. On his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, following soccer and spending time with family and friends.

BRK 263 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: yg61_at_rice_dot_edu 

Kevin Allen - graduate student

Kevin is from Arizona, United States and graduated from University of Costa Rica in 2020 with a degree in Physics. He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2020. He is interested in the interplay between structural, magnetic and electronic properties that give rise to emergent phenomena, like unconventional superconductivity and non-colinear magnetic structures. On his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

BRK 265 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: kja3_at_rice_dot_edu 


Through the years...



































Former Group Members

     Graduate Students


  • Vishwa Nellore (MS 2010)

  • Liang Zhao (PhD 2012)

  • Justin Chen (MS 2014)

  • Eteri Svanidze (PhD 2015)

  • Jiakui Wang (PhD 2015)

  • Chih-Wei Chen (PhD 2016)

  • Jessica Santiago (MS 2016)

  • Binod Rai (PhD 2017)

  • Kyle Bayliff (MA 2018)

  • Macy Stavinoha (PhD 2019)

  • Jesse Choe (PhD 2019)

  • Vanessa Espinoza

      Postdoctoral Associates


  • Dr. Andrea Marcinkova

  • Dr. Alannah Hallas

  • Dr. Chien-Lung Huang

      Undergraduate Students


  • Michael Mehlman  (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Alexander S. Lambert  (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Victor Leyva (MEMS Department, Rice University) 

  • Joshua Yip ( Century Scholar, Rice University)

  • Vlad B. Ghita (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Stephanie Padley (Chemistry, Rice University)

  • Jamie Stone (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • John Luke Garcia (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Karl Pierce (Chemistry, Rice University)

  • Alura Vincent (Mechanical Engineering, Rice University)

  • Cam Gutgsell (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Haihao Liu (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University) 

  • Chris Georgen (Chemical Physics, Rice University)

  • John "Tommy" Stasko (Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Rice University)

  • Matthew Thibodeau (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Errol Jordheim (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Spencer Kawachika (Chemistry, Rice University)

Visiting Researchers and Summer Interns


  • Kazunari Arai   (Graduate student, Kyoto University, Japan)

  • Ellen Kunzeman  (REU undergraduate student, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL) 

  • Stephanie Rosales  (High school student, Harmony Science Academy, Houston, TX)

  • Mark P. Hendricks  (REU  student, Harvey Mudd College)

  • John Alex Eukel (Summer undergraduate student, University of Texas Austin)

  • Dr. Rhett Woo (RET teacher intern) 

  • Alvenia Chambliss (RET teacher intern)  

  • Keisuke Takamizawa (NanoJapan graduate student, Hokkaido University, Japan)

  • Hikaru Iwata (NanoJapan graduate student, Tohoku University, Japan)

  • Douglas Bollinger (NanoJapan undergraduate student, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Jose E. Tusell (REU  student, University of Houston) 

  • Katherine Celestine (RET teacher intern)

  • Sonja Khan (REU student)

  • Phuan Vo (REU student, MIT)

  • Ralph Cox (RET summer researcher)

  • Emily Maxwell (REU student, Denison University)

  • Makiko Ogino (Tomodachi-STEM at Rice University)

  • Helen He (GT Mentorship program, Clements High School)

  • Andrea Revelo (REU student, Lone Star College)

  • Bianca Spiess (Graduate exchange student from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)

  • Eria Imada (Tomodachi-STEM at Rice University)

  • Daniel Ramirez (RET summer researcher)