Head of MaD Lab

Dr. Kyriakos C. Stylianou

Assistant Professor

Bio. Kyriakos obtained his Ph.D. degree in materials chemistry at the University of Liverpool, UK. His Ph.D. thesis was based on the rational design of porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for advanced applications. Upon completion of his Ph.D. thesis, he was awarded with the prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship to work at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ICN2, in Barcelona, Spain. He chose to apply his synthetic background in surface chemistry and investigate the growth of MOFs on surfaces using several methods such as nanolithography and inkjet printing, and study how the miniaturization of MOFs at the nanoscale regime can affect their properties and investigate their potential as drug carriers. In 2015, he moved to EPFL Valais in Sion, Switzerland, as a team leader within LSMO and started his independent research career. His team’s interests are based on the design and synthesis of porous MOFs for carbon capture and separation, hydrogen generation, the capture of hazardous molecules such as ammonia and iodine, and sensing applications.

Research Interests. Within MaD Lab at OSU, we envision developing design strategies for the discovery of new porous materials for energy, environmental, and sensing applications. The research in our lab is highly interdisciplinary, and our projects lie at the interface of inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, nanotechnology, and device fabrication. The biggest excitement of our projects lies in the generation of novel MOF materials, where new functionality arises depending on how the atoms are arranged in three dimensions. Once we elucidate their structure-to-property relationship, our goal is to integrate these materials on surfaces, generate devices, and test them towards real-world applications.

Publications. Google Scholar

2022. Loyd F. Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Science, Undergraduate, College of Science, OSU
James H Krueger teaching award, Chemistry, OSU
2020. SciRis-ii award, College of Science, Oregon State University (OSU)
2016. Sponsorship of Ambizione Energy grant (Switzerland)
2012. Award of the Marie Curie Fellowship (Spain)
2007. EPSRC award for Ph.D. studies at the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
2005 & 2006. Educational grant for the top undergraduate student of the year (3rd and 4th years of study) (Greece)

Email. kyriakos.stylianou@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Shopping, Netflix, Dinner with good friends, Enjoying the sun and swimming in the Mediterranean sea, Listening to pop-cheesy music (Lady Gaga mainly), and Watching Liverpool FC and Barcelona FC soccer matches.

Graduate Students

Kimia Kiaei

Graduate Student, Ph.D. (Sept. 2019 – present)

Bio. Kimia is a Ph.D. student in materials science. She has a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, and a master’s in materials science and engineering from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.

Project title within MaD Lab. Capture and Degradation of Harmful Compounds using Metal-organic Frameworks.

Email. kiaeik@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Hiking, Bicycling, Walking in nature, Cooking, Watching movies.

Tara Hurley

Graduate Student, Ph.D. (Sept. 2019 – present)

Bio. Tara Hurley received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry at Baylor University in 2019. There, she began as an undergraduate research in 2016 in the Dr. Kim research group, analyzing Staphylococcus aureus peptidoglycan fragmentation using HPLC-MS to assess biofilm formation. Her research trajectory shifted in 2018, orienting herself towards analytical chemistry under the Dr. Chambliss research group, where she monitored atrazine levels in local water resources using UPLC. The latter work compelled her to continue her academic career within separation science, as initiated in the fall of 2019 at Oregon State University. Currently, she is a member of two research groups, Dr. Vincent Remcho and Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou, where she utilizes porous materials as novel sorbents for targeted separations.

Project title within MaD Lab. Exploring the Function of Porosity in Kr/Xe Separation Using MOFs with Conserved Topology.

Email. hurleyta@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Hiking, Climbing, Exercising, and Enjoying the small things in life.

Makenzie Nord

Graduate Student, Ph.D. (Sept. 2020 – present)

Bio. Makenzie is a first-year Ph.D. student in materials science. She graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in a biogeochemistry lab with two PIs, Dr. Pett-Ridge and Dr. Perakis, where she designed her own research project. She met Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou in the Winter of 2020, and he introduced her to the world of MOFs. As a chemistry student with a focus on environmental chemistry, Makenzie was intrigued and excited to learn of the many environmental applications that are possible with MOFs. She decided to remain at OSU to be close to family and not miss the opportunity to work with MOFs in the MaD Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Stylianou.

Project title within MaD Lab. Dual-Functional Photocatalysis

Email. nordm@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Hiking, Camping, HBO, Coloring, and Good books.

Kyle Smith

Graduate Student, Ph.D. (Sept. 2020 – present)

Bio. received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Saint Martin’s University in 2020. Prior to graduation, he spent a summer working in the Notre Dame University Biochemistry department and a summer interning at the Washington State Crime Patrol Lab. His undergraduate thesis focused on inorganic catalysis, but his current research is focused on the application of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) to forensic disciplines.

Project title within MaD Lab. Forensic Drug and Hazardous Molecules Detection with Metal-Organic Frameworks.

Email. kyletsmith2013@gmail.com

Hobbies. An avid reader, An avid writer

Tanner Rookart

Graduate Student, Ph.D. (Sept. 2020 – present)

Bio. Tanner grew up in central Washington and then attended Gonzaga University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Tanner’s undergraduate research experience focused on organic crystal polymorphism and developing transition metal complexes for drug detection with 13C NMR. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in materials chemistry at OSU with the intention of going into academia.

Project title within MaD Lab. Metal-Organic Frameworks for Photodegradation of Organic Pollutants.

Email. rookardt@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Singing, Cooking, Crafts, Traveling, and Rock climbing

Nan-Chieh Chiu

Graduate Student (Sept. 2020 – present)

Bio. Nan-Chieh Chiu received his Master degree in the Department of Photonics at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 2018. His dissertation research topic was focusing on the physical characteristics of all in organic antimony-based halide perovskite light-emitting diodes under the supervision of Professor Tzung-Fung Guo and Professor Chih-Wei Chu. This work was published in the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Journal in 2019. After graduated, he joined the Academic Sinica, which is the most preeminent academic institution in Taiwan, as a research assistant.

In 2020, Nan-Chieh got a chance to join Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou’s research team at Oregon State University as a Master level student. In 2021, Nan-Chieh received an offer to pursue his Ph.D in Chemistry at Oregon State University. He currently studies the structure-to-property relationship as well as the design of new materials for sensing applications. Combining his research background, Nan-Chieh will study the luminescence properties of MOFs and the application on light-emitting diodes.

Project title within MaD Lab. Light-emitting Metal-Organic Frameworks for White Light and Dectection Applications

Email. chiun@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Basketball, Bowling, Photograph, Watching Sports and Movie

Emmanuel Musa Nyela

Graduate Student (Jan. 2021 – present)

Bio. Emmanuel grew up in Nigeria, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Kaduna State University Nigeria, in 2017. His undergraduate research was focused on heavy metal analysis of soil around mine sites as an environmental concern. His current research is focused on understanding and synthesizing metal oxides through metal organic frameworks mediated pathway for photo catalysis.

Project title within MaD Lab. Synthesis of metal oxides through mediated metal organic frameworks for photo catalysis.

Email. musae@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Playing soccer, singing, dancing

Ryan Loughran

Graduate Student (June 2021 – present)

Bio. Ryan graduated summa cum laude from Bridgewater State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a concentration in biochemistry. There, he conducted a research project under the guidance of Dr. Saritha Nellutla. His project, titled “Bacteria-mediated synthesis of cobalt(II,III) oxide nanostructures”, centered around an environmentally benign synthesis procedure to produce an antiferromagnetic material with a unique morphology and myriad promising applications. Ryan left his home in Massachusetts in 2021 to begin a PhD program at Oregon State University. His primary focus in the MaD Lab is on the design of biomimetic MOFs for environmental applications, specifically carbon capture.

Project title within MaD Lab. Biomimetic MOFs for the capture and photoconversion of oceanic CO2 to value-added products.

Email. loughrar@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Travel, cooking, coffee, IPA and whisky

Undergraduate Students

David Le

Undergraduate Student (Sept. 2019 – present)

Bio. David is a fifth-year chemical engineering student with a minor in biology. His research interests include carbon capture/conversion and reaction catalysis. In the MaD Lab, he is investigating the application of MOFs as highly efficient catalysts for CO2 conversion. Currently, David intends to finish his last undergraduate year at Oregon State and pursue a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering. He is eager to continue exploring ideas in renewable energy and sustainable petroleum products.

Project title within MaD Lab. Selective CO2 Capture using a Moisture Stable MOF and Eco-friendly Synthesis Pathway

Email. ledav@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Cooking/baking, Working out, Playing the piano, and Trying out new foods.

Ian Harreschou

Undergraduate Student (Nov. 2019 – present)

Bio. Ian is an undergraduate student studying chemical engineering. He has a broad range of academic interests ranging from coding to mathematical modeling to quantum chemistry and physics (so far, he has not studied most of these things, but they seem cool). He had the opportunity to join the MaD Lab right as it was created back in Sept. 2019, through a lucky encounter with Dr. Myles of the chemistry department (thank you again!). Since then, Ian has learned how to synthesize and characterize porous materials such as MOFs, read and extract useful information from research articles, communicate with industry partners for the lab’s instrumentation, and ask impactful questions. Ian plans on applying for the NSF GRFP, and seeing where it may take him and his career. Working in the lab such as this teaches more than one might think, and Ian looks forward to his next year and a half with the MaD Lab team. Ian is currently a co-author in a publication focused on the design and synthesis of a MOF for ammonia capture.

Project title within MaD Lab. Luminescent Sensing of Pharmaceuticals via Real-time Color-changing pH-sensitive MOFs

Email. harresci@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Hiking, Cards or board games with friends, Driving and Listening to or talking about music

Thao Mi Anthony

Undergraduate Student (Jan. 2020 – present)

Bio. Thao Mi is currently studying at Oregon State University, getting a degree in Biological Health Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. For this incoming school year, she will be a Junior, on track to graduate in Spring 2022. In January 2020, she was presented with the opportunity to partake in undergraduate research with Kyriakos Stylianou with his MaD lab. In May 2020, she was awarded with the SURE fellowship (for the summer period) to study the potential of MOFs for the capture of bio-gases.

Project title within MaD Lab. Discovery of biologically derived metal-organic frameworks for the capture of laughing gas

Email. anthonyt@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Netflix, Disney +, Shopping, and Hanging with friends.

Isabelle Alice Brooks

Undergraduate Student (Jan. 2020 – present)

Bio. Isabelle is a third-year chemical engineering student, interested in carbon capture and conversion. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering while exploring materials science. Her interest in the MaD Lab began with the photodegradation of hazardous organic molecules and pesticides. Isabelle plans to finish her undergraduate degree at Oregon State while completing two internships with MECOP.

Project title within MaD Lab. Selective CO2 Capture Using a Moisture Stable MOF and Eco-Friendly Synthesis Pathways

Email. brooksi@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies. Gardening, Ceramics, Cooking, and Camping with friends.

Ava Merced Thomas

Undergraduate Student (Jan. 2021 – present)

Bio: Ava is a second-year studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the Advanced Biochemistry track, with a minor in Toxicology. She hopes to pursue graduate school after completing her degree in aims to research developing studies in toxicology, genomics, and biochemical interactions that can help the world, and its people. As a member of the LSAMP and STEM Leaders program at Oregon State, she is determined to increase the retention of underrepresented minority students in traditional science fields. In October 2020, she was presented with the opportunity to pursue research with Dr. Stylianou in his MaD Lab through the URSA Engage Program.

Project title within MaD Lab: Visible-light active MOFs for nerve agent degradation

Email: thomaava@oregonstate.edu

Hobbies: advocating for equity and justice, crafting genre-specific playlists on Spotify, and making tea lattes.