Saryvoudh (Sam) Mech

Saryvoudh Anthony Mech, or Sam, is a PhD student at the University of Florida in the Chemistry Department’s Inorganic Division. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2019 as a McNair Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree. His research interests include finding cleaner energy alternatives. Currently, his research involves improving the efficiency of nanoparticle-based solar cells.

Pranshu Puri


Born and raised in northern part of India, Pranshu obtained his Bachelor of Science from Punjabi University and Masters in Chemistry from Thapar University. During his Masters program, he synthesized tetraphenylethylene derivatives; explored their aggregation induced emission, excited state intramolecular proton transfer and metal-ion sensing behavior under the supervision of Dr. Vijay Luxami. Currently, his research is dedicated towards scrutinizing the science of magic size nanoclusters and analyzing their optoelectronic properties. Apart from research, Potterhead Pranshu loves to cook food, read novels and is passionate about driving.

Fuyan Ma

Fuyan was born in Shanxi Province, located in the north of China. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Nankai University and B.E. degree in chemical engineering from Tianjin University. She joined Zeng’s group in Fall 2019 and her current research project involves the synthesis of atomically precise semiconductor nanoclusters.

Doory Dan

Doory Dan was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received B.S. in Chemistry (ACS Accredited) from Northwest Missouri State University in December 2018. During her undergraduate, she participated in synthesizing and exfoliation of boron nitride into nano sheet to amplify its high thermal conductivity, under the guidance of her research mentor/advisor, Dr. Mohammed J.Meziani. Moreover, as a summer researcher at University of Iowa, she took part in synthesizing aluminum oxyhydroxide nanoclusters under the guidance of Dr. Tori Z. Forbes to provide understanding of how the heavy metal contaminants transport in the environmental system at molecular level. In her spare time, she likes playing piano and taking care of her many plants.