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Joseph E

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


Quantum and Condensed Matter Physics


Hi, I'm Joseph! I'm a PhD Candidate in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan, researching different quantum states of matter in graphene. In my research, I create electrical devices out of graphene and subject them to ultra-low temperatures in order to probe the electronic behavior of graphene under different conditions. While this is mostly fundamental physics, there are some fascinating applications down the line - graphene is actually a great candidate material for quantum computing! Outside of lab, I love tabletop games of all kinds. I play board games and dungeons and dragons in particular all the time! I also read, lift, and go out with my friends.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Graphene in Photovoltaic Applications

In this fully remote project, a student would produce - in essay (or other) form - a comprehensive review of the different applications of graphene in photovoltaic (solar power) devices. The student would develop a detailed view of what makes graphene an interesting material generally and as applied specifically to this purpose.

Coding skills

python, matlab, c++

Teaching experience

I've served as a volunteer peer tutor (and run a peer tutoring program), TA'd for a lab class, mentored undergraduates in my lab in pursuing their own research projects, and worked at a children's science museum.


Work experience

University of Michigan (2020 - Current)
PhD Student Researcher
Rice University (2017 - 2020)
Undergraduate Researcher


Rice University
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Applied Physics - experimental condensed matter

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