Current Group Members

As of May 2019

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Paul Bazylewski

with group since 2015
Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, OCE TalentEdge Fellowship

I received my PhD from the University of Saskatchewan working on organic electronics and graphene-nanoparticle systems. I joined Dr. Fanchini's group in 2015 as a MITACS postdoctoral fellow, and continued as an OCE Talentedge fellow in 2017, working on water filtration using 2D materials.

Dr. Deepa Singh

with group since 2018

I obtained my PhD from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, followed by one year of research at Virginia Tech in the USA. Here in Dr. Fanchini’s group my research work includes polymer based electronic devices such as memristors and motion influenced energy harvesters.

Apart from research, I have an ardor for ‘dance’ from Bollywood to western, from old school to contemporary. I enjoy music, trekking, cricket, football and almost all of the life and would give all up for a chance to meet Sachin Tendulkar and Lionel Messi.

Dr. Sina Kazemian

with group since 2013

My study focuses on electron-phonon interaction applied to multilayer graphene thin films decorated with copper particles on top and their role on the local decrease in thermal conductivity along the surface of graphene doped materials.

Farman Ullah

with group since 2020

Doctoral Candidates

Jaewoo Park

Western University Nanofabrication Award, Graphene Canada Travel Award

I received my BSc in Physics from Dongguk University in Korea and started my MSc degree at Western University and transferred to the PhD program. I worked on synthesis of graphene nanoribbons and porous graphene for water purification and am currently working on systhesis of carbon quantum dots.

Angela Ezugwu

with group since 2016

I received my BSc in Physics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Enugu State, Nigeria. My research is on Defect-related magnetic properties and electrical transport of nanostructured nickel oxide thin films for solar cell applications.

Victor Wong

with group since 2017

I received my BSc from the University of Waterloo and joined Western as a graduate student in 2017. Currently, my work involves studying a variety of luminescent materials for applications in optoelectronic devices.

Master's Candidates

Edith Yeung

Mitacs-JSPS Scholarship

My research is on improving titania nanocomposites for use in dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells.

Sheldon van Middelkoop

with group since 2017

I am currently researching 2D materials looking at applications to water filtration and sensing technologies. The main goal of my project is to create a device which is capable of both capturing and sensing heavy metals such as cadmium in water based solutions.

Noah Stocek

with group since 2019

Elaheh Aawani

visited in 2018

Denys Vidish

with group since 2019


Andason Cen

with group since 2017

I am a 5th year Physics student who has been helping the group prepare graphene samples for characterization through ultrasonic exfoliation of graphite.

Sara Catingan

with group since 2019

I am a fourth year student enrolled in the Honours Specialization in Chemistry program at Western. Before joining the Fanchini group, I was a research student (NSERC USRA) working in the lab of Dr. Joe B. Gilroy, where I synthesized formazanate complexes of main group elements. After one year in the Gilroy group, I completed a 12-month internship at Environment and Climate Change Canada under the supervision of Dr. Amila O. De Silva, where I researched emerging organic contaminants in aquatic environments across Canada. I am currently an NSERC USRA summer research student in both the Gilroy and Fanchini groups, where I am working with semiconducting stable radical polymers.

Harshil Shah


I am a 3rd year student planning to specialize in biomedical applications that has been assigned a summer project for the group involving the transfer printing of graphene onto electrical grids.

Nicholas Popiel


I am a third year Integrated Science and Physics student. Since May 2018 I have been working with the group on Electron Spin Resonance spectroscopy and helping to set up the new Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

Matthew McCready

2018 Honors Thesis Student