People

 

 

Antonia Statt is the Principal Investigator of the lab. She did both her graduate and undergraduate work in Physics with Prof. Binder at the University of Main in Germany. After that she moved to Princeton, NJ as a PCCM postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Panagiotopoulos in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department.

Born and raised in Germany, Antonia misses her family the most. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys running very slowly, cooking simple meals, painting silly pictures, and cuddling her grumpy cat.

 Tzortzis Koulaxizis (tk16@illinois.edu) joined the lab in 2021 after getting his degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he completed his Diploma Thesis, entitled “Estimation of the configurational properties of single unperturbed polymer chains using coarse-grained Monte Carlo simulations”.

 

 

Rusen Argun (bargun2@illinois.edu) obtained this BS in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, before joining our lab in 2020. He is investigating the aggregation and phase behavior of microplastics particles, which not only pose a serious risk to our health and the environment, but are also poorly understood and characterized on a fundamental colloidal level due to their heterogeneity.  

Steve Skala joined the lab in 2021 and works on a collaborative project on modeling the behavior of mechanophores in triblock copolymers. Outside of the lab he is actively involved with outreach activities bringing materials science concepts to middle school students. 

 

Former Group Members

Arjun Goswami joined our lab in 2020 after obtaining his BS in Physics from Caltech. He left 2021 with a Masters Degree in Physics from UIUC.

Interested in joining the lab?

email: statt@illinois.edu and tell us why you’d like to join and attach a recent resume.