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Pin-Ruei(Ray) Huang

Graduate Student

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About Ray

Ray was born and grew up in a dynamic and prosperous city – Taipei, Taiwan. Motivated by the desire to pursue a career in scientific research, he came to the States and studied chemistry as his major at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his time at UW, Ray joined Prof. Matthew Golder’s group to study the architecture of synthesizing cyclic polymer and its corresponding organometallic initiator.


Being exposed to and intrigued by the fantastic world of polymeric materials, Ray decided to further continue his graduate study at the University of Chicago PME. He is now co-advised by Prof. Aaron Esser-Kahn and Prof. Stuart Rowan.


During his free time, Ray enjoys hanging out with friends, taking a walk along the beautiful Lake Michigan, and making some delicious food.


B.S. Chemistry, University of Washington - Seattle, 2022
Advisor: Prof. Matthew R. Golder

Favorite Quote

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scientific Hero

Linus Pauling

Favorite Paper

Solid-State Radical C−H Trifluoromethylation Reactions Using Ball Milling and Piezoelectric Materials

 Y. Pang, J. W. Lee, K. Kubota, H. Ito, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 22570.

If you could be a piece of lab equipment, what would you be?

Rotovap. Inconspicuous but essential!

Ray's Research

Ray is currently working on projects that utilize piezoelectric nanoparticles to develop novel polymeric materials. The goal is to create materials that can be used for different purposes based on specific “training” processes through force activation and corresponding chemistry.

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