CV

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science & Engineering UC Berkeley, 2022
Advisor: Kristin Persson
Focus: Machine Learning, Photocatalysts, CO2RR
Berkeley, California, USA

M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2019
Advisor: Peidong Yang
Focus: Phase Transitions, Photonics, Fundamental Material Properties
Berkeley, California, USA. GPA: 3.5.

B.S. Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology), University of Southern California, 2017
Advisor: Andrea Armani
Focus: Optically cleavable polymers
Los Angeles, California, USA
GPA: 3.6

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Peidong Yang Research Group, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Project: 2D Perovskite Nanoplates Self Assembly (publication)
Project: Langmuir Blodgett Assembly of Perovskite Nanowires
Project: [email protected]: Phase Transition
Project: Lead free perovskite

National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA
Project: Tecnai Microscope, EELS, HR-TEM, Focal Series

Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA
Project: SAXS/WAXS – Beamline 7.3.3

Andrea Armani Research Group, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Project: Characterize a polymerization reaction with various variables and solvents with a UV cleavable base.
Project: Add a nano-porous sol gel layer on silica, characterize it, and analyze it to see if it is feasible. If it is feasible, attempt to add layer on integrated micro-toroids.
Project: Synthesize beta-Heamatin particle (present in patients with Malaria) for Malaria diagnostic device.

Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Project: To figure out application for a novel molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) nano structure

PUBLICATIONS

Yong Liu, Martin Siron,…, Peidong Yang. “Self-assembly of Two-dimensional Perovskite Nanosheet BuildingBlocks into Ordered Ruddlesden-Popper Perovskite Phase” J Am. Chem. Soc. 2019

GRANTS/AWARDS
National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program
– $34k/year stipend for 3 years, plus $12k/year towards graduate school tuition for pursuing PhD
– Only awarded to 2000 US Science/Engineering students per year, and a smaller percentate to undergraduate students.
National Academy of Engineering, Grand Challenge Scholar
– $1,000 fellowship
– Awarded to 30 USC Viterbi students who displayed scholarship, entrepreneurship, global experience, social competence and multidisciplinary activities.
Presidential Scholar
– Only about 200 students are selected out of a 48,000 application pool for this award.
– Covers half of the tuition for attending USC
Charles J. Rebert Award for Outstanding Service
– $400 fellowship.
– Awarded to one graduating senior who has shown outstanding service for the Mork Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science.
Rose Hills Fellowship
– Only about 40 applicants out of 90 were chosen for this award
– Applicants demonstrate strong research skills and interesting projects
Provost Fellow (Received: Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
– Received by top undergraduate researcher
– Competitive fellowship
O4U Engineering Fellow
– Only about 100 students were selected out of a 500+ application pool.
– This is awarded to only top Engineer LGBTQ students in the nation
– Applicants are sent to the O4U Engineering conference in Palo Alto with all expenses paid
Undergraduate Research Assistant Fellowship
– Top researchers are awarded this university wide award for a semester
– This provides a stipend for research performed during the school year
Seely Mudd Scholarship
– Merit based scholarship awarded to top engineering students.

INVOLVEMENT

Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley
2017-2018 Materials Science & Engineering Delegate
2018-2019 Materials Science & Engineering Delegate

Materials Science & Engineering Graduate Student Council, UC Berkeley
2018-2019 President

AIChE, Chapter at USC
President

  • Implemented Chem-E only Career Fair initiative which helped to grow organization by over 150% and secured new sponsors for more programing.
  • Managed $22,000 budget.

ChemE Car
Co-Captain

  • Implemented the Chem-E car competition at USC.
  • Extensively planned to create a car by 2016 for regional competition.
  • Performed research on various fuel types and proposed a budget to Viterbi to get funding for Chem-E Car Team.
  • Inspired 20 active members to join and build a car on weekly rotations and grew club to 70 members within one year
  • Competed at Regional Competition in Riverside, CA
  • Created research poster for poster competition

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Martin Siron, Madhav Gupta. “Traveler: USC Chem-E Car Team.” American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Western Conference. Chem-E Car Poster Competition. Riverside, California. April 2016, Poster.
  • Martin Siron, Michele Lee, Eda Gungor, Andrea M. Armani. “Tuning Cleaving Kinetics of Photo-Responsive Polymers via Solvent-Polymer Interactions.” American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Conference, San Francisco, 2016, Poster.
  • Martin Siron, “Tuning Cleaving of Photo-Responsive Smart Polymer via Solvent-Polymer Interaction.” 12th Mork Research Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Poster.

SKILLS
Programming Languages: Python, Java, MATLAB
Computational Materials: VASP, LAMMPS, PyMatgen, Atomate, Fireworks
Machine Learning: TensorFlow (Keras wrapper), SKLearn’s SVMs
Data Analysis: Jupyter Notebook with MatPlotLib & Seaborn, Origin Pro
Software: Autodesk Inventor, Adobe Creative, Microsoft Office, Blender/Maya
Spoken Languages: French (Native), English (Native)
Technical Skills:

Chemistry Synthesis: ATRP polymer synthesis – creating varied polymers with narrow polydispersity and customizing their moiety. Creating PDMS structures for microfluidics devices, and creating PDMS sol-gel with pores using surfactant. Performing TLC separations and column extractions to check and separate chemicals in mixture by polarity and purify components. Creating colloidal suspension of 2D perovskite nanoplates.

Macroscopic Characterization: NMR specroscopy and analyzing proton, carbon, HSQC NMRs to infer about structure of initiator in ATRP synthesis or characterize polymers. GPC and polymer analysis to derive polydispersity and chain length of polymers. Using FTIR to deduce specific bond rearrangement in crystalline powder. Using Raman and 2D NMR (NOESY, DOSY) to find ligand bounded to surface. Optical characterization using PL and time-resolved PL.

Microscopic Characterization: p-XRD to analyze powder samples for chemical make-up. Using SEM to image crystals. Using SAED to find diffraction pattern and calculation crystal properties. Using HR-TEM for structural characterization. Using focal series reconstruction, Using HADF-STEM. Characterization of interparticle spacing using SAXS at ALS.

Fabrication: using nanofrabrication lab at USC to create an integrated chip, from photolithography (including mask alignment and exposure), to etching and deposition.

Biology: performing a cell assay, maintaining a cell culture of suspended, mammalian cells.