Boettcher Lab Team

You can find many of the members of the team on our University of Oregon Group page - some of who will be finishing thier work at Oregon while others will be moving to UC Berkeley in the future.

Team members currently working at UC Berkeley and LBNL:

Jeff King

Jeff is a Faculty Support Administrator in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. He broadly supports the teams reseach and education missions. email:

Duha Syar

Duha received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2023. Her general research goals are to develop technologies for efficient and sustainable energy production. In the Boettcher lab, she currently wants to develop and characterize catalysts for water electrolysis.

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Duha Syar

Yifan Wu - 吴一凡

Yifan received his B.S. in Chemistry at Wuhan University. In the Boettcher group, he studies the catalysts for water dissociation in bipolar membranes. Currently, he is excited about learning different characterization techniques. He is a crazy fictional map creator. Please reach out if you want to discuss map art with him! 

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Yifan Wu

Dr. Lihaokun “Haokun” Chen - 陈黎皓锟

Haokun majored in Environmental Science at Peking University from 2015 to 2019. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Shannon Boettcher at the University of Oregon in December 2023. His research focuses on the fundamentals of bipolar membranes and bipolar membrane electrolysis. Starting from January 2024, he is doing a postdoc with Prof. Shannon Boettcher at the University of California, Berkeley. In his spare time, he enjoys learning and comparing languages. He is also learning to play the guitar (slowly and amateurly).

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 Haokun Chen

Yang Zhao - 赵洋

Yang received her B.S. in Chemistry from Xiamen University in 2017. She was a visiting graduate student in UC Santa Barbara ever since. In Spring of 2022, Yang joined Boettcher lab as a PhD student and she works on investigations of kinetics of UPD ion-transfer and surface modified Cu catalysts for CO2RR.

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Yang Zhao

Dr. Shujin Hou -  侯树金

Shujin received his Ph.D. in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he worked on the structural transformations in MOFs to design active oxygen evolution electrocatalysts with Prof. Aliaksandr Bandarenka and Prof. Roland A. Fischer.

In Berkeley, he is working on bipolar membrane structural innovations and understanding the evolution mechanisms of OER catalysts.


Shujin Hou

Rika Sato

Rika is a chemistry PhD student working jointly with Adam Weber at LBNL and the Boettcher group studying fundamental aspects of ionomers in electrolyzers.


Rika Sato

Ethan Shi

Ethan is a chemistry PhD student. His undergraduate degree is from UCLA where he worked with Rich Kaner. In Berkeley, he is working to understand the role of solid state electrochemistry in thermochemical catalytic processes.


Ethan Shi

Aaron Kaufmann

Aaron is a PhD student studying  fundamentals of semiconductor/catalyst interfaces using potential sensing atomic force microscopy and other photoelectrochemical techniques. He joined the Boettcher laboratory in the Summer of 2020 after completing his MS degree in the industrial masters internship program in Semiconductor Science at the University of Oregon. He is currently working at UC Berkeley in collaboration with Ethan Crumlin at the Advanced Light Source to apply ambient pressure XPS techniques to understand electric potential distibutions in operating photoelectrodes.

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Aaron Kaufman

Jason Prachar

Jason is an undergraduate researcher majoring in Chemical Engineering studying ion transfer kinetics.

Nathan Stovall

Coming soon....

(Dr.) Andrew Pendergast 

Andrew is receiving his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah working with Prof. Henry S. White on electrical double layer effects on electron-, proton-, and phase-transfer processes in electrochemistry. He is passionate about understanding complex electrode/electrolyte interfaces, connecting fundamental electrochemistry with operando nanoscale measurements to quantify and control electrochemical microenvironments. He is joinging the team at Berkeley in June 2024 and will be working to understand multiscale/mlutiphase phenomena in electrolzyer systems.

Andrew Prendergast

(Dr.) Arun Chakraborty 

Arun is recieving his PhD from UC Santa Barbara working with Lior Sepunaru. When he arrives at UC Berkeley this Spring, he will launch a new project targeting the development of intermediate temperature electrochemical platforms for decarbonization and fuel synthesis.