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Meet our First-Year Students

Allen Wood joined Jinsong Huang’s research lab in August 2021 where his research focus is on perovskite-based radiation detectors. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a minor in German from UNC – Chapel Hill. Allen is a North Carolina native with a love for science. He says, “hours can easily slip by trying to figure out how something works. I enjoy the outdoors and connecting with nature through things like hiking and camping! I once climbed Mt. Fuji in a few hours and slept at the top until sunrise. It was as cold, but the view was incredible!”

What drew Allen to UNC and the materials science program? “I started my journey at UNC as an undergrad in the Physics Department. I had a fascination with understanding the nuts and bolts of things and I figured physics was a good place to start. I interned the summer after my sophomore year at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan where I really began to apply the knowledge I had and cultivated a love for materials science and engineering. It’s always a good day to be a Tar Heel!”

Mahsa Mofidi came to UNC August of 2021 from Tehran, Iran  and joined Ehssan Nazockdast’s Lab where her research focus is in computational biophysics and Molecular Dynamics. Mahsa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a Master of Science from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

Mahsa is interested in knowing and experiencing the universe through science and technology. She is especially interested in computational models and mimicking nature. The night sky fascinates her. She composes music and plays the guitar and other oriental musical instruments. She loves a good book and poetry – they are her “beloved friends telling stories, ideas, and biographies”. She also has a green belt in Karate! Mahsa was drawn to UNC Chapel Hill because “science is the sharpest possible mean that humans possess to perceive the universe and its countless mysteries. I came here to know more about science!”

Hyunjung Lee came to UNC August 2021 from Seoul, South Korea and joined Zijie Yan’s Research Group where her focus of study is in photonics. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

Hyunjung is interested in traveling and trying new and orginal foods. She enjoys working out and watching the suset to relax. Hyunjung said what drew her to UNC was “As a person who has a background in Physics, it is exciting to learn the combination of Physics, Chemistry, and other fields. I am interested in applications and devices, so I would like to learn more about how each other field can be combined and how I could apply them for the applications. That is why I decided to come to the Applied Physical Science program. Also, I love North Carolina. The weather here is nice and it is so peaceful here.”

Mingze Li came to UNC January of 2022 from Shanxi, China, and joined Jinsong Huang’s Research Lab , where his research focus is on perovskite material. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Processing Engineering from China University of Mining & Technology, and he has a Master of Science degree in Material Engineering from the University of Science & Technology in Beijing.  He enjoys football and cats!


Tailei Qi came to UNC January of 2022 from China and joined Zijie Yan’s Research Group His research focus is on light-matter interaction, nanopartical trapping, and machine learning.  Tailei received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Wuhan University and a Master of Science degree in Material Science from LSU.  In his free time Tailei enjoys running, mountain climbing and cooking and creating new dishes.

Yihang Wang came to UNC August of 2021 from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, and joined Wubin Bai’s Research Group where his focus is on Bio-electronic interface. Yihang received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. In his free time, Yihang enjoys reading and coding. He was drawn to UNC for the interdisciplinary research environment.