Principal Investigator


Ioannis D. Spanopoulos PhD

Assistant Professor

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Department of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, University of South Florida (08/2021 - present)

  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University (04/2021 – 07/2021)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University (12/2016 – 03/2021)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete (12/2015 – 11/2016)


Bio. Ioannis (Yannis) holds a BSc. degree in Chemistry and a MSc. degree in Environmental Chemistry and Technology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the latter under the supervision of Prof. Michael Scoullos. In 2015 he acquired his PhD. degree in Materials Chemistry from the University of Crete, under the supervision of Prof. Pantelis N. Trikalitis working on the development of Metal Organic Frameworks for gas storage and separation applications. After one year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow developing water stable MOFs, in 2016 he joined the research group of Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis at Northwestern University for a second Post-Doctoral appointment. His work at NU focused on the design and synthesis of environmentally friendly and stable perovskite and metal halide materials for optoelectronic applications. He developed the new family of 3D "hollow" perovskites (US Patent 16/623,873), as well as various water stable metal halide materials. He received the 2020 IIN Outstanding Researcher award from the International Institute for Nanotechnology and he holds a teaching certificate (2020-2021) from the SEARLE center at Northwestern University.

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Graduate Students

Ali Azmy

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BSc. in Materials Science

University of Science and Technology (UST) at Zewail City (2021)

I am Ali Azmy, and I am from Egypt. I obtained my BSc. degree in Materials Science from UST-Zewail City in Egypt (2021). Part of my former research experience was related to the adsorption of cationic dyes on water stable MOFs. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD. degree at USF in the Spanopoulos Group.

Research Interns

Daria M. Konovalova


BSc. in Biomedical Sciences

University of South Florida (Spring 2022)

My name is Daria Konovalova, and I am from Ukraine. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Spring 2022 with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. I am a research intern in Dr. Spanopoulos' group, where we are working on hybrid semiconductors. In the future, I intend to become a medical doctor and continue participating in research for innovative and environmentally friendly materials with multiple applications.

Shahedul Islam PhD


PhD. in Chemistry

University of South Florida (Spring 2022)

BSc. in Pharmacy

University of Science and Technology (2009) Chittagong, Bangladesh

I graduated from USF with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Materials Science is something I have always wanted to pursue. I have done extensive NMR, ESI-MS, and IR studies with paramagnetic species before I joined the Spanopoulos group. Together with my industrial experience in Pharmaceutical production, I wish to extend my expertise in hybrid-semiconductors and solar cells.

Undergraduate Students

Alissa Anderson


BA. in Chemistry,

Minors in Biology and Biomedical Physics

University of South Florida (Spring 2022)

I am currently a fourth-year chemistry student at the University of South Florida, interested in inorganic synthesis of low-dimensional materials and applied spectroscopy. I have previously worked on 2D metals, SERS, and a variety of synthetic and analytical techniques. I plan to further my studies upon graduation by pursuing a PhD.


Amanda Reyes

BSc. in Chemistry,

Minor in Linguistics

University of South Florida (Spring 2023)

I am a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in Chemistry. I have a profound interest in inorganic synthesis and material sciences. After graduation, I hope to continue my studies by attending graduate school.

Michael Pham


BSc. in Biomedical Science,

University of South Florida (Spring 2022)

I am currently a senior at the University of South Florida finishing my BSc. degree in biomedical science. After graduation, I am looking to pursue a graduate program at USF where I can continue my studies. 

Brandon Sauval 


BSc. in Chemistry,

University of South Florida (Spring 2024)

I am a junior at the University of South Florida with a profound interest in composite material synthesis with a focus on environmental remediation. After graduation I intend on eventually continuing my studies in graduate school.

Group Alumni

Leah Lepore (BSc. 2022)