• Cushing and Hadt

New CCE Faculty

Two new professors will join the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Caltech in fall, bringing fresh insights and new research directions our way.

Scott Cushing: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Professor Cushing's research interests are in understanding ultrafast electronic-structural dynamics, particularly as relevant to renewable energy systems. He is currently developing x-ray transient absorption techniques that combine element-specificity with sub-femtosecond temporal resolution. Using these techniques, he will investigate problems such as the transport of non-thermal carriers in solar materials and solid-state ionic conduction in batteries. Prof. Cushing is also exploring how broad-band entangled photon sources can be used for femtosecond spectroscopy of light-matter interactions.
Cushing received his B.S. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2011 and 2015. From 2016-2018 he was a DOE EERE Postdoctoral Fellow with Stephen Leone at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ryan Hadt: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Professor Hadt's research is broadly based in the area of physical inorganic chemistry. His group employs a wide range of steady state and time-resolved spectroscopies spanning many orders of magnitude in photon energy to understand the role(s) of transition metal electronic structure across interdisciplinary areas of chemistry, biology, and materials science. Currently, his research is focused on fundamental and applied studies of nonadiabatic dynamics in photophysics and catalysis. Emphases are on the stepwise molecular processes involved in forming and breaking chemical bonds. These elementary steps encompass electron transfer, proton transfer, proton-coupled electron transfer, spin crossover, and electron transfer-coupled spin crossover and constitute the underlying degrees of freedom for optimizing catalysis in diverse areas ranging from bioinorganic chemistry to solar energy conversion.
Ryan received his BS and MS degrees in chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and completed his PhD at Stanford University in 2014. Before joining the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech, he was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and an Enrico Fermi Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory.