The Team

I am currently looking for motivated scientists who are interested in performing research at the interface between chemistry, materials science and electron microscopy. During my career I have been fortunate to work in three different countries and experience diverse academic research environments. As a PI I want to bring all these experiences to my laboratory and create an environment that will stimulate my team to reach their maximum potential.  


professor joe patterson

Joe was born in Nottingham, England. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK, and conducted his masters research project with Cytec Engineered Materials at the Wilton Centre. He completed his PhD in radical polymer chemistry and self-assembly at the University of Warwick, UK, in 2013, working under the supervision of Professor Rachel O’Reilly. He went on to work for Professor Nathan C. Gianneschi and Professor Kimberly Prather at the University of California San Diego, USA, and the Centre for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and Environment (CAICE) as a postdoctoral scholar. In 2016 he joined the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, working in the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry led by Professor Nico Sommerdijk.

In July 2018 Joe joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. His interests involve the development of new materials through a deep understanding of their structure and dynamics. For his work in this area he has been awarded several prizes including the Domino/MacroGroupUK Young Polymer Scientist of the Year in 2011, the 2013 Jon Weaver PhD prize and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowship in 2017.


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Alana ogatA

Alana completed her undergraduate studies at the College of William & Mary in Virginia where she conducted research under Kristin Wustholz in single-molecule spectroscopy for dye-sensitized solar cell studies. After completing a B.S. in chemistry, Alana received her PhD in Chemistry at UC Irvine. Working in Reginald Penner’s lab, her dissertation project involved developing point-of-care biosensors for cancer markers in urine using virus recognition elements in collaboration with the Weiss lab and PhageTech Inc. Recently she has also found a passion for public speaking and science communication. In her spare time, Alana enjoys a challenging hike, beach activities, petting dogs, nutrition and fitness education, and a good happy hour with friends. 


Alex Rakowski

Alex received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester in 2014. His master research project focused on the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to graphene in Prof. Robert Dryfe’s group. In 2018 he received a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Manchester, working in Prof. Sarah Haigh’s research group. His PhD thesis was centred on the exfoliation and characterisation of naturally occurring van der Waals heterostructures materials using 
cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy. This work was based in both the Electron Microscopy centre and the National Graphene Institute. He is interested in advanced analytical electron microscopy, 2D and other nano-materials; machine learning and quantitative image 
analysis. Having spent the past eight years in Manchester, Alex has very much appreciated the change in weather, and is enjoying exploring California.

Graduate Students


Brooke Carpenter

Brooke received her B.S. in Polymer Science with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, she worked under the advisement of Dr. Sarah Morgan where her research focused on radical synthesis of low molecular weight polymers for determination of binding selectivity with α-Gliadin. Brooke’s hobbies including playing tennis, perfecting espresso drinks, and spending time at the beach.

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Paul Hurst

Paul is from Laie, Hawaii. He receievd his BS chemistry from Brigham Young University. While there, he performed research on total synthesis in the Merritt Andrus lab. Wanting to explore more exciting fields of chemistry he came to UC Irvine and ended up joining the Patterson lab where he will likely be doing anything but total synthesis. In his free time, Paul likes to play piano, cook Peruvian and Norwegian food, and explore the area with his wife.


Aoon Rizvi

Aoon received his BS in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. There, he worked with Steve Zimmerman developing trigger released micro capsules and single chain organic nano particles for catalysis. Interested in the fields of organic and materials chemistry, Aoon joined the Patterson lab to explore new areas in soft materials. Aside from chemistry, he loves to cook and explore the world! ⌬

Undergraduate Students


Jamie Esquivel

Jamie was born in the Philippines and was raised in Los Angeles County, California. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in chemistry at UC Irvine and joined the Patterson Lab in April 2019 to work on the MOFs project. In her downtime, she likes to try new recipes, go to the beach, and find inspiration for her bullet journal.


Intanon Lapkriengkri (PK)

PK was born and lived in Thailand for 18 years until he finished high school. After that, he won one of the highest honor scholarships in Thailand which granted 50 students per year a full coverage for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc education in US. With his long interest in material science, he joined Patterson Lab to pursue a deeper understanding of nanomaterial and polymer physic. In the moment, PK is working on improving Nanoencapsulation via Nanoprecipitation of Nile red. And while he is not working, he love enjoining his free time with video game, working out, or experimenting with new food recipe