Stephen grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 2012 from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.S. in biochemistry. He started as a graduate student at Georgia Tech in 2012 and joined the Bredas group in the fall of that year to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. His research focuses on using a variety of computational techniques to understand the electronic structure and bulk aggregation of cyanine-like polymethines for all-optical switching applications. In his spare time, he enjoys model railroading in O scale, astronomy, architectural photography, learning local history, and golf.
Computational chemistry (density functional theory, molecular dynamics, semi-empirical methods), non-linear optics, organic electronics
Gieseking, R. L.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Shiring, S. B.; Risko, C.; Brédas, J-L. “Impact of Bulk Aggregation on the Electronic Structure of Streptocyanines: Implications for the Solid-State Nonlinear Optical Properties and All-Optical Switching Applications” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 23575-23585.
El-Assaad, T. H.; Shiring, S. B.; Getmanenko, Y. A.; Hallal, K. M.; Brédas, J.-L.; Marder, S. R.; Al-Sayah, M. H.; Kaafarani, B. R. “Dithieno[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine-based Chemical Probe for Anions: A Spectroscopic Study of Binding” RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 43303-43311.