Eric Hagee

Eric Hagee joined the Wright group in the fall of 2011. A native of Glassboro, NJ, he attended Rutgers
University, majoring in Chemistry. While there he worked under Prof. Edward Castner on the thermal
and transport properties of an ionic-liquid polymer gel electrolyte. His senior honors thesis earned him
high honors in the department and completion of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

Eric is, of course, extremely happy to be in a group that does such interesting spectroscopy. He intends
to pursue studies involving heterojunctions of quantum-confined nanomaterials, but keeps an open
mind for potential research opportunities. Currently, he is researching PbSe/PbS core-shell quantum dots as a model system.  He is interested by the applications of this research to various energy technologies.

While there is little that can compare with really cool ultrafast lasers, Eric does have various other
interests. He enjoys reading when he finds the time. As well, socialization that involves chicken wings
is one of his favorite events. He is a former marching band nerd, but has found little time to practice
clarinet since college. He does, however, still follow the Rutgers football team and college football in
general. He thinks the lack of a playoff is just fine. As a South Jerseyan, his pro interests naturally follow
Philadelphia sports, particularly the Eagles, Phillies, and Union (MLS).


  • PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, (Madison, WI) 2011-
  • Present
  • BA, Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, ACS Accredited, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers-The State
  • University of New Jersey (Piscataway, NJ) 2011


  • SAS Honors Scholar (Rutgers, 2011)
  • High Honors in Chemistry (Rutgers, 2011)
  • Presidential Scholarship (Rutgers 2007-11)
  • National Merit Scholar (2011)
  • Valedictorian (Glassboro High School, Glassboro, NJ, 2007)
  • Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America, 2004)


  • University of Wisconsin, John C. Wright Lab, 2011-Present (PhD Candidate)
  • Rutgers University, Edward W. Castner, Jr. Lab, 2009-11 (Undergraduate Researcher)
  • University of Minnesota, Kenneth Leopold Lab, 2009 (Lando-NSF REU)


  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (Chem 563/564) Fall 2012-Spring 2013 UW-Madison
  • General Chemistry (Chem 104) Spring 2012 UW-Madison
  • General Chemistry (Chem 103) Fall 2011 UW-Madison