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Meet the group!

Principal Investigator

Prof. Annalise Maughan

Annalise grew up in Tucson, AZ. Looking to escape the desert heat, she attended Northern Arizona University at 7000 feet where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Mathematics while researching inorganic sandwich complexes under Prof. Stephanie Hurst. After her time at NAU, Annalise came down in altitude to Fort Collins, CO for her graduate work at Colorado State University. Working with Prof. Jamie Neilson, her research focused on understanding structure-property relationships in new perovskite halide semiconductors. After earning her Ph.D., Annalise moved to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under a Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship researching new solid-state electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries. 

In her free time, Annalise enjoys downhill skiing, road cycling, board games, knitting, plants, fantasy and sci-fi books, and finding cool rocks.


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Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Philip Yox

Philip was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, TX. He completed his undergraduate education at Concordia University Nebraska in 2017 with a double major in Chemistry and Physics. During his undergraduate studies, Philip was inspired to pursue graduate studies by an NSF funded REU studying exfoliation of 2D materials at the University Nebraska Lincoln with Prof. Sinitskii. Philip completed his Ph.D. in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Kovnir and Prof. Vela at Iowa State University. During his Ph.D., Philip used exploratory synthesis techniques to discover new pnictide materials with extended frameworks. Philip enjoys tackling synthetic challenges and crystal growth of materials and analyzing the physical properties. His general research interests include the discovery of new crystalline materials- especially those with energy related applications not limited to but including thermoelectrics and batteries.

Outside of research, Philip enjoys playing tennis and going on hikes. He also is an amateur pipe organist.


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Sinclair Combs

Sinclair is from North Bend, WA, a small mountain community east of Seattle and known more favorably as the town in Twin Peaks. Sinclair then moved to Tacoma to attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in mathematics. During her time in the chemistry department at PLU, Sinclair primarily did research on blending ionically and electronically conductive polymers for use as semiconducting layers in p-doped organic electrochemical transistors. Over in the math department, she researched multi-dimensional derivations of the Schrodinger equation. Now, Sinclair is a Ph.D. student in the applied chemistry program at Colorado School of Mines with research interests in solid-state ion conduction mechanisms and disordered crystal lattice systems.Beyond academia, she loves reptiles, foraging, making collages, beer, fly fishing, and reading a good book in her backyard hammock. Sinclair is a dedicated parent to her cat, ball python, crested gecko, and a small jungle of houseplants.


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Abby Cardoza

Abby traveled around growing up, but graduated high school in Omaha, Nebraska.


She attended The University of Oklahoma where she obtained her B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry and conducted research focusing on the synthesis of hybrid organic-inorganic copper (I) halides in application for light emitting diodes (LEDs). Now, she is in the Applied Chemistry PhD program at Colorado School of Mines looking forward to the adventures to come while being a member in the Maughan group. 


Outside of working in the lab, Abby enjoys rock climbing, going on road trips, eating Chick-fil-a, and playing with her cat Toph. 


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Shelby Galinat

Shelby is from Boise, Idaho and got her chemistry degree from the University of Utah in 2022. As an undergraduate in Dr. Matt Sigman’s research group, she synthesized electrolytes and computationally modeled their solubility for non-aqueous redox flow batteries. After hopping across the Rocky Mountains to Mines, Shelby is now in the materials science PhD program and is excited to research renewable energy storage technologies as a member of the Maughan group.


When not thinking about batteries, Shelby loves to be outside, especially mountain biking, climbing, skiing, taking pictures of flowers, picking berries, and petting dogs.


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Alex Hughes

Alex grew up in Waukegan, Illinois. He attended Michigan State University, where he enjoyed competitive rowing and graduated with degrees in Russian and Materials Science. He spent two years learning too much about truck manufacturing before returning to academia to pursue a PhD in Materials Science. He is a recipient of the CoorsTek fellowship with current projects focusing on battery electrolytes. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, video games, and tabletop RPGs.

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Amy Louks

Amy is from Boise, Idaho and got her B.S. in chemical engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2019. Between 2019 and 2022, Amy was working in the perovskite thin film solar cell group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developing new deposition processes that push the efficiency of lead-halide perovskites while also increasing their stability. Now, as a materials science Ph.D. student in the Maughan group, she will work on taking those processes and use them to produce high performing larger area perovskite solar cells.


When not in lab, she enjoys going to concerts, playing board games, climbing, learning how to sew, and playing with her cat.


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Austin Shotwell

Originally from the small town of McCall, Idaho, Austin spent his undergraduate career east of the Mississippi at Centre College. A well-rounded square, he received degrees in Politics and Chemistry, graduating summa cum laude and with departmental honors. His undergraduate research was multifaceted and included investigating the development of a GC-MS method for the identification and quantification of congeners in white dog bourbon samples as well as interrogating the applicability of molecularly imprinted polymers for the recognition and selective binding of drugs and their biological metabolites. Austin is currently an applied chemistry Ph.D. student at the Colorado School of Mines working to develop solid-state electrolytes with potential applications in battery technologies.

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Undergraduate Researchers

Cade Alaniz

Cade is a presently an undergraduate student at Texas A & M University and has joined the Maughan group as part of the ICECRM REU program during the summer of 2024. Away from the lab, Cade loves to get outside, whether it be mountain biking, climbing, or hiking. He also likes to tinker with small engines for gokarts, inspired by his love for playing Mario Kart. 


Lucas Baker

Lucas was born and raised in Rome, Georgia. He has always had a love for STEM and the outdoors, which eventually lead him to Golden. He is currently studying chemistry and hopes to continue pursuing research and a Ph.D. in the field. Lucas is excited to bring his skills and enthusiasm to the research team and looks forward to learning from the group. In his free time, Lucas enjoys many outdoor activities such as highlining, climbing, and snowboarding.  


Lexi Collins

Hello! I am Lexi Collins, an Arizona native who ran to the cold of Colorado the first chance I got. I am majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biology. Following my successful completion of the International Baccalaureate program at Desert Mountain High School, I decided to venture into the world of chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. Alongside undergraduate research, I am an executive member of the Sigma Kappa sorority on campus, a General Chemistry TA, and a member of Mines Little Theatre. Outside of the educational realm, I enjoy reading, hiking, and painting.


Drew Whitney

Drew is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and has lived here his whole life. He is an undergraduate in electrical engineering, and he plans to specialize in power and energy systems. Afterwards, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in power systems so he can help make strides in renewable energy integration. Drew’s primary research interests are solid-state electrolytes, semiconductors, and power grid technologies. He primarily works on software development for the group, but he hopes to move to more battery-related research as he gains more experience in his major. Outside of his academics, Drew loves biking, board games, choir and acapella, building mechanical keyboards, and reading (and is a huge fan of anything by Brandon Sanderson).


Group Alumni

Connor Ray

MS Chemistry 2023


Energy Analyst, Ascend Analytics

Jordan Sweeney

2022 NSF Materials Science REU, Colorado School of Mines

Graduate student, Materials Science Program, Colorado School of Mines

(Advisor: Professor Eve Mozur)

Lucy Metzroth

MS Materials Science 2023


Senior Innovation Technology Consultant, Xcel Energy

Rae Earnest

2023 NSF Materials Science REU, Colorado School of Mines

Eleni Ziu

2023 NSF Materials Science REU, Colorado School of Mines

Akhil Gupta

B.S. Ceramic Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Rising graduate student, Oxford University

Kobi Hobert

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Rising graduate student, CU Boulder

Group Mascots






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