Solid State Chemistry at CSUF

The Fry-Petit Lab focuses on 3 main objectives:

  1. Use data mining to create correlation diagrams toward the elucidation of mechanistic driving forces of structure-property relations and influence novel synthesis (Objective 2).

  2. Synthesize and probe the properties of materials within the systems of interest as influenced by the structural correlation diagrams (Objective 1) and as a means to further probe mechanistic driving forces.

  3. Continue the development of methods used to probe the long-range average and short-range structure of materials in both time averaged and instantaneous regime specifically dynamic pair distribution (DPDF) analysis.

These 3 main objectives will be used to answer questions relating to polar, luminescent, and ionic conducting materials.


Current Group


Madi Thompson

Hometown: Fullerton, CA

Major: BS Chemistry, Math Minor

Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, coding, going to concerts, and traveling

Interesting fact: I've visited 16 countries and 3 different continents. Next on my bucket list is to hike the Andes in Peru and Chile.


Jose Gonzales-Jimenez

Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Major: Chemistry BS

Hobbies: Playing soccer and writing

Interesting fact about me: I have broken a bone in every "sections" of my body: head, torso, arms and legs.


Juana Mora

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Major: Biochemistry BS

Hobbies: cleaning around the house, spending time with my family, going out for walks/jogs

Interesting fact about me: I lived in Mexico for 3 years.


Helen Ruhl

Name: Helen Ruhl

Degree: Biochemistry BS

Hobbies: Reading, video gaming, hanging out with my dog, hanging out with my family and friends, chores/house work, cooking, and baking.

Interesting fact: During the last 2 years of working on my bachelors, I have been working at a cookie shop with really good chocolate chip cookies. In the entire time I've been working there, I've been able to lose about 60 pounds.

Group Alumni (under construction)

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Loi Nguyen

Time in lab: FA 15-SP 17

Studied: Non-cooperative Octahedral Tilting in Perovskites

Currently in PhD program at Princeton

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Karen Tom

Time in lab: SP 16-SP 18

Studied: Alkali metal potential battery materials

Currently in pharmacy school at USC


Michelle Gayhart

Time in lab: SP 16-SU 17


Liz Hitch

Time in lab: SU 17-SP18

Studied: The effects of synthesis on oxygen transport membranes

Currently in the MARC program at CSUF in Dr. Keppetipola’s lab


Marina Shatalova

Time in the lab: SU 19 (project RAISE)

Studied: Synthesis of pyrochlore oxygen transport membranes

Currently in a Chemical Engineering program at UCSD