Current Students

Students currently in the Materials Science and Engineering PhD program are listed below, along with their advisor/co-advisor(s) and a brief description of their project, as it's confirmed.

 

Angela Abarca Perez Angela Abarca-Perez
Project Title:
Design and synthesis of catalytic membranes for enhanced drinking water treatment
Department:
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Advisor(s):

Kyle Doudrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

William Phillip, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Faraj Albadani Faraj Al-Badani
Project Title:
Phyllosilicate clays as new gas sensing materials
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Nosang Myung, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Yamil Colon, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Grace Arntz-Johnson Grace Arntz-Johnson
Project Title:
Crystallography of neptunium-based metal-organic frameworks and peroxide nanoclusters
Department:
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Advisor(s):

Peter Burns, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Allen Oliver, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kareem Asham
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sara Bey Sara Bey
Project Title:
Three-dimensional chalcogenide materials for next generation electronic devices
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Advisor(s):

Badih Assaf, Physics and Astronomy

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Chris Hinkle, Electrical Engineering

Linda Biondelli
Advisor(s):

Ken Kuno, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Zhongyu Cheng
Project Title:
Low-temperature, non-thermal plasma jet treatment of semi-conductive thin films utilizing machine learning optimization methods
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

David Go, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Alex Dowling, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ethan Chu
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Stanislav Gordeyev, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Brenda Cruz Gonzalez Brenda Cruz Gonzalez
Project Title:
Enhancing the targeting efficacy of endothelial colony-forming cells for renal regeneration via kidney- targeting liposomal nanoparticles
Department:
Bioengineering
Advisor(s):

Donny Hanjaya-Putra, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Yichun Wang, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Piyush Deshpande Piyush Deshpande
Project Title:
Engineering all-solid metal-sulfur batteries
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Jennifer Schaefer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Casey O'Brien, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Yang Ding Yang Ding
Project Title:
Toward laser cooling using lead halide perovskite nanocrystals
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Ken Kuno, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):
  • Prashant Kamat, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Adam Jaffe, Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Durling Greg Greg Durling
Project Title:
Photoswitchable ionic liquids: Light mediated directional solvent extraction
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Brandon Ashfeld, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Tengfei Luo, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Bikram Ghosh
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):
  • Greg Hartland, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Prashant Kamat, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Irina Gushchina
Project Title:
Size- and excitation intensity-dependent terminal stoichiometries for halide photosegregation in CsPb(I0.5Br0.5)3 perovskite nanocrystals
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Ken Kuno, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Alexander Mukasyan, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Logan Hennes
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Jonathan Whitmer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Grayson Huldin Grayson Huldin
Project Title:
Combining membranes with aptamer based electrochemical biosensors to fabricate next-generation ultrasensitive biosensors
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Kaiyu Fu, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Merlin Bruening, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Kristyna Hyblova
Project Title:
Exploring the role of defects on quantum emitters in hexagonal boron nitride using atomic force microscopy
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Matt Rosenberger, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Anthony Hoffman, Electrical Engineering

Jizhou Jiang Jizhou Jiang
Project Title:
Monitoring and controlling the growth of molecular layer-by-layer assembled polyamide thin films
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Jennifer Schaefer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Bryan Paulsen, Northwestern

Parham Keshavarzi Parham Keshavarzi
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Svetlana Neretina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Jessica Komla
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Merlin Bruening, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Justin Krantz
Project Title:
Optical design and process monitoring of laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Ed Kinzel, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Robert Landers, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Zachary Lawson Zachary Lawson
Project Title:
The development of fabrication and synthesis protocols to produce substrate-immobilized plasmonic nanomaterials
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Svetlana Neretina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Alan Seabaugh, Electrical Engineering

Lan Li Lan Li
Project Title:
Radiographic monitoring of photopolymerized hydrogel scaffolds with methacrylate-modified gold nanoparticles
Department:
Bioengineering
Advisor(s):

Ryan Roeder, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Bioengineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Vahid Serpooshan, Georgia Tech

Wei-Kuo Li
Project Title:
Harnessing strong light-matter interactions in organic semiconductor materials
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Hsing-Ta Chen, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Yi-Ting Hsu, Physics and Astronomy

Shih-Chuan Lien
Project Title:
Machine-learning assisted material search and design of topological crystalline superconductors
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Advisor(s):
  • Yi-Ting Hsu, Physics and Astronomy
Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):
  • Meng Jiang, Computer Science and Engineering
Migliati Tiago Tiago Migliati Zanon
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Yichun Wang, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Tye Milazzo
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Tengfei Luo, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Morales Joshua Joshua Morales Campos
Project Title:
Isolation of catalytically relevant sites in 2D extended solids through atom-transfer/exchange reactions
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Adam Jaffe, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Jason Hicks, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Jideofor Odoeze
Project Title:
Performance and reliability of deep-etched high-index-contrast ridge waveguide lasers
Department:
Electrical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Doug Hall, Electrical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):
  • Sylwia Ptasinska, Physicis and Astronomy
  • Ken Kuno, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ogueri Chiedozie Benjamin Ogueri
Project Title:
Investigating oxidation prevention for copper nanoparticles during the plasma-liquid interface (PLI) synthesis srocess
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):
  • David Go, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • David Bartels, Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory
Alexander Padilla
Project Title:
Nitrogen atom transfer: A promising method for tuning metal oxyhalides
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Adam Jaffe, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Jason Hicks, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Sanjoy Saha
Project Title:
Dynamic hydrogels for controlling lymphatic differentiation and morphogenesis
Department:
Bioengineering
Advisor(s):

Donny Hanjaya-Putra, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Bioengineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Matt Webber, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Connor Schmidt Connor Schmidt
Department:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Advisor(s):

Matt Webber, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Nileema Sharma
Project Title:
Tunning charge orders in Kagome metals Cs1-xKxV3Sb5 via alkali substitution
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Advisor(s):

Xiaolong Liu, Physics and Astronomy

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Stephen Wilson, UC Santa Barbara

Muhammad Sohail Muhammad Sohail
Project Title:
Molecular spatial control over 1D chalcogen polymers
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Emily Tsui, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Jennifer Schaefer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Runze Tang
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Svetlana Neretina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Toole
Project Title:
Machine-learning-enhanced quantum materials visualization and discovery
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Advisor(s):

Xiaolong Liu, Physics and Astronomy

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Xiangliang Zhang, Computer Science and Engineering

Vadim Trepalin
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Ken Kuno, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Walker Tuff Walker Tuff
Project Title:
Fabricating complex substrate-bound nanostructures through the incorporation of sacrificial metals and metal oxides
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Svetlana Neretina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Jon Camden, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wang Kuixing Kuixing Wang
Department:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor(s):

Matt Webber, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Hezekiah Williams Hezekiah Williams
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Ryan Roeder, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Yang Yucheng Yucheng Yang
Project Title:
Nanoscale characterization and control of strain and defects in two-dimensional materials for optimized quantum emitters
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Matt Rosenberger, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Anthony Hoffman, Electrical Engineering

Frances Zengotita Frances Zengotita
Project Title:
Influence of iron oxide nanoparticle crystallite size and surface defects on the sorption and reduction of plutonium
Department:
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Advisor(s):

Amy Hixon, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):

Kyle Doudrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Hanfeng Zhang
Project Title:
Materials informatics of liquidous materials for water desalination applications
Department:
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s):

Tengfei Luo, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Mentor(s):
  • Ed Maginn, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Brandon Ashfeld, Chemistry and Biochemistry