Current Students

Alex Abelson

Alex Abelson

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Matt Law 

Research Focus: Use of nanomaterials for solar energy conversion using a variety of materials processing and characterization techniques to study the self-assembly and charge transport properties of PbSe quantum dot superlattices, an exciting material system that is expected to combine the unique photophysics of quantum dots with the efficient charge transport of bulk semiconductors. 

B.S. in Physics from Oregon State University

Katherine A. Acord

Katherine A. Acord

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung 

Research Focus: Understanding the process-structure-property relationship of energy storage ceramic materials prepared using the additive manufacturing technique, laser powder bed fusion.  

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Davis

Sakshi Bajpai

Sakshi Bajpai

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Diran Apelian 

Research Focus: Effect of Processing Phenomena and Kinetics on the Evolution of Microstructure in High Entropy Alloys.

B.T. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur

Calvin H. Belcher

Calvin H. Belcher

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisors: Enrique Lavernia and Timothy Rupert  

Research Focus: Processing and Synthesis of Magnetic Metal Alloys.

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Irvine

Justin Cortez

Justin Cortez

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung 

Research Focus: Processing-structure-property relationships of High Entropy Oxides, with specific focus on mechanical behavior.

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Riverside

Cameron M. Crook

Cameron M. Crook

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Lorenzo Valdevit

Research Focus: Scalable Nanomanufacturing, Mechanical Metamaterials, and Effects of Oxidation on Cold Spray Powders.

B.E. in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Tingwei Deng

Tingwei Deng

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jered Haun

Research Focus: Nano materials, biomedical and fluorescent diagnosis.

B.E. in Poly Materials and Engineering from South China University of Technology
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

Chaojie Du

Chaojie Du

Degree Objective: M.S.

B.E. in Material Science and Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Salma A. El-Azab

Salma A. El-Azab

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung

Research Focus: Additive manufacturing of WC-Co via laser engineered net shaping.

B.S. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University - West Lafayette

Brandon Fields

Brandon Fields

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Lorenzo Valdevit

Research Focus: Additive manufacturing of metals for energy absorption applications.

B.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Xin Fu

Xin Fu

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Albert Yee

Research Focus: Development of sustained drug delivery system for ocular diseases.

B.E. in Macromolecule Materials & Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology
M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego

Alyse R. Gonthier

Alyse R. Gonthier

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisors: Ali Mohraz and Elliot Botvinick

Research Focus: Use of morphologically unique bijel-templated materials in subcutaneous biomedical devices and study the impact of those materials on cell response, physically and computationally.

B.S. in BioEngineering/Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Berkeley

Jairo I. Gonzalez Gonzalez

Jairo I. Gonzalez Gonzalez

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: William Bowman

Research Focus: Pulsed laser deposition of electrochemical ceramics.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University

Anna Gonzalez Rosell

Anna Gonzalez Rosell

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Stacy Copp

Research Focus: Structure and photophysical properties of DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters.

B.S. in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering from Universitat Ramon Llull

Chloe Groome

Chloe Groome

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Regina Ragan

Research Focus: Investigating the effects of molecular-scale electronic and magnetic fields on chemical reactions supported by engineered surfaces for sensing and catalysis applications.

B.S. in Physics from University of California, Los Angeles

Sierra-Elainna J. Gross

Sierra-Elainna J. Gross

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisors: Ali Mohraz and Daniel Mumm

Research Focus: Energy storage technologies and the effects of morphology and chemistry on performance.

B.E. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Irvine

Huiming Guo

Huiming Guo

Degree Objective: M.S.
Thesis Advisor: William Bowman

Research Focus: Electrode/electrolyte interface mechanism of all solid-state batteries (ASSBs) with electrochemical analysis and advanced TEM technique.

B.E. in Materials Chemistry from Changzhou University

Haoyang He

Haoyang He

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung

Research Focus: Green engineering and sustainability assessment of emerging materials, technologies, and products.

B.E. in Functional Materials from Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Ethan J. Heffernan

Ethan J. Heffernan

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Shane Ardo

Research Focus: Designing porous materials to convert alternating electronic polarization into net ionic transport for water desalination.

B.A. in Physics from Occidental College

Yang Hu

Yang Hu

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Timothy Rupert

Research Focus: Probing interesting grain boundary phenomena in metals and alloys using atomistic simulations.

B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Northwestern Polytechnical

Ying Huang

Ying Huang

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Iryna Zenyuk

Research Focus: X-ray imaging on battery, Platinum group metal-free catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction.

B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from South China University of Technology
M.S. in Materials Science & NanoEngineering from Rice University

Huaixun Huyan

Huaixun Huyan

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Xiaoqing Pan

Research Focus: Study of topological structures in oxide thin films.

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Purdue University - West Lafayette
M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of Southern California

Sen Jiang

Sen Jiang

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung

Research Focus: Additive manufacturing of Ni based metal matrix composites.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara

Thomas M. Kaufman

Thomas M. Kaufman

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Xiaoqing Pan

Research Focus: Using in situ TEM experiments to characterize grain boundary structure and kinetics based on disconnection theory.

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Irvine

Rylan J. Kautz

Rylan J. Kautz

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Shane Ardo

Research Focus:

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Washington

Kaustubh B. Khedekar

Kaustubh B. Khedekar

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Iryna Zenyuk

Research Focus: Durability of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells for automotive applications.

B.E. in Polymer Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune University

Hauna Krekemeyer

Hauna Krekemeyer

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jered Haun

Research Focus: Develop a comprehensive breast cancer diagnostic imaging library utilizing nanotech probes and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM).

B.S. in Nano Engineering from University of California, San Diego

Devashish S. Kulkarni

Devashish S. Kulkarni

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Iryna Zenyuk

Research Focus: Understanding the transport processes and other phenomena in PEM electrolyzers by using X-ray computed tomography and electrochemical characterization to engineer high performance electrolysis for sustainable hydrogen production.

B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune

Tom Lee

Tom Lee

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Xiaoqing Pan

Research Focus: Study of Lithium/Sodium-ion battery anode materials.

B.S. in Chemical Biology from University of California, Berkeley
M.S. in Material Science & NanoEngineering from Rice University

Griffin Lentsch

Griffin Lentsch

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Vasan Venugopalan

Research Focus: Microscopic imaging for non-invasive assessment of skin biology and disease.

B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College

Ao Li

Ao Li

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: James Earthman

Research Focus: After treatment with Nanobubble.

B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology
M.S. in Materials Science from University of Southern California

Panyiming Liu

Panyiming Liu

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Alon Gorodetsky

Research Focus: Bioinspired large-area thermoregulatory and camouflage composites.

B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology
B.S. in Materials Physics from University of Science and Technology of China

Yujia Liu

Yujia Liu

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Marc Madou

Research Focus: Carbon electrodes for biomedical applications.

B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University

Jingyi Luo

Jingyi Luo

Degree Objective: M.S.
Thesis Advisors: Albert Yee and Xiaoqing Pan

Research Focus:

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Irvine

Alvin Ly

Alvin Ly

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Plamen Atanassov

Research Focus: Advanced Platinum-based Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

B.S. in Geology/Paleobiology from University of California, Los Angeles

Peter M. Mastracco

Peter M. Mastracco

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Stacy Copp

Research Focus: Use of Machine Learning for the Predictive Design of Materials.

B.S. in Physics from SUNY at Binghamton

Arturo A. Meza

Arturo A. Meza

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung

Research Focus: High entropy ceramics, with emphasis on the electrical properties and its potential applications in energy conversion and storage devices.

B.S. in Electronic Technology Engineering from Universidad de Sonora
M.S. in Nanotechnology from Universidad de Sonora

Nadjia Motley

Nadjia Motley

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Martha Mecartney

Research Focus: Development of high entropy and multiphase ceramics for use in extreme environments with an emphasis on how grain boundaries and interfaces control thermal properties of ceramics.

B.S. in BioEngineering from University of Maryland

Justin T. Mulvey

Justin T. Mulvey

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Joe Patterson

Research Focus:

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Davis

Zahra Nemati

Zahra Nemati

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Peter Burke

Research Focus: Investigation and simultaneous imaging of subcellular organisms via optical and scanning microwave microscopes.

B.S. in Public Health Sciences from University of California, Irvine
M.P.H. in Public Health Sciences from University of California, Irvine

Jack Ngo

Jack Ngo

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Frank Shi

Research Focus: Electronic Packaging Materials.

B.S. in Chemistry/Material Science from University of California, Los Angeles

Nhi Vu-Y Quach

Nhi Vu-Y Quach

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Yoonjin Won

Research Focus: Defects in thin films and the effect of fluid flow through these defects.

B.S. in Material Science & Engineering from University of California, Irvine

Peter J. Santiago

Peter J. Santiago

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Regina Ragan

Research Focus: Synthesis of earth abundant novel catalysts with applications in catalysis in energy devices.

B.S. in Physics from California State University, Long Beach

Eric Schwartz

Eric Schwartz

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Zhibin Guan

Research Focus: Biomimetic active and self-healing soft materials.

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of Pennsylvania

Jie Shen

Jie Shen

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: James Earthman

Research Focus: Finite Element Analysis.

B.E. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Irvine

Daniel M. Snow

Daniel M. Snow

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Stacy Copp

Research Focus: Quantum dot superstructures formed during block copolymer self assembly, and the resulting fluorescent properties of the composite.

B.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Case Western Reserve University

Komal Syed

Komal Syed

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisors: Martha Mecartney and William Bowman

Research Focus: Correlating grain boundary segregation and grain boundary energies with sintering techniques in multi-phase ceramics.

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of Maryland

Raphael P. Thiraux

Raphael P. Thiraux

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Lorenzo Vadevit

Research Focus: Direct Ink Writing of ceramic and ceramic matrix composite architected materials.

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Grenoble INP-PHELMA
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Grenoble INP-PHELMA

Judy Tran

Judy Tran

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Regina Ragan

Research Focus: Experimental development of new nanogap chemistries for metabolic biosensors fabricated from surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates.

B.S. in Physics from California State University, San Bernardino

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Vivek Tyagi

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisors: Douglas Tobias and Regina Ragan

Research Focus:

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of Washington

Hasti Vahidi

Hasti Vahidi

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: William Bowman

Research Focus: Understanding the interfacial behavior of electroceramic materials for energy applications using advanced electron microscopy techniques.

B.S. in Materials Engineering - Ceramics from Iran University of Science and Technology

Aleksandra Vyatskikh

Aleksandra Vyatskikh

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Julie Schoenung

Research Focus: Residual stress mitigation in metal additive manufacturing.

B.E. in Automation and Control from Bauman Moscow State Technival University
M.S. in Materials Science from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

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Han Wang

Degree Objective: M.S.
Thesis Advisor: Penghui Cao

Research Focus:

B.E. in Material Science & Engineering from Harbin Engineering University

Xinbo Wang

Xinbo Wang

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Mo Li

Research Focus: Novel infrastructure materials, digital construction and materials characterization.

B.E. in Material Science and Engineering from South China University of technology
M.S. in Material Science from Rice University

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Jenna L. Wardini

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: William Bowman

Research Focus: Correlating structure and electrical behavior in electroceramics with in situ transmission electron microscopy.

B.S. in Physics from Oregon State University
M.S. in Chemistry from University of Oregon

Haixin Wei

Haixin Wei

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Ray Luo

Research Focus: Computational studies of biomolecular structures and functions.

B.S. in Condensed Matter Physics from University of Science and Technology of China

Hong Wei

Hong Wei

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Regina Ragan

Research Focus: Nanofabrication and biosensing.

B.S. in Electronic Science and Technology from Inner Mongolia University

Songyuan Yan

Songyuan Yan

Degree Objective: M.S.
Advisor: Regina Ragan

Research Focus:

B.S. in Physical Science Chemistry from University of California, Irvine

Yingjie Yang

Yingjie Yang

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisors: Martha Mecartney and Daniel Mumm

Research Focus: The microstructure and properties of ceramic composite materials produced by novel manufacturing technique flash sintering.

B.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University

Kehang Yu

Kehang Yu

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Enrique Lavernia

Research Focus: Deformation twinning on Mg and Mg alloys using electron microscopy and molecular dynamics.

B.S. in Material Physics from Fudan University

Julia A. Zakashansky

Julia A. Zakashansky

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Michelle Khine

Research Focus: Electrochemical sensors to improve personalized healthcare - specifically, noninvasive biomarker analysis.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Yunfei Zhang

Yunfei Zhang

Degree Objective: Ph.D.
Advisor: Lorenzo Valdevit

Research Focus: Mechanical properties of architected materials with spinodal topologies.

B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Zhengzhou University