Arjun Agrawal

Arjun Agrawal

Status:
Undergraduate student. Group member since 2012.

Current Project:
Enzyme nanomotors

Akhrass

Ghida Al Akhrass

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2013.

Education:
American University of Beirut


scott

Scott Biltek

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2011.

Education:
B.S. Chemistry from University of Central Florida in 2011

Research Experience:
Synthesis and structural elucidation of novel metal nanoclusters. Analysis of
optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of metal nanoclusters.

chandrani

Chandrani Chatterjee

Status:
Post-doc. Group member since 2013.


Sambeeta Das

Sambeeta "Sam" Das

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2010.

Education:
2007: B.S. in Physics (Hon.), Presidency college, Kolkata, India
2008: M.S. in Chemical Research, University of London, London, UK

Professional Experience
2008-2010 Research assistant, University of London, London, UK

kris

Krishna Kanti Dey

Status:
Postdoc. Group member since 2012.

Education:
M.Sc. Physics, IIT Guwahati, India, in 2004
PhD, IIT Guwahati, India, in 2011

Research Interests:
Electrokinetic phenomena



Wentao Duan

Wentao Duan

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2009.

Education:
B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University, China



lei

Lei Liu

Status:
Undergraduate student. Group member since 2012.

Current Project:
Polymer nanomotors

isamar

Isamar Ortiz

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2011.

Education:
B.S. Chemistry from University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2011

Frances Pong

Frances Pong

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2009.

Education:
2005: B.A. Chemistry from Wellesley College

Professional Experience
2005-2009: Research Associate at Cabot Corporation. Pigments and carbon black in aqueous and solvent dispersions.

Research:
Synthesizing organometallic catalysts to polymerize monomers with polar functionalities.

lyanne

Lyanne Valdez

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2013.

Education:
B.S. in Biochemistry from Pace University, New York in 2013


flory

Flory Wong

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2011.

Education:
B.S. in Chemistry from CUNY Macaulay Honors College, New York in 2008

Research Experience:
Nanoparticle synthesis and self-assembly

vinita

Vinita Yadav

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2011.

Education:
B.S. University of Delhi, India
M.S. University of Delhi, India

Xi

Xi Zhao

Status:
Graduate student. Group member since 2013.

Education:
B.S. in Chemistry from Wu Han University, China.


Darlene Biziak

Former member: Darlene Biziak

Status:
Masters researcher from 2007-2009.

Dr. Sachin Borkar

Former member: Dr. Sachin Borkar

Status:
Postdoctoral fellow: 2003 - 2007.
Currently working for Ashland Inc.

Nirmalya Chaki

Former member: Dr. Nirmalya Chaki

Status:
Postdoctoral fellow: 2008-2009.

Education:
Ph.D. in chemistry from The National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India
Currently works at Cookson, India.
Research Interest:
Metamaterials


Ying Chen

Former Member: Dr. Ying Chen

Status:
Graduate researcher from 2005-2010.
Currently working for W. R. Grace & Co.

Education:
B.S. in Physical Chemistry from USTC, China.

Aleksandr Chertok

Former member: Aleksandr "Alex" Chertok

Status:
Masters student. Group member from 2009 to 2012

Education:
B.S. Chemistry

Matt Dirmyer

Former member: Dr. Matthew Dirmyer

Status:
Ph.D. researcher from 2003-2009.
Currently working in Kodak
Education:
2003: B.S. in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Hometown:
Lancaster, NY.

Dr. Jeffery Funk

Former member: Dr. Jeffery Funk

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2000 - 2005.

Matt Grochowski

Former member: Dr. Matt Grochowski

Status:
Ph.D. researcher. Group member since from 2010 to 2012
Currently working for Naval Research Lab.

Education:
2001: B.S. from Indiana University at South Bend
2006: M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2010: Ph.D. from the University of Rochester

Research:
Biomass conversion and transition metal catalyzed polymer synthesis

Dr. Bin Gu

Former member: Dr. Bin Gu

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 1999 - 2004.
Currently working for Kerr Corporation in Orange, CA.

Yiying “Eve” Hong

Former member: Dr. Yiying “Eve” Hong

Status:
Ph.D. researcher 2003-2010.

Education:
B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University, China.

Research:
Currently investigating synthesis and characterization of hydrogels with multiresponsive properties and the application of hydrogels in fields such as selective catalysis.

Michael Ibele

Former member: Dr. Michael Ibele

Status:
Graduated with PhD. Group member from 2005-2010
Ph. D. researcher 2011
Currently an assistant professor at Lindenwood University

Education:
2005: B.S. in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
2010: Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University

Research:
Design of bimetallic micro-fluidic pumps.
Studying the ensamble interactions between collections of diffusiophoretic micromotors.
Dr. Myeongsoon Kang

Former member: Dr. Myeongsoon Kang

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 1999 - 2004.
Currently at Samsung.
Dr. Timmothy R. Kline

Former member: Dr. Timmothy R. Kline

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2002 - 2006.
Currently at Arryx Inc.

Natallia Kulyba

Former member: Natallia Kulyba

Status:
Masters researcher 2007-2009.

Ran Liu

Former member: Dr. Ran Liu

Status:
Ph.D. researcher 2009-2011
Currently a Postdoc at UIUC.

Education:
2002: B.S. in Chemistry from Jinlin University, Chuang Chun, China
2004: M.S. in Chemistry from University of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
2008: Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

Research:
Synthesis of heterogeneous nanostructures and find their applications in nanomotors and electrochemical energy storage.
Personal Webpage

Dr. ShengSheng Liu

Former member: Dr. ShengSheng Liu

Status:
Ph.D. researcher from 1998 - 2002, 2003 - 2005.
Currently working for Phillip-Morris USA.

Rong Luo

Former member: Dr. Rong Luo

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2004 - 2008.
Currently at Celanese

Research:
Controlled free radical polymerizations of acrylate monomers with non polar alkenes in the presence of recyclable Lewis acids.

Sukhendu Mandal

Former member: Dr. Sukhendu Mandal

Status:
Ph.D. researcher from 2008-2012
Currently a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research,
Thiruvananthapuram

Education:
2007: Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Research:
Cluster-assembled materials, nanoclusters and diesel fuels from biomass

Dr. Megan Nagel

Former member: Dr. Megan Nagel

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2002 - 2006.
Currently Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.

Takayuki Narita

Former member: Dr. Takayuki Narita

Status:
Visiting professor from Saga University, Japan.
2010

Research:
Nanomotors

David Newsham

Former member: Dr. David Newsham

Status:
Graduated with PhD in 2009.
Currently working at Gelest.

Education:
2003: B.A. in Chemistry from SUNY Potsdam.

Research:
Development and characterization of organometallic catalysts for the copolymerization of carbon monoxide with alkenes and imines.

Interests:
Dave enjoys tinkering with computers in his spare time. In fact, Dave loves computers so much he built this website and the group wiki!

Jennifer Nguyen

Former member: Jennifer Nguyen

Status:
Masters researcher 2007-2009.

Debabrata Patra

Former member: Dr. Debabrata "Deb" Patra

Status:
Ph.D. researcher 2011-2012
Currently a Postdoc at Texas A&M University.

Education:
2010: Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
2005: M.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay

Research:
Enzyme motors and pumps

Ryan Pavlick

Former member: Dr. Ryan Pavlick

Status:
Graduated with PhD. Group member from 2009-2013.
Currently working at Intel.

Education:
2009: B.S. Chemistry from The College of New Jersey

Research:
Engineering purely inorganic powered nanomotors.

Dr. Walter Paxton

Former Member: Dr. Walter Paxton

Status:
Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2001 - 2006.
Currently a Staff Scientist, Sandia National Lab

Varun Sambhy

Former member: Dr. Varun Sambhy

Status:
Ph.D. researcher from 2002 - 2008.
Currently working for Xerox.

Education:
2001: M.S. in Chemistry from IIT-Delhi, India.
2007: Ph.D. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

Research:
Development of novel functional polymers and polymer-nanoparticle hybrids for a variety of applications viz. antimicrobial materials & biologically active materials, catalysts, surface active materials, etc. Additionally he is also working to develop CO2 tolerant alkaline fuel cells.

Samudtra Sengupta

Former member: Dr. Samudra "Sam" Sengupta

Status:
Graduated with PhD. Group member from 2007-2013.
Currently working atIntel.

Education:
B.S. Chemistry St. Stephen's College, Dehli, India.

Research:
Single Molecule Enzyme Spectroscopy and Nanomotor Synthesis

Shakuntala Sundararajan

Former Member: Dr. Shakuntala Sundararajan

Status:
Ph.D. Researcher 2004-2010.
Currently working at Intel

Education:
2003: M.Sc. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

Research:
Investigation of mechanism of motility in autonomously moving Pt-Au rods and their applications.

Shraddha Surve

Former member: Shraddha Surve

Status:
Masters researcher 2008-2010.

Tristan Tabouillot

Former member: Dr. Tristan Tabouillot

Status:
Ph.D. Researcher 2009-2010
Currently the SMART lab director at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Education:
B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida Tech, Melbourne
Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Penn State University

Research:
Single Molecule Enzyme Spectroscopy and Microfluidic Devices

Shikchya Tandukar

Former member: Dr. Shikchya Tandukar

Status:
PhD researcher 2003-2008.
Currently working at Intel
Dr. Angel Ugrinov

Former member: Dr. Angel Ugrinov

Status:
Ph.D. researcher. Group member from 2005-2008.
Currently a crystallographer at North Dakota State University.

Education:
2005: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Notre Dame, USA.
1995: M.S. in Theoretical Chemistry from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Research Interests:
Synthesis of New Structures and Materials, Zintl Ions, Main Group Element Clusters,  X-ray Crystallography, Structures Calculations.

Meng Wu

Former member: Meng Wu

Status:
Technician 2010-2012.

Education:
B.S. Chemistry from the Wuhan Institute of Technology, China
M.S. Chemistry from The Ohio State University

Huilin Yang

Former member: Huilin Yang

Status:
Masters researcher 2008-2010.

Weiran Yang

Former member: Dr. Weiran Yang

Status:
Graduate student 2006-2010
Postdoc Researcher 2010-2012
Currently working at Dow.

Education:
B.S. Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China
Ph. D. Chemistry from Penn State University

Research:
Catalytic conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and useful chemicals
Transition metal catalyzed polymerization

Maekele Yosef

Former member: Dr. Maekele Yosef

Status:
Ph.D. researcher. Group member from 2007 - 2008.

Education:
Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Göttingen, Germany.

Research Interest:
Synthesis of metamaterials, clusters and nanomaterials.

Dr. Min Yuan

Former Member: Dr. Min Yuan

Status:
Ph.D. researcher from 2005 - 2007.
Currently working for IBM.

Former Member: Can Zhang

Status:
Masters student 2011-2013.

Education:
B. Eng. in Polymeric Material and Engineering from Sun Yat-Sen University, 2011

Hua Zhang

Former member: Dr. Hua Zhang

Status:
Graduated with PhD. Group member from 2007-2013.
Currently working at Lubrizol.

Education:
B.S. Chemistry from Wuhan University, China
M.S. Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Wuhan University, China

Research:
Antibacterial polymers
Anti-biofilm materials and depolymerization motors

Other Graduate Students:
Joseph E. Remias (Ph.D., 2003) is a research chemist at Celanese.
Cecily Andes (Ph.D., 2003) Rohm & Haas.
Greg Long (Ph.D., 2002) is a postdoc at Los Alamos National Lab.
Sharon Elyashiv Barad (Ph.D., 2002) is a regulatory review chemist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington D.C.
April Hennis (Ph.D., 2001) is an assistant professor at the Randolph-Macon College.
Christine Elia (Ph.D., 2000) is a research chemist at Exxon-Mobil in New Jersey.
Shahid Murtuza (Ph.D., 1999) is a research chemist at GE Silicones in Albany, NY.
Lou Wojcinski (Ph.D., 1999) is a postdoc for Dr. Joe DeSimone at North Carolina State University.
Anne Harwell Pifer (MS, 1998) is an environmental chemist in North Carolina.
Jim Pawlow (Ph.D., 1997) works for Bridgestone-Firestone, Inc. in Akron, Ohio.
Smita Kacker (Ph.D., 1997) is a research chemist at Exxon Corporation in Annandale, New Jersey.
Terry Hogan (Ph.D., 1997) is a research chemist at Bridgestone-Firestone, Inc. in Akron, Ohio.
Michelle Boyer (MS, 1996) is a chemist at Merck.

Other Postdocs:
Dr. Jangsub Kim (postdoc, 1996-2001) is a senior research chemist at Samsung Electronics in Korea.
Dr. Chengyu Shen (postdoc, 1998-2000) is a senior scientist in PPD Development at Middleton, Wisconsin.
Dr. LiChang Yang (postdoc, 1998-99) is a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr.Hui Tang (postdoc, 1996-97) is a chemist at Ben-Ray in New Jersey.
Mark Benvenuto (postdoc, 1991-93) is a professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Undergrads:
Steve Meckler is a graduate student at UC Berkley
Lauren Fischetti is at Aventis-Pasteur working in the clinical immunology department
Josh Seiber is a graduate student at NC Chapel Hill
Laurie Grove is a graduate student at Wisconsin
Karl Oyler (B.S. 2001) is a student at Princeton University
Tom Pavlosky (B.S., 2001) is a student at The Ohio State University
Dan Knapton is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the lab of Tara Mayer.
Seth "BeBe" Harkins (B.S., 1999) is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jonas Peters at CalTech.
Jennifer Polly (B.S., 1999) is a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill.
John Sworen (B.S., 1998) is a graduate student at the University of Florida.
Harvey "Rusty" Fries (B.S., 1998) is a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill.
Ben Snedeker (B.S., 1998) is a r graduate student at Yale University.
Mike Ziegler (B.S., 1998) is a grad student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, working for Krzysztof Matyjaszewski.
Dan Hilt (B.S., 1998) is a chemist at PPG in Pittsburgh, PA.
Gregory T. Evangelista (B.A., 1997) is an orthopaedic surgeon at Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.
Kristi Stepien (B.S., 1997) obtained her master's degree in chemistry from UCLA. She is now working in Los Angeles.
Aaron Sadow(B.S., 1996) is a graduate student at Berkeley, working for T. Don Tilley.
Robert D. Simpson (B.S., 1994) is a chemist at DuPont in Wilmington, DE.