The Pennsylvania State University

The Sen Group

Nanotechnology, nanomotor, and nanopump research at Penn State

Current Members

Current Group Members
Alicia Altemose

Alicia Altemose

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2014.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from Moravian College in 2014
B.S. in Mathematics with Honors from Moravian College in 2014
Remmi Baker

Remmi Baker

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2015.

Education:

B.S. in Physics from Millikin University in 2015
Allan Brooks

Allan Brooks

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2016.

Education:

B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University in 2014
Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2014.

Education:

B.S in Chemistry from The University of Maryland, College Park in 2014
Kayla Gentile

Kayla Gentile

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2016.

Education:

B.S in Chemistry from The College of New Jersey in 2016
Subhadip Ghosh

Dr. Subhadip Ghosh

Status:

Postdoctoral Fellow. Group member since 2016.

Education:

Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, in 2016

Research:

Fabrication and analysis of enzyme nanomotors
Joshua Kauffman

Joshua Kauffman

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2016.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from Lebanon Valley College in 2016
Subhabrata Maiti

Dr. Subhabrata Maiti

Status:

Postdoc. Group member since 2017.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata in 2006.
M.Sc. in Chemistry (Org. Chem. special) from University of Calcutta in 2008.
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata in 2013.
Postdoc at University of Padova, Italy (2013-2017)
Farzad Mohajerani

Farzad Mohajerani

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2017.

Education:

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2012
Ambika Somasundar

Ambika Somasundar

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2016.

Education:

B. Eng in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2014
Benjamin Tansi

Benjamin Tansi

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2014.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from Juniata College in 2014
Lyanne Valdez

Lyanne Valdez

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2013.

Education:

B.S. in Biochemistry from Pace University, New York in 2013
Xi Zhao

Xi Zhao

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2013.

Education:

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

Former Members

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Akhrass

Ghida Al Akhrass

Status:

Graduate student from 2013-2015

Education:

American University of Beirut
scott

Dr. Scott Biltek

Status:

Graduate student. Group member from 2011 to 2016

Education:

B.S. Chemistry from University of Central Florida in 2011
Ph.D. Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016
Darlene Biziak

Darlene Biziak

Status:

Masters researcher from 2007-2009.
Dr. Sachin Borkar

Dr. Sachin Borkar

Status:

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

Dr. Nirmalya Chaki

Status:

Postdoctoral fellow: 2008-2009.
Currently works at Cookson, India.

Education:

Ph.D. in chemistry from The National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India

Research Interest

Metamaterials
Chandrani Chatterjee

Dr. Chandrani Chatterjee

Status:

Postdoctoral fellow. Group member from 2013 to 2015.
Ying Chen

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

Aleksandr "Alex" Chertok

Status:

Masters student. Group member from 2009 to 2012

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry
Sambeeta Das

Dr. Sambeeta "Sam" Das

Status:

Graduate student. Group member from 2010 to 2016.

Education:

2007: B.S. in Physics (Hon.), Presidency college, Kolkata, India
2008: M.S. in Chemical Research, University of London, London, UK
2016: Ph.D. in Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience:

2008-2010 Research assistant, University of London, London, UK
kris

Dr. Krishna Kanti Dey

Status:

Postdoctoral fellow. Group member from 2012 to 2016.

Education:

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

Research Interests:

Electrokinetic phenomena
Matt Dirmyer

Dr. Matthew Dirmyer

Status:

Ph.D. researcher from 2003-2009.
Currently working at Kodak

Education:

2003: B.S. in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Hometown:

Lancaster, NY.
Wentao Duan

Dr. Wentao Duan

Status:

Graduate student. Group member from 2009 to 2015.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University, China
Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University 2015
Dr. Jeffery Funk

Dr. Jeffery Funk

Status:

Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2000 - 2005.
Matt Grochowski

Dr. Matt Grochowski

Status:

Ph.D. researcher. Group member 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

Dr. Bin Gu

Status:

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

Dr. Rajarshi Guha

Status:

Graduate student. Group member from 2016 to 2017

Education:

B.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 2007
M. Tech. Chemical engineering from IIT Bombay in 2009
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2017

Research:

Chemotaxis and diffusion of molecules in crowding
Yiying “Eve” Hong

Dr. Yiying “Eve” Hong

Status:

Ph.D. researcher 2003-2010.

Education:

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

Research:

Synthesis and characterization of hydrogels with multiresponsive properties and the application of hydrogels in fields such as selective catalysis
Michael Ibele

Dr. Michael Ibele

Status:

Graduated with PhD. Group member from 2005-2010
Ph. D. researcher 2011

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

Dr. Myeongsoon Kang

Status:

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

Dr. Timothy R. Kline

Status:

Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2002 - 2006.
Currently at Arryx Inc.
Natallia Kulyba

Natallia Kulyba

Status:

Masters researcher 2007-2009.
Ran Liu

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

Research:

Synthesis of heterogeneous nanostructures and find their applications in nanomotors and electrochemical energy storage.
Dr. ShengSheng Liu

Dr. ShengSheng Liu

Status:

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

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

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

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

Dr. Takayuki Narita

Status:

Visiting professor from Saga University, Japan. 2010

Research:

Nanomotors
David Newsham

Dr. David Newsham

Status:

Graduated with PhD in 2009.
Currently working at Gelest.

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

Jennifer Nguyen

Status:

Masters researcher 2007-2009.
Isamar Ortiz-Rivera

Dr. Isamar Ortiz Rivera

Status:

Graduate student. Group member 2011 - 2017.
Currently a Postdoc at Radboud University.

Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2011
Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 2017
Debabrata Patra

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

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

Dr. Walter Paxton

Status:

Graduated with Ph.D. Group member from 2001 - 2006.
Frances Pong

Dr. Frances Pong

Status:

Graduate student. Group member from 2009 to 2015.

Education:

2005: B.A. in Chemistry from Wellesley College
2015: Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University

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.
Varun Sambhy

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. He also worked to develop CO2 tolerant alkaline fuel cells.
Samudtra Sengupta

Dr. Samudra "Sam" Sengupta

Status:

Graduated with PhD. Group member from 2007-2013.
Currently working at Intel.

Education:

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

Research:

Single Molecule Enzyme Spectroscopy and Nanomotor Synthesis
Shakuntala Sundararajan

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

Shraddha Surve

Status:

Masters researcher 2008-2010.
Tristan Tabouillot

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

Dr. Shikchya Tandukar

Status:

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

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:

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

Dr. Flory Wong

Status:

Graduate student. Group member from 2011 to 2016.

Education

B.S. in Chemistry from CUNY Macaulay Honors College, New York in 2008
Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016

Research Experience:

Nanoparticle synthesis and self-assembly
Meng Wu

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
vinita

Vinita Yadav

Status:

Graduate student. Group member since 2011.

Education

B.S. University of Delhi, India
M.S. University of Delhi, India
Huilin Yang

Huilin Yang

Status:

Masters researcher 2008-2010.
Weiran Yang

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

Dr. Maekele Yosef

Status:

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

Education:

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

Research:

Synthesis of metamaterials, clusters and nanomaterials.
Dr. Min Yuan

Dr. Min Yuan

Status:

Ph.D. researcher from 2005 - 2007.
Currently working for IBM.
Can Zha

Can Zhang

Status:

Masters student 2011-2013.

Education:

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

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:

  • Arjun Agrawal is a medical student at Hershey Medical Center
  • Steve Meckler is a graduate student at UC Berkley
  • Lauren Fischetti is at Aventis-Pasteur working in the clinical immunology department
  • 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.