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PhD Graduate Students:


Gabriel Burks

Materials Science and Engineering, ’18
Dissertation Title: Confined Polymer Crystallization at Liquid Interfaces

Hao Qi

Materials Science and Engineering, ’17
Dissertation Title: Confined Polymer Crystallization at Liquid Interfaces

Derrick Smithderrick_smith-jpg

Materials Science and Engineering, ’16
Dissertation Title:Structure and Electrochemical Properties of Holographically Polymerized Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Lithium Batteries

Tian ZhouTian

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Dissertation Title:

Wenda WangWenda

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Princeton University
Dissertation Title: Polymer Crystallization at Curved Liquid/Liquid Interface

Shan ChengDa Shan

Materials Science and Engineering, ’14
Dissertation Title: Ion Transport in Semicrystalline Solid Polymer Electrolytes

Eric LairdEric

Materials Science and Engineering, ’13
US Army
Dissertation Title: Versatile Membranes Enabled by the Controlled Crystallization of Polymers from Carbon Nanotube Sidewalls

Rebecca (Xi) Chenrebecca

Materials Science and Engineering, ’13
Johnson & Johnson
Dissertation Title: Design, synthesize and characterize hierarchically ordered hybrid nanofibers for biomimetic mineralization

Mathew Hood

Materials Science and Engineering, ’11
Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, post-doc
Dissertation Title: Correlating the Structure and Properties of Highly Plastic Segmented Polyurethane Nanocomposites Containing Low Silicon Dioxide Filler Weight Fractions

Bing Li

Materials Science and Engineering, ’10
Honeywell International Inc., currently at Balchem Corp.
Dissertation Title: Exploiting Semi-crystalline Polymer Single Crystals to Assemble and Functionalize Nanomaterials

Michael Birnkrant

Materials Science and Engineering, ’09
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, NRC post-doc fellow, currently at UTC power
Dissertation Title: Combining holographic patterning and block copolymer self-assembly to fabricate hierarchical volume gratings

Kishore Tenneti

Materials Science and Engineering, ’08
UTC power, a fuel cell division of United Technologies Corporation
Dissertation Title: Hierarchical nanostructures formed by liquid crystalline block copolymers

Donia S. El-Khamy

Materials Science and Engineering, ’07
General Electric Company
Dissertation Title: Alternate Twist Ply Yarn Technology

Lingyu Li

Materials Science and Engineering, ’07
Dow Chemical
Dissertation Title: Carbon nanotube induced polymer crystallization: structure, properties and applications

Lalitkumar Bansal

Materials Science and Engineering, ’05, co-advisor
America Fujikura Ltd
Dissertation Title: Development of a fiber optic chemical sensor for detection of toxic vapors


MS Students (including BS/MS):



Xiting Liu

Materials Science and Engineering, ’17
Thesis Title: Solution Crystallization of Poly(ethylene oxide) Bottle Brushes

Ziyin HuangZiyin

Materials Science and Engineering, ’16
Northwestern University
Thesis Title: Crosslinked Poly)Ethylene Glycol)-based Hybrid Electrolytes for Lithium-Metal Polymer Batteries

Kevin Bazzel

Materials Science and Engineering, ’16
Thesis Title: Holographically Polymerized Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Network as Solid Polymer Electrolytes

Brittany GallagherBrittany

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Thesis Title: Methods of improving the mechanical stability and ionic conductivity of polymer electrolyte membranes fabricated using holographic polymerization

Nasreen KhanNasreen

Materials Science and Engineering, ’13
Johnson & Johnson – Synthes
Thesis Title: Hierarchically Ordered Polymer Nanofibers for Biomimetic Applications

Lucas AmspacherLuke

Materials Science and Engineering, ’13
Thesis Title: Interfacial Engineering for Polymer Nano-Composites with Tailored Properties

Hang Kuen LauHang

Materials Science and Engineering, ’12
Univ. Del, graduate school
Thesis Title: Polycaprolactone Single Crystal with Silica Composite Polyacrylamide Hydrogel Enhance Mechanical Property and Swelling Behavior

Nathan WaldNathan

Materials Science and Engineering, ’12
Johnson & Johnson
Thesis Title: Poly(Ethylene Oxide)/Cellulose-Nanocrystal Nanocomposites as Polymer Electrolyte Membranes

Derrick SmithDerrick

Materials Science and Engineering, ’11
Drexel PhD program
Thesis Title: Morphology and Anisotropic Ionic Conductivity Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide)-Lithium Salt Holographic Polymer Dispersed Electrolyte Volume Gratings
  • David Miller (11), “Use of Poly(ε-Caprolactone) Single Crystals as a Support for Nanoparticle Catalysts”
  • Russell Marron (09, Army), “Multifunctional Photonic Crystals via Interference Lithography”
  • Carlos Bahamondes (09, UPenn Graduate school), Densely-aligned carbon nanotube monolayered films: synthesis, architecture, and applications
  • Robert Ferrier (09, UPenn Graduate school), Polymer Crystal Templated Janus Magnetic Nanoparticles
  • David Steinmetz (07, Max Planck Institute, co-advisor),
  • Stephen Kodjie (06, Dow Chemical), “Morphology and structure of semicrystalline polymer/carbon nanotube nanocomposites
  • Doug Dillon (06, Arkema Inc.), “Effect of Organic Modifier and Preparation Method on the Morphology and Crystalline Structure of Poly(vinylideneflouride)-Montmorillonite Nanocomposites


Post-doc/ visiting scientists:

Dr. Qiwei Pan

Associate Professor
South China University of Technology

Dr. Yibing XuYibing

Senior Engineer
Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry, SINOPEC

Dr. Jingrong Wang Jingrong

Associate Professor
Shanghai Second Polytechnic University

Dr. Haiqing LiuHaiqing

College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fujian Normal University

Dr. Jinghui Yang Jinghui

Associate Professor
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University

Dr. Bin Dong Bin

Functional Nano & Soft Materials Laboratory (FUNSOM), Soochow University

Dr. Bin Dong (09-12, Soochow University), Dr. BingBing Wang (06-09), Dr. Xiaofang Chen (05, Peking University), Prof. Jie Xiong (07, Professor, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University)


Undergraduate Students:

Senior Design:

Neal Overbeck Neal

B.S. Student ’16

Alex Tyler

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

Ryan Catania

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

Elaine Ruiz

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

John Watson 

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

Andrew Carver 

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

Matthew Robinson

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

Raph Samost

Senior Design Student
B.S. ’16

Jannette DanellaJ'net

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Project Title: Polymer Structure Control in 3-D Printing

Jared ElyJared

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Project Title: Polymer Structure Control in 3-D Printing

Emma FoleyEmma

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Project Title: Polymer Structure Control in 3-D Printing

Emily KrantzEmily

Materials Science and Engineering, ’15
Project Title: Polymer Structure Control in 3-D Printing

Vincent Ferguson, (S/03), Arvid Gifford (dropped out due to health problem), Kelly VandenBosche  (06/05), Benjamin Gillespie (06/06, US Patent Office), Jonathan Hopley (06/06), Cristin Yavorsky (06/07, DuPont), Young Ham (06/07), David Althouse (06/09, Arkema), Molly Stewart (06/09,Teleflex), Garrett Pritchyk (06/11)

Freshmen Design: Miguel Armijos, John Hutchins, Justin Sadler, Jarrod Thomas, Sara Miller, Larry Wilson, Bon Lopez-Jacobs, Martin Stanley, Joseph Grippe, Derick Haas, Darren D’Achille, Brian Bobb and Trevor Alexander, Russell Marron, Chris Dorgan, Patrick Perhosky, Sean Miller and Michael Kane, Maryam Ahmad, Chidiogo Ike-Egbuonu, Sachi Jayasuriya, Chern-Hoi Lim, Allison Lloyd.

REU students: Hilary McWilliams (05), Genai Odhner (07), Rucha Shah (08), Amy Miller (09), Natalie Klotz (11)

RET teacher: Jennifer Clyde (03)

Visiting Student: Jiefeng Gao (12)