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STUDENT PROFILES

Grad Students

Michael Asoro
michaelasoro[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.me.utexas.edu/~ferreira/
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Paulo Ferreira and Dr. Desiderio Kovar

Thesis Title: Coalescence and Sintering in Metallic Nanoparticles
Research Summary:
In-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) heating of silver and platinum nanoparticles to determine structural changes in nanoparticles as a function of temperature and particle size.

Grad Students

Cynthia Burham--Recent Graduate--Congratulations!!
burham[at]mail.utexas.edu
No Group Website Available
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Jack C. Lee & Dr. Baxter F. Womack

Thesis Title: Development of an innovative fabrication method for n-MOS to p-MOS tunable single metal gate/high-? insulator devices for multiple threshold voltage applications
Research Summary:
Investigating single metal gate (on high-?) effective work function tuning methods (e.g. thickness, implant) for convenient fabrication of FinFETs with n-MOS to p-MOS appropriate, continuously tunable threshold voltage.

Grad Students

Mary Caldorera-Moore--Recent Graduate--Congratulations!!
mcmoore[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.bme.utexas.edu/faculty/roy/people/caldorera.html
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Krishnendu Roy and Dr. Li Shi

Thesis Title: Development of Shape and Size Specific, Stimuli Responsive Drug Delivery Nanocarriers using Step and Flash Imprint Lithography
Research Summary:
The development of diseased responsive, drug delivery nanocarriers of specific geometries using S-FIL. The ability to control geometry is essential for controlling in-vivo transport and biodistribution.

Grad Students

Micaela Casas
mcasas[at]physics.utexas.edu
http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~lilab/
Department: Physics
Advisor: Dr. Xiaoqin (Elaine) Li

Thesis Title: Untitled
Research Summary:
Investigation of nanomanipulation and nanotribology with an Atomic Force Microscope and optical spectroscopy of composite nanostructures of metallic nanoparticles and semiconductor quantum dots.

Grad Students

Leandro Forciniti
lf2563[at]che.utexas.edu
http://www.bme.utexas.edu/faculty/schmidt/
Department: Chemical Engineering

Advisors: Dr. Christine E. Schmidt & Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman

Thesis Title: Integrating Computational and Experimental Methods To Engineer Materials For Neural Applications
Research Summary: Investigating the nano- and micro- scale interactions between neural cells and conducting polymers such as polypyrrole.

Grad Students

Micah Glaz
micahglaz[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://vandenbout.cm.utexas.edu/research/
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor: Dr. David Vanden Bout

Thesis Title: Spatially Resolved Heterogeneity in Organic and Inorganic Photovoltaics using Near-Field Optical Microscopy and Confocal Microscopy
Research Summary: My research focuses on confocal and near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) in order to resolve spatial heterogeneity in photovoltaics devices.

Grad Students

Andrew Heitsch
andrewh[at]che.utexas.edu
http://www.che.utexas.edu/korgel-group/heitsch.htm
Department: Chemical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Brian A. Korgel

Thesis Title: Engineering One Dimensional Silicon Nanostructures and Magnetic Nanocrystals
Research Summary: Colloidal synthesis, characterization, and application of silicon nanowires and nanorods. The development of biologically compatible multifunctional magnetic nanocrystals.

Grad Students

Vincent Holmberg
vince[at]che.utexas.edu
http://www.che.utexas.edu/korgel-group/holmberg.htm
Department: Chemical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Brian A. Korgel

Thesis Title: Synthesis and Fabrication of Semiconductor Nanowire Devices
Research Summary: Utilizing the supercritical fluid-liquid-solid (SFLS) growth mechanism to synthesize gram-scale quantities of single-crystalline semiconductor nanowires in supercritical organic solvents.

Grad Students

Kimberly Homan
kimberly.homan[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://ultrasound.bme.utexas.edu/personal-homan.cfm
Department: Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Stanislav Emelianov

Thesis Title: Targeted Nanocage System for Combined Therapy and Imaging of Pancreatic Cancer
Research Summary: Pancreatic cancer is the most deadly of all solid tumors. Our research approach is to build nanosystems with encapsulated chemotherapeutic drugs that are targeted to pancreatic cancer. These multifunctional nanosystems are built to both deliver drugs at the cancer site while simultaneously acting as a contrast agent for photoacoustic imaging in order to visualize the tumor.

Grad Students

Norman Horn
norman.horn[at]mail.utexas.edu
No Group Website Available
Department: Chemical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Don Paul

Thesis Title: Physical Aging and Plasticization Processes in Thin Glassy Polymer Films
Research Summary: I study polymeric thin films for gas separations, focusing on their aging and plasticization behavior.

Grad Students

B. Reeja Jayan
breeja[at]mail.utexas.edu
breeja[at]yahoo.com
http://www.me.utexas.edu/~manthiram/
Department: Material Science & Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Arumugam Manthiram

Thesis Title: Efficient, Stable Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells
Research Summary: Hybrid solar cells made of inorganic semiconductor oxides in direct contact with organic light harvesting polymers are an attractive replacement to conventional solar cells. The goal of my research is to enhance photovoltaic efficiency and stability of hybrid solar cells by systematically investigating the complex relationships among the different materials used in these cells, in particular the interfaces between them.

Grad Students

Tarik Khan
takhan[at]che.utexas.edu
http://www.che.utexas.edu
Department: Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Maynard

Thesis Title: M cell Targeted Antigen Delivery System
Research Summary: I am developing an oral vaccine delivery system. This work utilizes protein engineering and polymer science to target antigens to the mucosal lymphatic system.

Grad Students

Jeffrey Kuhnlein
jkuhnlein.mail[at]gmail.com
http://www.icmb.utexas.edu/directory/details.asp?id=1740
Department: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Advisor: Dr. Tanya Paull

Thesis Title: Probing the Diverse Functions and Architecture of the MRN Complex
Research Summary: Investigation of the DNA double strand break repair protein Mre11/Rad50/Nbs1. We are employing single molecule spectroscopy to supplement our understanding of MRN function.

Grad Students

Si Chon (Dickson) Lao
dicksonlao[at]austin.utexas.edu
http://www.me.utexas.edu/~koo/
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Tess J. Moon and Dr. Joseph H. Koo

Thesis Title: Multifunctional Carbon Fiber-reinforced Polymer Nano- composites: Processing and Characterization
Research Summary: Developement of a novel multi-functional carbon fiber-reinforced cyanate ester nanocomposite.

Grad Students

Xiaojing (Jenny) Ma--Recent Graduate--Congratulations!!
xjma[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://barbara.cm.utexas.edu/
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisors: Dr. Paul F. Barbara

Thesis Title: Studies on HIV-1 nucleocapsid chaperone role in protein/nucleic acid interactions by single molecule spectroscopy approaches
Research Summary: My work is focused on studying of HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein chaperone activity in rearrangement of nucleic acid secondary structures using single molecule spectroscopic approaches

Grad Students

Mohammad Mehrmohammadi
mehrmohammadi[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://ultrasound.bme.utexas.edu/Magneto-Acoustic.cfm
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Stanislav Emelianov

Thesis Title: Applications of magnetic nanoparticles as contrast agent for ultrasound molecular imaging
Research Summary: Magneto-motive ultrasound imaging is a new technique, capable of imaging magnetic nanoparticles indirectly. It utilizes a focused high strength magnetic field to induce motion within the magnetically labeled tissue and then ultrasound to detect the internal tissue motion.

Grad Students

Arden Moore--Recent Graduate--Congratulations!!
ardenmoore[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.me.utexas.edu/~lishi/
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Li Shi

Thesis Title: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Thermal and Thermoelectric Transport in Nanowires and Nanoconstrictions
Research Summary: My work involves investigating size effects on energy carriers involved in nanoscale thermal transport, especially processes which might be important in thermoelectric and semiconductor applications.

Grad Students

Lonnissa Nguyen
lonnissa[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.bme.utexas.edu/faculty/roy/index.html
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Krishnendu Roy

Thesis Title: Evaluation of ECM components in Biodegradable Hydrogels for Zonal Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells into Articular Caritlage
Research Summary: The main objective of my research project is to create a bioactive PEG-based hydrogel scaffold for engineering cartilage. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a single multi-layered structure with zone specific biomaterials for the simultaneous differentiation of MSCs into structurally organized articular cartilage tissue.

Grad Students

Dave Ostrowski
daveostrowski[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://vandenbout.cm.utexas.edu/research/index.html
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor: Dr. David A. Vanden Bout

Thesis Title: Studying Spatial Heterogeneity in Optical and Electronic Properties present in Thin Film Photovoltaic Materials
Research Summary: Main topics of this research include scanning probe microscopies (scanning confocal, AFM and SNOM), spectroscopy (absorbance, fluorescence and fluorescence lifetime) along with organic thin film photovoltaic device fabrication and characterization.

Grad Students

Reken Patel
reken[at]che.utexas.edu
http://www.che.utexas.edu/korgel-group/index.html
Department: Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Brian Korgel

Thesis Title: Synthesis, Passivation, and Electrical Characterization of silicon nanowires
Research Summary: Synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials ranging from nanowires to spherical nanocrystals.

Grad Students

Mir Mohammad Sadeghi
mmsadeghi[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.me.utexas.edu/%7Elishi/
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Li Shi

Thesis Title: Nanoscale Thermal Transport
Research Summary: My research's main focus is investigation of thermal transport in nano-structured materials through measurement of thermal properties.

Grad Students

Charlotte Sanders
ces616[at]physics.utexas.edu
http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~nemrg/
Department: Physics
Advisor: Dr. Ken Shih

Thesis Title: To be determined
Research Summary: Epitaxial growth of single-crystal metal-on- semiconductor thin films. Fabrication of novel low-dimensional structures for plasmonics investigations.

Grad Students

Chet Steinhagen
chet[at]che.utexas.edu
http://www.che.utexas.edu/korgel-group/index.html
Department: Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Brian Korgel

Thesis Title: To be determined
Research Summary: Synthesis of nanomaterials for low-cost photovoltaics.

Grad Students

Justina Tam
justinat[at]gmail.com
No Group Website Available
Department: Biomedical engineering
Advisor: Dr. Konstantin Sokolov (Associate Professor, with dual appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Imaging Physics, and at Univ. of TX at Austin in Department of Biomedical Engineering)

Thesis Title: Tumor-targeted gold nanoparticles for non-invasive imaging and therapy
Research Summary: I engineer core/shell iron oxide/gold nanoparticles conjugated to therapeutic anti-EGFR antibodies, and study the interactions between these nanoparticles and lung cancer cells, which overexpress EGFR.

Grad Students

Muraliganth Theivanayagam
muraliganth[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.me.utexas.edu/~manthiram/
Department:Materials Science & Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Arumugam Manthiram

Thesis Title: Synthesis and characterization of nano-structured electrode materials for high power and high energy density lithium-ion batteries
Research Summary: My research focuses on development of nanostructured inorganic materials and their nanocomposites for application as high performance lithium-ion battery electrodes.

Grad Students

Erin Kate Walker
erinkatewalker[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://stevenson.cm.utexas.edu/index.html
http://vandenbout.cm.utexas.edu/research/
Department:
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advisor: Dr. Keith Stevenson & Dr. David Vanden Bout

Thesis Title: Not Yet Determined
Research Summary: Investigating energy transport in cyanine dye J-aggregates and their use as photoexcitable templates for nanostructure formation.

Grad Students

Prinda Wanakule
prinda[at]mail.utexas.edu
http://www.bme.utexas.edu/faculty/roy/people/wanakule.html
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Krishnendu Roy

Thesis Title: Development of Enzymatically-Degradable Microgels for Physiologically-Triggered Release of Therapeutic Agents
Research Summary: I am developing controlled release microgels that locally deliver therapeutic drugs and nanoparticles at the site of diseased tissue in response to pathophysiological stimuli.


 
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