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Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
Ph.D. Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
Summary:

Dr. Yalcin's research involves understanding the components and pathways involved in biological electron transfer in conductive proteins. In addition, she is interested in studying microbe-mineral interactions using high resolution imaging tools.

Department of Physics, Ohio State University
Ph.D. Theoretical Condensed Matter, Cornell University, 1987
Summary:

The research in Professor Nandini Trivedi’s group focuses on the effects of strong interactions in condensed matter systems and ultracold atoms in optical lattices. The basic idea is to understand how electrons and atoms get organized at very low temperatures and how new phases of matter emerge. For example, we examine quantum phase transitions between superfluids and Mott insulators in optical lattices and also how fermions become entangled into novel spin liquid states.

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Mundy Group
Department of Physics, Harvard University
Ph.D. Applied Physics, Cornell University, 2014
Summary:

Materials systems with many strongly interacting degrees of freedom can host some of the most exotic physical states known, ranging from superconductivity to topological phases. 

One of the hallmarks of these quantum materials is the ability for a small perturbation to dramatically change the ground state. In thin films, the interface between two distinct materials forms a playground to engineer such emergent states. Specifically—and in contrast to bulk crystals—such an abrupt heterointerface can utilize the broken symmetry/reduced dimensionality inherent to the interface as well as induce chemical potential offsets, epitaxial strain and provide proximity to functional phases. 

Work in the Mundy group will design, synthesize and probe such emergent phenomena in complex oxide thin films. Initial efforts will be particularly focused on using thin film epitaxy to construct metastable materials, with an emphasis on materials with strong spin frustration/exotic magnetic properties and novel superconductors. 

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee
Ph.D. Physics, Stony Brook University, 1992
Summary:

Dr. Mandrus uses the experimental tools of materials synthesis and crystal growth to address cutting-edge issues in materials physics.  Recent interests include: (1) discovery and characterization of new chiral ferromagnets that may display electronic liquid-crystal phases; (2) discovery and characterization of new iridates in which strong spin-orbit coupling leads to Mott-Hubbard physics; (3) mixed phase phosphate electrolytes for intermediate temperature fuel cells.  Long standing interests include: (1) discovery and characterization of new unconventional superconductors; (2) discovery and characterization of new collective phenomena in transition metal oxides, especially involving slow dynamics, (3) neutron scattering investigations of exotic magnets, and (4) new materials for thermoelectric refrigeration and power generation.

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Malvankar Lab
Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
Ph.D. Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
Summary:

Our overarching goal is to define the mechanisms by which microbes interact with and manipulate their environment, with the ultimate goal of engineering these interactions to control microbial pathophysiology and ecology.

Our research is focused on how microbes use electron transfer via hair-like protein appendages called pili for communication, survival and biofilm formation.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Materials Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
Summary:

Dr. Jeehwan Kim is an Associate Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Fall 2015. He received his BS from Hongik University, his MS from Seoul National University, and his PhD from UCLA in 2008, all of them in Materials Science. Before joining MIT, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY since 2008, where he has led multiple projects pertaining to thin film solar cells, graphene electronics, and next generation CMOS. Many of his patents in photovoltaic technologies have been licensed and transferred to solar companies. Prof. Kim is a recipient of multiple IBM high value invention achievement awards. In 2012, he was appointed a “Master Inventor” of IBM in recognition of his active intellectual property generation and commercialization of his research. He is an inventor of 210 issued/pending US patents and an author of 40 articles in journals. His research covers topics ranging from basic material physics/mechanics to scalable manufacturing of electronic/photonic/photovoltaic devices.

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering, Chicago State University
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, 2012
Summary:

Understanding binding and structural properties of nanostructures that have important implications for increasing storage capacity in molecular electronics, minimizing high temperature destabilizing effects in energy systems, and maintaining bioactivity of bound molecules in biosensors are topics of interest in the group.  DNA origami nano technology, scanning microscopy (SEM and AFM), and electrochemistry are applicable techniques.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1991
Summary:

Many new electronic devices require sophisticated thin film processing techniques. For example, ultra thin films or superlattices may require the thickness controlled down to one unit cell; other devices may need the lateral dimensions to be patterned down to submicron or smaller sizes. Oxide materials possess an enormous range of electrical, optical, and magnetic properties.

For instance, insulators, high quality metals, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, semiconductors, ferromagnetics, transparent conductors, colossal magnetoresistance materials, superconductors, and nonlinear optic materials have all been produced using oxide materials.

Therefore, thin films and heterostructures of oxide materials have great potential for novel device applications. My main area of interest is the synthesis and characterization of epitaxial oxide heterostructures uniquely suited for electronic, magnetic, piezoelectric, and high T c superconducting devices. I am also interested in epitaxial oxide superlattices consisting of two or more materials combined at nanoscale thickness.

Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering, Chicago State University
Ph.D. Applied Physics, Southern Illinois University, 2017
Summary:

Russell Ceballos currently works in the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies at Chicago State University. Russell does research in the Theory of Open Quantum Systems and Quantum Biophysics.

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Pratibha Dev
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Howard University
Ph.D., University of Buffalo, 2009
Summary:

We study structural, electronic, and optical properties of defects to investigate how their presence influences the behavior of materials and can be used to engineer desirable, non-native properties within them.

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