Grad Students

Recent Ph.D. Degrees and Dissertation Titles

Ph.D. candidates work closely with faculty members to earn their degree. Before being awarded their degree, they must submit a dissertation based on the research work they have conducted. The list below names recent Ph.D. awardees along with their faculty advisors and dissertation titles.


2016 to date


Faculty Advisor

Dissertation Title

Brian Swift

François Baneyx

Engineering Solid Binding Proteins for the Biofabrication of Environmentally

Friendly Multi-functional Quantum Dots



Faculty Advisor

Dissertation Title

Andrew Collord

Hugh Hillhouse High-Throughput Exploration of Defect Passivation Strategies for Kesterite Photovoltaics

Charlie Corredor

Jonathan Posner Methods to Assess Presence and Biological Impact of Engineered Nanoparticles
Kelly Fleming W. James Pfaendtner

New Solution to an Old Problem: Exploring Properties of Chemical Reactions in

Condensed Phases Using Molecular Simulation

Pablo De La Iglesia

Lilo Pozzo

Structure-Property Relationships of Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymers 

Julee A. Floyd

Buddy Ratner

Drug Encapsulated Aerosolized Microspheres as a Biodegradable, Intelligent Glioma Therapy

Rami Foster David G. Castner

Using Surface Analysis to Investigate how Adsorbed Protein Structure Changes with

Controlled Changes in Surface Chemistry: A Case Study Involving Bare & Sodium Styrene

Sulfonate-Grafted Gold Surface

Matthew M. Gacek

John Berg

Surfactant mediated acid-base particle charging inapolar media

Ye-Jin Hwang

Samson Jenekhe

Studies of conjugated semiconductors for electronics and optoelectronics

Vance Jaeger W. James Pfaendtner Developing a Simulation Framework for Modeling Biomolecules in Ionic Liquids

James F. Matthaei

François Baneyx

Two-Dimensional Protein Arrays: De Novo Design and Applications

Ann K. Nowinski

Shaoyi Jiang

Developing Low Fouling Peptides and Zwitterionic Materials

Beau Richardson Qiuming Yu

Studies of Pyrite FeS2 Nanocyrstals and Plasmonic Nanostructures for Low Cost and

High Efficiency Inverted Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Cells

Amanda L. Smith

Mary Lidstrom

Development of a novel carbon fixation pathway enabled by protein engineering

Weiran Zhang

François Baneyx

Signal peptide and chaperone engineering for secretion and excretion in Escherichia coli

Leize Zhu Qiuming Yu

Efficient, Low-Cost Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Solar cells via Maternials, Interface, and

Device Structure Design




Faculty Advisor

Dissertation Title

Norman D. Brault

Shaoyi Jiang

Multifunctional Zwitterionic Surface Chemistry for Applications in Complex 

Patrick R. Burney

Jim Pfaendtner

Molecular Modeling of Protein Stability and Conformation Preference in Ionic Liquids

Helen C. Chen

Hong Shen

Control of endosomal Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling by nanoparticles and applications in cancer therapy

Brandon L. Coyle

François Baneyx

Solid-binding Proteins for Modification of Inorganic Substrates

Michael A. Deighan

Jim Pfaendtner

Simulating Protein Adsorption Phenomena for Experimental Comparison

Taeshik Earmme

Samson Jenekhe

Studies of Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes and All-Polymer Solar Cells

Tim C. Geary

Stuart Adler

Lanthanum Ferrite-Based Mixed-Conducting Electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers

Bo Hu

Mary Lidstrom

Metabolic Engineering of the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway in M. extorquens AM1 for 1-butanol Production

Timothy J. McDonald

Stuart Adler

Characterization and Modeling of La{1-x}Sr{x}CoO {3-delta} Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes Using Nonlinear Electrochemical Impedance Techniques

Luo Mi

Shaoyi Jiang

Molecular Engineering Approaches against Germs, Spores and Biofilm Formation

Gregory M. Newbloom

Lilo Pozzo

Engineering the Multi-Length Scale Structure of Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymer Networks

Jeffrey J. Richards

Lilo Pozzo

Structural Characterization of Composite Thin-film and Dispersed Phase Conjugated Polymer/Fullerene Composites

Benjamin H. Rutz

John Berg

Improvement of Mechanical Properties of Polymeric Composites

Qing Shao

Shaoyi Jiang

Understanding Properties of Zwitterionic Materials from Their Molecular Structures

Trent Silbaugh

Charles Campbell

Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Elementary Surface Reaction Steps in Catalysis by Single Crystal Adsorption Calorimetry

Christopher A. Wolcott

Charles Campbell

Energetics of Elementary Steps in Catalysis and Their Use to Search for New Catalysts

Wei Yang

Shaoyi Jiang

Zwitterionic Poly(carboxybetaine) Materials for Blood-Contacting Medical Devices and Nanoparticles

Xi Zhan

Hong Shen

Engineering blend particle delivery platform for subunit vaccines against mucosally transmitted viral infections




Faculty Advisor

Dissertation Title

David Y. Chiu

James Bryers

Evaluation of Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticles Mineralized with Proteins and Peptides for Use as Adjuvants in Protein and Nucleic Acid Vaccines

Tyler A. House

Daniel Schwartz

Simulations of Steady Streaming Flows and the Time-Averaged Motion of Inertial Particles

Andrew J. Keefe

Shaoyi Jiang

Discovery and Development of Synthetic and Natural Biomaterials for Protein Therapeutics and Medical Device Applications

Lakshmi S. Kocherlakota

Rene Overney

Interfacial and Transport Properties of Nanoconstrained Inorganic and Organic Materials

Ikechuwu Nwaneshiudu

Daniel Schwartz

Tailoring Polymer Micro-extraction Phases to Enhance the Sensitivity and Selectivity of Raman Spectroscopy

Monica Ospinal-Jiminez

Lilo Pozzo

Engineering protein electrophoresis through surfactant design: The role of nanostructure

Guoqiang Ren

Samson Jenekhe

Studies of Organic Semiconductor Nanostructures and Their Photovoltaic Applications

Michael A. Robinson

David Castner

Chemical Analysis of Cells and Tissues with Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

Andrew D. White

Shaoyi Jiang

Modeling Nonspecific Interactions at Biological Interfaces

Christina S. Yacoob

Hong Shen

Particle Fabrication and delivery systems for controlled release of bumped kinase inhibitors (BKIs) for malaria transmission blocking