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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.


Student Faculty Advisor Dissertation Title
Pablo De La Iglesia Lilo D. Pozzo Structure-Property Relationships of Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymers 
Julee A. Floyd Buddy D. Ratner Drug Encapsulated Aerosolized Microspheres as a Biodegradable, Intelligent Glioma Therapy
Matthew M. Gacek John C. Berg Surfactant mediated acid-base particle charging inapolar media
Ye-Jin Hwang Samson A. Jenekhe Studies of conjugated semiconductors for electronics and optoelectronics
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
Amanda L. Smith Mary E. 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


Student 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 A. Jenekhe Studies of Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes and All-Polymer Solar Cells
Tim C. Geary Stuart B. Adler Lanthanum Ferrite-Based Mixed-Conducting Electrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
Bo Hu Mary E. Lidstrom Metabolic Engineering of the ethylmalonyl-CoA pathway in M. extorquens AM1 for 1-butanol Production
Timothy J. McDonald Stuart B. 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 D. Pozzo Engineering the Multi-Length Scale Structure of Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymer Networks
Jeffrey J. Richards Lilo D. Pozzo Structural Characterization of Composite Thin-film and Dispersed Phase Conjugated Polymer/Fullerene Composites
Benjamin H. Rutz John C. Berg Improvement of Mechanical Properties of Polymeric Composites
Qing Shao Shaoyi Jiang Understanding Properties of Zwitterionic Materials from Their Molecular Structures
Trent Silbaugh Charles T. Campbell Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Elementary Surface Reaction Steps in Catalysis by Single Crystal Adsorption Calorimetry
Christopher A. Wolcott Charles T. 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


Student Faculty Advisor Dissertation Title
David Y. Chiu James D. 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 T. 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 M. Overney Interfacial and Transport Properties of Nanoconstrained Inorganic and Organic Materials
Ikechuwu Nwaneshiudu Daniel T. Schwartz Tailoring Polymer Micro-extraction Phases to Enhance the Sensitivity and Selectivity of Raman Spectroscopy
Monica Ospinal-Jiminez Lilo D. Pozzo Engineering protein electrophoresis through surfactant design: The role of nanostructure
Guoqiang Ren Samson A. Jenekhe Studies of Organic Semiconductor Nanostructures and Their Photovoltaic Applications
Michael A. Robinson David G. 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