Faculty

Glen Boreman Ph.D.
Glen Boreman Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Grigg 306
704-687-8173
gboreman@uncc.edu

Infrared antennas, infrared metamaterials, nano-scale mapping of electric fields.


Markus Etzkorn
Markus Etzkorn Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Burson 268
704-687-4913
metzkorn@uncc.edu

Preparative and physical organic chemistry, construction of complex fluorinated frameworks for molecular recognition or self-assembly with potential applications in sensing and sequestration; mechanistic investigation of the chemistry of unusual polycyclic scaffolds; extended (fluorinated) pi-systems as ligands in organometallic systems.


Michael A. Fiddy Ph.D.
Michael A. Fiddy Ph.D.
Professor
Grigg
704-687-8594
mafiddy@uncc.edu

Scattering and propagation of electromagnetic waves; inverse scattering algorithms, properties of metamaterials; low and negative index nanostructures and their applications for managing light and superresolution imaging.


Tsinghua Her Ph.D.
Tsinghua Her Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Grigg 107
704-687-8139
ther@uncc.edu

Resonance in nano systems; photophysics of low-dimensional systems; ultrasensitive detection of nanoscale and quantum systems; nonlinear and ultrafast optics and spectroscopy; nano-plasmonics; optical metamaterials; applications of the above endeavors in energy, biomedical, optoelectronics.


Marcus Jones Ph.D.
Marcus Jones Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Burson 138
704-687-6761
marcus.jones@uncc.edu

Quantum dots and nanocrystals; time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy; electron and energy transfer studies; exciton-plasmon interactions between metal and semiconductor nanoparticles; photophysics in light harvesting systems; solar energy.


Joanna K. Krueger Ph.D.
Joanna K. Krueger Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Burson 144
704-687-4913
Joanna.Krueger@uncc.edu

Biophysical Chemistry. Structural information on bio/nano-molecular associations using spectroscopic techniques; in particular, light scattering (UV-VIS, X-ray and neutron), FTIR, Circular Dichroism and visualization of those associations through the use of molecular modeling.


Patrick Moyer Ph.D.
Patrick Moyer Ph.D.
Professor
Burson 324
704-687-8148
pjmoyer@uncc.edu

Nanoscale microscopy and spectroscopy; nanoplasmonics.  We study the photophysics of quantum dots and nanoparticles; we investigate the spectroscopic characteristics of quantum dots and SERS mechanisms in the presence of nanoholes and other nanoscale environments.


Yuri Nesmelov Ph.D.
Yuri Nesmelov Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Bioinformatics 269
704-687-5886
yuri.nesmelov@uncc.edu

Biological molecular motors. We study myosin, the protein responsible for force generation in muscle. We combine protein mutagenesis, labeling, and electron paramagnetic resonance and transient time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer to explore myosin functional dynamics on molecular and submolecular level.


Irina Nesmelova
Irina Nesmelova Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Bioinformatics 231
704-687-8145
irina.nesmelova@uncc.edu

Structural biophysics. We are particularly interested in protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions and how they are linked to disease. We use primarily NMR spectroscopy, but also CD spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and MD simulations. Ultimately, the conclusions are tested in biological assays.


Jordan Poler Ph.D.
Jordan Poler Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Burson 143
704-687-8289
jcpoler@uncc.edu

Studies of supramolecular systems “mechanically wrapping” about nanotubes, nanoparticles, and quantum dots. Elucidating energy and charge transfer mechanisms. Manufacturing nanomachines, nanosensors, nanotransducers and nanoparticle based composites for energy storage applications.


Daniel Rabinovich Ph.D.
Daniel Rabinovich Ph.D.
Professor
Burson 232
704-687-4442
drabinov@uncc.edu

Synthetic and structural inorganic, bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry; ligand design; preparation of synthetic analogues of copper proteins having antibacterial properties.


Thomas A. Schmedake Ph.D.
Thomas A. Schmedake Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Burson 264
704-687-4011
tschmeda@uncc.edu

Synthesis of novel silicon containing compounds and materials, especially compounds or complexes in which silicon is used as a substitute for a carbon atom or a transition metal. Specific focus areas include redox-active hexacoordinate silicon complexes, silicon heterocycles, and silicon-based conducting polymers.


Ed Stokes Ph.D.
Ed Stokes Ph.D.
Professor
Grigg 221
704-687-8425
ebstokes@uncc.edu

Professor Stokes’ research group investigates nanoscale materials for use in semiconductor optoelectronic devices such as light emitting diodes and solar cells. Materials are formed through traditional epitaxial growth (e.g. MOCVD), or through deposition of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots from solution.


Thomas Suleski Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Grigg 208-A
704-687-8159
tsuleski@uncc.edu

Diffractive optics and refractive micro-optics; Fabrication and integration methods for micro/nano-optics and microsystems; Nanoreplication and nanomanufacturing; Free form micromachining; Biomimetic photonics; Applications of micro/nano structures for optical sensors, solar energy, bio-photonics, directed energy, and computational imaging.


Jerry (Jay) Troutman Ph.D.
Jerry (Jay) Troutman Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Burson 262
704-687-4494
Jerry.Troutman@uncc.edu

Bacterial sugar polymer biosynthesis; functional studies of membrane bound proteins; development of probes to study biological systems. We utilize techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology and organic synthesis to develop bioactive materials and understand the natural pathways responsible for them.


Juan Vivero-Escoto Ph.D.
Juan Vivero-Escoto Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Burson 258
704-687-4337
jviveroe@uncc.edu

We are interested on the synthesis of novel hybrid nanodevices for biomedical applications. We develop nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems for cancer treatment. By engineering nanoparticles, we are exploring new routes of cellular internalization and intracellular trafficking pathways.


Michael G. Walter, Ph. D.
Michael G. Walter, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
Burson 254
704-687-8291
Michael.Walter@uncc.edu

Synthesis and integration of organic conjugated polymers and dye molecules for solar energy conversion applications.


Qiuming Wei Ph.D.
Qiuming Wei Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Duke 362
704-687-8213
qwei@uncc.edu

Processing and mechanical properties over a wide spectrum of loading conditions and length scales of nanostructured materials. Size effect of mechanical properties of various materials including crystalline metals, bulk metallic glasses. Constitutive behavior of natural and man-made nanocomposites. Dynamic properties of materials.


Terry T. Xu Ph.D.
Terry T. Xu Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Duke 256
704-687-8353
ttxu@uncc.edu

Synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures for energy conversion; Study of mechanical properties of individual nanostructures by nanoindentation and/or in-situ testing methods with a scanning electron microscope.


HaiTao Zhang Ph.D.
HaiTao Zhang Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Duke 279
704-687-8128
hzhang3@uncc.edu

Thin films and nanostructures; CVD & PVD; cathodoluminescence; electrical measurement; nanostructured smart devices; solar cells; photo-electrochemical cells.


Yong Zhang Ph.D.
Yong Zhang Ph.D.
Bissell Distinguished Professor
Grigg 215
704-687-8652
yong.zhang@uncc.edu

Novel materials (nanostructures, alloys, inorganic-organic hybrids) and device architectures for energy and related applications (photovoltaics, solid-state-lighting, photo-detector); Fundamental sciences in solid state physics and electrical engineering; Optical spectroscopy; Large scale first-principles and empirical electronic structure modeling.