Students

Behm, Nathan
Behm, Nathan
Mechanical Engineering -

Development of adiabatic shear bands in high density metals through modification of nanoscale grain size. Adiabatic shear bands (ASBs) are the primary form of deformation in high density materials such as depleted uranium, which helps improve penetration mechanics. Manipulation of metallic grain size at the micro- and nano-scale can help promote the development of ASBs in various high density metals. Methods of testing modified samples include: nano-indentation, dynamic... Previous degree: B.S. Physics, American University, DC


Mike Guericke
Guericke, Mike
Jones Group - Chemistry

Graduated from Doane College in 2009 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Germany. Then spent a year studying at the Ruprech Karl University of Heidelberg under a Fulbright scholarship. I am currently working on nanoparticle synthesis under the direction of Dr. Marcus Jones in the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. 

Previous degree: Doane College in 2009 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Germany

Hefti, Ryan
Hefti, Ryan
Moyer Group - Physics and Optical Science

Long-range correlation of fluorescence intermittency in semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots). I am interested in pursuing a career in academia toward the goal of becoming a tenure-track professor. One of my favorite aspects of the Nanoscale Science PhD program is the interdisciplinary nature of it. Students are exposed to many different research areas and encouraged to explore them. The diversity of research areas encompassed by Nanoscale Science almost guarantees... Previous degree: Lawrence University, BA in Chemistry


Jiang, Youfei
Jiang, Youfei
Xu Group - Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical characterization of nanostructures. It is important to understand the mechanical characteristics of these nanostructures prior to their future applications. The applied characterization methods are included: nanoindentation, tensile test, bending test, resonance vibration test, and buckling test. Nanoindentation on nanostructures is performed by employing a commercial nanoindenter. Other testing methods can be executed by using a home-built nanomanipulator... Previous degree: Chongqing University - Applied Physics


Ligda, Jonathan
Ligda, Jonathan
Wei Group - Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical behavior of ultra-fine grained and nanocrystalline body center-cubic tantalum processed by high pressure torsion. Tantalum disks processed by high pressure torsion will contain a gradient in the grain size, with smaller grains at the disk edge. Using focused ion beam milling, compression and tension specimens with 1- 10 μm gauge sections are made at site specific locations on the disk. These specimens are tested using nanoindentation or a custom built In-... Previous degree: Shippensburg University, B.S. Physics


Marmon, Jason
Marmon, Jason
Zhang Group - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and optical properties of II-VI materials. Creating a ZnTe/ZnO core/shell structure as a third generation photovoltaic device and measuring its electrical and optical properties. The effective bandgap of this structure is near to that for silicon. The goal is to reduce the cost. Some additional work is being done to evaluate the use of these nanostructures in an inverse design method in metamaterials. The goal is to contribute experimental data towards a... Previous degree: Beloit College, B.S. in both Chemistry and Physics


Muhammad, Munir
- First year Ph.D. Student Previous degree: NC State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Patil, Sushant
Patil, Sushant
Nesmelova Group - Physics and Optical Science

Functional Interactions of chemokines. Chemokines form a large family of proteins that guide the migration of leukocytes in our body. Chemokines act individually or interact to form heterooligomers. These interactionsalter the biological activity of individual chemokines. We are looking at different chemokines to discover biologically important interactions and describe them at atomic level in order to design molecule that will block (or enhance) the interactions,... Previous degree: Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at University of Mumbai, India.


Peloquin, Derek
Peloquin, Derek
Schmedake Group - Chemistry

The greatest thing about the program is knowing you’ve got friends and colleagues on the other side of campus instead of just being confined to your own department or building. And the weather here in the South is unbeatable!

Previous degree: SUNY University at Buffalo, B.S. Chemistry and B.A. Mathematics

Singh, Gaurav
Singh, Gaurav
Jones Group - Chemistry

Study of multi-excitonic processes in semiconductor quantum dots.Coming from a engineering background and a desire to do some fundamental science, the Nanoscale Programme has proven to be a very good platform till now

Previous degree: Bachelor of Engineering, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Delhi University

Tobias, Andrew
Tobias, Andrew
Jones Group - Chemistry

Master's work: Synthesis , characterization and analysis of Cadmium selenide and Cadmium sulfide quantum dots. 

Undergraduate project(Presbyterian College Clinton,SC): Analysis of DNA binding to Au and Ag nanoparticles. Also played lacrosse for four-years.

Previous degree: M.S in Chemistry,UNC Charlotte

Woodall, Danielle
Woodall, Danielle
Jones Group - Chemistry

Understanding trap dynamics of cadmium sulfide nanocrystals. The aim of my research is to use a combination of time resolved laser spectroscopies of both ensemble and single particle to develop a full understanding of the parameters that govern both exciton and trap dynamics occurring in cadmium sulfide nanocrystals. Some of the methods used to probe the exciton and trap states of CdS include temperature/excitation dependent time-correlated single photon counting... Previous degree: University of New England, B.S. Chemistry and Marine Biology