Directory

Kirill Afonin

Kirill Afonin, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Assistant Professor
Burson 136
704-687-0685
kafonin@uncc.edu

Website: Afonin Lab

Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology

Design and assembly of nucleic acid-based nanoparticles for diagnostic and therapeutic biomedical applications.

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Christopher Bejger

Christopher Bejger, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Assistant Professor
Burson 262
704-687-5411
cbejger@uncc.edu

Website: Bejger Research Group

Design, synthesis, and assembly of molecular cluster materials and coordination polymers for energy applications.

Research in the Bejger lab is focused on the design, synthesis, and assembly of molecular clusters for energy applications. The chemical and electronic structures of molecular clusters can be modified synthetically; this allows us to tune their physical properties and create new materials with nanoscale control. We synthesize these custom-made cluster...

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Glenn Boreman

Glenn Boreman, Ph.D.

Physics and Optical Science

Professor and Chair
Grigg 306
704-687-8173
gboreman@uncc.edu

Website: Infrared Systems Lab

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

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Hansang Cho

Hansang Cho, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

Assistant Professor
Woodward Hall 481C, Duke Centennial Hall 233
704-687-8496
H.Cho@uncc.edu

Website: Cho Lab

Brain-on-Chips, plasmonic optofluidics, and healthcare/environmental monitoring.

Dr. Cho's research focuses on organ-on-chips, nanobiosensors for the study of neurosciences and cancer biology, innovative mechanical components evolving multiple physics, and portable platforms for healthcare diagnostics and environmental sustainability.

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Bernadette T. Donovan-Merkert

Bernadette T. Donovan-Merkert, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Program Director, Professor, and Chair of Chemistry
Burson 200
704-687-1300
bdonovan@uncc.edu

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Shunji Egusa

Shunji Egusa, Ph.D.

Physics and Optical Science

Assistant Professor
Grigg Hall 329
704-687-5872
segusa@uncc.edu

Nanomateirals synthesis and characterization, nanomedicine, and plasmonics.

The enduring problem that faces cancer patients is that treatments can be very difficult, yet the benefits of the treatments can be uncertain. This is because toxic treatments destroy normal cells while often permitting the most aggressive cancer cells to survive. A straightforward solution is to selectively deliver cancer drugs to cancer cells and not normal cells. Unfortunately, existing technologies to do this have limitations, and their impact on patient health has not been as great...

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Ahmed El-Ghannam

Ahmed El-Ghannam, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor
Duke 177
704-687-7730
arelgha@uncc.edu

Website: El-Ghannam Group

Design of novel bioactive nano-composites for applications in orthopedic and maxillofacial surgeries, tissue engineering and targeted drug delivery in soft and hard tissues.

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Markus Etzkorn

Markus Etzkorn, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 268
704-687-4913
metzkorn@uncc.edu

Website: Etzkorn Group

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.

The Etzkorn group targets fluorinated molecular tweezers of different molecular architecture in a convergent approach...

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Michael Fiddy

Michael A. Fiddy, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Optical Science

Professor
Grigg 142
704-687-8594
mafiddy@uncc.edu

Website: Michael Fiddy Research Group

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.

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Tsing-Hua Her

Tsing-Hua Her, Ph.D.

Physics and Optical Science

Associate Professor
Grigg 107
704-687-8139
ther@uncc.edu

Website: Tsinghua Research Group

Index-antiguided wavelength lasers, metafibers and metafabrics, and phase-sensitive light-matter interactions.

In Tsinghua Research Group (THRG), we use engineering principles to study science and to enable their real-world applications. We conduct innovative and multi-disciplinary research in the fields of physics, optics, and photonics. The lab has two complimentary missions. The first mission is to solve critical problems in optics, physics,...

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Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara

Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Assistant Professor
adesilva@uncc.edu

Website: The Indrasekara Lab

 

Nanotechnology/Analytical Chemistry/Materials Chemistry

We are interested in designing new optically active nanomaterials and using them to develop optical spectroscopy-based analytical tools. At the nanometer scale, noble metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and copper exhibit unique, synthetically tunable optical properties. One such property of noble metal nanomaterials is the large optical field enhancement leading to strong absorption and...

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Joanna K. Krueger

Joanna K. Krueger, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 144
704-687-1642
Joanna.Krueger@uncc.edu

Website: Krueger Research Team

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.

A protein is a polymeric molecule, a long chain of individual units linked covalently together. In the case of a protein polymer, it is of a specific length and unit sequence...

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Yuri Nesmelov, Ph.D.

Physics and Optical Science

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics 269
704-687-5886
yuri.nesmelov@uncc.edu

Website: Nesmelov Lab

Biological molecular motors.

We study myosin molecular motor. Myosin interacts with two ligands, ATP and actin, thus performing cyclic conformational change and producing force. We are interested in microscopic mechanism of myosin function, and regulation of myosin and actomyosin kinetics. In our work we combine protein mutagenesis, labeling, and different methods of transient kinetics to explore myosin functional dynamics on molecular and submolecular level.

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Irina Nesmelova

Irina Nesmelova, Ph.D.

Physics and Optical Science

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics 231
704-687-8145
irina.nesmelova@uncc.edu

Website: Nesmelova Lab

Structure-function-dynamics of proteins, protein-protein interactions, translational diffusion of proteins, and protein-stabilized metal nanoclusters.

Experimental biophysics at the nanoscale. We investigate how structure, dynamics, and interactions with binding partners define the function of a protein. The goal is to use this information for protein engineering and design of therapeutic compounds. We use a multidisciplinary approach, which includes advanced...

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Jordan Poler

Jordan Poler, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 143
704-687-8289
jcpoler@uncc.edu

Website: Poler Research Group

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.

Most of our research interests are toward the fundamental studies of complex systems at the nanoscale with regard to applications of materials at the macroscale. The Poler...

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Daniel Rabinovich

Daniel Rabinovich, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Professor
Burson 232
704-687-4442
drabinov@uncc.edu

Website: The DR Group

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

Synthetic and structural inorganic, bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry, including: (i) poly(pyrazolyl)silane chemistry, (ii) coordination chemistry with multidentate sulfur-donor ligands, including polythioethers and poly(mercaptoimidazolyl)borates, (iii) synthesis of...

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Thomas A. Schmedake

Thomas A. Schmedake, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 264
704-687-5177
tschmeda@uncc.edu

Website: Schmedake Research Group

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.

Our research group is interested in the development of silicon containing compounds and materials, especially compounds or complexes...

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Ed Stokes

Ed Stokes, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor
EPIC 2260
704-687-8425
ebstokes@uncc.edu

Website: Stokes Research Group

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.

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Thomas Suleski

Thomas Suleski, Ph.D.

Physics and Optical Science

Professor
Grigg 208
704-687-8159
tsuleski@uncc.edu

Website: Suleski Group

Diffractive optics, Refractive micro-optics, Nanoreplication, Nano-modeling, Near-field diffraction

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Jerry Troutman

Jerry (Jay) Troutman, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 135D
704-687-5180
Jerry.Troutman@uncc.edu

Website: Troutman Research Group

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.

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Juan Vivero-Escoto

Juan Vivero-Escoto, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 258
704-687-5239
jviveroe@uncc.edu

Website: V-Lab Group

Design and synthesis of novel hybrid inorganic-organic materials for a wide variety of applications, predominantly in biomedicine, renewable energy, and catalysis.

Our vision is that by combining basic science understanding with material science, some of the most relevant problems (cancer and other diseases, energy, and environmental issues) of our time will be addressed. In particular, we will focus our initial efforts toward developing nanoparticle-...

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Michael Walter

Michael G. Walter, Ph. D.

Chemistry

Associate Professor
Burson 254
704-687-8291
Michael.Walter@uncc.edu

Website: Walter Research Group

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

Our work involves applications related to photocatalysis, materials for photovoltaic or solar fuel applications. Our work spans materials research, organic synthesis, hybrid organic/inorganic systems, and nanoscience. We are particularly interested in enhancing the light harvesting and energy (exciton) transfer mechanisms found in porphyrin thin...

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Qiuming Wei

Qiuming Wei, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

Professor
Duke 362
704-687-8213
qwei@uncc.edu

Website: Wei Group

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.

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Jennifer Weller

Jennifer Weller, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics 353
704-687-7678
JenniferWeller@uncc.edu

Website: Weller Research Group

How structure affects function of nucleic acids, both biologically and in the performance of high-throughput assays, which are produced in genomics experiments and used by bioinformaticians as the basis for most network inference studies

Investigation into the design, generation, and analysis of gene expression data from high-throughput platforms. Specifically we are interested in understanding and controlling sources of technical variation in the data by...

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Terry Xu

Terry T. Xu, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

Professor
Duke 256
704-687-8353
ttxu@uncc.edu

Website: Xu Group

Synthesis of novel low-dimensional nanomaterials and exploration of their unique properties.

The Xu Group is interested in synthesizing one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials with a focus on boron-based materials, studying mechanical properties of individual 1D nanostructures, exploring thermoelectric properties of boron-based 1D nanostructures, and developing functional nanocomposities.

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Haitao Zhang

Haitao Zhang, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

Assistant Professor
Duke 279
704-687-8128
hzhang3@uncc.edu

Website: Zhang Group

Synthesis and characterization of thin films and nanostructures of functional materials; Electrical and optical measurements; Device fabrication for electronic and photonic applications.

Our research objective is to study functional materials in forms of thin films and nanostructures for electronic and photonic applications, ranging from material synthesis and characterization, property measurement, to device fabrication. The research work is currently focused on metal...

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Yong Zhang

Yong Zhang, Ph.D.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bissell Distinguished Professor
Grigg 215
704-687-8652
yong.zhang@uncc.edu

Website: Zhang Research Group

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.

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