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Dr. Dickens and a few research scholar students

Research Scholars Program

Kaelyn Badura

(Dr. Mei Zhang) – Mechanical Engineering

  • Investigating laser-CNT interactions as a mechanism of oxidation for the fabrication of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and the modification of GNR surface morphology
  • NT oxidation molecular dynamics modeling
  • Creating, characterizing, and optimizing composite and carbon nanotube based stretchable conductors

Olivier Barbier

(Dr. Tarik Dickens) – Computer Engineering

  • Semi-automation of mechanical machine
  • Link national instrument software with the mechanical testing unit for convenient data acquisition

Khanh Bui

(Dr. Richard Liang/Dr. Ayou Hao) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Mechanical testing and analysis of carbon nanotube (CNT) composites

Mary Burkett

(Dr. Chad Zeng) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Characterization of polymers by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Manufacturing of AFM and TEM auxetic polyurethane and COC CNT nanocomposite foam samples
  • Analysis of AFM image data for topology and phase morphology
 

Alexis Caldwell

(Dr. Tarik Dickens) – Computer Engineering

  • Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes
  • Setup The MiTE system using electrical equipment/hardware
  • Fabricate parts using the RIDFT and mechanical test them using the MiTE system

Christopher Chiros

(Dr. Richard Liang/Dr. Ayou Hao) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Carbon nanotube (CNT) composite sample preparation
  • Water-jet cutting for samples and composite molds

Hyun Bin (Shawn) Cho

(Dr. Richard Liang/Dr. JG Park) – Electrical Engineering

Jeremy Chupp

(Dr. Jhunu Chatterjee) – Chemical Engineering

  • Chitosan-Based Polymer Electrolyte
  • Magnetic Buckypaper composites
  • Fabrication of biosensor materials
 

Jeremy Cox

(Dr. Tao Liu) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Garrett Ellanson

(Dr. Jhunu Chatterjee) – Chemical Engineering

Eduardo Fernandez

(Dr. Okenwa Okoli) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Manufacturing multi-scale composites
  • Continued development of the displaced foam dispersion method

Rebecca Gebert

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Continuous alignment of carbon nanotube (CNT) buckypaper
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of buckypaper and CNT composites
 

Leon Gonzalez

(Dr. Jhunu Chatterjee) – Chemical Engineering

  • Electrochemical analysis of carbon nanotube (CNT) electrodes for use in biosensors

Michiaha Ivey

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • 3D printer design and build
  • Additive manufacturing controller board communication

Christina Kale

(Dr. Mei Zhang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Morgan Lampley

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Carbon nanotube (CNT) and carbon fiber based composite sample preparation and storage
 

Shaquille Lewis

(Dr. Jhunu Chatterjee) – Chemical Engineering

  • Synthesis of magnetic carbon nanotube (CNT) buckypaper

Taniwa Ndebele

(Dr. Tarik Dickens) – Mechanical Engineering

  • Mold development for CT testing
  • Design improvement and material innovation for test variation in crack propagation failure

Kelechi Ogbinna-Amu

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Biomedical Engineering

  • Electrical testing and analysis of carbon nanotube (CNT) based composites

Henry Papa

(Dr. Jhunu Chatterjee) – Chemical Engineering

  • Modification of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for enhanced electrochemical sensor performance
  • Application of CNT electrochemical sensor for detection of various biomolecules
 

Sebastian Para

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Design and print electronic circuits and devices on flexible surfaces
  • Determine the parameters and characteristics for which printed components would meet the desired criteria

Jigar Patel

(Dr. Jhunu Chatterjee)

Adam Satchell

(Dr. Tarik Dickens) – Pre-engineering (TCC)

  • Europium D4 TEA synthesis
  • Comparison of EuD4TEA mechanical and triboluminescent properties to commercial ZnS:Mn
  • Production efficiency of triboluminescent materials

Kari Schwartz

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Thermogravimetric (TGA) and dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) testing and analysis of carbon nanotube (CNT) based composites and buckypaper
 

Maria Agustina Toso

(Dr. Chad Zeng) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Manufacturing and modeling of piezoelectric foams to maximize piezoelectric coefficient
  • Integration of COC piezoelectric foam into energy harvesting devices

Kaue Tozzi

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Developing cost efficient fused deposition modeling additive manufacturing.
  • Recycling and reusing spent FDM support material to create greener 3D printing processes.
  • Expanding repertoire of 3D printable materials.

Ever Velasquez

(Dr. Okenwa Okoli) – Chemical Engineering

  • Fabrication of 3D Photovoltaic Micro-wires for structural health monitoring systems
  • Hybrid interface utilization of inorganic semi-conducting PV materials and organic materials
  • Implementation of sensor networks for detection of triboluminescence for composite degradation

Kenneth Veliky

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Carbon nanotube (CNT) buckypaper manufacturing with various suspension methodologies such as paraffin wax
  • Mechanical, electrical, thermal and morphological characterization of buckypaper and CNT composites
 

Raelon White

(Dr. Richard Liang/Dr. Ayou Hao)

  • Carbon nanotube (CNT) composite sample preparation
  • CNT composite density analysis

Kaivon Williams

(Dr. Tarik Dickens)

  • Construction of water soluble molds for composite material fabrication
  • Experimentation with triboluminescent materials

Darcelle Wilson

(Dr. Richard Liang/Dr. JG Park) – Chemical Engineering

Francois Wolmarans

(Dr. Mei Zhang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Carbon nanotube (CNT)-graphene hybrid foam deformation mechanical and electrical behavior
  • Application of novel CNT-graphene foams for pressure sensor applications
 

Paola Zerbini

(Dr. Richard Liang) – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Microtome cutting process of carbon nanotube (CNT) based composites for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis