Faculty

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Faculty


ChEMS Core Faculty 


Nancy Da Silva, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Molecular biotechnology
Research Presentation Slides
Email: ndasilva @ uci . edu

 
 
James Earthman, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Biomaterials, dental and orthopaedic implants, green materials, nanocrystalline alloys, and deformation and damage processes
Research Presentation Slides
Email: earthman @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
Alon Gorodetsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: organic photovoltaics, electrical biosensors, nanotechnology, DNA, materials chemistry
Email: alon . gorodetsky @ uci . edu
Website: gorodetskygroup.org
 
 
 
Allon Hochbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry
Research Interests: Nanoscale materials and hybrid bio-inorganic devices for applications in clean energy
Email: hochbaum @ uci . edu
Website: hochbaumlab.eng.uci.edu
 

 

Martha Mecartney, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:
Ceramics for energy applications and for use in extreme environments, interfacial design for enhanced physical properties, transmission electron microscopy.
Research Presentation Slides
Email: martham @ uci . edu

Website: Mecartney Lab
 

 

Ali Mohraz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Understand and exploit colloidal interactions, chemistry, assembly, and response to external fields to design microstructured materials with enhanced functionality for composites, biomimetic applications, alternative energy, and environmental remediation
Research Presentation Slides
Email: mohraz @ uci . edu

Website: Mohraz Lab

 

Daniel Mumm, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Development of materials for power generation systems, propulsion, integrated sensing, advanced vehicle concepts and platform protection
Email: mumm @ uci . edu

 



 

Hung Nguyen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Self-assembly of biological and biomimetic nanoscale materials based on amino acids and on nucleic acids
Email:  hdn @ uci . edu
Website: Nguyen Lab

 

Mikael Nilsson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Actinide chemistry, solvent extraction fundamental chemistry and process development, extraction and detection equipment development, radiolysis and phase composition of organic solvent
Research Presentation Slides
Email:  nilssonm @ uci . edu, 
Website: Nilsson Lab 


Xiaoqing Pan, Ph.D. (Effective 1/1/2015) Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science; Physics and Astronomy; Director, Irvine Materials Research Institute

Research Interests: atomic-scale structure, properties and dynamic behaviors of advanced materials including thin films and nanostructures for memories, catalysts, and energy conversion and storage devices.

 

 

 

Regina Ragan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Exploration and development of novel material systems for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices
Research Presentation Slides
Email: rragan @ uci . edu

Website: Ragan Lab

 

Elizabeth Read, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Dynamics of complex biochemical systems and regulation of immune responses
Email: elread @ uci . edu
Website: Read Lab

 

 

 

Frank Shi, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests:  Optoelectronic Devices and Materials, Optoelectronic device packaging materials, optoelectronic medical devices and packaging, white LED technologies, high power LED packaging
Research Presentation Slides
Email: fgshi @ uci . edu

 

 

Vasan Venugopalan, Sc.D., Chair and Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Beckman Laser Institute
Research Interests:  Laser-induced thermal, mechanical and radiative transport processes for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, biotechnology, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
Email: vvenugop @ uci . edu

 

 

 

Szu-Wen Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Combining principles of self-assembly with nature-inspired macromolecular systems to engineer new materials and therapeutic strategies
Research Presentation Slides
Email: wangsw @ uci . edu

Website: Wang Lab

 

Albert Yee, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry
Research Interests:  Materials science aspects of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they are used to impact nanotechnology
Research Presentation Slides
Email: afyee @ uci . edu

Website: Yee Lab

 


ChEMS Emeritus Faculty 


Juan Hong, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:
Bioseparation processes including membrane, chromatographic, and supercritical fluid separation; bioreactor optimization for biopolymer production, and in the process of protein crystallization

Email: jhong @ uc i. edu


 
 
Henry Lim, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  Bioreaction and bioreactor engineering, modeling, optimization and control of bioreactors, cellular regulation, recombinant DNA technology, and bioremediation

Email: hclim @ uci . edu

 

 


Farghalli Mohamed, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests:  Mechanical behavior of engineering materials such as metals, composites, and ceramics; the correlation between behavior and microstructure; creep and superplasticity; and the mechanisms responsible for strengthening and fracture
Research Presentation Slides
Email: famohame @ uci . edu

 


ChEMS Affiliated Faculty (Joint Appointment with Department)


Shane Ardo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: solar energy conversion, electrochemistry, materials chemistry, device physics modeling and engineering, spectroscopy

Email: ardo @ uci . edu

 

 

 


Peter J. Burke, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: Nanotechnology; quantum electronics, quantum information science and high-speed semiconductor devices.
Email: pburke @ uci . edu

 



 

Aaron Esser-Kahn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Carbon Capture, Microvasculature, Synthetic Chemistry, Materials science, Immunology
Email: aesserka @ uci . edu


 


Steven George, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Director, The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology
Research Interests:  Physiological modeling, computational methods, tissue engineering
Email: scgeorge @ uci . edu

 

Stanley Grant, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests:  Environmental engineering, coastal water quality, coagulation and filtration of colloidal contaminants; environmental microbiology
Research Presentation Slides
Email: sbgrant @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
Anna Grosberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Applying multiscale computational modeling and tissue engineering to stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (heart muscle cells), cardiac morphogenesis (development of structure), and cardiac function.
Email: grosberg @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 

Zhibin Guan, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Synthesis of new generation of biomaterials for gene/drug delivery and tissue regeneration.
Email: zguan @ uci . edu

 

 

Jered Haun, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Targeted drug delivery, clinical cancer detection, nanotechnology, molecular engineering, computational simulations
Email: jered.haun @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
Michelle Khine, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Single Cell Electroporation, Shrinky-Dink Microfluidics, Microsystems for Stem Cell Differentiation, Canary on a Chip, Quantitative Single-Cell Analysis of Receptor Dynamics and Chemotactic Response on a Chip
Email: mkhine @ uci . edu

 
 
 
Young Jik Kwon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Gene therapy, drug delivery, cancer-targeted therapeutics, nanobiotechnology, tissue engineering
Research Presentation Slides
Email:  kwonyj @ uci . edu
 
 
 
Matt Law, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: nanoscale materials and devices, solar energy conversion
Email: matt . law @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
G.P. Li, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  High-speed semiconductor technology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, opto-electronic devices, and the design, fabrication and testing of integrated circuits
Email:  gpli @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
Wendy Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, microfabricated technologies, mechanotransduction
Email:  wendy.liu @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Lowengrub, Ph.D., Professor, Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Microstructured materials, such as emulsions and polymer blends, crystals, thin films and metallic alloys, blood and biological tissues
Email: jlowengr @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 

Marc Madou, Ph.D., Chancellor's Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Miniaturization science (MEMS and NEMS) with emphasis on chemical and biological applications
Email: mmadou @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
Reginald M. Penner, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Analytical chemistry; materials chemistry
Email: rmpenner @ uci . edu
 
 


Peter Rentzepis, Ph.D., Presidential Chair and Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests:  Picosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction and EXFAS to determine the structures of ultrashortlived intermediates in chemical and biological reactions in liquids; subpicosecond kinetics to probe non-linear phenomena of molecules used for 3D optical storage and electronic switching
Email: pmrentze @ uci . edu
 

 
 
Diego Rosso, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Environmental process engineering, carbon footprint analysis, wastewater treatment, water and energy nexus, energy efficiency
Email: bidui @ uci . edu


 
 
 
 

Timothy J. Rupert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure-property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization.

Email: trupert @ uci . edu
 
 
 

Suzanne B. Sandmeyer, Ph.D. Professor, Biological Chemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Molecular genetics and biochemistry of retrotransposons and metabolic engineering in budding yeast
Email: sbsandme @ uci . edu


 
 

Kenneth Shea, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Developing new methods and strategies for synthesizing carbon-carbon bonds
Email: kjshea @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 

Lizhi Sun, Ph.D., Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Micro/nano-mechanics of heterogeneous composite materials, with applications for civil, mechanical, aerospace, electronic, and biomedical engineering
Email: lsun @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 

Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests:  Mechanics of materials and structures
Email: valdevit @ uci . edu
 
 
 
 
 
H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, Ph.D., The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair and Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: DNA sequencing techniques, nanotechnology
Email: hkwick @ uci . edu