Nanotechnology

Nano-structured materials (or simply "nanomaterials") are of great practical and theoretical interest due to their high surface-to-volume ratios and quantum size effects.  In the ChEMS Department, nanomaterial research is applied to regenerative medicine (human embryonic stem cell proliferation and differentiation); sustainable energy (enhancing device performance of solar cells and optimizing catalysts); information technology (converting electronic and optical signals to increase bandwidth and speed); and, high throughput methods for nano-scale device manufacturing.
 


Featured Student

Yen Kong, Fifth-year Ph.D. Student
AdvisorAlbert Yee
"The aim of my research is to control the differentiation of stem cells into specific cell lineages. I am interested in how the interaction between nanostructured surfaces and stem cells can influence the decision of stem cells to commit to a specific cell lineage. A related interest is to determine whether the nano-environment and stiffness cues work synergistically to control stem cell differentiation or whether they are mutually exclusive." 

Faculty


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


Young Jik Kwon
, Ph.D., Assistant 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


Farghalli Mohamed
, Ph.D., Professor, 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


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


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
 

Regina Ragan
, Ph.D., Assistant 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


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
 

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