Core Faculty

 Name & PositionResearch Areas

Dwayne D. Arola

Associate Professor

333 Roberts
206-685-8158
darola@uw.edu

Dwayne Arola focuses his efforts on understanding the structure-property relationships of natural and engineered materials, with emphasis on the fatigue and fracture behavior and the mechanisms of degradation posed by aging, environment and synergistic processes.

Lucien N. Brush

Associate Professor

331 Roberts
206-543-7161
brush@uw.edu

Computation of crystal growth arrest by an adsorption-inhibition mechanism; Nonlinear patterns in hydrodynamics and solidification; Theories and models developed to predict times and lengths characteristic of evolving nano/microstructures.

Guozhong Cao

Boeing-Steiner Professor

302M Roberts
206-616-9084
gzcao@uw.edu
Research Group Web Page

Processing, characterization, and applications of nanostructured materials, organic-inorganic hybrids, carbon cryogel supercapacitors, carbon-hydride nanocomposites for hydrogen storage, nanostructured oxides for Li batteries, hierarchically structured solar cells, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and scintillation oxides.

Brian D. Flinn

Research Associate Professor

337 Roberts
206-616-9068
bflinn@u.washington.edu
Flinn Research Group

Experimental mechanics of materials – fracture and fatigue; Structure-processing-property relationships of advanced materials; Engineering education- knowledge retention and transfer from course to course; Joining of composites and advanced materials

Alex K-Y. Jen

Chair & Boeing/Johnson Chair Prof.

Director, Institute of Advanced Materials for Energy (i-AME)

302F Roberts
206-543-2626
ajen@uw.edu
Jen Research Group

Utilize molecular, polymeric, and biomacromolecular self-assembly to create ordered arrangement of organic and inorganic functional materials for photonics, opto-electronics, nanomedicine, and nanotechnology; Employ the “molecular engineering” approach to tailor size, shape, sequence, and functionality of organic/hybrid functional materials and explore their applications.

Kannan M. Krishnan

Professor

323 Roberts
206-543-2814
kannanmk@uw.edu

Krishnan Website

Magnetism, transport, optical and electronic properties of materials. Synthesis of nanostructures and thin films with tailored properties. Advanced characterization using electron, photon and scanning probes. Vertically integrated projects from the underlying science to information storage/processing and biomedical (diagnostics & therapy) technologies.

Christine K. Luscombe

Associate Professor

319 Roberts / 122 MolES
206-616-1220
luscombe@uw.edu

Luscombe Research Group

Design and synthesis of novel organic materials (polymers and macromolecules) for organic electronic applications such as photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. Developing a fundamental understanding about how to accurately control polymer structure, and how the structure affects optoelectronic properties of the materials.

Hong Ma

Research Associate Professor

335 Roberts
206-685-3687
hma@uw.edu

Organic and polymer chemistry, molecular self-assembly, surface & interface engineering, supramolecular nanostructures, micro/ nanopatterning, bio-inspired materials, organic-bio-nano hybrids, electronic/ photonic/biosensing materials.

George Mayer

Research Professor

337 Roberts
206-616-2832
gmayer@uw.edu

Research in Bioinspired Materials:  Mechanisms underlying toughening of rigid natural  composites;  Designing and building synthetic analogs of natural hybrid composites;  Mechanisms of adhesion in natural materials.

Fumio S. Ohuchi

Professor & Associate Chair

311 Roberts
206-685-8272
ohuchi@uw.edu

Ohuchi Research Group

Oxide and chalcogenide thin films for thermoelectric, photovoltaic,  magneto-caloric, phase-change and spintronic applications.   Understanding physical and chemical processes at the material’s surfaces and dissimilar interfaces.

Peter Pauzauskie

Assistant Professor

302D Roberts
206-543-2303
peterpz@uw.edu

Pauzauskie Research Group

Molecular engineering; design, synthesis, and integration of nanoscale optoelectonic materials; cavity optomechanics using optical dielectrophoresis (laser/optoelectronic tweezers); subwavelength molecular biosensors; nanomedicine.

Marco Rolandi

Assistant Professor

302J Roberts
206-221-0309
rolandi@uw.edu
Rolandi Research Group

Investigation electronic and ionic conductivity in biological, organic, and inorganic nanomaterials. Focus on hybrid devices and their technological applications. Biological protonic conductors and transistors, growth and assembly of nanostructures guided by AFM lithography, electronic (and ionic) properties of bio-inorganic interfaces.

Mehmet Sarikaya

Professor

Director, GEMSEC

327 Roberts
206-543-0724
sarikaya@uw.edu
Sarikaya Research Group Website

Molecular Biomimetics & Genome-based molecular materials science and engineering; Genetic engineering of inorganic-binding polypeptides (GEPI); Fundamental phenomena at nano/bio interface; Binding, specificity and assembly of engineered peptides; Practical utilizations of GEPI as molecular erectors, assemblers and scaffolds in nanotechnology, medicine and energy.

Xiaodong Xu

Assistant Professor Physics

Assistant Professor MSE

B437 Physics Bldg
206-543-8444
xuxd@uw.edu
Xu Group Website

We are interested in understanding the optical, electronic and quantum properties of novel solid state nanostructures by nanoscale device design, optical spectroscopy, electrical transport, and scanning photocurrent measurements.

Jihui Yang

Kyocera Associate Professor

315 Roberts
630A Benjamin
206-543-7090
jihuiy@uw.edu
Yang Group Website

Various experimental and theoretical techniques are used to study materials of great fundamental and application interest.  Current research is primarily engaged in the design, synthesis, testing, and understanding of advanced thermoelectric materials and Li-ion battery materials for energy conversion and storage, which include (1) electron and phonon transport of thermoelectric materials, (2) thermodynamic stability, atomistic structural arrangement, electronic band structure, and lattice dynamics of nanocomposites, and (3) degradation mechanisms of advanced Li-ion battery materials.

Miqin Zhang

Kyocera Professor

302L Roberts
206-616-9356
mzhang@uw.edu

Zhang Website

Biomaterials:  Materials and devices for biological and medical applications; Cancer diagnosis and treatment through imaging enhancement, targeted, controlled therapeutic payload delivery; Biocompatible materials serving as biodegradable scaffolds, drug delivery depots; Chemical, biological agents & drug screening techniques.

Qifeng Zhang

Research Assistant Professor

335 Roberts
206-616-0918
qfzhang@uw.edu

Qifeng Zhang Webpage

Science and technology for controllable synthesis of nano-structured materials. New properties and phenomena of materials at the nanoscale. Functionalities of nanomaterials for applications in photovoltaic devices, short-wavelength optoelectronic devices, catalyst, chemical sensors, and so forth.