Four New Faculty Members Join MSE

In Autumn Quarter 2010, the MSE Faculty has experienced unprecented growth as four new faculty members join our Department, increasing our faculty to 18 members.

Peter Pauzauskie

We are excited to welcome new Assistant Professor Peter Pauzauskie to the Department. Dr. Pauzauskie joined us on July 1st, 2010, to get a head start on establishing his research program. He received his PhD from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in May 2007 and continued his work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Berkeley Chemistry Department, followed by an October 2007 appointment as E.O. Lawrence Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  As a new MSE faculty member, Dr. Pauzauskie will use his talents to establish a world-class research program in molecular engineering.  His immediate area of interest will be developing nanoscale optomechanical systems for biochemical engineering applications.

Xiaodong Xu

Xiaodong Xu joined us as Assistant Professor on September 16, 2010, with a joint appointment with Physics and MSE. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan in 2008, has been working in the area of condensed matter physics and materials science, and has shown excellence in electronics-graphene and photonics. With his new position at UW, he is 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.

Candan Tamerler

Candan Tamerler joins us as Research Professor starting September 16, 2010. She received her PhD in 1997 from Bogazici University in Turkey and joined the faculty of Istanbul Technical University in 1999. Since 2002 she has held UW appointments as a Visiting Scientist and then as a Visiting Professor.  Prof. Tamerler has become an integral part of Prof. Mehmet Sarikaya's GEMSEC research program, developing vibrant research programs which are truly interdisciplinary.  Her research concerns the interaction of materials science, biology, biotechnology, medicine, and chemical engineering. As of September 2010, she has given up her professorship at ITU and has joined us as a full-time Research Professor.

Qifeng Zhang

Qifeng 'Jeff" Zhang joins us as an Assistant Research Professor starting September 16, 2010, after spending several years with us as an Acting Assistant Professor Temporary working in Prof. Guozhong Cao's research group. Dr. Zhang received his PhD in physics, electronics and materials science in 2001 from Peking University, then worked as a postdoctoral researcher and an associate professor, also at Peking University. Since coming to UW in 2007, Dr. Zhang has become a leading member of Prof. Cao’s group, working on projects such as “New Approaches for the Synthesis of Nanomaterials such as Oxide Nanowires, Nanotubes & Oxide Nanoparticle Aggregates”; “Nanomaterials for Energy Harvest and Storage Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs) and Lithium Ion Batteries”; and “New Mechanism for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Enhanced Light Harvesting Efficiency and Power Conversion Efficiency”.

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