Research focused on the synthesis, processing, manufacturing, and characterization of nanostructured materials that can be applicable in emerging technologies, medical diagnostics, signaling, and optoelectronics.
Nanoscience Faculty Research
nanoengineering faculty research
Dr. Jefferey R. Alston
Dr. Alston’s work explores the fundamental aspects of nanotextured surfaces and interfaces and the engineering application of those concepts in aerospace/propulsion systems. His work with surfaces and nanostructures ranges from designing hierachical structures on metal substrates, forming polymer nanoparticles through manipulation of interfacial tension, and engineering the wettability engineering of surfaces directly exposed to rocket nozzle exhaust.
Dr. Lifeng Zhang
Dr. Zhang’s work explores engineered materials at nanometer scale, environmental and health impacts of engineered and transformed nanomaterials, two-dimensional nanomaterials for flexible electronics, and functionalized additive manufacturing. Highlighted focuses are water treatment, energy storage, sensors, composite materials, and interface at nanomaterials and microorganisms.
Dr. Shanthi Iyer
Dr. Iyer’s current research interests are in molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth, characterization, and fabrication of GaAsSb(N) nanowire-based infrared photodetectors epitaxially integrated into Si and graphene next-generation photonic devices. This research is cross-disciplinary, encompassing solid-state physics, nanoengineering, and optoelectronic devices.