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D. Joshua Dibble

D. Joshua Dibble
Research Scientist

Education
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Previous Research
Exploration of electrostatic effects in exocyclic iminium, hydrazonium, and oxocarbenium ions, development of organocatalytic trifluoromethylation and epoxidation reactions

Current Research Interests
Bottom-up synthesis of n-type graphene nanoribbons



Stephen Jim

Steven R. Jim
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education
B.Sc., Engineering Physics (ECE), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Previous Research
Fabrication of nanoengineered glancing angle deposition columnar thin films as stationary phase materiais for ultrathin-layer chromatography

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



George Stiubianu

George Stiubianu
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education
B.S., Chemistry, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania
Ph.D., Chemistry, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry "Petru Poni" Iasi, Romania

Previous Research
Hybrid materials based on siloxanes and lignocellulose derivatives, Dielectric elastomers synthesis

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Chandra Bikram KC

Chandra Bikram KC
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education
B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Ph. D. in Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Previous Research
Design, Synthesis and Study of Supramolecular Donor - Acceptor Systems

Current Research Interests
Bottom-up Synthesis of Graphene Nanoribbons



Long Phan

Long Phan
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Columbia University
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Previous Research
Characterization of the electronic structure of 2-D materials

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Mehran Umerani

Mehran Umerani
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
B.S., Biology, University of California, Irvine
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Previous Research
Determining the efficacy of various anti-angiogenic agents and pulsed laser therapy for the prevention of in vivo blood vessel regeneration

Current Research Interests
Bottom up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons



Erica Leung

Erica Leung
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Previous Research Interests
Akt targeting peptide synthesis. Electrochemical synthesis and characterization of tin whiskers.

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Rylan Kautz

Rylan Kautz
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Previous Research
Organic photovoltaics, hydroxyapatite/collagen templates for bone tissue engineering, and two-terminal protonic devices

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Kyle Naughton

Kyle Naughton
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S. Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Previous Research
Biomimetic photonics, Nano/micro fluidic biomedical and photonic devices, carbon nanotube thin film electronics, and nanopore charge detectors for DNA/RNA sequencing.

Current Research Interests
X-ray scattering characterization of intrinsically semi-disordered and dynamic proteins, charge transport in biological systems, and bio-inspired photonic devices.



Austin Grant Wardrip

Austin Grant Wardrip
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
A.A., Oregon Transfer Degree, Portland Community College
B.S., Chemistry, Stanford University

Previous Research
Electrochemical kinetics of the copper-catalyzed alkyne-azide cyclization "click" reaction on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). Modelling microwave emissions from comet comae in support of the MIRO instrument aboard the Rosetta spacecraft.

Current Research Interests
Electron transfer characteristics and electrochemical behavior of DNA-templated perylene nanowires



Andy Bartlett

Andy Bartlett
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Previous Research
Development of a soot formation model based on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon aggregation

Current Research Interests
Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of DNA templated organic nanowires



Chengyi Xu

Chengyi Xu
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China
M.S., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

Previous Research
Smart actuators and sensors based on electro-active polymer

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Priyam Patel

Priyam Patel
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology

Previous Research
Improving lifetime of organic photovoltaic devices

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology

 



Reina Kurakake

Reina Kurakake
Lab Manager

Education
B.Eng., Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Previous Research
Living anionic polymerization of 4-chlorostyrene

Current Research Interests
Bottom-up synthesis of n-type graphene nanoribbons



Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Previous Research
Myostatin propeptide gene studies and muscle atrophy

Current Research Interests
Synthesis of DNA-templated organic nanowires



Vivek Tyagi

Vivek Tyagi
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Previous Research
Design and fabrication of a miniaturized thermoacoustic cooler

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Brenna Norton-Baker

Brenna Norton-Baker
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Biochemistry, College of Charleston
B.A., Chemistry, College of Charleston

Previous Research
Carbon nanotube thin-film thermoelectrics

Current Research Interests
Development of bio-inspired electronic materials



Melvin Colorado Escobar

Melvin Colorado Escobar
Graduate Research Assistant

Education
B.S., Biochemistry, American University

Previous Research
Development of nature inspired flame retardant coatings for textiles and foams.

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Atrouli Chatterjee

Atrouli Chatterjee
Rotation Student

Education
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M. Eng. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Previous Research
Polymer fabrication via electrospinning for myopia treatment and cancer studies.

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



JP Kerr

Justin Kerr
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Mahan Naeim

Mahan Naeim
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



(MyAnh) Kaylee Dao

(MyAnh) Kaylee Dao
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Alex Allevato

Alex Allevato
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Materials Science Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Armando Linares

Armando Linares
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Bottom-up synthesis of n-type graphene nanoribbons



Marcus Firstman

Marcus Firstman
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Bottom-up synthesis of n-type graphene nanoribbons



James Long

James Long
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology



Jessica Leal-Cruz

Jessica E. Leal-Cruz
Undergraduate Research Student

Education
Pursuing B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Previous Research
Recombinant DNA for nanoparticle adhesion in drug delivery systems

Current Research Interests
Development of infrared camouflage and reconfigurable biomimetic shapeshifter technology

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