Ph.D. Alumni




61. Dr. Zachary (Ph.D. Chemistry, 2021)

Ph.D. Thesis: Optical Characterization of Fluorescent Diamond Nanoparticles in Complex Environments

Current position: Postdoc, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Berkeley, CA.



Jaya Borgatta

60. Dr. Jaya Borgatta (Ph.D. Chemistry, 2021)

Ph.D. Thesis: Understanding the Influence of Cu-based Nanoparticle Properties on Interactions with Plant Systems and Disease Suppression.

Current position: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven CT.


59. Dr Austin Henke (Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, 2021)

Ph.D. Thesis: Chemical Transformations of Lithium Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles in Model Environmental Systems

Current Position: Postdoc in Paul Westerhoff group, Arizona State University 


58. Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Laudadio (Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, 2020)

Ph.D. Thesis: Chemical Transformations of Lithium Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles in Model Environmental Systems

Current Position: Argonne National Labs


57. Dr Yongqian (Kelly) Zhang (Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, 2020)

Ph.D. Thesis:  Functionalization and Characterization of Carbon Nanomaterials: Understanding Mechanistic Molecular Interactions in Biological Systems

Current Position: Merck and Co, Rahway, NJ.



56. Dr. Sarah Guillot (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2019)

Ph.D. Thesis:

Current Position: Research Scientist, Silatronix



55. Dr. Shuo Li (Ph.D., Chemistry, 2019)

Ph.D. Thesis: Formation and Optical Properties of Plasmonic Silver Nanoparticle – Diamond Nanocomposites

Current Position: Postdoc, Stanford University


54. Dr. Jason Bandy (Ph.D., Materials Science Program, 2019)

Ph.D. Thesis: Photoemission from Diamond Thin Films for Extreme Photoelectrochemistry

Current Position: Engineer, ATL., Phoenix AZ



53. Dr. Melinda Shearer (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2018)

Thesis title:  Correlating Spatial Heterogeneity with Optical Properties of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

Current Position: Research Staff, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, PA



52. Dr. Arielle Mensch (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2018)

Thesis title: Characterizing Nanoparticle Interactions at the Cellular Membrane

Current Position: Postdoc, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


51. Mimi Hang (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2018)

Thesis title: Investigating and Controlling Technologically Relevant Complex Metal Oxide

Nanomaterials to Mitigate Environmental Impact

Current Position: Intel Corp., Portland OR


50. Dr. Margaret “Margy” Robinson (Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 2017)

Thesis title: Background-free Imaging of Nanoparticles in Complex Environments

Current position: Thermo Fisher Corporation.

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49. Dr. Laura Slaymaker (Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 2017)

Thesis title: Characterization and Modulation of Electrochemical Processes at the Cathode-Electrolyte Interface in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Current position: Colorado Mesa University.

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48. Dr. Shuyu Fang (Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, 2017)

Thesis title: Characterization and Modulation of Electrochemical Processes at the Cathode-Electrolyte Interface in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Current position: PPG Inudstries, Inc.

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47. Dr. Marco Torelli (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2015)

Thesis title: Title

Current position: Adamas Nanotechnologies

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46. Dr. Jamie Wheeler (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2015)

Thesis title: Title

Current position: 3M Corporation

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45. Dr. Linghong Zhang (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2015)

Thesis title: Title

Current position: Postdoc, Argonne National Laboratory

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  Di Zhu

44. Dr. Di Zhu (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2014)

Thesis title: Photoelectron emission from diamond

Current position: Power Environmental Energy  Research Institute (PEERI)

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43. Dr. Becca Putans (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2014)

Thesis title: Functionalization of Nanomaterial Surfaces for Light-harvesting and Nanotoxicology Applications

Current Position: 3M Corp.

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42. Dr. Caroline English (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2014)

Thesis title: Currently: Senior Process Engineer, Intel Corp.

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41. Dr. Joseph Yeager (Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 2013)

Thesis title: Interaction of Organosilicon Electrolytes with Silicon Anodes Currently: Dept. of Chemistry, Smith College View Joe’s profile at LinkedIn


40. Dr. Yizeng Tan (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2013)

Thesis title: Optical and Electronic Studies of Photostability and Charge Dynamics

Currently: Researcher, Postdoctoral research with  Dr. Delia Milliron at  the University of Texas-Austin View Yizheng’s profile on LinkedIn


39. Dr. Michelle Benson (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2013)

Thesis title: Assembly of charge-transferring heterojunctions using “click” chemistry Currently: Research Integrity Specialist, Columbia University View Michelle’s profile on LinkedIn


38. Dr. Kacie Louis (Ph. D., Physical Chemistry, 2012)

Thesis title: Surface functionalization of TiO2 Nanoparticles: Photo-stability and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Generation Currently: Akzo Nobel Corporation

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37. Dr. Xin Chen, (Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 2012)

Thesis title: Chemistry at the Organosilicon-based Electrolyte/electrode Interface in Lithium-ion Batteries

Currently: Researcher, SABIC


36. Dr.  Rose Ruther (Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, 2012)

Thesis title: Molecular Interfaces to Electronic Materials

Currently: Postdoc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Former Postdoc: Center for Green Materials Chemistry, Oregon State University


35. Dr. Ryan Franking (Ph. D., Materials Science Program, 2011)

Thesis title:

Currently: 3M Corporation, Minneapolis, MN


34. Dr. Stephanie Hogendoorn (Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 2011)

Thesis title:

Currently: AkzoNobel surface Chemistry, Brewster, NY View Stephanie’s LinkedIn Profile


33. Dr. Xiaoyu Wang (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2010)

Thesis title: Mechanistic Study of Photochemical Functionalization on Group IV Semiconductors

Currently: AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, Brewster, NY View Xiaoyu’s LinkedIn profile


32. Dr. Elizabeth C. Landis (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2010)

Thesis title: Molecular Monolayers for Attaching Electroactive Molecules to Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofibers Currently: Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross  View Beth’s LinkedIn profile


31. Dr. Divya Goel (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2009)

Thesis title: Growth and Assembly of Functionalized Nanomaterials: Using Organic-Inorganic Polymer Hybrid Systems Currently:Substrate Development Lead | Senior R&D Engineer, Intel Corp Email: divya.goel [at] View Divya’s LinkedIn Profile


30. Dr. Andrew Mangham (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2009)

Thesis title: Ligand Effects on Semiconductor Nanoparticles in Two Contexts: Self-Assembly and Environmental Stability Currently: Cree Research Email: Andrew.Mangham [at]


29. Dr. Bo Li (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2009)

Thesis title: Nanowire-Based Chemical / Biological Sensor Fuses Currently: Principal Analytical Chemist, 3M Innovation, Singapore Email: davvy_li [at]


28. Dr. Jeremy Streifer (Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 2008)

Thesis title: Photochemical Functionalization of Hydrogen Terminated Silicon Surfaces with Functional Organic Alkenes Currently: Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR Email: jstreifer [at]


27. Dr. Heesuk Kim (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2008)

Thesis title: Chemical Grafting of Molecular and Biomolecular Layers to Compound Semiconductor Surfaces Currently: Senior Scientist, KIST (Korean Institute of Science and Technology), Seoul, Korea Email: heesukkim [at]


26. Dr. Bin Sun (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2007)

Thesis title: Integration of Carbon-based Materials with Microelectronic & Electromechanical Devices For Biosensing Applications Currently: Head of IP Management Center at BOE Technology Group, Shanghai, China Email: binsun2007 [at] View Bin’s LinkedIn profile


25. Dr. Lu Shang (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2007)

Thesis title: Assemble Nanowires into Novel Biosensor Configurations Using Dielectrophoresis Currently: Vice President, Guangxi Architecture Design and Research Institute, Email: lu.shang [at] View Lu’s LinkedIn profile


24. Dr. Kiu-Yuen Tse (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2007)

Thesis title: Electrical Properties of Nano-Structured Carbons in Aqueous and Non-Aqueous Electrolytes Currently: Senior Research Chemist, 3M Corporate Research, St. Paul, Minnesota Email: ktse [at]


23. Dr. Kevin Metz (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2007)

Thesis title: Synthesis and Applications of Hybrid Nanowires Currently: AssociateProfessor, Albion College, Albion, MI Email: kevinmmetz [at] View Kevin’s LinkedIn Profile


22. Dr. Sarah Baker (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2006)

Thesis title: Synthesis and Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers Currently: Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Email: baker74 [at] Visit Sarah’s website at LLNL View Sarah’s LinkedIn profile


21. Dr. Beth Nichols (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2006)

Thesis title: Photochemical Functionalization of Diamond Currently: Research Chemist, Dow Solar Solution, Dow Chemical Company Email: nichols_bm [at] View Beth’s LinkedIn Profile


20. Dr. Tami Lasseter Clare (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2005)

Thesis title: Functional Monolayers for Direct Electrical Biosensing Currently: Associate Professor,  Portland State University, Portland, OR Email: claret [at] Visit Tami’s website at PSU


19. Dr. Kevin Weidkamp (Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 2005)

Thesis title: Surface Chemistry of Pentacene on Clean and Chemically-Modified Si(001) Currently: Epic Computer Systems, Madison, WI Email: kpweidkamp [at]


18. Dr. Wensha Yang (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2005)

Thesis title: Biologically Modified Diamond Thin Films for Biosensing Applications Currently: Instructor, Radiation Oncology, Medical School, University of Virginia Wensha’s home page at University of Virginia Email: wenshayang [at]


17. Dr. Liang Fang (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2003)

Thesis title: Attachment of Pi-Conjugated Molecules on Si(001) Surfaces and Application in Molecular and Organic Electronics Currently: Materials Scientist, Arkema Inc., King of Prussia, PA View Liang’s LinkedIn Profile


16. Dr. Wei Cai (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2003)

Thesis title: Chemical and Biochemical Modification of Silicon Surfaces Currently: General Manager, General Electric Global Research, Shanghai, China View Wei’s LinkedIn profile


15. Dr. Michael Schwartz (Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, 2003)

Thesis title: The Role of Dimer Structure in Controlling Organic Reactions on Group IV Surfaces Currently: Postdoc, University of Colorado, Boulder schwartz [at]


14. Dr. Christina Hacker (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2003)

Thesis title: Optical Characterization of Anisotropic Organic Layers on SI(001) Surfaces Currently: Staff Scientist, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Gaithersburg, MD Email: christina.hacker [at] View Christina’s LinkedIn profile


13. Dr. Bo Hu (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2002)

Thesis title: Chemical and Structural Study at the Interface Between Metal Sulfides and Acids Currently: General Electric Research and Development, Shanghai, China


12. Dr. Xiaoping Cao (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2002)

Thesis title: Interfacial Structure and Bonding of Nitrogen Containing Organic Molecules with Silicon Surfaces Currently: Director at MSD Pharmaceuticals, Beijing View Xiaoping’s LinkedIn Profile


11. Dr. Sarah Coulter (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2001)

Thesis title: Reactions of Substituted Aromatic Molecules on the Si(001) Surface Currently: r, Home Care at Clorox Corporation Email: sarah [at] View Sarah’s LinkedIn profile


10. Dr. Molly McGuire (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 2001)

Thesis title: Elemental Sulfur on Oxidized Sulfide Mineral Surfaces Currently: Associate Professor, Bucknell University Email: mmcguire [at]


9. Dr. Jennifer Hovis (Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 1999)

Thesis title: Cycloaddition Chemistry on (2×1)-Reconstructed Surfaces Currently: Genia Technologies View Jennifer’s LinkedIn Profile


8. Dr. Joel Olson (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1999, jointly supervised with Professor Art Ellis)

Thesis title: Microscopic Studies of the (110) Cleaved Surface of CdSe Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope Currently: Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology Email: jolson [at]


7. Dr. Hongbing (Roy) Liu (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1998)

Thesis title: Surface Chemistry of Unsaturated Organic Molecules on Si(001) Surfaces Currently: CEO at Pacific LED-Tech. Email: royhliu [at] View Hongbing’s LinkedIn profile


6. Dr. Jun Shan (Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 1997)

Thesis title: A Surface Infrared Spectroscopy Study of Reaction Chemistry During Silicon Chemical Vapor Deposition Processes Currently: Software Engineer, IBM Email: Jshan [at] View Jun’s LinkedIn profile


5. Dr. Ernest Frank (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1997)

Thesis title: Nanoscale Surface Restructuring of Silver Thin Films by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Currently: Research Leader, Dow Chemical Company, Charleston, West Virginia   Email: franker [at] View Ernie’s LinkedIn profile


4. Dr. Xiangxiong (“Harry”) Chen (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1996)

Thesis title: Direct Imaging of Small Molecules via Cryogenic Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Currently: Research Scientist at KLA Tencor View Harry’s Profile at LinkedIn


3. Dr. Yajun Wang (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1996)

Thesis title: Atomic Scale Surface Structural and Chemical Characterization Using STM: Application to Silicon CVD and Doping Processes Currently: Senior Principal Engineer, Tellabs View Yajun’s LinkedIn profile


2. Dr. Steve Higgins (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1996)

Thesis title: Microscopic Investigations of the Chemical and Electrochemical Reactions at the Galena (PbS)/Water Interface Currently: Professor, Wright State University Steven’s home page at Wright State Email: steven.higgins [at] View Steve’s profile at LinkedIn


1. Dr. Marc McEllistrem (Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, 1993)

Thesis title: Photovoltaic Effects at Semiconductor Surfaces Probed with STM Currently: Associate Professor, UW-Eau Claire Marc’s homepage at UWEC Email: mcellimt [at]


Dr. Dong Chen (Ph.D. in Physics, 1992, spent last 1.5 years of Ph.D. program in Hamers group)

Thesis title: Surface Chemistry of Disilane on Si(001) Probed with STM Currently: IBM Corporation