People

At the moment our post-doctoral position on 2D materials, devices, and applications, has been filled.

We also welcome funded or self-funded post-doctoral scholars in all areas of nano including nanomaterials, nanoscience, nanomechanics, bio-nano, nanodevices, RF nanocircuits, and flexible nanoelectronics.

Prospective graduate students:

I receive a large number of emails from prospective students inquiring about research assistantships in my group. Please do not be disappointed if I do not respond; I simply do not have the capacity to run my own admissions office. If you are interested in joining my group, your first step is to apply to UT-Austin. I can then evaluate your application during admissions season (spring time) and see how you rank against the other applicants that are interested in joining my group. I tend to take ~1-2 new students each year, and so I need to be selective and defer any recommendation until I see the entire pool of applicants. Admissions decisions are ultimately made by the Department, not myself. Thanks for your interest!

The A-Team

Jeannie Toll (Email)

Senior Administrative Assistant 

Contact: Phone: 512-663-8554

Location: MER 1.606A, JJ Pickle Research Campus, UT Austin


Dr. Maciej Wiesner (Email)
Fulbright Scholar and Collaborator (PhD and habilitation at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, POLAND)
Contact: Phone: 512 550 7520
Location: MER 1.606J, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, UT Austin

Projects: Anisotropy of electron transport in graphene subjected to a periodic potential. NEMS

Interests: numismatics , philately, electronics

Dr. Dmitry Kireev (Email)

PostDoc (PhD 2017 Forschungszentrum Julich & RWTH Aachen, Germany)

Projects: Two-dimensional materials for flexible & wearable bioelectronics and neuroelectronics; (undergrad students interested in a research project – feel free to send me an e-mail).

Interests: Beer brewing, Netflix, Science, Learning smth new.

Xintong Li (Email)

PhD Student (BS’ Peking University, China;)

Projects: 2D flexible electronics

Interests: billiards, singing, video games

Dr. Saban M. Hus (Email)

PostDoc (PhD 2014 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Projects: 2D materials, Nonvolatile memory devices, Local transport measurements with STM and four-probe STM;

Interests: Photography, Driving, Traveling.

Dr. Gabriella Coloyan Fleming (Email)

PostDoc (PhD 2018, UT-Austin)

Projects: 2D materials and devices;

Interests: Baking, food science, embroidery, powerlifting, yoga, K-12 scientific outreach.

Dr. Seongin Hong (Email)

PostDoc (PhD 2020 SKKU University, South Korea)

Projects: 2D materials, nanoelectronics, phototransistors and neuromorphic engineering;

Interests: Weight training, Running, Cooking, Hip hop music.

Sung Jin Yang (Email)

PhD Student (BS/MS, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea)

Projects: Two-dimensional radio-frequency devices and neuromorphic computing systems;

Interests: Research and experiments.

Ajith Gopalakrishnan ( Email)

PhD Student (BE-EE’05 University of Mumbai, MS-EE’07 NC State University)

Projects: Analog and RF circuit design and modeling using beyond-CMOS nano devices; Low-power analog and mixed-signal systems; Nano-scale devices and sensors for health-monitoring, medical implantable devices and bio-inspired electronics; RF and bio-energy harvesting

Interests: Cricket, Tennis, South Asian history, Indie movies, Hiking, Food anthropology, Baking

Siva (Sivasakthya) Mohan ( Email)

PhD Student (B.E.’16 Anna University, MS’18 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)

Projects: Mechanics of graphene interfaces for large area transfer processes, MoS2/WS2 lateral heterojunctions for device applications

Interests: Indian classical dance, acrylic painting, reading

Yuqian Gu (Email)

PhD Student (B.Sc.’17 University of Science and Technology of China;)


Interests
: Singing, Swimming, Badminton

Otitoaleke ‘Leke Akinola (Email)

PhD Student (B.Sc. ’12, OAU, Nigeria, MS ’17 UT;)

Projects: Nano Thermoelectric Generators with 2D Materials

Interests: Piano & Guitar, Tennis, Public Speaking, Hiking

Neelotpala Kumar (Email)

PhD Student (B.Tech, Manipal Institute of Technology, 2018)

Projects: 2D materials for tactile sensing and non-invasive body measurements

Interests: Running, Swimming, hiking, reading, socio-politics

Shanmukh Kutagulla (Email/linkedin)

PhD Student (B.S./M.S. ’21 University of Southern California)

Projects: 2D Material Based Memristive RRAM, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Membrane 2D Material Integration

Interests: Football and Basketball, Stand Up Comedy, Geopolitics

Nicholas (Nick) Ignacio (Email)

PhD Student (B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’21)

Projects: Phase Change Memory

Interests: Running, Cooking, Baking and Rowing

Ajay Srinivasan (Email)

PhD Student (B.S. UC Berkeley ’21)

Projects: Simulation of 2D Memristors

Interests: Martial Arts, Piano, Reading

Ning Liu (Email)

PhD Student (B.Eng. Central South University ’18, M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology ’20)

Projects: 2D Materials and Biosensors

Interests: Martial Arts, Outdoor Sports, Violin and Xiao (Flute)

Hui-Ping (Penny) Chang (Email)

PhD Student (B.S./M.S. National Taiwan University)

Projects: 2D Magnetic Materials and Memristors

Interests: Piano & Organ, Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts

Jameela Fatheema (Email)

PhD Student (B.S. Physics University of Peshawar, M.S. National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad)

Projects: Nonvolatile Memory, Resistive RAM, 2D Materials

Interests: Cooking, Gaming, Reading Fiction and Fantasy Novels

Nandu Koripally (Email)

Undergraduate Student (UT-Austin)

Projects: 2D wearable and biomedical sensors

Interests: Drawing, Video games, Tennis.

Benjamin Tan (Email)

Undergraduate Student (UT-Austin)

Projects: Catalysis and synthesis of 2D materials

Interests: Acrylic painting, potlucks, coffee

 A-Team Alumni

17. Md Hasibul Alam: PhD Graduate, 2021 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Solid Electrolyte Substrates for Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Growth, Transistors and Circuits
Intel, Portland
16. Myungsoo Kim: PhD Graduate, 2020 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Memory Effect and RF Switch Applications Based on Two-Dimensional Materials
Micron, Boise
15. Ruijing Ge: PhD Graduate, 2020 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Memory Effect in Two Dimensional Atomically-Thin Sheets
Micron, Boise
14. Milo Holt: PhD Graduate, 2018 [linkedin]
Dissertation: In-situ Real-time Spectroscopy Platform for Monitoring Gas
Adsorption and Reactions on 2D Materials
13. Jason Kim: PhD Graduate, 2018 [linkedin]
DissertationOptoelectronic, structural, and topological properties of van der Waals layered materials under extreme conditions
Postdoctoral Scholar, Northwestern University
12. Saungeun Park: PhD Graduate, 2018 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Chemical vapor deposited 2D Material Based Flexible Field-Effect Transistors
Texas Instruments, Dallas
11. Weinan Zhu: PhD Graduate, 2017 [linkedin]
DissertationBlack phosphorus thin-film transistors : from strain tunability to high frequency applications
Intel, Santa Clara
10. Maruthi Yogeesh: PhD Graduate, 2017 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Flexible high frequency electronics and plasmonics using two dimensional nanomaterials
Post-doctoral Scholar, UC-Berkeley
9. Alvin Lee: PhD Graduate, 2016 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Towards reproducible graphene synthesis on optimized copper substrates
Mew Neko, Founder
8. Avinash Nayak: PhD Graduate, 2015 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Pressure Induced structure-property tuning of Two Dimensional Materials
Senior Product Engineer, AMD
7. Hsiao-Yu Chang: PhD Graduate, 2015 [linkedin]
Dissertation: “Device physics and device mechanics for flexible MoS2 thin film transistors”
Device Engineer, Intel, Bay Area
6. Nasibeh Rahimi: PhD Graduate, 2015 [linkedin]
Dissertation: “Graphene and MoS2 devices for wafer-scale integrated silicon nanotechnology”
Senior Engineer, NVIDIA
5. Sk Fahad Chowdhury: PhD Graduate, 2015 [linkedin]
Dissertation: Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Field-Effect Transistors Based on Two-Dimensional Materials and Their Circuit Applications.
Circuit-Device Engineer, Freescale
4. Haiyu Huang: PhD Graduate 2014
Dissertation: Miniaturized Antenna and Transponder Based Wireless Sensors for Internet of Things in Healthcare.
Senior member of technical staff, Maxim Integrated, Dallas
3. Maryam Mortazavi: PhD Graduate 2014  [linkedin]
Dissertation: Heterogeneous Integration of Graphene and Si CMOS for Gas Sensing Applications
Analog Design Engineer, Apple Inc, Austin
2. Jongho Lee: PhD Graduate, 2014 [linkedin]
Dissertation: “Graphene Field Effect Transistors for High Performance Flexible Nanoelectronics”
Research engineer, Samsung Research Labs – Seoul
1. Kristen Parrish: PhD Graduate, 2013 [linkedin]
Dissertation: “Nanoscale Graphene for RF Circuits and Systems
Power Systems Engineer, Wolfspeed, North Carolina

Post-doc and Visiting Scholar Alumni

Martha I. Serna: Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2021 [Google Scholar]
Research: 2D materials synthesis, Materials characterization

Li Tao: Postdoctoral Scholar/Research Associate, 2010-2016 [linkedin]
Research: 2D Xene materials and devices; Micro/Nano fabrication platform to enable innovative devices with enhanced performance
Currently: Professor, Southeast University, China

Deepyanti Taneja: Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2019 [linkedin]
Research: 2D materials/Xenes, device fabrication and characterization, low-temperature measurements
Currently: Intel

Shideh Kabiri: Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-2018 [linkedin]
Research: Graphene Electronic Tattoos
Currently: Professor at Queens University, Canada. website

Gabriele Faraone: Visiting Scholar
Projects: 2D Xenes materials MBE growths, Characterization (STM, XPS, Raman) and device processing
(MSc. Physics 17 at University of Milano, Ph.D. Student in Material Science at University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Po-An Chen: Visiting Scholar
Projects: Graphene and 2D material based flexible electronics, sensors, and memory
(PhD student. National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)

Weiyi Lin: Visiting Scholar
Projects: Raman analyses, 2D-material-based flexible electronic, and memory
(East China Univ Sci & Technol, 2012 B.E.; Xiamen Univ, Ph.D. Student)

Xu Jing: Visiting Scholar
Projects: h-BN growth on wafer-scale substrates; Resistive random access memory; FET based on 2D materials
(PhD student, Soochow University)

Shijiao Han: Visiting Scholar
Projects: Graphene and 2D material based flexible electronics and sensors
(BE’ 12 and PhD student. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

Yung Bin Chung: Visiting Engineer
Projects: Graphene for heat spreading
(Samsung, Korea)

Fangzhu Qing: Visiting Professor
Projects: Preparation and application of graphene
(Assistant Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

MSc Alumni

Jayanth Raghavendrarao Taranath: Msc Graduate, 2020
Research: 2D materials-based nanodevices for single-neuronal stimulation and recording

Jamie Barber: Msc Graduate, 2020 [linkedin]
Research: Flexible Electronics
Silicon Labs

Chidimma Christine Amagwula: Msc Graduate, 2019 [linkedin]
Research: Flexible Electronics
British Petroleum

Rusty Roberts: MS graduate, 2019
Research: Properties of 2D materials under compressive strain

Cheng Tan: MS graduate, 2014
Research: WSe2 based flexible electronics
Dissertation: “WSe₂-based devices and oxide structures
PhD student – Columbia University

Srdjan Marijanovic: Msc Graduate, 2012 [linkedin]
Dissertation: “ Optimized multi-stage amplifier compensation method for wide load variations
Cirrus Logic

Emily Walker: PhD UT-Austin;
Components Research Group, Intel

Ian Williamson: PhD, UT-Austin
Engineer at X, the moonshot factory

Dinesh Baniya Kshatri: Graduate student (2011/2012)
2D Epitaxial Semimetals

BSc Alumni
Rebecca Ho: REU 2016-2017, UT-Austin. Now PhD Student at MIT.
Graphene tattos
Bryce Fuller: REU 2016-2017, UT-Austin
Explorative silicene studies
Sam Moran: REU 2014-2016, UT-Austin
High pressure studies on 2D materials
Ankit Sharma: REU 2013-2017, UT-Austin
2D materials growth and devices
Twinkle Pandhi: REU 2013-2014, UT-Austin
Tuning the Optical Properties of Graphene and Hexagonal Boron Nitride
MyungSoo Kim: Exchange student from SKKU, Korea, 2015
WhaPyeong Lim: Exchange student from SKKU, Korea, 2016
Mary Vu: REU 2015, UT-Austin
Elaine Macdonald: REU 2015, Columbia University
Sandra Hernández Aldave: Exchange student from San Sebastian, Spain, 2014.
Research: Sonochemical synthesis of black phosphorus from red phosphorus
Marc Castro: Nascent REU student (Summer 2013).
Investigation of MoS2 devices with a top layer of ALD dielectrics
Maria Michael: NNIN REU student (Summer 2012)
Electrical properties of LaLuAs thin films grown with MBE method
Matias Babenco: Exchange Student from Argentina (Fall 2011)
Graphene Raman imaging and spectroscopy processing
Bethany Robinson: NNIN REU student (Summer 2011)
Growth and characterization of graphene for graphene FETs
Blake Levy: UT-Austin REU student (Summer 2010)
Carbon nanotube antennas for flexible electronics