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Lab Director


Lab Director

Vesselin N. Shanov, Ph.D. - Dr. Shanov is a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He has international experience and engineering knowledge in the development of facilities and technologies for processing nano-structured materials and thin films. He has also won several prestigious awards, including the Fulbright Award for Research and Teaching in the United States, German Academic Foundation (DAAD), and the Bulgarian Patent Office Award for Distinguished Patent. His current research is focused on synthesis, processing, characterization, and application of nanostructured materials with emphasis on carbon nanotubes. He has published more than 145 papers, 14 patents, four books, and has been a part of more than thirty-eight funded proposals including many with the National Science Foundation, United States Navy and several industries.
Mark J. Schulz, Ph.D., P.E. - Dr. Schulz is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He develops highly collaborative interdisciplinary research programs encompassing: (a) Nanoscale smart materials, sensors, and actuators for structural and biomedical applications, (b) Artificially intelligent structures using biomimetics, and (c) Applied/basic research developing Structural & Human Health Monitoring systems. Dr. Schulz led a Phase I SBIR project with the Air Force to spin carbon nanotubes into thread for electrical power conduction applications. He has also been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, US Navy and several industries. He has co-authored over one hundred fifty total conference, journal, and book chapters, and edited three books. Dr. Schulz is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.



Dr. Noe Alvarez, Post Doctor studying synthesis characterization and application of carbon nanotube materials. He brings experience gained during his PhD study in Chemistry at Rice University, post doctoral stay at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute in Japan, and  industrial exposure in the field of composite nanomaterials.

Dr. Weifeng Li, Post Doctoral Scholar studying carbon nanotube material synthesis utilizing multi physics, novel reactor design, material characterization and material application.

Dr. John Yin, Program Manager for the NSF  Engineering  Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials. He studies biodegradable materials and devices, smart implants and corrosion.

Dr. Albert Song, Post Doctoral Scholar studying the mechanical, thermal, and electrical characterization of polymeric composites and nanocomposites.




Guangqi Zhang - Researching single crystal growth and characterization as well as biodegradable magnesium for medical applications, surface modification and corrosion control.

Lu Zhang - Researching graphene and its aplications in energy storage, sensors and electromagnetic shielding.

Mark Haase - Researching the synthesis and application of carbon nantubes, with special interest in spinability and related properties.

Pravahan Salunke - Researching single crystal growth of magnesium and its applications in biomedical implants.

Rachit Malik - Researching cabon nantoube yarn/sheet and processing nanotubes through wet chemistry and plasma functionalization.

Seyram Gbordzoe - Researching carbon nanotube applications in heating materials.

Tarannum Tiasha - Researching the design and fabrication of biodegradable magnesium implants for biomedical applications.


Chenhao (Andy) Xu - Researching biodegradable stent design, FEA simulation and manufacturing for medical applications.

Derek DeArmond - Researching graphene and its applications in the fields of energy storage, synthesis/material modification, bio and environmental sensors.

Dineshwaran Vijayakumar - Researching additive manufacturing and the application of nanocomposites in 3D printing.

Madhura Joshi - Researching material characterization, polymer chemistry, corrosion science and magnesium single crystal as a biomaterial.

Ruitao Su - Researching scaleable carbon nanotube synthesis assisted by electromagnetic fields.

Yonghai Zhang - Researching smart, biodegradable implants, device manufacturing and in vivo & vitro corrosion control.



Dr. Jon Won Lee from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, worked in the Smart Materials Lab on structural health monitoring from 2004-2005.

Dr. GyeongRak Choi from the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, worked on nano-composite materials in 2006.

Dr. Nilijan Mallik from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi- 221005, UP, India, worked in the Smart Materials Lab spinning nanotubes into thread from 2007-2008.

Jibao Li from Shenyang University of Techology, worked on high performance magnesium alloys and biodegradable stents in 2015.



Nick Kienzle, UG

Peter Miller, UG

Meixi Zhang, MS

Arvind Krishnaswamy, MS

Tim Ochmann, UG

Brad Ruff, MS

James Sullivan, MS

Anshuman Sowani, MS

Adam Hehr, MS

Madhura Patwardhan, MS

Bolaji Suberu, MS

Charles Dandino, MS

Rutvij Kotecha, MS

Rajiv Venkatasubraman, MS

Wongdong Cho, Ph.D

Dingchuan Xue, Ph.D.

Chaminda Jayasinghe, Ph.D.

Joe Kluner, MS

Mitesh Oswal, MS

Surya Sundaramurthy, MS

Brian Williams, MS

Ajmar Maruthi, MS

Lalitya Mullapudi, MS

Ying Chen, MS

Supriya Chakrabarti, Ph.D.

Yeo-Heung Yun, Ph.D.

Lucy, Lee, MS

Gautam Seth, MS

Andrew Gorton, MS

Gunjan Maheshwari, MS

Sai Lalitya Mullapudi, MS

Mitul Dadhania, UG

Goutham Kirikera, Ph.D.

Emily Head, UG

Alexzandra J. Spatholt, UG Summer research student (2006)

Vishal Shinde, (2006), Research Scientist, Physical Acoustics Corporation

Dr. Inpil Kang, PhD (2005), Research Assistant Professor, Konkuk University, Korea

Ramanand Gollapudi, MS (2005)

Atul Muskin, MS (2004), Mahindra Ltd, India

Sachin Jain, MS (2004), Freightliner LLC

Suhasini Narasimhadevara, MS (2004)

Sri Laxmi Pammi, MS (2003), Dept of Material Science

Saurabh Datta, MS (2003)

Gregory Stelzer, MS (2002)

Jacob Hause (UG student), AFRL Intern,Wright Patterson Airforce Base, Spring 2003.

Courtney Brown (UG student), (Summer supported by Women in Science and Engineering Program/MINE Dept., fall 02 supported by research and Ohio space grant)

Nicole Reinart (UG student), (Summer 2003 supported by the Women in Science and Engineering Program and MINE Dept.)

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