Faculty Research Profiles

Our faculty are leading research efforts to ensure a brighter future for all. Learn more about their efforts on the electrochemical reduction of CO2 into value-added chemicals; water purification based on redox technologies; development of advanced biomaterials for regeneration; engineering plastic that is biodegradable and infinitely recyclable; and much more.

Pursues the fundamental understanding and control of multiscale molecular assembly processes to achieve sustainable manufacturing of electronic materials, energy devices, and therapeutic products.

Applies mechanistic and kinetic investigations of chemistry at surfaces to lead the design of more reactive and selective catalysts for atom-efficient activation and functionalization of small molecules to tackle challenges in environmental conservation and energy production.

Develops new catalysts and catalytic processes for the synthesis of new polymers with a focus on sustainability.

Pursues the fabrication, characterization, and testing of biomaterials for in vivo and in vitro tissue engineering applications.

Investigates geophysical fluid dynamics associated with evolution of meandering rivers; develops simulations for large scale systems of hyperbolic partial differential equations for petroleum reservoirs and geophysical transport processes; and investigates the micro-scale dynamics of complex fluids.

Pursues the design, fabrication, and testing of microchemical systems for applications in energy and biology. 

Pursues the synthesis, characterization, and processing of nanobiomaterials for diagnosis and therapies.

Develops and implements bioimaging, single cell analysis, and multivariate statistics techniques to address challenges in tissue engineering, viral infection and cell biology.

Investigates bio-interfaces and mechanotransduction using biophysical and surface analytical approaches.

Develops theoretical methods to facilitate high-fidelity computational predictions of heterogeneous catalysts and reaction mechanisms for renewable energy and chemicals production, using principles of quantum mechanics.

Studies rates and mechanisms of catalysis, nucleation, and crystal growth with rare events techniques from molecular simulation and quantum chemistry.

Applies systems engineering approaches to study biological problems associated with bacterial pathogenesis, inflammation, and biofuel production.

Investigates the fundamental physics behind time-dependent phenomena exhibited by soft matter under deformation for biomedical, energy, and environment applications.

Studies the dynamics of polymers, proteins, and soft materials using single-molecule techniques—a major goal is to understand how microscopic phenomena give rise to the emergent, macroscopic properties of soft materials.

Focuses on the control of atomic-scale defect behavior in semiconducting materials to make nanoscale devices of interest in energy, environmental, and microscale electronics applications.

Uses and develops both theoretical and computational tools to understand biophysical processes for applications in plant biology and human diseases.

Uses both theoretical and computational tools to tackle fundamental problems in polymer physics and develop design principles for bio-inspired soft materials.

Focuses on understanding fundamental phenomena in soft matter systems through the integration of empirical model development, statistical mechanics, applications of machine learning techniques, and simulations.

Develops advanced materials for molecularly selective separations and process intensification for applications in energy, environment, and chemical manufacturing.

Uses material chemistry approaches to the design of nanostructures for energy and biological applications.

Develops and applies synthetic biology, machine learning, and laboratory automation tools to engineer functionally improved or novel proteins, pathways, and genomes for biotechnological and biomedical applications; investigates the protein structure-function relationship, cell metabolism, and mechanisms of gene expression and regulation.