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Sudipta Seal

Sudipta Seal, Ph.D., Pegasus Professor, University Distinguished Professor
Director, NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing & Analysis Center
Nano Initiative Coordinator at UCF
Director of Surface Engineering & Nanotech Lab, DURIP Nanomanufacturing Lab

Professor in Materials Science & Engineering with Secondary Joint appointment in the College of Medicine

Research Focus: Functionals Materials Processing including Nano/Micro, Bulk Nanomanufacturing, Nanobiotechnology, Surface Engineering, Coatings, Nanoenergetics, Nanotoxicity, and Advanced Analytical Tools

Alexander Balaeff

Alexander Balaeff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Physics

Research Focus: Computational molecular biology and materials science, Multi-scale simulations of structural, dynamic, and electronic properties of biological and biomimetic macromolecules

Aman Behal

Aman Behal, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and NanoScience Technology Center

Research Focus: Rehabilitation Robotics, Systems Biology, Visual Servoing, System Identification

Richard G. Blair

Richard G. Blair, Ph.D., Visiting Research Professor

Research Focus: Scalable syntheses for graphene, biofuels, sustainable chemistry, nanoelectroceramics, and the forensic identifications of illicit substances

Debashis Chanda

Debashis Chanda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and College of Optics & Photonics

Research Focus: Thin-film solar cells, study of light-matter interactions in artificially structured metal/dielectric structures (metamaterials, plasmonic nanostructures), transformation optics for display/camouflage, printed optics/opto-electronics components, strong coupling between photonic and plasmonic resonances, biological/chemical sensors

Romain Gaume

Romain Gaume, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in Center for Research and Education in Optics & Lasers, Townes Laser Institute, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, and NanoScience Technology Center

Research Focus: Transparent polycrystalline materials offering novel functionalities for laser physics, defense, sensing, nuclear surveillance and medical applications

Andre J. Gesquiere

Andre J. Gesquiere, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry

Research Focus: Imaging and spectroscopy of nanoscale materials and biological systems

James J. Hickman

James J. Hickman, Ph.D., Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with a Secondary Joint in Biomedical Sciences

Research Focus: Hybrid systems for biological computation and fundamental investigations in neuroscience and cell biology

Qun Huo

Qun "Treen" Huo, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry

Research Focus: Synthesis, property studies, and application development of nanoparticle materials

Masahiro Ishigami

Masahiro Ishigami, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in Physics and NanoScience Technology Center

Research Focus: Electronic transport measurements on novel nanoscale materials, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of nanoscale thermal/mechanical/electronic devices, and nanomaterials synthesis

Saiful I. Khondaker

Saiful I. Khondaker, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Physics

Research Focus: Electron transport properties of nanoscale materials

Michael N. Leuenberger

Michael N. Leuenberger, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Physics

Research Focus: Quantum information, quantum mechanics, spintronics and opto-spintronics, nonlinear optical phenomena, semiconductor physics, molecular magnets, quantum many-body physics

Artëm E. Masunov

Artëm E. Masunov, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry

Research Focus: Computational Molecular and Nanomaterials, Theoretical Chemistry, and Molecular Physics

J. Manuel Perez

J. Manuel Perez, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry with a Secondary Joint in Biomedical Sciences

Research Focus: Nanoparticle technologies and their application in nanomedicine, molecular diagnostics, molecular imaging, biosensors and cancer research

Swadeshmukul Santra

Swadeshmukul Santra, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry with a Secondary Joint in Biomedical Sciences

Research Focus: Quantum Dot Nanotechnology; Nanomedicine; Agricultural Biocides; Environmental Nanotoxicology;Nanofiltration

Laurene Tetard

Laurene Tetard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Physics

Research Focus: Development of high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy tools to advance the level of understanding of the behavior of materials and complex systems based on morphological, subsurface, physical and chemical properties at the nanoscale

Jayan Thomas

Jayan Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center, Mechanical, Materials Science & Engineering, and Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers

Research Focus: Nanostructured Supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries, nanoarchitectured light trapping solar cells, photorefractive polymers for 3D display applications, nonlinear optical materials, plasmonic structures and printed optical and photonic devices

Lei Zhai

Lei Zhai, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Joint Appointment in NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry

Research Focus: Polyelectrolyte multilayer films for sensing and tissue engineering, smart surfaces, and conductive polymer nanowires and composites

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