Professor of Physics
Rana Adhikari's group focuses on new detector technologies for fundamental physics experiments (gravitational waves, dark matter, and near field gravity). These precision measurements require pushing the capabilities in mechanical oscillators, nonlinear optics, acoustic metamaterials, and high efficiency photodetection for quantum measurements.
Scott K. Cushing
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor Cushing’s research focuses on developing new, laser-based instrumentation for chemistry, physics, biology, and materials problems. Currently, the Cushing group is developing a table-top transient x-ray technique, high-flux entangled photon spectroscopy, and few-femtosecond, driven-lattice experiments.
G. Bradford Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute
Prof. Daraio’s research focuses on engineering new materials with advanced mechanical and sensing properties, for application in robotics, medical devices, and vibration absorption. Her group developed new materials and methods for acoustic imaging and thermal sensing in medicine and health monitoring. Recently, her group began exploring new materials from engineered living systems, creating plant-based biological matrix composites with new functionalities.
Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute; Ronald and JoAnne Willens Scholar
Professor Gao’s primary research interest is in the development of novel bioelectronic devices for personalized and precision medicine: wearable and flexible biosensors that can analyze the various biomarkers in body fluids for real-time continuous health monitoring and early diagnosis, and synthetic micro/nanomachines for rapid drug delivery and precision surgery. His research thrusts include fundamental materials innovation as well as practical device and system level applications in translational medicine.
Morteza (Mory) Gharib
Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Medical Engineering; Booth-Kresa Leadership Chair, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories; Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies
Professor Gharib researches conventional fluid dynamics and aeronautics including vortex dynamics, active and passive flow control, nano/micro fluid dynamics, autonomous flight and underwater systems, as well as advanced flow-imaging diagnostics. The Gharib group is further interested in biomechanics and medical engineering via the study of fluid dynamics within the human cardiovascular system and opthamology, as well as the development of medical devices.
Harry B. Gray
Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry; Founding Director, Beckman Institute
Professor Gray's interdisciplinary research program addresses a wide range of fundamental problems in inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics. Electron-transfer (ET) chemistry is a unifying theme for much of this research.
Julia A. Kornfield
Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor Kornfield’s research focuses on molecular and microscopic aspects of polymer viscoelasticity and the application of optical, NMR and x-ray techniques to observe order and dynamics in polymers, including associative polymers, block copolymers, liquid-crystalline polymers, semicrystalline polymers and polymer gels.
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; William H. Hurt Scholar
The Manthiram Lab is developing a synthetic paradigm in which carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water can be converted into a wide range of chemicals and materials using renewable electricity. The lab creates electrocatalytic materials which facilitate the molecular-level dance through which chemical bonds are broken and formed, so that desired molecules can be made more selectively, efficiently, and at faster rates.
Thomas F. (Tom) Miller, III
Visiting Associate in Chemistry
Professor Miller researches new techniques that can bridge dynamical hierarchies and simulate complex dynamics. The Miller Group develops theoretical and computational methods to understand a variety of molecular processes including catalysis, solar energy conversion, battery materials, and the dynamics of soft matter and biological systems.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics
Professor Minnich's research focuses on advancing microwave and millimeter-wave technology used in radio astronomy, quantum information science, and other applications. Current topics include investigation of electronic noise and nanofabrication processes for ultralow noise transistor amplifiers and quantum simulation using superconducting qubit quantum computers.
Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran
John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Ravichandran focuses on the mechanics of materials including active materials and structures (ferroelectrics, shape memory alloys, MEMS), biomaterials, cell mechanics, composite materials, fracture and adhesion mechanics, and dynamic deformation and failure behavior of solids.
Maxwell J. Robb
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor Robb’s research is at the intersection of synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and materials science. The Robb Group’s primary focus is the development of mechanically sensitive molecules called mechanophores and their application in stimuli-responsive polymers and soft materials.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor See's research is focused on solid-state chemistry, ionics, electrochemistry, liquid-phase and solid-state electrolytes, and advanced characterization as they apply to energy applications. The See Group uses these tools to develop a fundamental understanding of next-generation battery chemistry with a focus on multivalent and multielectron chemistry.
Thomas W. Hogan Professor of Physics
Prof. Yeh specializes in experimental condensed matter physics, focusing on fundamental studies and technological applications of quantum materials and nanoscience. Her current research topics include correlated electrons (e.g., high-temperature superconductors and colossal magnetic perovskites), topological materials (e.g., topological insulators/superconductors), low-dimensional systems (e.g., van der Waals materials/heterostructures based on graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, and transition-metal dichalcogenides), and energy research (e.g., photovoltaic cells, lithium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors).