Graduate Students

Students working on EPSCoR grant:

Bichler photoKarin Bichler

Student of Gerald Schneider

Karin joined the PhD program in Physics at Louisiana State University in spring 2017. She is assisting Dr. Schneider with the soft matter experiment laboratory.

 

  

 Chapai photoRamakanta Chapai

Student of Rongying Jin

Ramakanta is a PhD student in Physics at Louisiana State University. He is assisting Dr. Jin with hard matter experiments.

 


MelJudith De Mel

Student of Gerald Schneider

Judith is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Schneider. Her research interests are materials and macromolecular chemistry.

  

 

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Pu Du

Student of Revati Kumar

Pu Du is a chemistry Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Revati Kumar at Louisiana State University. His research focus is on the computational study of novel polymer systems, specifically polypeptoids. Charged polypeptoids are synthetic pseudopeptides, similar to polypeptides, but lacking sterogenic centers. They show great potential in biomedical applications such as drug delivery. His research project is to use computational tools to investigate the effect of charge-charge interactions on the structure and dynamics of polyelectrolytes. This involves both atomistic and coarse-grained simulations to study the polymer chain, micelle formation as well as aggregation in aqueous solutions.

huberStefan Huber

Student of Gerald Schneider

Stefan is a PhD candidate in Physics at Louisiana State University. He is assisting Dr. Schneider with setting up the soft matter experiment laboratory and conducting neutron spin echo experiments.

 

                                          In Chul Hwang

                                         Student of Steve Rick

                                          In Chul is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the University of New Orleans. His research involves carrying out simulations of a
                                         variety of peptoids and   analyzing the results to determine which factors promote aggregation versus solubility.

 

Jakobl.jpgBruno Jakobi

Student of Gerald Schneider

Bruno is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Louisiana State University. He is assisting Dr. Schneider with the soft matter experiment laboratory.

 

 

 

peterPeter Kei

Student of Evgueni Nesterov

B.S. Chemistry, Bridgewater State University
Peter develops new synthetic approaches for the preparation of fluorescent organic core-shell nanoparticles and works to expand our understanding of energy transfer in these types of systems. These polymer dots contain a central fluorescent near-infrared core covalently bound to a conjugated polymer shell and show strong intra-particle excitation energy transfer. Characterization of these hierarchically built systems by means of neutron scattering will afford information about how structural organization is affected by the preparation conditions and its influence on the photophysical properties of these particles, while providing valuable information about energy transfer that can help develop better functioning optoelectronic materials.

 M. Khan photoMojammel Khan

Student of David Young

Mojammel is a student of Dr. David Young and is pursuing a PhD in Physics at Louisiana State University.

 

 

 photo: liuJinyu Liu

Student of Zhiqiang Mao

B.S. Physics, University of Science and Technology of China. Jinyu Liu is now a 4th year graduate student in Prof. Mao’s group at Tulane University. His research focuses on searching for new materials displaying exotic quantum phenomena including superconductivity and Dirac fermions. He has been growing various types of single crystals using flux method and Chemical Vapor Transport (CVT) method and doing transport and magnetic measurements on them using PPMS and MPMS3. His research has been productive and succeeded in making high quality single crystals of several materials systems. His future plan is to integrate neutron scattering measurements with his current efforts in material synthesis and characterization. He was recently selected to attend the 17th National School on Neutron and x-ray Scattering. 

 arzhana Omarova Student of Vijay John Marzhana is a student of Dr. Vijay John and is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Tulane University. She is researching soft matter synthesis and neutron scattering.Marzhana Omarova

Student of Vijay John

Marzhana is a student of Dr. Vijay John and is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Tulane University. She is researching soft matter synthesis and neutron scattering.

 


garrett.jpgGarrett Sternhagen

Student of Donghui Zhang

Garrett works on the investigation of the effect of charge-charge interaction in the micellar structure and dynamics using the sequence-defined peptoid amphiphile model (Direct 2). He has been working on the synthesis of sequence-defined peptoid amphiphiles and their polymeric analogs and characterizing their solution morphologies by TEM and DLS at the home institute. He will also travel to SNS to conduct neutron scattering experiments on these micelle solutions.


LeeuwenChristopher Van Leeuwen

Student of Gerald Schneider

Christopher is a PhD student in the Chemistry Department at Louisiana State University. He is assisting Dr. Schneider with the soft matter experiment laboratory.

 

 

                                       Chun-Han Wang

                                       Student of Evgueni Nesterov

                                       Chun-Han is a PhD student in the Chemistry Department at Louisiana State University.

                                       

photo: zhangYuheng Zhang

Student of Vijay John

Undergraduate Institution: Tianjin University

 

 

 

 

 Former Graduate Students

 brooksAdam Brooks

Student of Les Butler

Adam Brooks is a chemistry graduate student in Les Butler's imaging research group. Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Syracuse University in 2012 and chose to pursue a degree of Doctor of Philosophy at a school in a warmer climate (LSU). His work currently focuses on X-ray and neutron grating-based interferometry of lithium ion batteries. He presented work on battery diffraction and principle component analysis at the 10th World Conference on Neutron Radiography in Grindelwald, Switzerland (2014) and at the 2nd International Conference on Tomography of Materials and Structures in Quebec City, Canada (2015). Adam is an enthusiast of skiing, college basketball, and traveling the world.

ChatterjeeSourav Chatterjee

Student of Evgueni Nesterov

Sourav Chatterjee is a 4th year graduate student in Chemistry Department who develops methods to prepare surface-immobilized thin films consisting of periodically alternating covalently interconnected sublayers of semiconducting and insulating polymers. Such films will be used in neutron scattering studies to investigate how weak intermolecular forces determine the alignment and organization in the polymer films, as well as in designing the ways to control interlayer separation to tune the properties of these films for particular practical applications. 


DiaoZhenyu Diao

Student of Rongying Jin

Zhenyu Diao is in his 4th year of graduate study. He joined the LaCNS project in Aug. 2014. His major responsibility is developing new materials that exhibit interesting physical properties, and to grow single crystals for neutron scattering measurements. At present his research is focused on BaMn2-xFexSb2 series. According to theoretical calculations, both end compounds BaMn2Sb2 and BaFe2Sb2 should have magnetically ordered ground states. Our goal is to map out the phase diagram of BaMn2-xFexSb2. So far, Zhenyu has grown sizable (5 mm x 5 mm surface area) BaMn2Sb2 single crystals.

Ang Li

Ang Li

Student of Donghui Zhang

Ang is a doctoral student in the Chemistry Department at Louisiana State University. His research includes synthesizing and characterizing a cyclic polypeptoid bearing a zwitterionic end-group to be used for the study of solution clustering of cyclic polypeptoids by SANS and MD simulation.

 

  

LiuZhaoyuan Liu

Student of Donghui Zhang

Zhaoyuan investigates the effect of charge-charge interaction on the aggregate structure and dynamics of well-defined conjugated polyelectrolytes. He has been synthesizing conjugated polyelectrolytes with tunable charge density and will investigate their solution morphologies (Direction 2). He also prepares amphiphilic polypeptoids containing hydrophobic side chains to study the effect of hydrophobic interaction on morphological transition of lipid assemblies (Direction 3).


wangZi Wang

Student of James Spivey

Zi is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University. His research involves synthesizing catalyst powder samples and initiating reactions at the SNS.

  

 

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Sunting Xuan

Student of Donghui Zhang

Sunting is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Louisiana State University. Sunting’s research focus is synthesizing and characterizing hydrophobically modified polypeptoids (HMPs) to be used in the SANS study of interactions and structural evolution of liposome with HMPs.

 

 
YendluuriRaghuvara Yendluri

Student of Yuri Lvov

Raghuvara Yendluri is currently pursuing his PhD at Louisiana Tech University under the guidance of Dr. Yuri Lvov. He holds a master’s degree in molecular sciences and nanotechnology.

 

 

YongSan Gil Youm

Student of Evgueni Nesterov

San Gil Youm is a 4th year graduate student in Chemistry Department working on the design and preparation of selectively deuterated stratified thin films of conjugated polymers by surface-confined polymerization. These thin-film samples will be used to develop neutron reflectometry based methods to study local structure and organization in thin films of conjugate polymers as well as the influence of weak intermolecular interactions on the organization and morphology of the films.


ZehnerJennifer Zehner

Student of Gerald Schneider

Jennifer joined the PhD program in Physics at Louisiana State University in spring 2017. She assisted Dr. Schneider with the soft matter experiment laboratory and performed NMR experiments in Darmstadt, Germany.

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 
KoenigPaul Koenig

Student of Evgueni Nesterov

Paul Koenig is a 4th year undergraduate student, pursuing a degree in chemistry. Working with Ph.D. candidate Carlos Chavez, Paul is responsible for the collection of solvatochromic and temperature-dependent spectroscopic data for a series of environmentally-responsive fluorescent semi-conducting polymers. Neutron Scattering experiments were used to study the morphologies of these polymers in thin films.

 

                                       Joseph Mai

                                       Student of Evgueni Nesterov

                                       Joseph Mai is pursuing a degree in chemistry at Louisiana State University.

 

Former Undergraduate Students

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Samantha Adams

Student of Vijay John

Samantha received a Bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Tulane University in 2017. Her research focuses on preparation of magnetically functionalized liposomes.

 

 

BinnsMatthew Binns

Student of Gerald Schneider

Matthew is earning a bachelor of science in chemistry at Louisiana State University. He is assisting in setting up Dr. Schneider’s laboratory and researching experimental soft matter.
 
 
 

 JesscisJessica Hebert

Jessica received a bachelor of science in physics at Louisiana State University. Her research involves synthesis and characterization of ScFeGe, a non-centrosymmetric antiferromagnet, as well as neutron diffraction of polycrystalline samples.

 

 

 

TullyJoshua Tully

Joshua Tully studies bio and nano-technology under Yuri Lvov at Louisiana Tech. A native of Bossier City, Joshua has traveled the world with his military family and has lived in seven different states and in Germany. His hobby is computer programming. He will graduate in May 2016 and plans on finding a job that will let him pursue his Master’s degree.

 

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