Former Faculty


    Butler photoLes Butler

    Professor of Inorganic and Materials Science, Louisiana State University

    Les Butler received his BS (1977) from the University of Arkansas, then studied inorganic chemistry with Prof. Ted Brown at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His PhD (1981) research was the construction of a novel solid-state NMR spectrometer and its applications to inorganic materials. Postdoctoral research (1981-93) in photochemistry and solid-state chemistry was done at CalTech with Prof. Harry Gray. He started at LSU as an assistant professor in 1983. His group built several solid-state NMR spectrometers and used magnet facilities at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Los Alamos to study organometallic complexes, catalysts, polymer blends, biological samples, and environmental samples. He spent two years at the National Science Foundation (2001-02) as a program officer in chemistry. Now, his research program has moved in 3D+ imaging with X-ray and neutrons, mostly in materials science and polymer blends.

    Garno photoJayne Garno

    Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University

    Dr. Garno’s investigations apply a nanoengineering approach using structural characterization, nanofabrication and properties measurements at surfaces. Research projects provide cross-disciplinary training for students, applying analytical methods to solve problems in combination with systematic studies using analytical chemistry, surface science and protein chemistry. Scientific discoveries in the emerging field of nanoscience are the foundation of new technologies in areas such as molecular electronics, bioinformatics, medical diagnostics, and drug discovery. Techniques applied in her lab for characterizing thin films, biomolecules and nanomaterials include high-resolution imaging using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), fluorescence microscopy, cConductive probe measurements using AFM/STM, measurements of surface properties (elasticity, magnetic, friction and adhesion forces), and development of nanoscale lithographies for structuring surfaces. Her awards and honors include Emerging Young Investigator of the Gordon Research Conference, Bioanalytical Sensors (2012), LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award (2011), Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2010), Presidential Early Eareer Award for Scientists and Engineers from PECASE (2009), and many others.

    Jin Hu photoJin Hu

    Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Tulane University

    Dr. Hu’s research interests include magnetism, superconductivity, and correlated electrons in quantum materials. Dr. Hu participated in a recent quantum oscillation study on the drastic pressure effects on extremely large magnetoresistance in WTe2. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Louisiana Consortium for Neutron Scattering.


     Lal photoJyotsana Lal

    Visiting Associate Research Professor

    Dr. Lal’s work focuses on the structure and internal dynamics of proteins and coherent diffraction imaging of complex polymer matrices. Her research interests include the development of novel methods for the use of x-rays and neutrons for the study of biological and soft matter materials. She previously worked as biophysicist in the materials science division at Argonne National Lab.


    YLvov photouri Lvov

    Tolbert Pipes Eminent Endowed Chair on Micro and Nanosystems, Louisiana Tech University

    Dr. Lvov’s area of specialization is nanotechnology, specifically the nanoassembly of ultrathin organized films, bio/nanocomposites, nano/construction of ordered shells on tiny templates (drug nanocapsules, shells on microbes and viruses), and clay nanotubes for controlled release of bioactive agents. He was among pioneers of the polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly - a nanotechnology method which was first described in papers in 1993. LbL nanoassembly has found industrial applications including eye lens modification, improvement of cellulose fiber for better fabric and paper, microcapsules for insulin sustained release and cancer drug nanocapsules. His second pioneer topic –is composite organic-inorganic materials based on halloysite clay nanotubes. Y. Lvov has co-edited three books and written or co-written 22 book chapters and more than 230 peer-reviewed papers. His total citation number is 13,040 and Lvov’s Hirsch index is 58. His awards and honors include the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for lifetime achievements in nanochemistry (2014), Best of Small Tech US National Innovator Award (2008), Louisiana State’s Top Researcher in New Technologies (2007), Royal Chemical Society Publication Award (1999, UK), Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship (1991-93, Germany), and many others. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.