Former Postdoc:

Ms. Jennifer A. Aitken, Postdoctoral Associate 2001-2003 (Ph. D. 2001, Michigan State University, Mercouri Kanatzidis) Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; email: 

Former Visiting Scientisits:

Ms. Taiisia Berestok, Summer 2016. Visiting student from the Catalonia Insititute for Energy Research

Former Graduate Students:

Mr. Da Li, Ph.D. Decemeber 2017; Dissertation: Synthesis of Discrete Transition Metal (Ni, Co, Fe, Mn) Phosphide Nanoparticles: Compositional Effects on Catalytic and Magnetic Properties; Process Engineer, Lam Research.


Ms. Roshini Pimmachcharige, Ph.D. May 2017; Dissertation: Elucidation of the Cation and Anion Doping Mechanism of Nanoparticulate Maganese Arsenide: Effect of Doping on the Magnetostructural Properties; Self-Employed


Ms. Jessica Davis, Ph.D. May 2017; Dissertation: Chalcogenide Nanocrystal Assembly: Controlling Heterogeneity and Modulating Heterointerfaces. Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator. Auburn University.


Mr. D. Ruchira Liyanage, Ph.D. December 2016; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Phosphide Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications: Model Catalysts for Hydrodesulfurization and Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction; Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemical Egineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University


Mr. Derak J. James, Ph. D. Dec 2015; Dissertation: New Approaches to Chalcogenide Materials for Thermoelectrics: Lead Telluride-Based Nanosrucutres and Facile Synthesis of Tetrahedrite and Doped Derivatives; Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University (Prof. Sarah Stoll); email:


Ms. Asha Hitihami Mudiyanselage, Ph. D. May 2015; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Discrete FexNi2-xP Nanoparticles: Assembly of Phosphide Nanoparticles into Porous Networks; Postdoctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University (Prof. Eranda Nikolla); email: 


Mr. Lasantha Korala, Ph.D. May 2013; Dissertation: Chalcogenide Sol-gel Assembly: Controlling the Kinetics of Nanocrystal Aggregation and Film Formation for Applications in Optoe lectronics; Postdoctoral Associate, Colorado State University (Prof. Amy Prieto); email:

Mr. Yanhua Zhang, Ph.D. February 2013; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal (Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) Arsenide Nanocrystals and the Metastability and Magneto-structural Phase Transition Behavior of MnAs; Lab Scientist, Total Toxicology, Southfield, MI; email:

Mr. Layan Savithra, Ph.D. December 2012; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Size Controlled Transitionmetal Phosphide Nanoparticles and Their Hydrodesulfurization Catalytic Activity; Process Development Engineer, Lam Research; email:

Ms. Irina R. Pala, Ph.D. May 2012; Dissertation: Metal Chalcogenide Nanoparticle Gel Networks: Their Formation Mechanism and Application for Novel Material Generation and Heavy Metal Water Remediation via Cation Exchange Reactions; Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Discovery and Innovation Research, Office of Naval Research; email:

Ms. Shreyashi Gangulye, Ph.D. February 2012; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured Materials for Thermoelectric Applications; Assistant Professor, Northwestern State University; email:

Mr. Elayaraja Muthuswamy, Ph.D. November 2010; Dissertation: Control of Phase, Size and Morphology in Transition Metal Phosphide Nanoparticles (Fe, Ni); Research Specialist, EMD Performance Materials (Merck KGaA) email:

Ms. Qinghong Yao, Ph.D. July 2010; Dissertation: Metal Chalcogenide Nanocrystal Assembly: From Synthesis to Applications; Patent Analyst, Landon-IP, Inc.; email:

Mr. Hongtao Yu, Ph.D. November 2008; Dissertation: Systematic Study of Chalcogenide Nanostructured Gels as a function of Density and Building Block; Synthesis of Molybdenum Disulfide Nanoparticles; Director of Technology, WinWin Law PLLC ; email:

Mr. Keerthi Senevirathne, Ph.D. July 2008; Dissertation: Synthesis, Characterization and Assembly of Metal Pnictide Nanoparticles, and Evaluation of their Physicochemical (Catalytic, Magnetic, and Semiconducting) Properties; Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University; email:

Ms. Valentina Ganzha-Hazen, M.S. July 2008; Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of Copper (I) Phosphide and Rare Earth Transition Metal Pnictide-Oxides

Ms. Kristy A Gregg, Ph.D. July 2007; Thesis: Synthesis, Characterization and Morphological Control of Transition Metal Pnictide Nanoparticles: Influence of Size and Shape on Magnetic Properties; email:

Mr. Kennedy Kalebaila, Ph.D. June 2007; Dissertation: Synthesis, Characterization and Assembly of Metal Chalcogenide Nanoparticles into Nanostructured Gels; Visiting Scientist, CanmetENERGY, National Resources Canada, Devon Research Centre, One Oil Patch Drive, Devon, Alberta, T9G 1A8 ; email: (

Mr. Indika Arachchige, Ph.D. May 2007; Dissertation: Sol-Gel Routes for Metal Chalcogenide Nanoparticle Assembly; Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University; email:

Mr. Palaniappan Arumugam, Ph.D. May 2006; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured Transition Metal Arsenates and their Transformation to Transition Metal Arsenides;  Scientist@ Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, INDIA; email:

Ms. Dhammika Herath, M.S. May 2006; Thesis:  Synthesis and Characterization of New Clathrate Type Pnictogen Halide Materials; Resident of Canada; email:

Ms. Kanchana Somaskandan, Ph.D. December 2005; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of III-V Based Semiconductor-Magnet Nanoparticles; APOTEX, Toronto, ON; email:

Ms. Kimber L. Stamm, Ph.D. May 2005; Dissertation: Dimensionally Limited Transition Metal Phosphides via Phosphate Precursor Reduction; Senior Scientist, Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Ann Arbor, MI; email:

Ms. Buddhimathie Jayasekera, Ph.D. December 2004; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of 1-Dimensional Pnicogen Halide Materials; Resident of Toronto, ON; email:

Ms. Jaya L. Mohanan, Ph.D. May 2004;  Dissertation: Systematic Study of High Surface Area Aerogels:  Copper Oxide/Silica Composites and Metal Sulfides (Metal = Cadmium, Zinc, and Lead; Innovation Manager, BASF, Florham Park, NJ; email:

Ms. Susanthri C. Perera, Ph.D. December 2003; Dissertation: Synthesis and Characterization of Discrete Transition Metal Pnictide (MnPn) Nanoparticles; Senior Scientist, Evident Technologies, Albany, NY ; email:

Former Undergraduate Students Completing Papers or Theses as Part of the B.S. Requierment:

Ms. Marla Parson, B. S., 2000; “Synthesis of Copper and Copper Oxide Nanoparticles in Inverse Micelles, and Copper-Silica Composite Material via Microemulsion/Sol-Gel Processing”

Ms. Leslie Freuh, B. S., 2000; “Synthesis of Iron Phosphate Nanoparticles and Reduction to Form Phosphides”

Mr. Janusz Brniak, B. S., 2001; “Preparation of Nanostructured MoS2 Aerogels”

Mr. Tim Howie, B. S., 2001; “Synthesis of Molybdenum Disulfide Nanoparticles in Inverse Micelles”

Ms. Heather Perrone, B. S. 2001; “Synthesis of CdS Nanoparticles and Subsequent CdS Aerogels”

Ms. Christina Sweeney, B. S. (with Honors) 2005; “Synthesis of Transition-Metal Phosphides by Direct Reduction of Their Phosphates:  The Case Of Rh, Ir, Ag, and Re” 

Ms. Jennifer Nash, B. S. 2006; “Synthesis of CdTe Nanoparticles for Formation of CdTe Gels”

Mr. Mehul Barat, B. S. 2007; “Synthesis of Cadmium Selenide Nanoparticles”

Mr. Albert Gjeluci, B. S. 2008; “Biologically Compatible CdSe@ZnS Quantum Dot Synthesis and Application in Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma”

Mr. Michal Brichacek, B. S. (with Honors) 2009; “Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Applications”

Ms. Stacey Abraham, B. S. 2009; "Development and Implementation of a Nano Chemistry Outreach Module for the GO-GIRLs Program: GO Girls GO Nano”

Ms. Kathleen Novach, B.S. 2009; “Immunoliposome – Quantum Dot Bilayer Vesicle Target Tumor Cells In Vitro”

Mr. Johnathan Randolph, B.S. 2011; “Immuno-linked Nanoparticles and Immunoliposomes for Targeting non-hodgkin's Lymphoma”

Mr. Jason Germain, B. S. 2013; “CdS Aerogels: Novel Catalysts for Visible Light Photodecomposition of Dyes” 

Mr. Alexander Chi Nguyen, B. S. 2013; "Lead Telluride Synthesis"

Mr. David Miga, B. S. 2014; “Utilizing Nanoparticles as Chemical and Temperature Sensors” 

Mr. Jerrold Soward, B. S. 2014; "Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Phosphides: Fe2-xNixP Nanocrystals"

Mr. David Livermore, B. S. 2014; "Optimized Solution-Phase Synthesis of Mesoporous Silica-Encapsulated Ni2P Nanoparticles"

Ms. Samar Ali Hammoud, B. S. 2014 "The Synthesis and Characterization of Manganese Arsenide Nanoparticles for Magnetic Refrigeration"


Former Undergraduate Students Participating in Research Part-time:

Ms. Robyn Roberts, 6/2003-12/2003; “Synthesis of Novel Pnictide Halides”

Ms. Michele Tague, Keene State College, Keene, NH; “Synthesis and Characterization of Layered Pnictide Oxides: RMPO and RMSbO; R = La, Ce, Gd; M = Mn, Zn” 2004 NSF Summer Research Program in Solid State Chemistry

Ms. Uyen thi bao “Andie” Tran, 6/2003-6/2004; “Synthesis of Novel Pnictide-Halides”

Mr. Christopher Young, 6/2005-12/2005 “Synthesis and Characterization of Layered Transition Metal Phosphate Nanoparticles: Precursor Materials to Phosphide Nanoparticles”  transferred to University of Michigan 1/06.

Mr. Lance Acqulina, 05/2007-12/2007 "Synthesis of Nickel Phosphide Nanoparticles"

Ms. Erin Gleason, 06/2008-08/2008 "Synthesis of Nickel Phosphide Nanoparticles for Hydrodesulfurization"

Ms. Erica Chen, 06/2009-08/2009; “Cadmium Sulfide Gels for Photocatalysis of Dyes”

Mr. Antonio Casteda, 06/2009-08/2009; “Dissolution Studies on Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles”

Mr. Jeffrey Kepes, 06/2009-05/2010; “Synthesis and Characterization of PbTe Nanoparticles”

Mr. David Livermore, 08/2013 - 01/2014

Mr. Aaron Chalifoux, 05/2014 - 01/2017

Mr. Quintin Cheek, 05/2014 - 08/2015

Mr. Seth Boehnlein, 08/2014 - 01/2016

Mr. Bogdan Kulikowski, 08/2014 - 01/2016

Ms. Nina Ahrabian, 01/2016 - 08/2016 

Mr. Jacob Kay, 08/2016 - 01/2017



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