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Matteo Pasquali, PhD
CHBE - MS 369
Rice University
P O Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Hazel Cole, CPS, Program Coordinator
hcole@rice.edu


 

INVESTIGATORS

Matteo Pasquali

Matteo Pasquali PhD

Prof, CHBE, Chemistry, Lovett College Master  
229 Keck Hall  
mp@rice.edu  
Matteo Pasquali joined Rice in 2000 and is a Professor in the Dept of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Dept of Chemistry, and Materials Science & Nanoengineering.  During his tenure, he served as Co-Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory in the Richard E. Smalley Institute. His current research interests include theoretical, computational, and experimental aspects of: scalable liquid-phase processing of single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs); behavior of individual SWNTs in water and other liquids; behavior of concentrated liquid phases of SWNTs (networks; lyotropic liquid crystals); behavior of functionalized SWNTs in liquids; scalable production of SWNTs; scalable separation of metallic vs. semiconductor SWNTs; fiber spinning of neat and functionalized SWNTs from solutions; fabrication of transparent, conductive films of SWNTs; applications of SWNTs as fuel cell electrods; applications of SWNTs in biological systems; fluid mechanics of polymer solutions; visualization of flowing DNA molecules; free-surface and interfacial flows; flow, hemolysis, and thrombosis in blood pumps; response of white and red blood cells to strain and stress; stabilized Galerkin/finite element methods for viscoelastic flow; rheology of semi-flexible polymer molecules; DNA condensation; emulsion rheology.    read more »

RESEARCH SCIENTISTS

Guangjun Cheng

Guangjun Cheng, PhD

Research Scientist NIST  
Dr. Guangjun Cheng has been a guest researcher since October 2003 in the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is working with Dr. Angela Hight Walker to synthesize cobalt and copper colloidal nanoparticles and to characterize their properties using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), Raman spectroscopy, and neutron scattering. For the past two years, he has extended his research interests to Raman spectroscopy of graphene, the metal/graphene interface, and chemically modified graphene. He earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, from the University of California, Davis, Davis, CA; a M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Peking University, Beijing, China, and a B.S. in Science from Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China.  

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Nathan Orloff

Nathan Orloff, PhD

NIST, Gaithersburg, MD  
Nathan Orloff is a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is investigating microwave propagation in carbon nanocomposites through the development of suitable free space and wave-guiding transmission/reflectance models and techniques.  
 
Fernando Vargas-Lara

Fernando Vargas-Lara

NIST Gaithersburg MD  
Fernando.Vargas.Lara@rice.edu  
Fernando Vargas-Lara received his B.Sc in Physics from the National Polytechnic Institute in Equador, and earned his PhD in Physics from Wesleyan University.  His PhD research centered on molecular simulations of the assembly of nanoparticles mediated DNA links.   As a postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaihersburg, Maryland, focuses his attention on the study of how the addition of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Graphene Sheets (GSs) to polymeric melts affects the electromagnetic  response of the resulting composites.   
 
Dan Marincel

Dan Marincel

Wiess Postdoctoral Fellow  
Keck Hall 231  
dan.marincel@rice.edu  
Dan Marincel received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in December 2014. His dissertation research focused on characterizing the influence defects have on the piezoelectric properties of thin film ferroelectric materials. Ongoing research at Rice University involves purification, fabrication, and characterization of boron nitride nanotube macroarticles for high temperature applications, along with incorporation of carbon nanotube fibers in novel devices. 
 
Francesca Mirri

Francesca Mirri

Keck Hall 231  
fm7@rice.edu  
Francesca Mirri received her bachelor degree in chemical engineering from university of Bologna in 2009. She joined the PhD program in Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Pasquali in 2010 and earned her PhD in December 2015. She is now research scientist in the Pasquali’s lab. Her research focuses on the study of carbon nanotube solution morphology and the use of these solutions to produce conductive films for electronics such as transparent electrodes and EMI shields for data cables. Dr. Mirri works also in developing wearable devices for e-textile like batteries.     

PhD CANDIDATES

Mohammed Adnan

Mohammed Adnan

Keck Hall 226B  
mohd.adnan@rice.edu  
Mohammed Adnan received his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering in 2010 from The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. He has undergraduate research experience in functionalization of graphene for production of nanocomposites. His current work involves improving properties of CNT fibers and expanding the applicability of CNT fibers.  On May 2, 2013, he won 1st place in the campus-wide First Annual Graduate Student Elevator Pitch competition 90-second presentation of  "Continuous fibers of Boron Nitride Nanotubes." 
 
Shaghayegh Agah

Shaghayegh Agah

Keck Hall 231  
sa38@rice.edu  
Shaghayegh Agah received her bachelor degree in chemical engineering from University of Tehran, Iran in 2010. She joined the PhD program at Rice university under the supervision of Prof. Matteo Pasquali and Prof. Anatoly Kolomesiky in 2012. Her project is the theoretical and experimental study of DNA/Water translocation through Carbon Nanotube as nanopore. 
 
Amram Bengio

Amram Bengio

Keck Hall 226B  
eab1@rice.edu  
Amram Bengio received a Bachelors degree in Physics from Rice in 2012.  During the spring 2010, he studied abroad at the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and worked as an undergraduate researcher in the group of professor Ishi Talmon.  Upon his return to Rice, he spent a year doing undergraduate research for the CF2 group.  He returned to Israel for a year during fall 2011/spring 2012 to further pursue research at Technion in the area of electron microscopy of carbon nanotube dispersions in superacids.  He is a  PhD Candidate under Prof Matteo Pasquali and is currently working on the characterization and optimization of the carbon nanotube dispersion process in chlorosulfonic acid. 
 
Robby Headrick

Robby Headrick

Keck Hall 226B  
rjh7@rice.edu  
Robby Headrick received his bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2012.  During that time he worked as an intern at SouthWest NanoTechnologies in the R&D department where his research focused on post processing and application of semiconducting single walled carbon nanotubes.  He joined Prof. Pasquali's group in the Spring of 2013 as a PhD student in the Chemistry department.  His research interests include macroscopic assembly of carbon nanotubes and the control of their electronic properties through solution processing. 
 
Vida Jamali

Vida Jamali

Keck Hall 230  
vida.jamali@rice.edu  

Vida Jamali earned her B.Sc in Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2011. She joined Prof. Matteo Pasquali's group in 2011 to continue her graduate studies. Her research interests are phase behavior and dynamics of CNT liquid crystalline solutions. She studies nematic liquid crystalline droplets formation in CNT solutions in collaboration with Prof. Paul van der Schoot from Utrecht, Netherlands.  Her current research is focused on modeling the dynamics of CNT liquid crystalline solutions in fiber spinning process.

Read more: vidajamali.blogs.rice.edu

 
 
Robby Pinnick

Robby Pinnick

Keck Hall 226B  
rpinnick@rice.edu  
Robert Pinnick received a B.S. in Chemistry and B.S.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, he worked in Chevron's upstream oil and gas division as a flow assurance specialist. In 2012, he joined the Pasquali group as a graduate student and is focusing his research on the coagulation of CNT fibers during solution spinning.  
 
Zhao Tang

Zhao Tang

Keck Hall 231  
zt5@rice.edu  
Zhao Tang is a 4th year PhD candidate in the research group of Matteo Pasquali. He graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Purdue University (2012).  His research in the Pasquali group is focused on studying individual SWNT molecule transport in sub-micron pores by near infra-red microscope.  
 
Colin Young

Colin Young

Keck Hall 226B  
ccy1@rice.edu  
Colin Young is a PhD candidate in the Rice University Applied Physics program, working under Professor Matteo Pasquali.  He received his B.S. at Tulane University with a double major in Physics and Mathematics, and completed a Masters degree in Applied Physics at Rice University in 2012.  His research interests include the rheology of carbon nanotube dispersions and fluids, and the development of processes for making macroscopic films and fibers from solution precursors. He was one of the lead authors in breakthrough work of wet-spinning strong, high conductivity continuous CNT fibers and is interested in pursuing applications of carbon nanotube fibers in various areas such as aerospace, medical, and consumer electronics.  
 
Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Keck Hall 231  
lwt@rice.edu  
Lauren Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 2014. She joined the Pasquali group at the end of the same year. Her research interests include CNT coaxial cables, CNT/acid rheology, and applications of CNT to wearable technologies. Additionally, she was awarded a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship.    
 
Oliver Dewey

Oliver Dewey

Keck Hall 226B  
osd1@rice.edu  

Oliver Dewey graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2012. After three years working in the beer industry, he returned to school to join the Pasquali group in 2015. His research interests are polyimide aerogel rheology, coating of CNT fibers and yarns for lightweight wiring, and CNT defect identification. 

 
 
Stephen Yan

Stephen Yan

Keck Hall 230  
jy19@rice.edu  
Stephen Yan received his B.S. degree in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2014. He worked on the synthesis of gold nanoparticle conjugates for gene therapy as an undergraduate. Stephen joined the Pasquali group as PhD student in 2014. His current research focuses on biomedical applications of CNT materials. In particular, he is interested in the efficacy and safety of using CNT fiber and film to interface with excitable tissues.
 
 
Sushma Sri Pamulapati

Sushma Sri Pamulapati

Keck Hall 230  
sp34@rice.edu  

Sushma Sri Pamulapati received her Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India in 2014. Her undergraduate research was on developing methods to form nanocomposites of boron analogues of graphene and gold nanoparticles. She joined the graduate program at Rice University under the supervision of Prof. Matteo Pasquali in 2014. Her research focuses on the applications of CNT fibers for neural recording and stimulation.

 
 
Mitchell Trafford

Mitchell Trafford

Keck Hall 226B  
mtrafford@rice.edu  

Mitchell Trafford graduated from The University of Tulsa with degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. His undergraduate research in organic chemistry focused on developing new catalyst materials for sustainable and efficient Suzuki-Miyaura cross couplings. He joined the Pasquali group in 2015 as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His research interests include CNT-superacid phase behavior and rheology, as well as characterizing and optimizing the physical properties of CNT materials. 

 
 
Arthur Sloan

Arthur Sloan

Keck Hall 226B  
aws8@rice.edu  
Arthur Sloan received his Bachelors of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in 2016. His undergraduate research focused on the non-covalent functionalization of CNT with biomacromolecules. He joined the Pasquali Group as PhD student at the end of 2016. His research interests include 3D printing, CNT production, and CNT purification. 
 
Emily Yedinak

Emily Yedinak

Keck Hall 226B  
emy3@rice.edu  
Emily Yedinak graduated in 2013 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Following graduation, she studied abroad in Chile on a Fulbright grant from March-December 2014 where she worked on carbon nanotube and electroceramic composite materials for detection of hydrogen peroxide in basic solutions. In January of 2015, she joined the Materials Science & Nanoengineering department at Rice University and is a 2016 National Defense Science & Engineering Fellow. Her research interests include direct synthesis-to-application carbon nanotube manufacturing. 

UNDERGRADS

Siqi Meng

Siqi Meng

Keck Hall 232  
sm66@rice.edu  
Siqi Meng is a rising senior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. She joined the group in the fall semester of 2015 and has been working under the direction of Steven Williams on several topics, including CNT foam fabrication, electrical and mechanical characterization of CNT foams, and anisotropy of CNT foams. Currently, she is working on producing transparent and conductive CNT films. 
 
Evan Biggers

Evan Biggers

Keck Hall 230  
egb5@rice.edu  
Evan Biggers is a junior Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering major at Rice University. He joined the group in the summer of 2016 and has been working under the guidance of Vida Jamali and Dr. Francesca Mirri. His research interests include characterizing the phase behavior of CNT liquid crystalline solutions, the effect of sonication on CNT length, and copper electroplating of CNT fibers. 

SUMMER INTERNS

Cassidy Andrichik

Cassidy Andrichik

Keck Hall 232  
Cassidy Andrichik will be a Senior at Cy Fair High School in Fall 2014, and plans to pursue a biomedical engineering degree in college. This exposure to bio-molecular research and interacting with top researchers at Rice is an ideal preparation for future research opportunities in college.  Cassidy will be assisting Dr. Flavia Vitale.