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Vinayak P. Dravid's full research group
Vinayak P. Dravid's full research group
VPD Group's students and post-docs
VPD Group's students and post-docs

Principal Investigator 

Vinayak P. Dravid 


Technical Staff

Roberto dos Reis, PhD - Dravid Research Group Scientific Officer; Research Assitant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; 

Vikas Nandwana, PhD - Research Associate; Synthesis and functionalization of "theranostic" magnetic nanostructures for biomedical applications.

Graduate Students


Xiaomi Zhang - Characterization of energy materials

Yue Li - High-throughput, automated 3-D tomography reconstruction strategies

Jingshan Du - Nanoscale phase transformation and correlated electron microscopy

Jennifer DiStefano - Characterization and property enhancement of 2D semiconductors

Jann Grovogui - Microscopy of mesoscale thermoelectric materials

Stephanie Ribet - Synthesis and Characterization of Multidimensional Materials

Akshay Murthy - Characterization of 2-D layered structures

Cesar Villa -  Characterization of battery materials

Kelly Parker - Staining for contrast enhancement of macromolecules in TEM

Will Kellogg - Advanced microscopy and computational methods

Songting Cai - Microscopy and optimization of thermoelectric materials

Chamille Lescott - Functionalization of Magnetic nanostructures for patterning applications 

Matthew Cheng - Synthesis and characterization of novel 2D materials

Chi Zhang - Characterization and synthesis of heteroanionic materials


Yuyao Kuang - Synthesis/characterization/functionalization of magnetic nanostructures/nanocomposites

Liren Wang - Characterization of 2-D nanomaterials

Chinmay Menon - Synthesizing theranostic nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sonali Dhindwal, PhD - Micrscopy of stimuli-responsive protein based molecular structures.

Affiliated Scientists and Staff

Gajendra Shekhawat, PhD - SPID Facility Manager (NUANCE); Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Advanced SPM, Biochemical Sensors & Systems

Xinqi Chen, PhD - KECK II Facility Manager (NUANCE); Research Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Nanomaterials Synthesis & Characterization, Experimental Nanomechanics, Surface Characterization

Reiner Bleher, PhD - BioCryo Facility Manager (NUANCE), Research Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; SEM, TEM, STEM, Cryo-EM, and Microanalysis of Biological Samples

Benjamin D. Myers, PhD - SHyNE Director of Operations; Novel Electron Beam Techniques, Lithography & Fabrication

Xiaobing Hu, PhD - EPIC TEM Facility Manager (NUANCE); Research Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Advanced Applications of S/TEM; Engineering Alloys, Energy Storage Materials

Tirzah Abbott, MS - Senior Microscopy & Imaging Specialist, EPIC (NUANCE)

Charlene Wilke - Electron Microscopy Specialist, BioCryo (NUANCE)

Eric W. Roth - Electron Microscopy Specialist, BioCryo (NUANCE)

Hee Joon Jung, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, EPIC (NUANCE), Quantum dot, Quantum well, Nanowire and Thin 2D Films for Energy Applications

Qing Tu, PhD - Post doctoral Fellow, SPID (NUANCE); In-situ S/TEM of Nanoparticles, Oxides and Energy Materials

William Mohr, MS - Research and Equipment Enigneer, NUFAB (NUANCE)

John Ciraldo, MS - Research Associate, NUFAB (NUANCE)

Kun He, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, EPIC (NUANCE); In-situ TEM; Liquid Cell TEM, Liquid electrochemistry TEM, Nucleation and Growth of Nanoparticles

Paul Smeets, PhD - Research Associate, EPIC (NUANCE); 

Undergraduate Research Interns

Anna White - 2D materials for various applications

Avram Bar-Meir - Thermoelectric materials

Kathleen Dewan - Magnetic nanostructuers

Yash More - 

Giuditta Monti - 

Cem Unuvar - 

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