Faculty

The institute brings together a diverse group of more than 25 faculty members who are focused on structural materials, functional materials, computational tools and advanced manufacturing processes. The strength of the institute’s members lies in designing high-performance materials for the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.

Rajiv MishraDr. Rajiv S. Mishra, Director

Dr. Mishra, Distinguished Research Professor of materials science and engineering, is an expert in the development of alloy microstructures and the processing of materials properties. He earned a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India; a M.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India; and a Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Samir Aouadi

Dr. Aouadi is an associate professor of materials science and engineering.  His primary research focus is on surface science and engineering for aerospace, energy, and biomedical applications and his AMMPI interest is in structural materials and materials processing/manufacturing.  He is an expert in thin film deposition using electron beam deposition, sputtering, and atomic layer deposition.

Dr. Rajarshi Banerjee

Dr. Banerjee, a professor of materials science and engineering, researches advanced metallic and functionally-graded composite (or hybrid) materials for aerospace, energy, and biomedical applications.  He leads the Institute’s structural materials core. He also holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the materials science and engineering at the Ohio State University and as a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Dr. Diana Berman

Dr. Diana Berman is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. Before joining UNT in Fall 2016, Dr. Berman worked in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests focus on the synthesis and processing nanostructured carbon materials as well as understanding their tribological properties, from nano to macroscale friction and wear behavior, and their impact on the performance of mechanical systems, ranging in scale from MEMS/NEMS devices up to wind turbines.

Dr. Witold Brostow

Dr. Brostow is a Regents Professor of materials science and engineering and physics. His research in AMMPI relates to functional materials for the electronics industry, including polymer-based composite coatings for thermoelectric devices. He received a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in physics from the University of Warsaw and a doctorate in chemistry from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.

Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli

Dr. Buongiorno Nardelli is a Distinguished Research Professor of physics and chemistry, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics, and a founding member of the AFLOW Consortium.  focuses on theoretical developments of ab initio DFT-based methods, high-throughput techniques in materials genomics, and computational materials design.  He is also a composer, flutist and a member of the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts.

Dr. Tae Youl Choi

Dr. Choi is an associate professor of mechanical and energy engineering. He studies small-scale manufacturing and instrumentation such as characterization of micro and nanoscale thermal properties. He has made significant contributions to scientific and engineering societies including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He earned a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and received post-doctoral training at ETH Zurich.

Dr. Wonbong Choi

Dr. Choi, a professor of materials science and engineering and of mechanical and energy engineering, researches functional materials and energy storages. As a leading scientist in the “Carbon Nanotubes for Tera-level Nano electronics Device” project supported by Samsung and the Korean government, he invented the “Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Display. He earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Vladimir Drachev

Dr. Vladimir Drachev is an associate professor with department of physics. He is widely recognized for his works in nanophotonics and nanotechnology. He received a master’s degree in physics from Novosibirsk State University in Russia, and a doctorate in experimental physics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Automation and Electrometry and the Institute for Semiconductor Physics.

Dr. Francis D’Souza

Dr. Francis D’Souza is a distinguished professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering. He is presently the co-leader for the functional materials core of AMMPI. His research covers wide areas of chemistry, nanophotonics, energy storage and materials science. He received his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of Houston and University of Dijon, France.

Dr. Nandika A. D’Souza

Nandika Anne D’Souza is a Regents Professor of mechanical and energy engineering and materials science and engineering. Through AMMPI, she will work on manufacturing bioinspired architectures for multifunctional reliable performance. She earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University.

Dr. Jincheng Du

Dr. Jincheng Du is an associate professor of materials science and engineering and serves as a leader for AMMPI’s computational core. He studies the structure-property relationship of materials using atomistic and other simulation methods. He received his doctorate at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Virginia.

Dr. Teresa D. Golden

Dr. Teresa D. Golden is a professor of chemistry. Her research covers the study and electrosynthesis of nanomaterials of unique compositions and phases, including alloys, rare earth oxides, cermets, and metallic composites. She is in charge of the X-ray Diffraction Laboratory. An expert in corrosion protection coatings, she supports AMMPI’s outreach to many industries. She received a doctorate in chemistry from New Mexico State University.

Dr. Reza Mirshams

Dr. Mirshams is a professor of engineering technology and mechanical and energy engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Metallurgical, Materials, Mining Society, and a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.  He received a doctorate in industrial metallurgy and metallurgical engineering from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Sundeep Mukherjee

Dr. Sundeep Mukherjee is associate professor of material science and engineering. Dr. Sundeep Mukherjee received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to UNT, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Yale University and senior engineer in Intel’s Logic Technology Development division.

Dr. Seifollah Nasrazadani

Dr. Nasrazadani is a professor of engineering technology. His research has contributed to understanding the mechanisms of atmospheric corrosion of high-strength low-alloy steels and the characterization of corrosion products of ferrous and nonferrous alloys. His research group is developing a standard atmospheric corrosion test protocol to assess corrosion resistance in all-aluminum microchannel heat exchangers.

Dr. Arup Neogi

Dr. Neogi is a Professor of Photonics in physics and leads the Nanophotonics program which includes widebandgap semiconductors, plasmonics and nonlinear optical imaging.  His current research interests include nonlinear optical spectroscopy and biophotonics.  His involvement with AMMPI includes development of hybrid layered- two dimensional and III-V heterojunction semiconductors for optoelectronics and nanophotonics, and novel tunable plasmonic materials for photonics.

Dr. Mohammad Omary

Dr. Omary is a University Distinguished Research professor of chemistry, physics and mechanical and energy engineering. His goal with AMMPI is to design metal-containing molecular materials as “green” active components for a variety of optoelectronic devices and applications. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yarmouk University and his doctorate in physical inorganic chemistry from the University of Maine.

Dr. Usha Philipose

Usha Philipose, Ph.D. is an associate professor of physics.  Her research group works on the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanowires and nanocomposites. She earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Toronto. She received two master’s degrees from Bombay University.

Dr. Richard F. Reidy

Dr. Reidy is a professor of materials science and engineering and was honored with the 2016 UNT Distinguished Teaching Professorship.  His interest in AMMPI includes both functional and structural materials, semiconductor processing, atomically precise manufacturing, magnetic nanoparticles for electronic and biomedical applications, material reactions in supercritical CO2, and adaptive high temperature ceramic coatings.

Dr. Thomas Scharf

Dr. Scharf is a professor in the department of materials science and engineering. He studies the processing, metrology and characterization of advanced ceramic, metallic and functionally-graded composite (or hybrid) materials for aerospace, energy, and biomedical applications. He hopes to identify and find better ways to control the wear and corrosion performance of components. He received his doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Alabama. 

Dr. Nigel D. Shepherd

Dr. Shepherd is an associate professor of materials science and engineering. His research interests include thin film growth by physical vapor deposition (pulsed laser ablation, sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy, thermal evaporation), carrier injection and transport in organic and inorganic optoelectronic and electronic materials, interfacial phenomena in semiconductor heterostructures, Ohmic and Schottky contacts to compound semiconductors, electroluminescent phenomena and devices, light absorbing devices, and thin-film batteries. 

Dr. Hector SillerHector Siller

Dr. Siller is an assistant professor of engineering technology.  He earned his Ph.D in Technological Innovation in Process and Product Engineering from the Jaume I University in Spain, and holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, in the fields of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering respectively. His research areas include advanced manufacturing processes, additive manufacturing, micro-manufacturing and metrology.

Dr. LeGrande Slaughter

Dr. Slaughter is an associate professor of chemistry and the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and OSU Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award.  His research expertise is in the areas of transition metal organometallic chemistry and catalysis.  His interest in AMMPI is the opportunity to interface his expertise in catalysis with the outstanding materials research capabilities and talents in this group.

Dr. Andrey Voevodin

Dr. Voevodin is a professor and the Chair of the materials science and engineering department.  He previously was a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader at the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) performing research in materials and thin film processes.  He established and led tribological, thermal management, and nanoelectronic material research laboratories in AFRL.  Dr. Voevodin holds metallurgy engineer and materials science PhD degrees. He is a fellow of AVS Science and Technology Society.

Dr. Hong Wang

Dr. Wang is an associate professor of chemistry. She joined UNT in the fall of 2016. Dr. Wang obtained her B.S. from Shandong University in China in 1990, and her Ph.D. from University of California at Davis in 2003. She conducted her postdoctoral research at Stanford University and The Scripps Research Institute from 2003-2007. Dr. Wang's research centrally involves the design and synthesis of conjugated organic materials with potential applications ranging from organic electronics to biomedicine.

Dr. Zhenhai Xia

Dr. Xia is a professor in materials science and engineering and has been honored by receiving the 2015 Nanoscience Research Leadership Award by Science Letters and as a 2012 Honored Professor at Hebei University of Technology in Tianjin, China.  His interests in AMMPI include ceramic, metal, and polymer matrix micro-/nano-composites, multifunctional materials for sensing and damage detection, nanomaterials for clean energy (fuel cells, batteries), bio-inspired and bio-mimetic materials and bio-nano interfaces, and multiscale/multiphysics modeling and simulation of materials and processing.

Dr. Dale YeattsDale Yeatts

Dr. Yeatts is a professor of sociology and has focused his research efforts in factors associated with the use of energy-efficient technologies related to building and factors affecting the performance of self-managed work teams within private and public organizations and social gerontology. His interest in AMMPI centers on the shared focus on (1) sustainable community development and (2) self-managed work teams as management strategies in manufacturing and other work settings.

Dr. Marcus L. Young

Dr. Marcus L. Young is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. His research group develops, processes, and characterizes structural metallic materials, with a special interest in shape memory alloys, multi-component alloys, porous metallic foams, thermo-mechanical testing, and high strain rate testing. He earned a doctorate in materials science engineering from Northwestern University.

Dr. Weihuan Zhao

Dr. Zhao is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. Previously, she was working as a postdoctoral appointee in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research areas are in Thermal-Fluid Sciences, including heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. She focuses on heat transfer and CFD simulations by using programming languages as well as the commercial software (i.e., COMSOL, etc.). She is also capable of building heat transfer/fluid dynamics experiments in the lab. Dr. Zhao obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.