Faculty


Welcome! The Institute brings together a diverse group of 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 and processes for the aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors.  For your convience, a brief bio and contact information for each faculty member is provided below under Leadership Team and Members.


Rajiv MishraDr. Rajiv S. Mishra, Director

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP) | Rajiv.Mishra@unt.edu |

Dr. Mishra, Distinguished Research Professor in 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.

Wondbong ChoiDr. Wonbong Choi, Associate Director

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Wonbong.Choi@unt.edu |

Dr. Choi, is a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  He is an internationally recognized researcher in nanotechnology and has conducted pioneering research on nanomaterials and applications in rechargeable batteries and electronic devices. He is a Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow since 2009 and has received numerous awards including MRS Medal Award (2006), Samsung Award (2002), Research Leadership Award (2021). He has served as an editor/editorial board of 5 journals. He is the author/co-author of over 80 patents, 1 book (“GRAPHENE” CRC Press), 10 book chapters, over 260 publications, which includes 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and 80 conference proceedings. His research articles have been cited ~16,000 times with H-index of 65 (Google Scholar).


Leadership Team

Rajarshi BanerjeeDiana BermanDwight Burford | Francis D’Souza | Jincheng DuTeresa D. Golden | Sundeep Mukherjee 


Dr. Rajarshi Banerjee

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Materials Research Facility (MRF) | Rajarshi.Banerjee@unt.edu |

Dr. Banerjee, is a Regents Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. He 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

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Diana.Berman@unt.edu |

Dr. Berman is an Assistant Professor in 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. Dwight Burford

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Page | Dwight.Burford@unt.edu |

Dr. Burford is a Research Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. After receiving his doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines in 1987, Dr. Burford conducted postdoctoral studies at Ohio State University. In 1989, he joined Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, where, as an Associate Technical Fellow, he conducted research and development in metal forming, machining, welding, heat treating, etc. Beginning in 2000, Dr. Burford’s R&D work in friction stir welding led to production flight hardware in mid-2005. From the fall of 2005 to the summer of 2012, he directed the NIAR Advanced Joining Lab at Wichita State University. Since mid-2012, Dr. Burford has also worked as a metallurgical engineering consultant.

Dr. Francis D’Souza

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Supramolecular Nanochemistry Group | Francis.Dsouza@unt.edu |

Dr. D’Souza is a Regents Professor in the Department 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. Jincheng Du

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Functional Glasses and Materials Modeling Lab (FGM2L) | Jincheng.Du@unt.edu |

Dr. Du is a Professor in 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

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Electrochemistry and Nanomaterials Lab | Teresa.Golden@unt.edu |

Dr. Golden is a Professor in the Deparment of Chemistry and the Director of the Forensic Science Program at the University of North Texas. 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. Sundeep Mukherjee

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Sundeep.Mukherjee@unt.edu |

Dr. Mukherjee is an Associate Professor in 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.


Members

Nandika A. D’Souza | Mohamed El Bouanani | Maurizio Manzo | Reza Mirshams | Seifollah Nasrazadani | Mohammad Omary | Bibhudutta Rout | Thomas Scharf | Sheldon Shi | Hector Siller Carrillo | Srinivasan Srivilliputhur | Marcus L. Young | Weihuan Zhao


Dr. Nandika A. D'Souza

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Nandika.DSouza@unt.edu |

Dr. Nandika Anne D’Souza is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  She has joint appointments in Mechanical 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. Mohamed El Bouanani

Faculty Page | Bouanani@unt.edu |

Dr. Mohamed El Bouanani is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. He received His PhD in Physics from the Universite Claude Bernard Lyon I in 1990. Areas of research include growth, processing and characterization of inorganic thin film nanostructures for micro/nano-electronic and photovoltaic applications. Other areas of research include nanoscale interfacial studies of complex multi-layered nanostructures: size effects on thermal stability, diffusion and reactions.

Dr. Maurizio Manzo

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Photonics Micro-Devices Fabrication Laboratory | Maurizio.Manzo@unt.edu |

Dr. Maurizio Manzo is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He is the Director of the Photonics Micro-Devices Fabrication Laboratory and is involved in sensor development, instrumentation and flow diagnostics, and biomedical micro-devices.  He received his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Dr. Reza Mirshams

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Reza.Mirshams@unt.edu |

Dr. Mirshams is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He has Ph.D. degree in Industrial Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and M. Engr. and B.S. from the University of Tehran. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer with combined industrial, academic, and forensic engineering experiences. His research interest is in deformation mechanisms, fracture and failure analysis, and materials performance in engineering products. He has been the recipient of research grants from federal and local agencies and industries. He has taught courses in the areas of metallurgy, manufacturing processes of materials, failure analysis of materials, fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep, engineering product design and materials selection, corrosion, and performance of materials. He has been ABET Commissioner, Team Chair, engineering Program Evaluator, and current member of The Minerals, Metals & Material Society (TMS) and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Dr. Seifollah Nasrazadani

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Seifollah.Nasrazadani@unt.edu |

Dr. Nasrazadani is a Professor and Senior Director for Technology and Management Programs in Mechanical Engineering. 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. Mohammad Omary

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Omary Research Group | Mohammad.Omary@unt.edu |

Dr. Omary is an University Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and leads the Omary Research Group.  His goal with AMMPI is to design metal-containing molecular materials as “green” functional materials for a variety of optoelectronic, environmental, and biomedical 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. Bibhudutta Rout

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | bibhu@unt.edu |

Dr. Rout is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. He is actively pursuing research in several experimental areas involving condensed matter physics, materials science, nano-science and technology. His current research interests include materials analysis and modification using high energy focused ion beams; Growth and analysis of micro-nanostructures using UHV techniques involving MBE, E-beam, Ion beam.

Dr. Thomas Scharf

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Moving Mechanical Assemblies Lab | Thomas.Scharf@unt.edu |

Dr. Scharf is a Professor in 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. Sheldon Shi

| Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Sheldon.Shi@unt.edu |

Dr. Shi is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD from Michigan Technological University in 1997. Dr. Shi has published papers on modeling and validation of biomass pyrolysis with a focus on product yield and composition, the fabrication of wood fiber-rubber composites with microwave-modified waste rubber powder, and on soybean meal-based wood adhesives water resistance improvement.

Dr. Hector Siller CarrilloHector Siller

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Digital Manufacturing Lab | Hector.Siller@unt.edu |

Dr. Siller Carrillo is an Assistant Professor and Manufacturing ET Program Coordinator in Mechanical Engineering.  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. Srinivasan Srivilliputhur

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Srinivasan.Srivilliputhur@unt.edu |

Dr. Srivilliputhur is a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include developing high-fidelity interatomic potentials for large-scale atomistic simulations and atomistic modeling of deformation behavior and defect physics, irradiation effects in materials, phase transformations, and structure property-relations in metals and alloys. Prior to his service at UNT, Dr. Srivilliputhur was a technical staff member in the Materials Science Division at Los Alamos National Lab.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Materials Science and Engineering in 1998 and completed postdoctoral studies in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Lab in 2002.

Dr. Marcus L. Young

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | The X Lab | Marcus.Young@unt.edu |

Dr. Young is an Associate Professor and the Associate Department Chair for Undergraduate Program in 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

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | ZØE | Weihuan.Zhao@unt.edu |

Dr. Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical 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.

Sreekar Marpu

Faculty Page | Google Scholar |

Sreekar Marpu is a research assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry with research interests in polymers, hydrogels, optical materials, fiber optics, and nanomaterials for chemical sensing, environment, energy, and biomedical applications.



Dr. Shengqian Ma

Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Research Profile | Shengqian.Ma@unt.edu |

Dr. Ma is the Professor and Welch Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on the development of functional porous materials including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and porous organic polymers (POPs) for energy, biological, environmental-related applications. He has published more than 300 papers with the total citations over 32000 and the H-index of 96; he has been selected as the Highly Cited Researcher (top 1%) for eight consecutive years (2014-2021).