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Emmanuel P. Giannelis

Email: epg2@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-9680
Office: 326 Bard Hall

Emmanuel P. Giannelis is the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering department. In addition to his primary appointment in Materials Science and Engineering, Giannelis is a member of the Fields of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Applied and Engineering Physics, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is also the co-director of the KAUST-CU Center for Energy and Sustainability.

He is a member of several organizations and serves or has served on the editorial boards of Small, Chemistry of Materials and Macromolecules. He has co-organized half a dozen conferences or symposia on Nanocomposites and has delivered more than 370 Invited Talks and Seminars. He is the author or co-author of over 150 papers and 10 patents. He is a member of several professional organizations and a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences. He is a highly cited author in Materials Science and is listed as one of the top 25 cited authors on Nanotechnology by ISI.

 

Graduate Students


Lou Estevez

Email: le55@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Luis P. Estevez came to Cornell by way of the University of Maine at Orono where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at the University of Maine, Lou was an integral part of a four person team that designed, built and tested a long distance dog sled to be run in the Alaskan Iditarod. A summer internship investigating nonlinear acoustics at Los Alamos National Laboratory has inspired Lou to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in order to realize his full potential.Lou is currently investigating ice templation as a route to fabricate novel materials with tailorable properties and functionalities.

Full CV (PDF format)

 

 

 

Xiaonan Duan

Email: xd34@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Xiaonan Duan grew up in Xi’an, China and received her BS at Fudan University. She is currently a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Xiaonan joined the Giannelis group in the Fall of 2008 and her work focuses on contaminant remediation in aqueous solutions including enzymatic oxidation of phenolic compounds and metal ion removal by functional silica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikhil Fernandes

Email: njf39@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-8228
Office: 256 Duffield Hall

Nikhil Fernandes was born and grew up in Bangalore, India, and went to college at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. His undergraduate research included work on optical vortices in Laguerre-Gauss laser beams, and later on fluxon diffusion in Josephson junction arrays. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Physics, and moved 75 miles away to Cornell to do a Ph.D. in Applied Physics. He works on the synthesis and physical characterization of nanoparticle ionic fluids.

Full CV (PDF format)

 

 

 

 

Ritu Sahore

Email:rs758@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Ritu Sahore grew up in India, and received her B.Tech.(Hons.) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Before coming to Cornell, she studied the synthesis of gold nanoparticles, using biological sources as part of her Bachelor’s thesis, and spent a Summer at the University of British Columbia studying microstructural and texture evolution during rolling in magnesium alloys. As a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering, she joined the Giannelis group and the DiSalvo group (in Chemistry) in the Fall of 2010.  She is currently working on the synthesis and electrochemical testing of carbon-sulfur composites as a potential cathode material in rechargeable Li/S batteries.

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Williams

Email: tvw4@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Tiffany Williams graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BS in Chemistry. During her undergraduate career, she worked on CVAAS/GC-MS determination of mercury in animal tissue and curve fits for low-temperature magnetic susceptibility data. She also spent two summers working as an intern at NASA Langley Research Center, where she synthesized and characterized various nanohybrid systems. Tiffany joined the Giannelis group in 2009, and is currently investigating the synthesis and characterization of ice-templated polymer scaffolds.

 

 

 

 

T. J. Wallin

Email: tjw99@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Thomas Wallin came to Cornell from the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he got a BS degree in Physics and Chemistry. His undergraduate work included research on graphene based nanocomposites and the study of a ternary insulating magnet system. A Cornell Material Science and Engineering graduate student since 2011, Thomas is also co-advised by Dr. Lynden Archer from Chemical Engineering. He is currently investigating a gold ionic liquid nanocomposite system with tunable viscoelastic and optical properties."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anuja Bagul

Email: agb89@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Anuja Bagul is a Masters student in the Materials Science and Engineering Dept. and joined the Giannelis Group in Fall 2011. Her research is on Supercritical CO2-philic Particles for Enhanced Oil Recovery. Prior to joining Cornell University, she graduated from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She was an intern at the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune for 3 years where she worked on Biological Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles; and Synthesis and Functionality of ZnO - Poly (acrylic acid-co-maleic acid) Hierarchical Nanocomposite. Her interest in design and material exploration led her to do an internship at Design Directions Pvt. Ltd., Pune, where she worked on interesting projects. She has followed up with this by taking courses in material innovation and fiber science.

 

 

 

Turki Baroud

Email: tnb33@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Turki Baroud is a PhD student in Material Science and Engineering Department and he joined Giannelis Research group in Fall 2012. He obtained both his B.S. (2010) and M.S. (2012) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Before he joined Cornell University, his research focused on the synthesis of Zeolite nanocrystals for incorporation in RO membranes using different techniques (rubbing, secondary growth, in-situ crystallization) to improve membrane selectivity in water desalination. He also spend the summer of 2011 at the Device Research Laboratory in MIT, where he synthesized and characterized Zeolite crystals with different sizes. He has also worked on fabrication of multi-layered(Micro-Ultra) inorganic ceramic membranes for water purification by controlling the pore size and the thickness of the layers.  

 

 

 

 

 

Anirudh Ramanujapuram

Email: ara97@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Anirudh Ramanujapuram graduated summa cum laude with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from R.V. College, India, in 2009. During his undergrad, he worked on fabricating piezoelectric sensors for aerospace applications. He then worked as a Research Associate with Unilever on water purification technologies. He holds a patent for a water desalination technique. He currently works with the Giannelis group on hierarchical porous carbons synthesized using ice-templation. His work focuses on investigating the electrochemical performance of these materials as cathode scaffolds in lithium-sulfur batteries and super-capacitor applications.

Full CV (PDF format)

 

 

Su-Huo Pai

Email: sp958@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Su-Hou Pai grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and graduated from Chung Yuan Christian University with a BS in Chemistry. There he was engaged in special research related to energy in the Advanced Materials Lab. He conducted research on the topic of “Highly Efficient Single-Layer Gas Diffusion Layers for The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell.” Su-Hou is currently exploring how the carbon-sulfur cathode’s properties in a Li-S battery system affect the cell’s performance.

Full CV (PDF format)

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Kamnang

Email: eyk24@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0865
Office: 171 Kimball Hall

Emma Kamnang was born and grew up in Cameroon. In 2010 she obtained her Bachelor in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. During her undergraduate studies, she worked on developing recipes for Nickel plating and making superoleophobic surface through photolithography. She was also a NNIN-REU summer intern in 2007; her research was on Nanoimprinted Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Biosensor Applications. Right before coming to Cornell, she worked for Corning Incorporated on multiple materials engineering related projects. Presently she is a Masters Student in the department of Materials Science and Engineering and has been part of the group since Fall 2012. She is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of Nanoparticle Ionic Materials (NIMS).

 

 

 

Researchers, Post-Doctoral Researchers, and Visiting Scientists

 

Panos Dallas

Email: pd238@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-6684
Office: 416 Bard Hall

Panagiotis Dallas was born in Lamia, Greece, in 1979. He earned a Ph.D. Fellowship from the NCSR “Demokritos” (Institute of Materials Science) to work with Dr. D. Niarchos and Dr.D. Petridis on conductive polymers and magnetic nanocomposites. After gaining a postdoctoral experience in “Demokritos” and the Centre for Nanomaterials Research in Olomouc, Czech Republic he joined the Giannelis group at Cornell University. His research is now focused on scCO2-philic nanoparticles, photoluminescent nanoparticles and tunable plasmonics. 

Full CV (PDF format)

 

 

 

 

Genggeng Qi

Email: gq24@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0463
Office: 305 Thurston Hall

Genggeng Qi (left) joined the Giannelis group in 2009 as a postdoctoral research associate and has been working on synthesis of nanomaterials, nanocomposites and CO2 capture. Prior to coming to Cornell, he received his Ph.D. degree in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Christopher W. Jones and Prof. F. Joseph Schork, and his Ph.D. work was focused on controlled polymerizations in dispersions. The llama is not a group member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Becerra

Email: nab7@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-8228
Office: 256 Duffield Hall

Natalie Becerra was born and raised in Corona, California. In 2008 she received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology where she studied the phenomena of Booming and Burping Sand Dunes. In early 2012 she received her MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University where she wrote her thesis on methods to study electrolyte candidates for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Now she researches lithium ion battery electrolyte materials by making and testing sample batteries.

 

 

 

 

Kai Pan

Email: kp347@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0865
Office: 171 Kimball Hall

Kai Pan was born and grew up in Tai'an, China. He received his BA and PhD degrees from Sichuan University in Polymer Science and Engineering. After he graduated from Sichuan University, he joined the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) and worked as staff for the College of Materials Science and Engineering. He joined the Giannelis group in the Fall of 2012 as a visiting professor.  His research is now focused on preparation of high quality membranes using polymers, membrane surface functional modifications, and electro-spinning polymer nanofibers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weiran Yang

Email: wy238@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-0865
Office: 171 Kimball Hall

Weiran Yang joined the Giannelis group in 2012 as a postdoctoral research associate and has been working on the development of nanoparticles with uniquely identifiable signature and required high temperature and salinity stability, which can be used as oil well tracers. Prior to coming to Cornell, she received her Ph.D. degree of Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University under the supervision of Prof. Ayusman Sen, and her PhD work was focused on the transition metal catalyzed biomass conversion and coordination-insertion polymerization. She received her BS in the University of Science and Technology of China.

 

 

 

 

Apostolos Enotiadis

Email: ae176@cornell.edu
Phone: (607)-255-8228
Office: 256 Duffield Hall

Apostolos Enotiadis was born in Chalkida, Greece. He graduated from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Ioannina University in Greece and completed his Master’s degree (Onassis Foundation Scholarship) and PhD (Academy of Athens Scholarship) in 2011 at the same University. His research involved the synthesis and characterization of hybrid layered materials (clays, graphene oxide and LDHs) and mesoporous materials for environmental applications. In 2011 he moved to Cornell University and joined the Giannelis group as a postdoctoral research associate. Currently, his research focuses on the synthesis of nanocomposites using silica nanoparticles for Lithium Battery electrolytes.