Prof. Martin Thuo, PhD

Associate Professor Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering (courtesy)

Post-doctoral fellow: Harvard University; Mary-Fieser fellow (2009-2011), Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center fellow (2012-2013)

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Souvik Banerjee began his Ph.D. study in Fall 2015 after working for 4 years in the metals industry. He is trying to solve the global food supply problem using an interdisciplinary approach of materials science, chemical engineering, and plant biology. His graduate research has been focused on diverse topics ranging from characterization and processing of thin films, synthesis of colloidally stable nanoparticles, superhydrophobic surfaces, processing of hydrogel-based polymers and engineering controlled environments for plant growth and development. He is currently a postdoc having defended his PhD in the summer.

(e-mail: sbanz at

Alana Pauls began her BS/MS studies in Fall 2020 working on development of frugal tools to evaluate defects in additively manufactured products. Her previous work in the group involved synthesis of undercooled metal particles using the SLICE method and developing methods to tune size polydispersity for printing on textured surfaces.

(e-mail: ampauls at

Paul Gregory joined the group while still a junior at ISU. He started his M.Eng. study in Fall 2016. He has been working on mechanical properties of engineered composites and interface driven materials processing. He is currently a postdoc having defended his PhD in the summer.

(e-mail: paulgreg at


Bradley Swan Joined the group in 2021 will be working on non-traditional polymer synthesis and applications. Part of his work is to utilize surface bound water as a co-monomer or free-electrons in engineering polymer architecture.

Dhruv Raturi Joined the group as an MEng student working on understanding phase transition models from a first principle approach on 2D self-assembled model system. He transitioned to a PhD student extending his work on self-assembled systems and associated phase change.

(e-mail: draturi at

 Ally Dunnum joined the group in the fall 2021. She is working on understanding complex biological surfaces.
Yahriel Salinas-Reyes (LSAMP Scholar, Boeing fellow, ISU HONS) joined the group as a freshman and has been working on neoteric MEMS for use in understanding autonomous poising.


Dr. Stephanie Oyola-Reynoso

(Postdoc at Harvard University)

Dr. Jiahao Chen

(Postdoc at Northwestern University)

Dr. Boyce Chang

(Postdoc at University of California, Berkeley)

Dr. Andrew Martin

(Postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs)


Joel Cutinho, M.S.

(Nanolab Technologies Inc.)

Dr. Julia J. Chang

(Postdoc at Fudan University)


Dr. Chuanshen Du

(Postdoc at University of British Columbia)

Dr. Scarlett (Zhengjia) Wang

(university of Virginia)

Dr. Ian Tevis

(President and CTO, Safi-tech inc)

Dr. Chris Frankeiwcz

(CTO, Sep-All)

Souvik Kundu
Millicent (Orondo) Hoback
Dr. Marcela Portes de Castro (faculty, IFES – Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo)
Dr. Mario Fratzl (CNRS, France)
Dr. Winnie Kiarie (Intel)
Undergraduate Alumni


Atte Kadoma (Harvard PhD)

Jake Sporrer (Hons, UC berkeley)

Jonathan Zaugg (Boeing Fellow, PhD ISU)

Farha Mithila (Tufts University)

Zhi Li (Harvard University)

James Boose (Des Moines, IA)

Paul Gregory (grad student, ISU)

Kaci Ann-Storm (ISU)

Giovanni Rodriguez (LSAMP scholar)

Julian Halberstman-Black

Andrew Heim (UMass Boston)

Cissy Nsubuga (UMass Boston)

Garrett Andersen

Tim O’Shea

Henry Ahrenholtz

Trevor Lyons (PhD, MSE, ISU)

Thomas Joseph Giroux III

Paul Karanja (LSAMP scholar, Polymer synthesis)

Andrea Boyer (LSAMP scholar)

Parker Jacobson

Harris Seabold