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Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Tanushree Choudhury

Dr. Choudhury received her Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2014 from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.  Her thesis research focused on the synthesis of zirconia nanostructures and studies of their catalytic properties for CO oxidation.  She joined Penn State in 2014 as a postdoctoral scholar working on MOCVD growth of transition metal dichalcogenides and is currently a research associate in the 2D Crystal Consortium at Penn State.

 

 

 

Dr. Benjamin Huet

Dr. Huet received his Ph.D. in Materials Science in November 2017 from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. His research thesis focused on the chemical vapor deposition of highly crystalline graphene on Cu substrates. He got awarded a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational foundation (B.A.E.F.) and a grant from the Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI) to join Penn State as a visiting research scholar in July 2018. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the 2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC) at Penn State working on the MOCVD growth of transition metal dichalcogenides.

 

 

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Haoyue Zhu

Haoyue Zhu is currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Joan Redwing in the Dep. of Materials Science and Engineering of Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012, and then completed his Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University with the supervision of Prof. Mauricio Terrones. His research interests include understanding the mechanism of the growth of two-dimensional materials, and synthesizing new materials based on structure-property relationships.

 

 

Graduate Students

jeffrey-kronzJeffrey Kronz

Jeffrey Kronz received his B.S. degree in MatSE from Penn State in 2016 and recently joined the graduate program.  His research is focused on synthesis and characterization of 2D materials.  He is supported by Penn State ARL and is co-advised with Dr. David Snyder.

 

 

 

Anushka Bansal

Anushka Bansal received her B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering in 2015 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi, her M.S. degree in MatSE from Penn State in 2017 and is currently working towards her Ph.D. degree.  Her research is focused on the epitaxial growth of group III Nitrides.

 

 

Azimkhan Kozhakhmetov

Azim Kozhakhmetov received his B.N.S. degree in Physics from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Kazakhstan in 2013, M.S. degree in MatSE from Penn State and is currently working towards his Ph.D degree.  His research is focused on MOCVD growth and characterization of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.

 

 

 

Thomas Virgil Mc knight

Tom Mc Knight received his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State in 2018 and is currently working towards his Ph.D. His research is focused on MOCVD growth and in-situ characterization of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides with an emphasis on spectroscopic ellipsometry.

 

 

 

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Ziguang Ma

Dr. Ziguang Ma received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. His Ph.D. thesis research focused on the improving the GaN material quality of light emitting diodes and investigation of the GaN electrical and optical properties. He worked on the III-nitride material growth using MOCVD and related device fabrication in the Institute of Physics in China a senior engineer from 2011. He joined the Penn State in 2018 as a visiting scholar. He is now working on ultrawide bandgap semiconductor material growth including AlN and Ga2O3 using MOCVD system.