Group Members

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Research Associates

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.

 

 

 

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr. Mikhail Chubarov

Dr. Chubarov received his M.Sc. degree in Physics in 2010 from the University of Latvia and his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2015 from Linkoping University in Sweden.  His M.S. thesis research investigated thermoactivited spectroscopy of AlGaN alloys and his Ph.D. dissertation was focused on CVD of sp2 boron nitride.  From 2015-2016, he was a postdoctoral scholar at SIMaP in Grenoble, France where he worked on halide CVD of AlN on silicon.  He joined Penn State in 2017 as a postdoctoral scholar in the 2D Crystal Consortium.

 

 

Graduate Students

Xiaotian ZhangXiaotian Zhang

Xiaotian Zhang received his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State in 2014 and is currently working towards his Ph.D.  His research is focused on studying the effects of precursor chemistry on the MOCVD growth of transition metal dichalcogenides.

 

 

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 use of strain engineered SiGe buffer layers for 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.