Former Graduate Students




Mr. Logan Wilder (2016 – present)

Ms. Ke Huang (2016 – present)

Ms. Nicole Pollok (2016 – present)

Ms. Jamie A. Trindell (2015 - present)

Mr. Collin Davies (2015 - present)

Ms. Aliya Lapp (2014 – present)

Ms. Nevena Ostojic (2014 – present)

Ms. Molly Kogan (2014 - present)

Mr. Morgan J. Anderson (2011 - present)


40. Ms. Eunsoo Yoon; M.S., May, 2017
• Dissertation title: Photoelectrochemical Ion Concentration Polarization: a microfluidic ion filtration system using light-driven electrochemical reactions
• Current employment:

39. Dr. Alma D. Castañeda; Ph.D., May, 2017
• Dissertation title: Detection of microRNA by Electrocatalytically Amplified Nanoparticle Collisions
• Significant awards and honors: Competitive Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Graduate School Summer Fellowship, Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, and Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Fellowship.
• Current employment: Postdoc, Georgia Tech.

38. Dr. Xiang Li; Ph.D., May, 2017
• Dissertation title: Paper-Based Electrochemical Platforms for Separation, Enrichment, and Detection
• Significant awards and honors:
• Current employment: Postdoc, Tufts University

37. Mr. Nicholas Brenes; M.S., December, 2016
• Thesis title: Paper Analytical Devices for Rapid, Quantitative Electrochemical Detection of DNA and Bacteria
• Significant awards and honors: NASA Harriett G. Jenkins PhD Graduate Fellow
• Current employment: NASA

36. Dr. Josephine Cunningham; Ph.D., May, 2016
• Dissertation title: Development of the “NoSlip”: A Simple Yet Sophisticated Paper Analytical Device for Detection of Proteins
• Significant awards and honors: NASA Harriett G. Jenkins PhD Graduate Fellowship, UT Henze Teaching Award
• Current employment: Access Sensor Technologies (Ft. Collins, CO)

35. Dr. Rachel Anderson; Ph.D., December, 2015
• Dissertation title: Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles as Model Electrocatalysts
• Current employment: Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, DC)

34. Dr. Kyle Knust; Ph.D., August, 2015
• Dissertation title: Bipolar Electrochemistry for Enrichment, Separations, and Membraneless Electrochemically Mediated Desalination
• Significant awards and honors: UT Chemistry Department 2015 Dorothy B. Banks Fellowship
• Current employment: Assistant Professor, Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois)

33. Dr. Karen Scida; Ph.D., December, 2014
• Dissertation title: Microfluidics for Bioanalytical Research: Transitioning into Point-of-Care Diagnostics
• Significant awards and honors: UT Graduate School Summer 2014 Fellowship
• Current employment: Postdoc, Univ. California, Santa Barbara

32. Dr. Stephen Fosdick; Ph.D., May, 2014
• Dissertation title: Bipolar Electrodes for the Screening of Electrocatalyst Candidates
• Significant awards and honors: William Powers, Jr. Graduate Fellowship
• Current employment: Dow Chemical Co. (Freeport, TX)

31. Dr. David Yancey; Ph.D., December, 2013
• Dissertation title: "Structural and Electrocatalytic Properties of Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles"
• Significant awards and honors: Graduate Student Silver Award, 2013 MRS fall meeting
• Current employment: Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI).

30. Dr. Hong Liu; Ph.D., December, 2012
• Dissertation title: "Simple and Inexpensive Biosensors for Point-of-Care Diagnostics"
• Significant awards and honors: Maddin Fellowship in Chemistry
• Current employment: Professor, State Key Lab of Bioelectronics, Southeast University (China).

29. Ms. Elizabeth Nettleton; M.S., December, 2012
• Thesis title: "Detecting Single-Particle Insulating Collisions in Microfluidics as a Function of Flow Rate"
• Significant awards and honors: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
• Current employment: Trinity Consultants (Austin, TX).

28. Ms. Daphne Sung; M.S., December, 2011
• Thesis title: "Synthesis and Characterization of PtNi Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles"
• Current employment: UT-Austin (Austin, TX).

27. Dr. V. Sue Myers; Ph.D., December, 2011
• Dissertation title: "Characterization of Dendrimer Encapsulated Nanoparticles by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure and Electrochemical Methods"
• Significant awards and honors: Graduate Student Award to Attend the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany
• Current employment: Intel Corporation (Portland, OR).

26. Dr. Emily V. Carino; Ph.D., August, 2011
• Dissertation title: "Underpotential Deposition as a Synthetic and Characterization Tool for Core@Shell Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles "
• Current employment: Staff scientist, Argonne National Lab (Argonne, IL).

25. Dr. Brian A. Zaccheo; Ph.D., August, 2011
• Dissertation title: "Application of Enzymatic Catalysis and Galvanic Processes for Biosensor Development"
• Current employment: Intel Corporation (Portland, OR).

24. Dr. Robbyn K. Perdue (Anand); Ph.D., December, 2010
• Dissertation title: "Electrokinetic Focusing of Charged Species at a Bipolar Electrode in a Microfluidic Device"
• Significant awards and honors: NSF Graduate Fellowship Awardee
• Current employment: Assistant Professor, Iowa State University (Ames, IA).

23. Dr. Michael G. Weir; Ph.D., December, 2010
• Dissertation title "Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles: Synthetic Methods and Characterization Including Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure"
• Current employment: Assistant Professor, Texas Wesleyan University (Ft. Worth, TX)

22. Dr. Kwok-Fan Chow; Ph.D., August, 2010
• Dissertation title: "Development of Wireless DNA Microarray Sensors"
• Significant awards and honors: UT Chemistry Department Dorothy B. Banks Fellowship.
• Current employment: Assistant Professor, The University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Lowell, MA).

21. Ms. Christina Wales; M.S., May, 2010
• Thesis title: Hydrodynamic Radii of Pt Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles and Precursors
• Current employment: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

20. Mr. Tim Balasavage; M.S., August, 2009
• Thesis title: "Quantitative Measurements of the Transfer Efficiency of DNA Microarray Replication"
• Current employment: unknown.

19. Dr. Joohoon Kim; Ph. D., August, 2007
• Dissertation title: "Development of Microdevices for Applications to Bioanalysis"
• Significant awards and honors: ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Summer Fellowship.
• Current employment: Associate Professor, Kyung Hee University (Seoul, South Korea).

18. Dr. Rahul Dhopeshwarkar; Ph. D., August, 2007
• Dissertation title: "Electrokinetic Concentration Enrichment within a Microfluidic Device Integrated with a Hydrogel Microplug"
• Current employment: Care Fusion/BD (San Diego, CA).

17. Dr. Heechang Ye; Ph. D., December, 2006.
• Dissertation title: "Dendrimer-Encapsulated Metal Nanoparticle Thin Films on Solid Surfaces: Preparation, Characterization, and Applications to Electrocatalysis"
• Current employment: OCI Corporation (So. Korea).

16. Mr. Raphael Lezutekong; M.S., August, 2006
• Thesis title: "Application of Dendrimer-Encapsulated Pd Nanoparticles in Homogeneous Catalysis: Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reaction (The Stille Reaction)"

15. Dr. Orla M. Wilson; Ph. D., December, 2005
• Dissertation title: "Structure-Function Relationships in Dendrimer-Encapsulated Metal Nanoparticles"
• Significant awards and honors: ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Summer Fellowship.
• Current employment: Lecturer, The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

14. Dr. Jinseok Heo; Ph. D., December, 2005
• Dissertation title: "Characterization and Applications of Microfluidic Devices Based on Immobilized Biomaterials"
• Current employment: Associate Professor, Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY)

13. Dr. Yong-Gu Kim; Ph. D., December, 2005
• Dissertation title: "Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization of Highly Monodisperse Dendrimer-Templated Monolayer-Protected Clusters"
• Current employment: Hyundai Motors, Korea

12. Dr. Wei Zhan; Ph. D., May, 2004
• Dissertation title: "Integration of Functional Components into Microfluidic Chemical Systems: Bioimmobilization and Electrochemiluminescent Detection on Chip"
• Significant awards and honors: 2004 Celanese Outstanding Graduate Student Award; ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Summer Fellowship.
• Current employment: Associate Professor, Auburn Univesity (Auburn, AL)

11. Dr. Gregory P. Perez; Ph. D., May, 2004
• Dissertation title: "Chemically-Sensitive, Polymer-Mediated Nanoporous Alumina SAW Sensors for the Detection of Vapor-Phase Analytes"
• Current employment: Halliburton (Houston, TX)

10. Dr. Yanhui Niu; Ph. D., May, 2003
Dissertation title: "Dendrimer-Encapsulated Metal Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications to Catalysis"
Significant awards and honors: Best Poster Presentation Award, Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis; Outstanding Research Presentation Award, PacifiChem 2000 International Meeting.
Current employment: Research Scientist, DuPont Central Research (Wilmington, DE)

9. Dr. Wendy S. Baker; Ph. D., May, 2002
Dissertation title: "Electrochemical and Spectroscopic Studies of Novel Electroactive Nanostructures"
Significant awards and honors: The Colin Garfield Fink Fellowship of The Electrochemical Society.
Current employment: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX)

8. Dr. Lane A. Baker; Ph. D., December, 2001
Dissertation title: "Endgroup Interactions in Poly(amidoamine) and Modified Poly(propylene imine) Dendrimers"
Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)

7. Dr. Mingqi Zhao; Ph. D., December, 1999
Dissertation title: "Hyperbranched Polymer Films and Dendrimers: Their Chemistry and Applications"
Significant awards and honors: Electrochemical Society Summer Fellowship, Eastman Chemical Company Fellowship, Phillips Petroleum Fellowship, Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (Gold Medal), Celanese Award for best dissertation.
Current employment: NDC (a J&J company in Fremont, CA).

6. Dr. Daniel L. Dermody; Ph. D., December, 1998
Dissertation title: "Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Thin Films Incorporating Macrocycles"
Current employment: Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI)

5. Dr. Francis P. Zamborini; Ph. D., December, 1998
Dissertation title: "Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Corrosion Passivation and Nanometer-Scale Lithography with Self-Assembled Monolayers"
Current employment: Professor, University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

4. Dr. Jonathan Schoer; Ph. D., May, 1997
Dissertation title: "Fabrication, Characterization, and Applications of Nanometer-Scale Features within Organomercaptan Self-Assembled Monolayers"
Significant awards and honors: Electrochemical Society Summer Fellowship, IBM Graduate Fellowship
Current employment: Associate Professor, Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN).

3. Dr. Travis Wade; Ph. D., December, 1995.
Dissertation title: “Electrochemical Synthesis of Metal-Nitride Ceramic Powders and Metal-Nitride Ceramic Coatings”
Current employment: Institut De Physique Experimentale (Lausanne, Switzerland)

2. Dr. Orawon Chailapakul; Ph. D., December, 1994
Dissertation title: “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoporous Organomercaptan Self-Assembling Monolayers“
Current employment: Professor, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand).

1. Dr. Ross C. Thomas; Ph. D., December, 1994
Dissertation title: “Chemical Reactivity and Mechanical Properties of Well-Ordered Organic Films Confined to Conducting Substrates”
Current employment: President and founder, Syntrotek Corp. (Boulder, CO).