Current group members

Postdoctoral fellow


Swapnil L. Sonawane, Ph.D.

Education:
Ph.D. Chemistry (2017), CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.
M.S. Organic Chemistry (2009), North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.
B.Sc. Chemistry (2007), North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.

Current research interests:
Synthesis of fluorescent polymers for scintillation applications.

Email address: ssonawane@chem.fsu.edu


Graduate Students


David Delgado

Education:
B.S. Chemistry (2010), Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Current research interests:
Design of functional polyelectrolytes and reactive polymers.

Email address: jdelgado@chem.fsu.edu

Richard Surmaitis

Education:
B.A. Biological Sciences (2012), University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
B.A. Chemistry (2012), University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Current research interests:
Electrokinetic chemical analysis of polyelectrolyte multilayers.
Protein adsorption/desorption on modified surfaces.

Email address: rsurmaitis@chem.fsu.edu


Hadi Fares

Education:
M.S. Bioactive Molecules (2013), Lebanese University, Lebanon.
B.S. Biochemistry (2011), Lebanese University, Lebanon.

Current research interests:
Charge compensation and diffusion in polyelectrolyte multilayers and complexes.

Email address: hfares@chem.fsu.edu

Behtash Shakeri

Education:
M.S. Chemistry (2015), University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
B.S. Chemistry (2011), Sharif Univeristy of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

Current research interests:
Surface modification of colloidal silica nanoparticles integrated in polymeric matrices.

Email address: bshakeri@chem.fsu.edu


Rachel Abbett

Education:
B.S. Chemistry (2016), Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Current research interests:
Internal composition of polyelectrolyte multilayers and complexes.

Email address: rabbett@chem.fsu.edu

Samir Abou Shaheen

Education:
M.S. Chemistry (2016), American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
B.S. Chemistry (2014), American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Current research interests:
Ion diffusion in polyelectrolyte multilayers.

Email address: sshaheen@chem.fsu.edu


Mo Yang

Education:
M.S. Polymer Engineering (2016), The University of Akron, Ohio.
B.E. Polymer Engineering (2015), Sichuan University, China

Current research interests: Thermal transformations in polyelectrolyte complexes.

Email address: myang@chem.fsu.edu


Group Alumni


Graduate Students


Name
Degree and year of graduation
Dissertation title
Current position
Yara Ghoussoub Ph.D. 2017 The Two Faces of a Polyelectrolyte Multilayer: Tailoring the Structure and the Properties Leadership Development Program Associate: Label and Graphic Materials - Avery Dennison, North America
Jingcheng Fu Ph.D. 2017 Polyelectrolyte Association: Driving Force and Strength of Ion-Pairing Process Development Engineer at MiaSolé
Kristopher Kelly Ph.D. 2016 Kinetics and Applications of Polyelectrolyte Membranes and Multilayers Research Associate at Innovatech Engineering
Carlos Arias Ph.D. 2016 Surface Charge Density In Polyelectrolyte Multilayers And Its Role In Cell Behavior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
Jessica Martinez Ph.D. 2015 Cell Adhesion And Motility On Biocompatible Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Postdoc at GE (Cell and molecular biology lab of the life science and diagnostic division)
Rabih Shamoun Ph.D. 2013 Extruded Saloplastic Polyelectrolyte Complexes Professor, Lebanese University
Ramy Ghostine Ph.D. 2013 Ionic Content And Permeability Of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers And Complexes Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
Haifa Hariri Ph.D. 2012 Polyelectrolyte Complexes And Multilayers: Establishing Structure-Property Relations For Bioapplications Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
Ali Lehaf Ph.D. 2012 Coatings From Polyelectrolytes: Fundamentals Of Build-Up And Control Over Mechanical Properties For Bioapplications Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
Zaki Estephan Ph.D. 2012 Zwitteration: A Different Approach To Non Stick Surfaces TD Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
Lara Al Hariri Ph.D. 2011 Polyelectrolyte In Optoelectronics And Biomaterials Faculty, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Marie Markarian Ph.D. 2011 Interactions and Conformations of Polyelectrolytes in Solutions, Thin Films, and Complexes Process Development Engineer - Intel Corporation
Layal Rouhana Ph.D. 2011 Water Compatible Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold and Iron Oxide Surfaces: Applications and Adsorption Kinetics Senior IC Packaging Engineer at Qualcomm
Maroun Moussallem Ph.D. 2008 Cell protein and nucleic acid interactions with polyelectrolyte multilayers R&D Manager at Avery Dennison
Claudiu Bucur Ph.D. 2008 Swelling and Doping of Polyelectorlyte Multilayers: From Theory to Applications Battery Research Consultant-Toyota Research Institute of North America
Kevin Hsieh M.S. 2008 Chemical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Rana Jisr Ph.D. 2007 Controlling Surface Energy in Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Associate Professor, Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences, West Virginia University
Amir Rmaile M.S. 2007 Characterization of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers and Complexes: Towards Bio-Implant Applications Research Dentist & Scientist Oral Healthcare Research at Philips Research
Jad Jaber Ph.D. 2005 Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: An Odyssey through Interdisciplinary Science Membrane R&D, Entegris
Hussam Jumaa Ph.D. 2005 A Molecular Walk Across Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Senior Staff Engineer at Qualcomm
Hassan Rmaile Ph.D. 2004 Structure-Property Relationships in the Design, Assembly and Applications of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Thin Films Global Vice President, R&D of Materials Group at Avery Dennison
David Salloum Ph.D. 2004 Surfaces Modified with Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for Bio-Interface Applications Section Head, Global Innovation & Technology Manager at Procter & Gamble
Zhijie Sui Ph.D. 2004 Characterization and Applications of PH-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Complex and Multilayers Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Tarek Farhat Ph.D. 2002 Corrosion Control Using Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Chemistry Instructor at Pennsylvania State University
Peter Howell Ph.D. 2002 Polyelectrolytes in Analytical Separations Research Chemist at NIST
Tim Graul Ph.D. 1999 Ultra-thin Polyelectrolyte Layers for Separations Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer, Inc.
Renato Kolega Ph.D. 1998 Paramagnetic and Polyaromatic Self-Assembled Monolayers Senior Scientist at Alcon Laboratories Inc.
Hiep Ly Ph.D. 1997 The Stability and Interaction of Electroactive Self-Assembled Structures Global Marketing at Six Sigma, DuPont Crop Protection
Delphine Laurent M.S. 1996 Multilayers of Ultrathin Films of Redox Polymer by Self-Assembly ExxonMobil Chemicals (Brussels)
Ming Li Ph.D. 1996 Radioanalytical Techniques to Measure the Adsorption of Polyelectrolytes and Self-Assembled Monolayers
Lawrence Seger Ph.D. 1995 Synthesis and Characterization of Sulfur Derivatives for Self Assembly of Monolayers of Fullerenes at Gold Surfaces Manager of Research and Development at Decorative Products
Richard Wen Ph.D. 1995 Novel Organic Thin Films From Porphyrins: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications Manager Applications Engineering at Fujifilm Electronic Materials
Hong Xu Ph.D. 1994 In Situ Characterization of Polymers and Small Molecules at Interfaces Independent Research and Consultancy
Li Jih Wang Ph.D. 1994 Elimination Mechanism, Doping and Chemical Modification of Poly(p-phenylene vinylene)s
Phil Trimmer M.S. 1994 Lab Technician, Dept. of Chemistry, Washington and Lewis University
Yoke Fong Ph.D. 1993 Kinetics and Characterization of Conducting and Insulating Polymers by In-Situ and Ex-Situ Techniques Commercial Director - Asia Pacific at Almatis Co. Ltd.
H.F. Wu M.S. 1991

Research Associates & Postdocs


Name Year
Dr. Jianbing Shi 2016-2017
Dr. Qifeng Wang 2012-2015
Maria Ferriz 2010
Dr. Andreas Reisch 2009-2010
Dr. Claudine Porcel 2007-2008
Dr. Stephan Dubas 1997-2002
Dr. Feng Gao 1992-1994
Dr. Jayesh Dharia 1991-1993
Dr. Jack Rink 1989-1990

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