Current group members

Graduate Students

Rachel Abbett

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

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

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Samir Abou Shaheen

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.

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Mo Yang

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.

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Yuhui Chen

B.A. Chemistry (2017), St. Olaf College, Minnesota.

Current research interests:
Mechanical properties of polyelectrolyte complexes.

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Sandrine Lteif

M.S. Chemistry (2017), American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
B.S. Chemistry (2014), Lebanese University, Lebanon.

Current research interests:
Synthesis and applications of zwitterionic monomers and polymers.

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Khalil Akkaoui

M.S. Chemistry and Nanotechnology (2016), University of Hull, UK.
B.S. Chemistry (2015), American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Current research interests:
Synthesis of narrow molecular weight distribution polyelectrolyte

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Zachary Digby

B.S. Biochemistry (2018), Miami University, Oxford, OH.
B.S. Chemistry (2018), Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Current research interests:
Isothermal titration calorimetry of polyelectrolyte complexes.

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John Akintola

B.S. Industrial Chemistry (2015), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Current research interests:
Enthalpy of hydration of polyelectrolyte complexes and application as desiccants.
Development of novel anti-fouling polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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Group Alumni

Graduate Students

Degree and year of graduation
Dissertation title
Current position
Richard Surmaitis Ph.D. 2019 Cell Adhesion Behavior and Protein-Surface Interactions on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Thin Films Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
Hadi Fares Ph.D. 2018 Structure and Dynamics of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers and Complexes Senior Scientist at DuPont
Jose David Delgado Ph.D. 2018 Tailoring Surfaces - From Polyelectrolyte Design to Thin Film Coatings Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
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 Engineering Project Manager at Apple
Kristopher Kelly Ph.D. 2016 Kinetics and Applications of Polyelectrolyte Membranes and Multilayers Senior Research Scientist at Fujifilm Electronic Materials
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 Lead Scientist at GE Global Research
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 Staff Engineer at Illumina
Maroun Moussallem Ph.D. 2008 Cell protein and nucleic acid interactions with polyelectrolyte multilayers Global R&D Director at Avery Dennison
Claudiu Bucur Ph.D. 2008 Swelling and Doping of Polyelectorlyte Multilayers: From Theory to Applications Chief Engineer at SVOLT Energy Technology
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
Houssam Jomaa Ph.D. 2005 A Molecular Walk Across Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Senior Engineering Manager at Illumina
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 Senior Scientist at Biogen
Tarek Farhat Ph.D. 2002 Corrosion Control Using Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Academic Lab Manager at Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences, West Virginia 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.
Randall 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 Research and Development Manager - Columbia Chemical Company
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

Visiting Scholar, Research Associates & Postdocs

Name Year
Dr. Swapnil Sonawane 2017-2019
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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