Advanced Materials Characterization

Advanced characterization is a core field of expertise for UConn. A large and diverse number of engineers, scientists, and graduate students collaborate using specialized instruments and lab resources to probe the internal structure and properties of various materials. The endeavors often directly support the needs of UConn’s industry partners. Our research and expertise in this field encompasses the following areas and more:

  • Nanostructured materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites)
  • Self-assembled organizations and bio-inspired materials
  • Catalysts, light-harvesting, water-splitting, and energy-storing materials
  • Advanced membranes, stimuli-responsive structures, ferroelectrics, and multiferroics

While these capabilities are available to industry today, the UConn Tech Park will house a more centralized advanced materials characterization facility.

Alexandru Asandei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry


Ali Gokirmak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Anson Ma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; The Institute of Materials Science


Arash Zaghi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Challa Kumar, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry, Head, The Division of Physical Chemistry and Head Department; The Division of Biological Chemistry; Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology; Institute of Materials Sciences


Douglas Adamson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Fotios Papadimitrakopoulos, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry Department


Gregory Sotzing, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry


Helena Silva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering


James Rusling, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Surgery; Chemistry Department; Institute of Materials Science (IMS); Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), UConn Storrs; Surgery and Naeg Cancer Center, UConn Health


Leslie Loew, Ph.D.

Director of the Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling - UConn Health Center. Boehringer Ingelheim Chair in Cell Sciences Professor of Cell Biology and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering


Mark Aindow, Ph.D.

Professor, MSE & Associate Director, IMS


Prabhakar Singh, Ph.D.

UTC Endowed Chair Professor, Materials Science & Engineering; Director, Center for Clean Energy Engineering; Director, Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation


Pu-Xian Gao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering


Radenka Maric, Ph.D.

Professor, Executive Director, Innovation Partnerships & Tech Park, SOE Named Professor in Sustainable Energy


Rainer Hebert, Ph.D.

Castleman Term Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Director of Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC)


Rajeswari Kasi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Robert Kelly, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professor, Reconstructive Sciences


Sangamesh Kumbar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Orthopaedics and Engineering


Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Director, IMS Industrial Affiliates Program


Steven Suib, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Director of the Institute of Materials Science


William Mustain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; United Technologies Professor Engineering Innovation; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; The Institute of Materials Science


Xiuling Lu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy


Xu Chen

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Yu Lei, Ph.D.

Professor; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Department of Biomedical Engineering


Yusuf Khan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering