Department Leadership

Andrea Hodge - Department Chair

Arthur B. Freeman Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

My group research focus is on the synthesis of engineered microstructures with nanoscale precision, which allows for tailored properties and/or

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Noah Malmstadt - Associate Department Chair

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry

Research in the Malmstadt laboratory focuses broadly on the topic of engineered interfaces. We study this both in terms of the central interface in biology—the cell membrane—and in microfluidic systems, where fluid-fluid and fluid-solid interfaces play key roles in system performance. We build synthetic systems for studying how lipid composition and oxidative processes change the medically relevant properties of cell membranes. We also build systems for studying how neurobiologically important receptor proteins are altered by their local lipid environment, with the long-term goal of tuning this...

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Iraj Ershaghi - Director, Petroleum Engineering Program

Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Smart Oilfield Technologies, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs, Pressure Transient Modeling, Reservoir Characterization and Compartmentalized Systems, Characterization of Unconsolidated Reservoirs

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Tenure/Tenure-track and Research Faculty

Andrea Armani

Andrea Martin Armani

Ray Irani Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering-Electrophysics, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry

Research in the Armani Lab combines optics and material synthesis to enable biological and chemical detection as well as therapeutic development. Current projects in photonics are focused on integrating optical components on silicon for telecommunications and biosensing applications. Active bio/chem sensor related projects include the development of a portable optical sensor for water monitoring, the design and demonstration of a new instrument with improved temporal resolution (sub-microsecond), and the detection of cell signaling. Material synthesis and growth is focused on optically active dielectric...

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Paulo Branicio

Paulo Branicio

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Branicio current interests are on materials under extreme conditions, high strength ceramics, phase change materials, metallic glasses and nanoglasses, polymers, and cement.

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Edward Crandall

Edward Crandall

Professor of Medicine and Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences; Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Chair in Medicine; Hastings Foundation Professorship in Medicine

Dr. Crandall's research has been focused on the following topics: markers of alveolar epithelial cell development and differentiation, regulation of pulmonary epithelial cell differentiation, acute and chronic lung injury and the factors that influence recovery, transport properties of pulmonary alveolar epithelium, and biology of nanoparticle interactions with alveolar epithelial cells.

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Paul Dapkus

Paul Daniel Dapkus

Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Photonics, MOCVD & III-V materials vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, novel photonic devices.

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Iraj Ershaghi

Iraj Ershaghi

Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Smart Oilfield Technologies

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Stacey Finley

Stacey Finley

Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biological Sciences

The Computational Systems Biology Laboratory at USC develops mechanistic models of biological processes and utilize the models to:

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Edward Goo

Ed Kwock Goo

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Investigation of phase transformation and crystal defects by transmission electron microscopy

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Nicholas Graham

Nick Graham

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Gerontology

The Graham Lab focuses on using system biology approaches to understand and develop novel therapeutic approaches for cancer and other human diseases. We specialize in using mass spectrometry and other quantitative, high-content technologies to generate proteomic and metabolomic data from cancer cell lines, mouse models and human patient samples. Through integration of proteomic, metabolomic, genomic and phenotypic data, we aim to create data-driven computational models across multiple components and time scales. These models enable us to extract biological meaning from quantitative, complex data sets. Drawing on...

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Martin Gundersen

Martin A Gundersen

Lloyd F. Hunt Chair in Electrical Power Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Physics and Astronomy

Research activities are in applied plasma science with applications to combustion, pollution control, and pulsed power; quantum electronics, semiconductor devices and physics, and biophysics. Current interests include applications of pulsed power to biological cells, and investigation of cellular responses to pulsed electrical fields. Plasma research includes the transient plasma devices for treatment of polluting gases including NOx emissions from diesel engines, VOC emissions abatement, and applications to power plants, gasoline engines and other sources. The work combines research and development of both...

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Malancha Gupta

Malancha Gupta

Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry

Research topics: Functional Polymer Films and Coatings, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Surface Modification and Patterning, Hydrogels, and Microfluidic Devices

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Andrea Hodge

Andrea Maria Hodge

Arthur B. Freeman Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

My group research focus is on the synthesis of engineered microstructures with nanoscale precision, which allows for tailored properties and/or

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Behnam Jafarpour

Behnam Jafarpour

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Jafarpour's research is at the interface of systems science, data science, and computational geoscience, with an emphasis on improving the description, prediction, and control of flow and transport in subsurface energy and environmental systems. His research lab focuses on integrating advanced system-theoretical principles and modern data science algorithms with modeling and prediction of fluid flow and transport processes in geologic formations to develop scientifically rigorous and practical methods for effective characterization, forecasting, and management of subsurface energy and natural resources. The...

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Kristian Jessen

Kristian Jessen

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Flow and transport in porous media

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Birendra Jha

Birendra Jha

Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering

I am interested in coupled multi-physics processes of flow, transport, and mechanical deformation in porous media. I emphasize a mathematical and computational approach in studying geophysical systems to identify the dominant coupling mechanisms and expressing them in the form of reduced-order models.

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Rajiv Kalia

Rajiv Kalia

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering

Computing technology will grow by a factor of more than a thousand in the next ten to fifteen years. Our goal is to follow this computing revolution from teraflops (1012 flops) to petaflops (1015 flops). Using this unprecedented computing power, available for the first time in the history of science and engineering, it will be possible to carry out realistic simulations of complex systems and processes in the areas of materials, nanotechnology, and bioengineered systems. Coupled with immersive and interactive visualization this will offer unprecedented opportunity for research as well as modifying graduate and...

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Michael Kassner

Michael Ernest Kassner

Choong Hoon Cho Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Metal plasticity theory, creep, fracture, phase diagrams, fatigue

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Terence Langdon

Terence Langdon

Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Mechanical properties of metals and ceramics, creep, superplasticity, processing and properties of ultrafine-grained materials, severe plastic deformation

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Charles Lee-Jr

Ted Lee Jr.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The photocontrolled binding of light-sensitive surfactants onto proteins is being investigated as a means to control protein folding with light irradiation. These photosensitive surfactants undergo a reversible photoisomerization upon exposure to the appropriate wavelength of light, with the visible-light form of the surfactant being more hydrophobic than the UV-light form. As a consequence, the visible-light form exhibits enhanced binding to the hydrophobic domains of the protein compared to the UV-light form of the surfactant. Light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering have recently revealed that this...

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Jerry Lee

Jerry SH Lee, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

As a basic science researcher, Dr. Lee is dedicated to combining cell biology, molecular biology, and engineering approaches to develop novel techniques to elucidate the interplay between biophysical and biochemical drivers of age-related diseases at the single cell and tissue scales. His work has revealed novel key role of Cdc42, one of the RhoGTPases, in mediating nucleus movement and rotation in response to fluid flow. Dr. Lee also led the development of ballistic intracellular nanorheology (BIN) assay used to obtain real-time measurements of intracellular viscoelastic differences in migrating cells grown in...

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Anupam Madhukar

Anupam Madhukar

Kenneth T. Norris Professor in Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anupam Madhukar's current interests are focused on Quantum Photonics for quantum information processing. His group examines fundamental and applied issues relating to spatially-selective self-organized growth, in-situ processing, and structural and optical studies of III-V semiconductor based epitaxial quantum dots that act as on-chip single photon sources and enable quantum optical circuits for quantum information processing (quantum communication, imaging, metrology, and computing).

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Noah Malmstadt

Noah Malmstadt

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry

Research in the Malmstadt laboratory focuses broadly on the topic of engineered interfaces. We study this both in terms of the central interface in biology—the cell membrane—and in microfluidic systems, where fluid-fluid and fluid-solid interfaces play key roles in system performance. We build synthetic systems for studying how lipid composition and oxidative processes change the medically relevant properties of cell membranes. We also build systems for studying how neurobiologically important receptor proteins are altered by their local lipid environment, with the long-term goal of tuning this...

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Brent Melot

Brent Melot

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Steven Nutt

Steve R. Nutt

M.C. Gill Chair in Composite Materials and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Nutt's research group focuses on processing science for fiber-reinforced composites, including experimental determination of mechanisms (resin flow, air removal, compaction) and underlying scientific principles governing production of composite laminates and composite structures.  Hallmarks of the group include in situ process diagnostics, design/build of instrumented test beds, and coupling with process modeling.  The scope of research encompasses composites for aerospace, wind energy, and automotive applications, and emphasizes prepregs and liquid molding processes.  Additional topics include...

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Jayakanth Ravichandran

Jayakanth Ravichandran

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

I am interested in the physics, materials science, and applications of emerging complex materials, especially oxides and chalcogenides. Our synthetic capabilities range from bulk ceramic processing, single crystal growth, to state-of-the-art thin film growth techniques with in situ and real time structural and chemical characterization methods. My group also specializes in transport measurements (primarily electron transport) over a wide temperature range. Our application interest typically centers on emerging electronic, photonic and quantum device technologies, and energy conversion and production systems such...

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Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Molecular and Computational Biology

Prof. Roberts lab uses mRNA display to design new peptides and proteins exploring fundamental aspects of molecular recognition, strategies for new drug development, and probes for biological systems.

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Muhammad Sahimi

Muhammad Sahimi

N.I.O.C. Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Effective Properties of heterogeneous and porous materials

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Shaama Sharada

Shaama Sharada

WISE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry

Shaama's research focuses on developing catalysts and photocatalysts to meet energy-efficiency and sustainability goals. Her group utilizes quantum chemistry to find active, selective, and stable catalytic materials for efficient valorization of CH bonds and green conversion of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. Shaama is also keen on making quantum chemical predictions more reliable. She is developing algorithms inspired from signal processing to make otherwise prohibitive but accurate kinetics theories more tractable for routine studies.

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Armand Tanguay

Armand R. Tanguay, Jr.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Ophthalmology

Professor Tanguay's research interests and experience include the crystal growth and characterization of optical and optoelectronic materials; dielectric and optical thin film physics; thin film deposition technology and characterization; device processing by ion beam milling and etching techniques; electronic/photonic packaging including multichip module integration by flip-chip bonding; physical optics; the physics and technology of electrooptic, optoelectronic, and integrated optical devices (including spatial light modulators, photorefractive volume holographic optical elements, diffractive optical elements,...

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Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests:

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Theodore Tsotsis

Theo T Tsotsis

Robert E. Vivian Chair in Energy Resources and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Reaction engineering , membrane Separation Processes

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Priya Vashishta

Priya Darshan Vashishta

Dean's Professor in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy

Vashishta previously taught at LSU where he was the Cray Professor of Computational Science, a post he assumed after years as a senior research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. A fellow of the American Physical Society, he has edited or co-edited 10 books and is the author or co-author of more than 240 papers.

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Pin Wang

Pin Wang

Zohrab A. Kaprielian Fellow in Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering

The Wang laboratory focuses on an emerging field of “immunobioengineering” with the aim of employing engineering tools and principles to quantitatively understand the immune system in health and disease and to develop novel molecular and cellular immunotherapies by precisely modulating disease-specific immune responses. The ongoing research research projects include: 1) exploring various strategies to engineer virus-derived vector systems for dendritic cell-targeted vaccine delivery and oncolytic virus-based immunotherapy; 2) designing and optimizing cellular immunotherapy that is based on molecular...

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Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel

Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Arieh Warshel and his coworkers have spearheaded key approaches for simulating the functions of biological molecules, including introducing molecular dynamics in biology; developing the quantum mechanical/molecularmechanical

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Yannis Yortsos

Yannis C Yortsos

Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering and Chester Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

* Fluid flow, transport, and reaction in porous media

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Wade Zeno

Wade Zeno

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Cellular membranes provide critical interfaces for the biochemical interactions that regulate cell behavior and function. These membranes are composed of a heterogeneous mixture of lipids and proteins. Understanding and controlling biomolecular interactions that occur at membranes is challenging owing to the inherent ability of the membrane environment to functionally couple interactions between proteins and lipids. Nonetheless, elucidating the interplay between proteins and lipids in biological membranes is important for a variety of applications such as pinpointing the mechanisms of disease, discovering and...

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Charles Zukoski

Charles Zukoski

Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering

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