Principal Investigator

Rob Hickey

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Office: 403 Steidle Building, University Park, PA 16802
Email: hickey@matse.psu.edu
Phone: 814-863-7521
Hometown: Cohasset, MA
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (2013)
B.S., Chemistry, Widener University (2007)

 


Postdoctoral Researchers

Chao Lang (Co-advised by Kumar)

Email: cul389@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Chao is co-advised by Profs. Hickey and Kumar, and he works on the synthesis and characterization of bioinspired polymer membranes
Hometown: Henan, China
Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Jilin University (2016)
B.S., Biochemistry, Jilin University (2011)

 


Graduate Students

Tylene Hilaire

Email: txh399@psu.edu 
Office: 419 Steidle 
Research: Synthesis and characterization of polymeric frustrated Lewis pairs 
Hometown: Queens, New York 
B.S., Chemistry, Stony Brook University (2017) 
 

Jake LaNasa

Email: jzl293@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis and characterization of diblock copolymer grafted nanoparticles
Hometown: Forest Lake, MN
B.A., Physics, St. Olaf College (2016)
B.A., Mathematics, St. Olaf College (2016)

 

Wenwen Mei

Email: wzm39@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis and characterization of zwitterions
Hometown: Wuhan, China
M.S., Chemical Engineering, McGill University (2017) 
B.S., Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology (2015)
 
Vinny Torres
Email: vxt23@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Polymerization-Induced Nanostructural Transition
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
B.S., Chemistry, Albright College (2017)

 

Yifan Xu

Email: yzx56@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis and characterization of silica-coated gold nanoparticles
Hometown: Henan, China
M.S., Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University (2016) 
B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (2016)

Undergraduate Students

Maureen Githii

Email: msg5380@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Microwave synthesis of diblock copolymers
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2020

 

John Stein

Email: jps6035@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Templated synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles in diblock copolymer microdomains
Hometown: Latrobe, PA
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2019
 

 


Visiting Student

Dandan Hou

Office: 419A Steidle
Research: Dandan Hou is a visiting student supervised by Prof. Hickey, and she works on the synthesis and characterization of graphene and its application in polymers. She is a Ph.D. candidate major in Mineralogy, Petrology, Mineral Deposit Geology in China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing).
Hometown: Hebei Province, China
B.S., Geological Resources and Geological Engineering, Hebei University of Engineering (2015)

Group Alumni

Ayfer Kilicarsian (Co-advised by Osseo-Asare)

Email: axk485@psu.edu
Office: 425 Steidle
Research: Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials in ionic liquid-based microemulsion systems
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Ph.D., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Yildiz Technical University (2016)
B.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Yildiz Technical University (2007)

Melissa Nelson

Email: mjn5303@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Microwave synthesis of diblock copolymers
Hometown: Nanjemoy, MD
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2019

 

Nicholas Pietra

Email: nfp5056@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis of polymeric frustrated Lewis pairs
Hometown: Paoli, PA
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2019

 

Josh Rinehart

Email: jmr6368@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis of phosphonium zwitterions
Hometown: York, PA
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2019

 

Joanna White

Email: whitejo@lafayette.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles using polymers, Characterization of block copolymers
Hometown: Huntingdon, PA
College: Lafayette College
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Minor: Environmental Science
Graduation: 2020

Everett Zofchak

Email: emz5071@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis and characterization of High Impact Polystyrene with an ordered nanostructure and determining what effects these nanostructures have on the mechanical properties of the material

Hometown: Yardley, PA
Major: Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2019

 

Marcela Velasquez
Email: mmv5151@psu.edu
Office: 419 Steidle
Research: Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite materials
Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation: 2019