Historical Record of UCSB Materials Ph.D. Dissertations

Friday, February 19, 2010

2017

  • Steven Brown, Morphology-dependent Optical Anisotropies in Organic Semiconductors, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Malinda Buffon, Heusler Materials for Thermoelectric Applications: Phase Separation, Atomic Site Disorder, and Interstitials, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Megan Butala, Alternative Chemistries and Architectures for Electrochemical Energy Storage, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Michael Gotrik, In Vitro Directed Evolution of Fluorescence-Enhancing and Structure-Switching RNA Aptamers, advised by Prof Tom Soh
  • Steven Griffiths, Bulk Group-III Nitride Crystal Growth in Supercritical Ammonia-Sodium Solutions, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Alan Liu, Quantum Dot Lasers Epitaxially Grown on Silicon, advised by Prof. John Bowers
  • Andrew Pebley, Microplasma Jet Synthesis of Ni-Fe Oxide Films for Magnetic Exchange Bias and Electrocatalytic Studies, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock and Prof. Michael Gordon
  • Tiberiu Stan, The Role of Oxides in Nanostructured Ferritic Alloys and Bilayers: Interfaces, Helium Partitioning and Bubble Formation, advised by Prof. Robert Odette

2016

  • Daniel Becerra, High Power High Efficiency Semipolar InGaN Light Emitting Devices for Solid State Lighting, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • John Berezney, Single Molecule Studies of Polyelectrolyte Structure, advised by Prof. Omar Saleh
  • Lars Bjaalie, Understanding and Engineering Two-Dimensional Electron Gases in Complex Oxides, advised by Prof. Chris Van de Walle
  • Michael Cantore, Laser Based Phosphor Converted Solid State White Light Emitters, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Chelsea Catania, Modifying Membrane Properties with Conjugated Oligoelectrolytes and Elucidating the Charge Transfer Mechanisms, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Varistha Chobpattana, Highly Scaled High Dielectric Constant Oxides on III-V CMOS with Low Interface Trap and Low Leakage Densities, advised by. Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Jason Douglas, Biphasic Thermoelectric Materials Derived from the Half-Heusler/Full-Heusler System Ti-Ni-Sn, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri and Prof. Tresa Pollock
  • Micha Fireman, Vertical Unipolar Transport through Isotype III-Nitride Heterostructures by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Matthew Gebbie, Tuning Electrostatic Interactions in Confined Soft Matter​, advised by Prof. Jacob Israelachvili
  • Anne Glaudell, Understanding Charge Transport in Polymers for Thermoelectric Applications, advised by Prof. Michael Chabinyc
  • Brian Hoskins, Processing and Characterization of Titanium Dioxide Based Resistive Switches, advised by Prof. Dmitri Struckov and Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • David Jorgensen, Design and Characterization of High-strength Bond Coats for Improved Thermal Barrier Coating Durability, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock and Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Nathan Kirchhofer, Enhancing Bioelectrochemical Conversion: Molecular Modifications for Amplified Transmembrane Electron Transfer, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Stacey Kowsz, Electrically Injected and Optically Pumped III-Nitride Devices for Polarized White Light Emission, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Leah Kuritzky, Epitaxy and Device Design for High Efficiency Blue LEDs and Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. James Speck and Prof. Claude Weisbuch
  • Erin Kyle, Growth Development of III-Nitrides for Electronic Devices by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Bob Lansdorp, Pushing the Envelope of Magnetic Tweezer Resolution, advised by Prof. Omar Saleh
  • John Leonard, III-Nitride Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers Growth, Fabrication, and Design of Dual Dielectric DBR Nonpolar VCSELs, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Chandra Macauley, Phase Equilibria and Toughness of Zirconia-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Peter Mage, Real-time Measurement, Analysis, and Control in Microfluidic Systems for Personalized Medicine and Designer Materials, advised by Prof. Tom Soh
  • Thomas Malkowski, High-Temperature Growth of Gallium Nitride Using the Ammonothermal Method with Ammonium Chloride Mineralizer, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Anthony Megrant, Simulating Quantum Chemical Dynamics with Improved Superconducting Qubits, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Evgeny Mikheev, Tunable Dielectric Response, Resistive Switching, and Unconvention Transport in SrTiO3, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Victoria Miller, Texture Evolution During Thermomechanical Processing in Rare Earth Free Magnesium Alloys, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock
  • Thomas Nizolek, Plastic Anisotropy and Kink Band Formation in Fine Grained Copper-Niobium Multilayers Produced by Accumulative Roll Bonding, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock
  • Arash Pourhashemi, High Power Blue Laser Diodes on Semipolar (2021) GaN Substrates, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Luke Rettberg, Rejuvenation of Ni-Base Superalloys GTD444 and René N5, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock
  • Borzoyeh Shojaei, Antimonide-Based Compound Semiconductors for Quantum Computing, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Nicolas Treat, Using Photoredox Catalysis to Expand Atom Transfer Radical Polymerizations and Radical Dehalogenations, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Paul Von Dollen, Sodium Flux Growth of Bulk Gallium Nitride, advised by Prof. James Speck and Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Cynthia Wang, Bioinspired Assembly of Functional Polymers into Well-Defined Materials, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Peter Wells, The Character, Stability and Consequences of Mn-Ni-Si Precipitates in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels, advised by Prof. Robert Odette
  • Kaylan Wessels, Elucidating the Mechanism of Bond Coat Cavitation under CMAS-infiltrated Thermal Barrier Coatings, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi and Prof. Matt Begley
  • Benjamin Yonkee, Hybrid MOCVD/MBE III-Nitride Tunnel Junctions, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Jack Zhang, Characterizing Local Structure in Complex Oxides with Quantitative Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer

2015

  • David Browne, Growth and Carrier Transport Studies of III-Nitride Alloys by Ammonia Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Tyler Cain, Thermoelectric Properties of Complex Oxide Heterostructures, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Kristin Denault, Phosphors for Solid-State Lighting: New Systems, Deeper Understanding, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Justin Iveland, Electron Emission Spectroscopy of InGaN/GaN Light Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Adam Kajdos, Modulation-Doped SrTiO3/SrTi1-xZrxO3 Heterostructures, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • John Love, Effects of Molecular Structure and Processing on Morphology and Performance of Small Molecule Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Bazan Guillermo and Prof. Thuc-Quyen Ngyuen
  • Brian McSkimming, High Active Nitrogen Flux Growth of GaN/InGaN by Plasma Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Ludovico Megalini, III-Nitride Blue Laser Diode with Photoelectrochemically Etched Current Aperture, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Sahil Patel, Growth and Electonic Structure of Heusler Compounds for Use in Electron Spin Based Devices, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Christopher Proctor, Loss Mechanisms in Solution-Processed Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan and Prof. Thuc-Quyen Ngyuen
  • Michael Rossol, Characterizing Structure and Properties of Woven Ceramic Matrix Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Gergory Su, Structure-Property Relationships in Semiconducting Polymers and Small Molecules Probed by Synchrotron X-ray Methods, advised by Prof. Michael Chabinyc
  • Michael Titus, High Temperature Deformation Mechanisms of L12-Containing Co-Based Superalloys, advised by Prof. Tresa Pollock
  • Nathan Young, Improving Efficiency of III-N Quantum Well Based Optoelectronic Devices through Active Region Design and Growth Techniques, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars

2014

  • Phillip Barton, Coupling Between Crystal Structure and Magnetism in Transition-Metal Oxides, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Jonathan Berger, Modeling Periodic Materials with Novel Properties, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • Michael Brady, Hierarchical Order in Organic Photovoltaic Thin Films: Effects of Miscibility and Crystallization in 1-, 2-, and 3- Component Heterojunctions, advised by Prof. Michael Chabinyc
  • Erin Donohue, Investigation of the Parameters Influencing Thermal Barrier Coating Toughness Through a Novel Measurement Technique, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Cyrus Dreyer, First-Principles Investigations of III-Nitride Bulk and Surface Properties, advised by Prof. Chris Van de Walle
  • Nancy Eisenmenger, Experimental and Computational Investigations of Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells, adviesed by Prof. Michael Chabinyc
  • Luke Gordon, Atomic-Scale Investigations of Current and Future Devices: From Nitride-Based Transistors to Quantum Computing, advised by Prof. Chris Van de Walle
  • Daniel Haeger, UV Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Chance Holland, Ballistic Resistance of Ceramics and Ceramic-Metal Systems, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • Clayton Jackson, Emergent States and Magnetism in Perovskite Titanate Heterostructures, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Stephen Kaun, Growth Optimization of Metal-Polar III-Nitride High-Electron-Mobility Transistor Structures by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Jason Kawasaki, Epitaxial Growth, Surface, and Electronic Properties of Unconventional Semiconductors: RE-V/III-V Nanocomposites and Semiconducting Half Heusler Alloys, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Moureen Kemei, Magnetostructural and Magnetodielectric Coupling in Spinel Oxides, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Rachel Koltun, The Thermoelectric Properties of Rare Earths as Dopants in InGaAs Films, advised by Prof. John Bowers
  • Bong-Jae Lee, Overcoming Limitations of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) in Therapeutic Applications by Copolymerization of Functional Epoxide Monomers, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Christopher Liman, Understanding Relationships Between Morphology and Charge Transfer States in Organic Photovoltaics, advised by Prof. Michael Chabinyc
  • Oshin Nazarian, Deformation of Polymer Composites in Force Protection Systems, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Kenichi Ohno, Nanometer-Scale Engineering of Shallow Spins in Diamond, advised by Prof. Chris Palmstrøm
  • Louis Perez, Structure-Processing Relationships in Solution Processable Polymer Thin Film Transistors and Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Justin Poelma, Patterning Surfaces using Block Copolymer Polymer Thin Films and Polymer Brushes Synthesized by a Light-Mediated Controlled Radical Polymerization Technique, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • David Poerschke, Thermochemical Design of Robust Environmental Barrier Systems for Ceramic Composites, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Varun Rajan, Failure of Ceramic Composites in Non-Uniform Stress Fields, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Arthur Reading, Aqueous Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Films for GaN Optoelectronic Devices, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • James Rogers, Structural Order in Additive Processed Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Alexander Sharenko, Processing-Property-Performance Relationships in Solution-Processed Small Molecule Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • John Shaw, Effects of Fiber Architecture on Damage and Failure in C/SiC Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Brian Stahl, Progress Toward a Quantitative Understanding of Solvent Vapor Annealing for Block Copolymer Lithography, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Wenbo Xu, Modeling of Oxidation Embrittlement of SiC/SiC Composites, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • Dezhi Yu, The Effects of Tau Proteins on Microtubule Mechanics and Molecular Motor Transport, advised by Prof. Megan Valentine

2013

  • Juliana Bernalostos-Boy, A hierarchical polymeric composite for energy dissipation, advised by Prof. Galen Stucky
  • Benjamin Bryant, m-Plane Homoepitaxy and Equilibrium Crystal Shapes of GaN by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Peter Burke, Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of Rare Earth Elements in III-V Semiconductors for Thermoelectrics, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Elizabeth Clark, Surface Engineering of Nickel Alloys to Form a Stable Alpha Alumina Barrier Layer at Temperatures Less Than or Equal to 1000 Degrees Celsius, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Samantha Cruz, Investigation of InGaN Grown via Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition in Various Crystallographic Orientations for Solar Cell Applications, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Andrew Dittmore, Single-Molecule Manipulation Measurements of Polymer/Solution Interactions, advised by Prof. Omar Saleh
  • Matthew Hardy, Stress Engineering for Semipolar (2021) Blue and Green InGaN Based Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Jinhwa Heo, Facile Preparation of Mussel-inspired Adhesives: Synthesis, Tunable Adhesive Force, and Surface Coatings, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Casey Holder, Nonpolar GaN-based VCSELs, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Po Shan Hsu, Stress-Relaxation in III-Nitride Based Semipolar Lasers, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Jason Jewell, Embedded Photonic Crystals in Gallium Nitride: MOCVD Growth and LED Design, advised by Prof. Claude Weisbuch
  • Ingrid Koslow, Strain Relaxation in Semipolar III-Nitrides for Light Emitting Diode Applications, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Pouya Moetakef, Emergent Phenomena in Mott/Band Insulator Heterostructures, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Chih-Chien Pan, High-Power, Low-Droop III-Nitrides Based Blue Light Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Nathan Pfaff, Thermal Performance of III-Nitride Light Emitting Diodes and Developments in Laser Based White Lighting, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Rajlakshmi Purkayastha, Micromechanical Modeling of Storage Particles in Lithium Ion Batteries, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • Arthur Scholz, Investigations of the Properties of Filled Elastomers During Cyclic Deformation Using Small Angle X-Ray Scattering, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Ravi Shivaraman, Atom Probe Tomography of III-Nitrides, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Alexander Sztein, Advancements in III-Nitride Materials for Thermoelectric Applications, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Tuon Ahn Truong, Terahertz Absorption in InGaAs Quantum Posts and Exciton Tuning in InAs/GaAs Quantum Dots by Electromagnetic Fields, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Elisa Zaleski, Mechanisms and Mitigation of CMAS Attack on Thermal Barrier Coatings, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi

2012

  • Brett Compton, Impact Performance of Ceramics and Cermets, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Roger Diebold, The Effect of Chemical Functionality on Interfacial Dielectric Breakdown in Filled Silicone Elastomer Composites, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Nell Gamble, Damage Development and Deformation in an Armor Alumina, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Bang-Yu Hsu, Polymer Light Emitting Transistors: Control over Charge Injection, Recombination, and Morphology toward High Performance, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Chai-Yen Huang, Design, Growth and Fabrication of Nitride-based Semipolar (2021) Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Christophe Hurni, Characterization of Polar, Semi-Polar, and Non-Polar p-n Homo and Hetero-junctions grown by Ammonia Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Taegon Kang, The Use of Facile and Efficient Chemistries for Functional Macromolecular Systems, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Jessica Krogstad, Phase Stability of Zirconia-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Daniel Krogstad, Investigating the Structure-Property Relationships of Aqueous Self-Assembled Materials, advised by Prof. Matthew Tirrell
  • Jordan Lang, Growth and Physics of III-N Based Solar Cells by Ammonia Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • John Lyons, First-Principles Investigations of Conductivity Control in Wide-Band-Gap Semiconductors, advised by Prof. Chris Van de Walle
  • Shawn Mack, Spin Engineering in Quantum Wells and Ferromagnetic Semiconductors, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Thiago Melo, Analysis of Gain and Absorption Spectra of GaN-based Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. Claude Weisbuch
  • Seung Soo Oh, Advancements in Directed Evolution Techniques towards Nucleic Acid Materials with Complex Functionalities, advised by Prof. Tom Soh
  • Siddha Pimputkar, Ammonothermal Growth of Gallium Nitride, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Neil Treat, Organic Solar Cells: Understanding the Miscibility and Diffusion within Polymer-Fullerene Bulk Heterojunctions, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Qimin Yan, Theoretical Study of Material and Device Properties of Group-III Nitrides, advised by Prof. Chris Van de Walle

2011

  • Trevor Buehl, Semimetallic Nanorods Embedded in High-Index Semiconductors, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Roy Chung, Comprehensive Material Study of MOCVD Grown A1InN Development of Relaxed Template for Ultraviolet Diode Lasers, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Sarah Cowan, Charge Recombination and Transport Dynamics in Organic Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Michael Dimitriou, Perfluorocarbon Functionality in Polymers: Control of Material Properties and Performance, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Yoontae Hwang, High Dielectric Constant Gate Oxides for III-V CMOS, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Bharat Jalan, Hybrid Molecular Beam Epitaxy for High Quality SrTiO3 Films, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Ji Sun Moon, Morphology Studies of Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Elizabeth Rangel, Light Extraction by Photonic Crystals in Vertical Thin-Film InGaN Light-Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Junwoo Son, Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Complex Oxide Thin Films: SrTiO3 and RNiO3, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer

2010

  • Tammy Ben-Yaacov, MOCVD Growth and Characterization of n-Type Zinc Oxide Thin Films, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Nathan Bouxsein, The Structure-Function Properties of Self-Assembled Lipid- Short Nucleic Acid Complexes, advised by Prof. Cyrus Safinya
  • Jimmy Granstrom, Multilayer Barrier Films Comprising Nitrogen Spacers Between Free-Standing Barrier Layers, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Kendra Grant, The Degradation of Environmental Barrier Coatings by Molten Silicates: Mechanisms and Mitigation, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • George Green, IV, Experimental Investigation of Pressure Responsive 'Smart' Materials Found in the Natural World, advised by Prof. Jacob Israelachvili
  • Nalini Gupta, The Use of 'Click' Chemistry in Hydrogel Synthesis and Applications as Cell Scaffolds, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Alison Hatt, Influence of Strain on the Structural Instabilities and Functional Properties of Complex Oxides, advised by Prof. Nicola Spaldin
  • Corey Hoven, Conjugated Polyelectrolytes in Optoelectronic Devices, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Alan Kleiman, Solar Hydrogen Production by Photo-oxidation of Water from Doped Iron Oxide Photoanodes, advised by Prof. Galen Stucky
  • James LeBeau, Quantitative Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Elison Matioli, Embedded Photonic Crystals for High-Efficiency GaN-Based Optoelectronic Devices, advised by Prof. Claude Weisbuch
  • Brent Melot, Competing Magnetic Interactions in Complex Oxides, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Mark Novak, Microstructure Development and High-Temperature Oxidation of Silicide Coatings for Refractory Niobium Alloys, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Eric Pressly, Structure-Property Relationships from Well-Defined Polymer Nanoparticles for PET Imaging Applications, advised by Prof. Craig Hawker
  • Jacob Richardson, Low Temperature Aqueous Synthesis of Epitaxial ZnO Films, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • James Rondinelli, First-Principles Studies of Magnetic Complex Oxide Heterointerfaces, advised by Prof. Nicola Spaldin
  • Chris Sarantos, Ultrafast Optical Beam Deflection in a III-V Semiconductor Waveguide for High Dynamic Range Picosecond Recording, advised by Prof. Nadir Dagli
  • Daniel Shoemaker, Understanding Atomic Disorder in Polar and Magnetic Oxides, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Natasha Vermaak, Thermostructural Design Tools for Hypersonic Vehicles, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Mark White, Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Characterization of Stannic Oxide, advised by Prof. James Speck

2009

  • Matthew Chambers, Luminescence of High Temperature Materials for Thermometry and Crystallographic Studies, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Michael Crowell, Parametric Computational Studies in Dynamic Phenomena: Foreign Object Damage Mitigation in Aero-Turbine Thermal Barrier Coatings, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • Natalie DeMille, White Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Nonpolar and Semipolar Gallium Nitride Orientations, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Kathleen Feldman, Well-defined Polymeric Materials Incorporating Strong Hydrogen Bonding Groups, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Amorette Getty, Improvements to III-Nitride Light-Emitting Diodes through Characterization and Material Growth, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Asako Hirai, Structural and Morphological Investigation of Non-Basal-Plane GaN by Vapor Phase Epitaxy - with a Special Emphasis on Nonpolar M-Plane, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Crystal Merrill, Transition Metal Diphosphonate and Carboxyphosphonate Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Frameworks, advised by Prof. Anthony Cheetham
  • Steven Nicholes, Large-Scale Photonic Integration for Advanced All-Optical Routing Functions, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Jeffrey Peet, Effect of Film Formation on the Electronic Properties of Solution Processed Polymer Optoelectronic Devices, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Efrain Rodriguez, Solid State Chemistry of Technetium and Rhenium Oxides, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Nicholas Strandwitz, Catalysis with Nanostructured Solution-Processed Materials, advised by Prof. Galen Stucky
  • Adele Tamboli, Photoelectrochemical Etching of GaN for High Quality Optical Devices, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Kenneth Vampola, Improvement of III-N Visible and Ultraviolet Light-emitting Diode Performance, Including Extraction Efficiency, Electrical Efficiency, Thermal Management and Efficiency Maintenance at High Current Densities, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Barry Zhong, Progress Toward Achieving High Power and High Efficiency Semipolar LEDs and their Characterization, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura

2008

  • Jennifer Andrew, Ferroelectric Polymer-based Nanocomposites: Towards Multiferroic Materials, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Andrea Corrion, Ammonia Molecular Beam Epitaxy of (Al,Ga)N for AlGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Chad Gallinat, Plasma-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Properties of In-face InN, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Derrick Kamber, Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy of Aluminum Nitride, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Jonathan Klamkin, Coherent Integrated Receiver for Highly Linear Microwave Photonic Links, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Kelly McGroddy, Increased Light Extraction and Directional Emission Control in GaN Photonic Crystal Light Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Katharine Page, Local Structure Investigation of Bulk and Nanophase Perovskites, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Noah Philips, Microstructural Evolution and Ductile Phase Toughening in Brazed Joints, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Mathew Schmidt, AlGaN-Cladding-Free Nonpolar m-Plane GaN-Based Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Karen Sohn, Surface Effects on the Structure of Block Copolymer and Homopolymer Thin Films, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Jared Weaver, Design Strategies for Robust Oxide Fiber Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Jesse Williams, Nano-Dispersion Strengthened Gold Films for MEMS Electrical Contacts, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Jonathan Yuen, Quasi One-Dimensional Transport in Doped Polythiophenes and Polythiophene Thin Film Transistors, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Alexandra Zidovska, Phase and Shape Behavior Studies of Block Liposomes, a Newly Discovered Class of Liposomes and Structure-Function Investigations of Cholesterol Containing Cationic Lipid-DNA Complexes for Gene Delivery, advised by Prof. Cyrus Safinya
  • Jeramy Zimmerman, Growth and Use of Epitaxially Grown ErAs Semimetal to Enhance III-V Schottky Diode and Tunnel Junction Performance, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard

2007

  • Frederic Diana, Quantum Dots and Photonic Crystals for White Light Generation and Extraction in GaN-based LEDs, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Scott Fillery, Mechanics of Graded Glass Composites and ZnO Thin Films Grown at 90 Degrees C in Water, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Micah Hanson, Erbium-V Semimetal and III-V Semiconductor Composite Materials, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Jayna Jones, Structure and Interactions in Isotropic and Liquid Crystalline Neurofilament Networks, advised by Prof. Cyrus Safinya
  • John Kaeding, The Heteroepitaxial Growth of Semipolar GaN for Light Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Kwang Choong Kim, Growth and Characterization of Defect Reduced Nonpolar Gallium Nitride-Based Devices by MOCVD, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Edward Letts, Physical Vapor Transport Growth of Aluminum Nitride, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Hisashi Masui, Optical Characterization of Nitride-based Light-emitting Diodes for Solid-state Lighting Applications, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Melvin McLaurin, Growth of Non-Polar and Semi-Polar GaN with Plasma Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy: Relationships Between Film Microstructure Reciprocal Lattice and Transport Properties, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Craig Moe, Growth and Fabrication of Deep Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes on Silicon Carbide Substrates, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Adam Monkowski, Microfabricated Structures and Devices Featuring Nanostructured Titania Thin Films, advised by Prof. Noel MacDonald
  • Timothy Radsick, The Use of Functionalized Monoalkyl Phosphates and Phosphonates in the Colloidal Processing of Oxide Ceramic Powders, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jaehyuk Shin, Substrate Removed Gallium Arsenide/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Optical Modulators, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Jason Stephens, Electro-optical Generation of Patterned Electron and Nuclear Spins in Ferromagnet-Semiconductor Hybrids, advised by Prof. David Awschalom and Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Nicholas Stoltz, Single Photon Sources using Oxide Apertured Micropillars with Integrated Electrical Control for Novel Functionalities, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • James Swensen, Light Emission from an Ambipolar Semiconducting Polymer Field- Effect Transistor, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Joshua Zide, Molecular Beam Epitaxial Growth of III-V Semimetal/III-V Semiconductor Nanocomposites for Energy Conversion Applications, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard

2006

  • Melody Agustin, Scanning Transmission Election Microscopy of Novel Gate Stacks, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Troy Baker, Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy of Semipolar Gallium Nitride, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Seth Boeshore, Aluminum Nitride Thin Films on Titanium: Piezoeletric Transduction on a Metal Substrate, advised by Prof. Noel MacDonald
  • Jay Brown, Optical Characterization and Growth Investigation of Ga-Adsorbate  Mediated GaN/AIN Quantum Dot Heterostructures by Plasma-Assisted  Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck and Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Molly Gentleman, High Temperature Sensing of Thermal Barrier Materials by Luminescence, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Priya Gopal, Multifunctional Properties of Zinc Oxide: An Ab-Initio Study, advised by Prof. Nicola Spaldin
  • Alexander Hexemer, Order and Disorder of Block Copolymers and Particles on Surfaces with Topology, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Eric Holowka, Charged Copolypeptide Vesicles with Controlled Size for Intracellular Drug Delivery, advised by Prof. Timothy Deming
  • Michael Hribernik, Cleavage Oriented Iron Single Crystal Fracture Toughness, advised by Prof. Robert Odette
  • Bilge Imer, Improved Quality Non-polar III-Nitride Heteroepitaxial Films and Devices, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Vanni Lughi, Aluminum Nitride Thin Films for MEMS Resonators: Growth and Characterization, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Vikram Khanna, Structure Property Relations in Glassy-Semicrystalline Block Copolymers, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Rafael Leckie, Fundamental Issues Regarding the Implementation of Gadolinium Zirconate in Thermal Barrier Systems, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Biao Liu, The Transition Between Wetting States and Novel Methods of Producing Superhydrophobic Surfaces, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jiwei Lu, Pyrochlore Bismuth Zinc Niobate Thin Films For Tunable Microwave Circuit Applications, advised by Prof. Susanne Stemmer
  • Haksung Moon, Crack Interactions and Thermal Shock Properties of Ceramic Laminates, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Roberto Myers, Spin Engineering in Magnetic Quantum Well Structures, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Brian Naughton, Magnetic Nanoparticles for Power Electronics, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Michael Northen, A Micro/Nano-Fabricated Gecko-Inspired Reversible Adhesive, advised by Prof. Kimberly Turner
  • Morgan Pattison, Fabrication and Characterization of Gallium Nitride Based Micro- Cavity Light Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Lisa Pattison, Self-Assembled Organic Semiconductors: Morphological and Transistor Property Relationships, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Felicia Pitek-Smith, A Study of the Zirconia-Yttria-Tantala System as a Potential Thermal Barrier Oxide, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • James Raring, Advanced InP Based Monolithic Integration Using Quantum Well Intermixing and MOCVD Regrowth, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren and Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Tobias Schaedler, Phase Evolution in the YO1.5-Ti02-Zr02 System and Effects on Ionic Conductivity and Toughness, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Rajat Sharma, A GaN-based Microcavity Emitter Fabricated Using Photoelectrochemical Etching, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Beverly Asoo Stonas, Using Surface Interactions to Tune Adhesion and Morphology in Polymer Systems, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Eric Toberer, Spontaneous Transformations in the Solid State: Towards Porous and Biphasic Materials, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Zhensong Wei, The Performance of Metallic Sandwich Panels Subject to Quasi-static and Dynamic Loads, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Michael Winter, Next Generation Thermal Barrier Coatings: Identification of Novel Materials with Low Thermal Conductivity, advised by Prof. David Clarke

2005

  • Zuruzi Abu Samah, Integration of Nanostructured Titania into Microsystems, advised by Prof. Noel MacDonald
  • Marco Aimi, Bulk Titanium Microelectromechanical Systems, advised by Prof. Noel MacDonald
  • David Andeen, Hydrothermal Epitaxy and Lateral Epitaxial Overgrowth of Zinc Oxide, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Enrico Bellomo, Aqueous Cholesteric Liquid Crystals Using Uncharged Rodlike Polypeptides Ploypeptide Vesicles by Conformation-Specific Assembly Ordered Chiral Macroporous Hybrid Silica-Polypeptide Composites, advised by Prof. Timothy Deming
  • David Buell, Molecular Beam Epitaxy of InP-based Alloys for Long-Wavelength Vertical Cavity Lasers, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Garrett Cole, MEMS-Tunable Vertical-Cavity SOAs, advised by Prof. Noel MacDonald and Prof. John Bowers
  • Steve Diamanti, Copolymers of Various Architectures Containing Ethylene and 5-Norbornen-2-yl Derivatives, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Edward Etzkorn, Cracking in GaN Films Grown by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Heather Evans, Structure-Function Investigations of DNA Condensing Agents with Application to Gene Delivery, advised by Prof. Cyrus Safinya
  • Paul Forster, Exploration of New Transition Metal Based Porous Materials, advised by Prof. Anthony Cheetham
  • Elaine Haberer, Development and Fabrication of Gallium Nitride-Based Microdisk Lasers Using Photoelectrochemical Etching, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Matthew Hammond, In-Plane Microdomain Order in Cylindrical Block Compolymer Thin Films, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Tadao Hashimoto, Bulk Growth of Group III Nitrides by the Chemical Vapor Reaction Process and the Ammonothermal Method, advised by Prof. Shuji Nakamura and Prof. James Speck
  • Benjamin Haskell, Structure of Nonpolar Gallium Nitride Films Grown by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck and Prof. Shuji Nakamura
  • Christiane Poblenz, Growth of (In,Al)GaN Alloys by RF-Plasma Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy for Application in High Electron Mobility Transistor Structures, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Adam Pyzyna, Thermal Oxidation-induced Strain In Silicon Nanobeams, advised by Prof. David Clarke, 
  • Noemi Rebollo, Phase Stability of Thermal Barrier Oxides Based on t'-zirconia with Trivalent Oxide Additions, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Aditi Risbud, Magnetism in Transition-Metal-Substituted Semiconducting Oxides, advised by Prof. Ram Seshadri
  • Zhuo Zhang, Microfabrication of Ceramics by Colloidal Isopressing, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange

2004

  • Matthew Alinger, On the Formation and Stability of Nanometer Scale Precipitates in Ferritic Alloys during Processing and High Temperature Service 
  • Jonathon Barton, The Integration of Mach-Zehnder Modulators with Sampled Grating DBR Lasers, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Daniel Driscoll, Metal/Semiconductor Nanocomposites for Ultrafast Photoconductors, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Sarah Estrada, GaAs-GaN Wafer Fusion and the n-AlGaAs/p-GaAs/n-GaN Double Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Hiroki Fujita, Development and Assessment of Two-Phase Porous Matrices for Use in All-Oxide Ceramic Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Yan Gao, Highly Selective PEC Etching of GaN Device Structures, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Brent Gaylord, Light Emitting Conjugated Polymers for Use in Biological Detection Platforms, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan
  • Brian Gerardot, Growth, Spectroscopy, and Quantum Optics of Self-Assembled Quantum Dot Molecules, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Peter Hansen, Integration of High K and Polar Oxides with GaN, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Heng-kuang Lin, The Design, Growth, and Characterization of Antimonide-Based Composite-Channel Heterostructure Field-Effect Transistors, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Michael Mattoni, Effects of Matrix Porosity on the Mechanical Properties of Fiber- Reinforced Oxide Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Brendan Moran, Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition of GaN on SiC for High Electron Mobility Transistors, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • John Nychka, Quantifying Outward Cation Diffusion in Thermally Grown Alumina Scales, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Mark Snyder, Processing and Properties of Prismatic Composites that Exhibit a Threshold Strength, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jing Tang, Investigations of Advanced Photochemical and Photovoltaic Material Structures, advised by Prof. Galen Stucky and Prof. Eric McFarland
  • Haijiang Yu, Advanced Processing of GaN and GaN-based devices: Ultra-High Temperature Annealing and Implantation Incorporation, advised by Prof. James Speck and Prof. Umesh Mishra

2003

  • Maxwell Andrews, Crosshatch Surface Morphology and Lateral Oxidation in Lattice-Mismatched Thin Films, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Jason Benkoski, Micromechanisms of the Fracture of Polymer Interfaces, advised by Prof. Edward Kramer
  • Nicholas Bosco, Transient Liquid Phase Bonding as a Joining Technique for High-Temperature Power Electronics, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Michael Craven, a-Plane Oriented Gallium Nitride Thin Films: Heteroepitaxy, Quantum Wells, and Lateral Overgrowth, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Geoff Fair, Processing and Properties of Ceramic Composites with Three-Dimensional Architectures of Thin Compressive Layers, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Anja Haug, Constitutive Modeling, Fracture Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis for Ferroelectric Ceramics, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • Andrew Huntington, Development of Long-Wavelength Avalanche Photodiodes and Vertical-Cavity Lasers for Epitaxial Integration as a Vertical-Cavity Photon Number Amplifier, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Scott Jewhurst, Channel Stamping Lithography of Thin Film Materials, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Andrew Nowak, Resilient Self-Assembling Hydrogels from Block Copolypeptide Amphiphiles, advised by Prof. Timothy Deming
  • Michael Pontin, The Threshold Strength of Laminar Ceramics Utilizing Molar Volume Changes and Porosity, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Matthew Robinson, New Materials for Organic Light-emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Guillermo Bazan and Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Troy Taylor, Stoichiometry and Thermal Mismatch Effects on Sputtered Barium Strontium Titanate Thin Films, advised by Prof. James Speck

2002

  • Christopher Elsass, Optimization of AlGaN Growth by Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Its Effect on Electron Mobility in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas 
  • Kais Hbaieb, Finite Element Simulations of Crack Propagation in Laminar Ceramic Composites, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange and Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • David Kisailus, Novel Processing Methods for Gallium Nitride Nanocrystalline Powders and Thin Films, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Sascha Klein, Synthesis of Ti02 Photonic Band Gap Structures, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Tal Margalith, Development of Growth and Fabrication Technology for Gallium Nitride-Based Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren and Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Antonio Moreira dos Santos, Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Manganates with Perovskite-Related Structure, advised by Prof. Anthony Cheetham
  • Philip Tavernier, Piezoelectricity and Growth Polarization in III-V Nitrides, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Michael Wyrsta, Synthesis and Studies of Polypeptide Materials:  Self-Assembled Block Copolypeptide Amphiphiles, DNA Condensing Block Copolypeptides and Membrane Interactive Random Copolypeptides, advised by Prof. Timothy Deming

2001

  • Jianjun Cheng, Synthesis and Studies of Polypeptide Materials: Enantioselective Polymerization of Gamma-Benzyl Glutamate-N-Carboxyanhydride and Synthesis of Optically Active Poly(beta-peptides), advised by Prof. Timothy Deming
  • Gregory Goh, Hydrothermal Synthesis of I:V Perovskite Thin Films and Powders, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Eric Hall, Epitaxial Approaches to Long-Wavelength Vertical-Cavity Lasers, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Monica Hansen, Improved Characteristics of Indium Gallium Nitride-Based Laser Diodes, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Chongyang Luo, Thermal Conductivity Studies on GaN and Thermally Resistive Superlattice Structures by Thermal Wave Technique, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Nicholas Melosh, Mesoscopically Ordered Block Copolymer/Silica Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications, advised by Prof. Bradley Chmelka
  • Masa Rao, Laminar Ceramics That Exhibit a Threshold Strength, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Scott Terry, Evolution of Microstructure During the Growth of Thermal Barrier Coatings by Electron-Beam Physical Vapor Deposition, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Gerhard Theurich, Development of a Spinor ab initio Pseudopotential Method and Its Application to Spintronic Materials, advised by Prof. Nicola Hill
  • Deli Wang, Conjugated Polyelectrolyte as Novel Biosensors, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Benjamin Yu, Colloidal Isopressing: A New Shaping Method for Ceramic Suspensions, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange

2000

  • Alexis Black Bjorlin, Fused Long-Wavelength Vertical-Cavity Lasers, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu and Prof. John Bowers
  • Damon Brink, The Interplay of Microstructure, Geometry, and Stress State on the Mechanical Performance of MMC Joints, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi and Prof. Fred Leckie
  • Paul Fini, Threading Dislocation Reduction in Gallium Nitride Thin Films on Sapphire via Lateral Epitaxial Overgrowth, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Rahul Gupta, Thin-film Forster-Transfer Based Conjugated Polymer Blend Lasers and Light Emitting Diodes, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Shelia Mathis Hurtt, Threading Dislocation Reduction in 111-V Films:  Theoretical Modeling and Experimental Methods, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Christoph Kadow, Self-assembled ErAs Islands in GaAs for Photomixer Devices, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Ryan Naone, Lateral Carrier Confinement in Vertical Cavity Lasers by Selective Intermixing, advised by Prof. Larry Coldren
  • Winston Schoenfeld, Spectroscopy of the Electronic Structure of Coupled Quantum Dots Systems, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Nelle Slack, Structure and Function Studies of Cationic Lipid Non-Viral Gene Delivery Systems, advised by Prof. Cyrus Safinya

1999

  • Branton Campbell, Structural Investigations of Zeolites ERS-7, Mordenite, and Sodalite Using a Combination of Powder Diffraction and Computer Simulation Techniques, advised by Prof. Anthony Cheetham
  • David Carter, Deformation of a Beryllium-Aluminum Composite, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Stefani Chiras, Stress Redistribution and Damage in Interconnects Caused by Electromigration, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Matthew Fisher, Controlling the Rheological Behavior of Ceramic Slurries and Consolidated Bodies: Interpenetrating Networks and Ion Size Effects, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jun Gao, Polymer Photonic Devices with Frozen p-i-n Junction, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Robert Hanson, Mechanical Behavior in Ceramic Matrix Composites with Fugitive Fiber Coatings, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Benjamin Heying, Homoepitaxial Growth of GaN by RF-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Andrew Jackson, Low-Temperature-Grown GaAs Photomixers Designed for Increased Terahertz Output Power, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • David Kapolnek, Selective Epitaxy of GaN and Related Materials by Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Kathleen McDonald, The Influence of Microstructural Damage on the Thermal Properties of Ceramic Matrix Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Michael McGehee, Lasers and Light-Emitting Diodes Made with Semiconducting Conjugated Polymers and Rare Earth Complexes, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Frank McNally, Processing and Epitaxial Growth in Liquid Precursor Derived Thin Film Heterostructures, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Deirdre Ragan, The Effect of Cation Dopants on Phase Transformations in Alumina, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Scott Schroeder, Deformation of Eutectic Tin-Lead Solder, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • G. Subramanian, Self-Assembly in Nanoscale and Mesoscale Regimes: Biomolecular Complexes and Photonic Crystals, advised by Prof. D.J. Pine
  • Paul Vershese, Stress Effects on Electrostatic Potential Barriers in Piezoelectric Semiconductors, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Guanghai Xu, Interfacial Fracture and Moisture Effects in the SiO2/TiN/Al Multilayer System, advised by Prof. David Clarke

1998

  • Mark Brada, Variational Calculations of Grain Boundary Wetting and Surface Energy Driven Grain Size Evolution, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Allen Chien, Hydrothermal Epitaxy of Perovskite Thin Films, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jeff Haslam, Strengthening of Porous Matrix Materials with Evaporation/ Condensation Sintering for Composite Materials Applications, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Katherine Hutchison, Conductive, Magnetic and Luminescent Materials Based on 1,3-Diphenyl-1,2,4-Benzotriazine, advised by Prof. Fred Wudl
  • Casper Reaves, Self-Assembled InP Islands:  Growth and Use As Quantum Structures, advised by Prof. Steven DenBaars
  • Xiaoming Xu, The Studies of a Semiconducting Polymer and a Natural Bipolymeric Thin Film, advised by Prof. Fred Wudl

1997 

  • Amanda Baer, Microstructural Development of Melt-Grown Mullite Fibrils, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • George Franks, Jr., Mechanical Behavior of Saturated, Consolidated, Alumina Powder Compacts, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Steven Hwang, Polarization Switching Models in Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Ceramics, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • James Ibbetson, Electrical Characterization of Nonstoichiometric GaAs Grown at Low Temperature by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Matthew Lefevre, Formation of Microstructure and Ferroelectric Domains in Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thin Films, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • John McNulty, The Strength and Notch-Sensitivity of Ceramic Matrix Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Viktor Moravetski, Computational Study of Zeolite Precursors 
  • James O'Shea, Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy Studies of Semiconductor Heterostructures, advised by Prof. Arthur Gossard
  • Joel Philliber, Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Behavior of Beta-Titanium Alloys Reinforced with In-situ Grown TiB, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Andrew Polli, Production of Oxides Via Solution Precursors:  Metastable Phase Selection, Partitioning, and Thin Films, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Kevin Pond, Cross-sectional and Plan View Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of GaAs Heterostructures and Surfaces, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff
  • Marilee Brewer Schultz, Physical Properties of Iron-Nitride Films Epitaxially Grown on Silicon (001) by Sputtering and Assessment of Giant Magnetic Moment in the Alpha"-Iron-Nitride Phase, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • James Stolken, The Role of Oxygen in Nickel-Sapphire Interface Fracture, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Huinan Yu, Synthesis and Characterization of Conjugated Polymers and Oligomers, advised by Prof. Fred Wudl

1996

  • Martin Attfield, On the Nature of Extra-Framework Species in Zeolitic Redox Catalysts, advised by Prof. Anthony Cheetham
  • Ying-Lan Chang, Hydrogen Ion Treatments: A New Approach to Surface Passivation, advised by Prof. James Merz
  • Steven Connell, The Fatigue and Fracture Behavior of a Titanium Matrix Composite in the Presence of Holes and Notches, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Jun He, High Spatial Resolution Measurements of the Stress Distribution in Fiber Composites, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • John Heathcote, The Fracture Behavior of Intermetallic/Metallic Microlaminate Composites, advised by Prof. Robert Odette
  • Craig Hillman, Processing and Cracking Behavior in Ceramic Laminates, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Matthew Kiser, Mechanical Response of Particulate and Microballoon Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites, advisde by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Don Lipkin, Metal-Ceramic Fracture: Effects of Interfacial Adhesion, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Vaidyanathan Skrikant, Grain Boundary Studies in Tin Oxide Thin Films, advised by Prof. David Clarke
  • Qingzhe Wen, Techniques for the Non-Destructive Characterization of Damage in Integrated Circuit Interconnects, advised by Prof. David Clarke

1995

  • Willard Cutler, Processing and Mechanical Behavior of High Temperature Hybrid Laminated Composites, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jean-Marc Domergue, Relationships Between the Macroscopic Behavior of Ceramic Matrix Composites and their Constituent Properties, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • David Fenwick, Friction-Deposited Polymer Films as Orienting Substrates, advised by Prof. Paul Smith
  • Devin Leonard, Self-assembled Quantum Dots of Indium Gallium Arsenide on Gallium Arsenide
  • Erik Luther, Development and Characterization of Aqueous Silicon Nitride Slurries Possessing Short-Range, Repulsive Potentials, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Erik Mader, Kinetics of Irradiation Embrittlement and the Post-Irradiation Annealing of Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels, advised by Prof. Robert Odette
  • Jonathan Owen, Rare-Earth Doped Barium Yttrium Fluoride:  Crystal Growth and Applications in Unconversion Lasers, advised by Prof. Anthony Cheetham
  • Lorene Samoska, Long-Wavelength Infrared Absorption and Photoconductivity in Gallium Antimonide-Aluminum Antimonide Superlattices, advised by Prof. Herbert Kroemer
  • Andreas Seifert, Microstructural Evolution of Epitaxial Lead Titanate Thin Films on (001) Strontium Titanate from Solution Precursors, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Michelle Turner, The Fracture Resistance of Metal Ceramic Interfaces:  A Novel Measurement Technique and Failure Mechanisms, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Donald Wissuchek, Microstructural Toughening Mechanisms in Lamellar Titanium Aluminides, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans

1994

  • Archisman Bagchi, A Novel Adhesion Test for Thin Ductile Films on Substrates, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Carl Cady, Experimental Study of Damage in Ceramic Fiber-reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Scott Crudele, Processing and Microstructural Evolution of Alumina/Aluminum Alloy and Aluminum Nitride/Aluminum Alloy Composites by Directed Melt Oxidation, advised by Prof. Robert Mehrabian
  • Constance Gettinger, The Structural and Optical Properties of Conjugated Polymers in Solution, advised by Prof. Alan Heeger
  • Dominic Leung, The Fracture Behavior of Nanometer Scale Brittle/Ductile Multilayers, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Patrick Mather, Shear Flow Behavior of Tumbling and Flow-Aligning Nematic Liquid Crystals, advised by Prof. Glenn Fredrickson
  • Eric Tarsa, Pulsed Laser Deposition of Epitaxial Oxide/Semiconductor Heterostructures, advised by Prof. James Speck
  • Min-Zing Tseng, Fabrication, Characterization, and Studies of Physical Properties of High-Temperature-Superconductor and III-V Semiconductor Hybrid System, advised by Prof. Evelyn Hu
  • Wen-Chiang Tu, Powder Processing of Fiber Reinforced Ceramics: Strengthening of the Powder Matrix without Shrinkage, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange

1993

  • Mari Lou Balmer-Millar, Metastable Phase Selection, Partitioning and Microstructural Evolution in Zirconium Oxide-Metal Oxide Processed from Liquid Precursors, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Albert Casagranda, The Effect of Shear on the Densification of Alumnia, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Janet Davis, Fiber Coatings for Brittle Matrix Composites, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Craig Folsom, Mechanical Behavior of Brittle Multilayer Materials, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Craig Halvorson, Third Order Nonlinear Opitical Effects in Conjugated Polymers 
  • Michael Nagorka, Processing, Microstructure, and Creep Behavior of Yttria and Zirconia Dispersion-Strengthened Copper From Rapidly Solidified Precursors, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Michael Shaw, The Fracture Behavior of Multilayered and Fibrous Ceramic/Metal Composites, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Daniel Tilly, Phase Equilibria and Microstructural Evolution of MoSi2-SiC In-Situ Composites by Melt Processing, advised by Prof. Carlos Levi
  • Kaushik Vaidya, Growth of Perovskite and Magnitoblumbite Thin Films on Sapphire from Liquid Precursors, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Junde Xu, Modeling Powder Consolidation adn the Formation of Composite Materials, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking

1992

  • Cedric Bhihe, Rough Fiber Pull-Out in Brittle Matrix Composites: Experiments and Simulations, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Jeanne Chang, Rhealogical and Consolidation Behavior of Dispersed Alumina Slurries with High Concentration of Electrolyte, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Liisa Kuhn, Constitutive Models for the Deformation of Bonded Powder Aggregates, advised by Prof. Robert McMeeking
  • George Lanham, The Phase Development and Microstructure of Thin-Film Superconductors in the T1-Ba-Ca-Cu-O System 
  • Olimpia Salas, advised by Prof. Robert Mehrabian
  • David Walls, Fatigue Damage Mechanisms in Fiber Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites, advised by Prof. Frank Zok
  • Zheng Xu, In Situ Processing of Quantum Structures Using Focused Ion Beam Implantation and Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Regrowth, advised by Prof. Pierre Petroff

1991

  • Andrew Bartlett, Fracture of a Metal/Ceramic Couple: Tantalum (Titanium) Sapphire, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Brian Flinn, Fracture Resistance of Ductile Dispersion Toughened Aluminum Oxide Reinforced with Aluminum, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • David Lam, Processing Control and Mechanical Properties in Porous Ceramics, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Kelly Miller, Zirconia Thin Films from Acqueous Precursors: Processing, Microstructural Development, adn Epitaxial Growth, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Jeff Moulton, Structure/Property Relationships of Poly(3-alkylthiophenes) and Their Blends with Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene, advised by Prof. Paul Smith
  • Elliott Slamovich, The Influence of Microstructure on the Sintering of Polycrystalline Ceramics, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange
  • Olivier Sudre, The Effect of Inclusions on Densification, advised by Prof. Frederick Lange

1990

  • Alejandro Andreatta
  • Geoffrey Campbell, The Role of Interfaces in Whisker Toughness of Ceramics, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • James Harden, Interfacial Dynamics of Macromolecular Liquids
  • Ivar Reimanis, Plasticity and the Fracture Resistance of Metal/Ceramic Interfaces, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans
  • Kevin Trumble, Spinel Interphase Formation at Diffusion-Bonded Nickel/Alpha-Aluminum Oxide Interfaces, advised by Prof. Tony Evans

1989

  • Mu-San Hu, Mechanical Failure of Thin Films, advised by Prof. Anthony Evans