Core Faculty

With a small but internationally recognized faculty, UW-MSE is committed to being both a leader and the focal point in materials related breakthroughs.

laurel wreath icon The department is home to 3 faculty researchers (and one professor emeritus) included on Thomson Reuters' list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2015. We look to capitalize on exciting new opportunities to further improve the recognition and impact of our department in the future.


Dwayne D. Arola

Dwayne D. Arola

Associate Professor

333 Roberts

The structure-property relationships of natural and engineered materials, with emphasis on the fatigue and fracture behavior and the mechanisms of degradation posed by aging, environment and synergistic processes.

Lucien N. Brush

Associate Professor

331 Roberts

Computation of crystal growth arrest by an adsorption-inhibition mechanism; Nonlinear patterns in hydrodynamics and solidification; Theories and models developed to predict times and lengths characteristic of evolving nano/microstructures.

Guozhong Cao

Boeing-Steiner Professor

302M Roberts
Research Group Web Page

Processing, characterization, and applications of nanostructured materials, organic-inorganic hybrids, carbon cryogel supercapacitors, carbon-hydride nanocomposites for hydrogen storage, nanostructured oxides for Li batteries, hierarchically structured solar cells, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and scintillation oxides.

Brian D. Flinn

Research Associate Professor

337 Roberts
Flinn Research Group

Experimental mechanics of materials – fracture and fatigue; Structure-processing-property relationships of advanced materials; Engineering education- knowledge retention and transfer from course to course; Joining of composites and advanced materials

Bruce J. Hinds

Bruce J. Hinds

Campbell Professor

325 Roberts | 206-221-7045
675B Benjamin | 206-685-9960
Hinds Research Group

Nano-scale functional devices with emphasis on active engineering membranes; fluidic and ionic transport studies in nano-pores; biomimetic nanoporous platforms with active gatekeepers; biochemical separations and programmed enzymatic membrane reactors; electro-catalytic flow reactor material systems. Application areas of water purification/remediation, environmental separations, energy storage, biochemical conversions/separations, and medical devices including a smart phone enabled transdermal system for addiction treatment.

Alex K-Y. Jen

Boeing/Johnson Chair Prof. (retired)
Director, Institute of Advanced Materials for Energy (i-AME)
Jen Research Group

Utilize molecular, polymeric, and biomacromolecular self-assembly to create ordered arrangement of organic and inorganic functional materials for photonics, opto-electronics, nanomedicine, and nanotechnology; Employ the “molecular engineering” approach to tailor size, shape, sequence, and functionality of organic/hybrid functional materials and explore their applications.

Kannan M. Krishnan


323 Roberts

Krishnan website »

  • Magnetism, transport, optical and electronic properties of materials
  • Synthesis of nanostructures and thin films with tailored properties
  • Advanced characterization using electron, photon and scanning probes
  • Biomedical nanomagnetics
  • Vertically integrated projects from the underlying science to information storage/processing and biomedical (diagnostics & therapy) technologies.

Christine K. Luscombe

Campbell Associate Professor,
MSE Graduate Program Coordinator

319 Roberts / 122 MolES

Luscombe Research Group

Design and synthesis of novel organic materials (polymers and macromolecules) for organic electronic applications such as photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. Developing a fundamental understanding about how to accurately control polymer structure, and how the structure affects optoelectronic properties of the materials.

Hong Ma

Research Associate Professor

335 Roberts


Organic and polymer chemistry, molecular self-assembly, surface & interface engineering, supramolecular nanostructures, micro/ nanopatterning, bio-inspired materials, organic-bio-nano hybrids, electronic/ photonic/biosensing materials.

J. Devin Mackenzie

Associate Professor
Technical Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

302J Roberts


Emerging electronic materials, including organic semiconductors, nanomaterials, photovoltaics, thin film batteries and printed and flexible electronics including flexible and ultrathin displays, compact wireless sensors, wearable electronics, and health monitoring devices.

George Mayer

Research Professor

337 Roberts

Research in Bioinspired Materials:  Mechanisms underlying toughening of rigid natural  composites;  Designing and building synthetic analogs of natural hybrid composites;  Mechanisms of adhesion in natural materials.

Fumio S. Ohuchi

Interim Department Chair

302F Roberts

Ohuchi Research Group

Oxide and chalcogenide thin films for thermoelectric, photovoltaic,  magneto-caloric, phase-change and spintronic applications. Understanding physical and chemical processes at the material’s surfaces and dissimilar interfaces.

Peter Pauzauskie

Assistant Professor

302D Roberts

Pauzauskie Research Group

Molecular engineering; design, synthesis, and integration of nanoscale optoelectonic materials; cavity optomechanics using optical dielectrophoresis (laser/optoelectronic tweezers); subwavelength molecular biosensors; nanomedicine.

Mehmet Sarikaya

Mehmet Sarikaya

Director, GEMSEC

327 Roberts
Sarikaya Research Group Website

Molecular Biomimetics & Genome-based molecular materials science and engineering; Genetic engineering of inorganic-binding polypeptides (GEPI); Fundamental phenomena at nano/bio interface; Binding, specificity and assembly of engineered peptides; Practical utilizations of GEPI as molecular erectors, assemblers and scaffolds in nanotechnology, medicine and energy.

Xiaodong Xu

Associate Professor MSE, Physics

B437 Physics Bldg
Xu Group Website

Optical, electronic and quantum properties of novel solid state nanostructures by nanoscale device design, optical spectroscopy, electrical transport, and scanning photocurrent measurements.

Jihui Yang

Kyocera Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Coordinator

315 Roberts
630A Benjamin
Yang Group Website

Various experimental and theoretical techniques are used to study materials of great fundamental and application interest. Current research is primarily engaged in the design, synthesis, testing, and understanding of advanced thermoelectric materials and Li-ion battery materials for energy conversion and storage, which include (1) electron and phonon transport of thermoelectric materials, (2) thermodynamic stability, atomistic structural arrangement, electronic band structure, and lattice dynamics of nanocomposites, and (3) degradation mechanisms of advanced Li-ion battery materials.

Miqin Zhang

Kyocera Professor

302L Roberts

Zhang Website

Biomaterials:  Materials and devices for biological and medical applications; Cancer diagnosis and treatment through imaging enhancement, targeted, controlled therapeutic payload delivery; Biocompatible materials serving as biodegradable scaffolds, drug delivery depots; Chemical, biological agents & drug screening techniques.