|2020 - Present
|Advanced Manufacturing Deputy Director for Academic Research, Idaho National Laboratory
|2019 - Present
|Associate Director, Boise State University ‐ Center for Advanced Energy Studies
|Associate Professor, Boise State University ‐ Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering
|Assistant Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of Materials Science and Engineering
|2022 - 2027
|New Pathways to STEM Careers in Southern Idaho
|National Science Foundation - 2221665
|Colleague(s): Don Plumlee (PI), Sondra Miller (Co-PI), and Katherine Wright (Co-PI)
|2021 - 2026
|IUCRC Phase II Boise State University: Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC)
|National Science Foundation - 2113873
|Role: Principal Investigator
|Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman (Co-PI)
|2023 - 2023
|To explore the feasibility of integrating two-dimensional materials with DNA nanotechnology as a new approach to manufacturing computer memory, a critical component in modern computing and data storage
|National Science Foundation
|Future Manufacturing program - Seed grant
|2022 - 2022
|Enable advanced manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics using mixed dimensional materials
|Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
|Role: Program Lead
|Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman
|2019 - 2022
|Exploring the challenges and opportunities of plasma jet printing for NASA's emerging In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) program
|NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
|Role: Co-Primary Investigator
|Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman, Jim Browning, Ken Cornell, and Nirmala Kandadai
|2020 - 2020
|For purchase of an Atomic Force Microscopy–Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR) system
|M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
|Role: Principle Investigator
|Colleague(s): Paul Davis and Elton Graugnard
|2019 - 2019
|Utilizing Graphene as a Bio-Scaffold for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering
|National Science Foundation
|Colleague(s): Julie Oxford, et al.
|2018 - 2018
|Replicating Marrow Mechanics of Stem Cells Ex vivo
|National Institutes of Health
|Colleague(s): Gunes Uzer,Trevor Lujan, Julia Thom Oxford, and Mary C. Farach-Carson
Honors and Awards
- 2007-2010 - Micron Technology Foundation Graduate Fellow
- 2007 - Boise State University Founders Leadership Society
- 2011 - John Bardeen Graduate Research Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- 2012 - Gregory Stillman Semiconductor Graduate Research Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- 2019 - National TRIO Achiever, The Council for Opportunity in Education
- 2019 - Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation
|Ph.D. - Electrical Enginnering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|M.S. - Electrical Enginnering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|B.S. - Electrical Engineering, Boise State University
|A.A. - Electronics Technology, University of Phoenix
Transient Multilayer Analytical Model of a Line Heat Source Probe for In-Pile Thermal Conductivity Measurements International Journal of Thermal Sciences (2023)
In-pile measurements of nuclear fuel properties is of critical importance for the design, performance, and safety considerations of next generation nuclear reactors and can be difficult due to the high temperature and high neutron flux ...
Zinc–Acetate–Amine Complexes as Precursors to ZnO and the Effect of the Amine on Nanoparticle Morphology, Size, and Photocatalytic Activity Catalysts (2022)
Zinc oxide is an environmentally friendly and readily synthesized semiconductor with many industrial applications. ZnO powders were prepared by alkali precipitation using different [Zn(acetate)2(amine)x] compounds to alter the particle size and aspect ratio. Slow precipitations ...
Additively Manufactured Strain Sensors for In-Pile Applications Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (2022)
Accurate, real-time monitoring of strain in fuel, cladding, and structural components of nuclear reactors is critical to better understand radiation induced phenomena during reactor tests and operations. The data provided is crucial to verify physics-based, ...
Removal and Recovery of Ammonia from Simulated Wastewater Using Ti3C2Tx MXene in Flow Electrode Capacitive Deionization NPJ Clean Water (2022)
Flowing electrode capacitive deionization systems (FE-CDI) have recently garnered attention because of their ability to prevent cross contamination and operate in uninterrupted cycles ad infinitum. Typically, FE-CDI electrodes suffer from low conductivity, reducing deionization performance. ...
Synergic Antitumor Effect of Photodynamic Therapy and Chemotherapy Mediated by Nano Drug Delivery Systems Pharmaceutics (2022)
This review provides a summary of recent progress in the development of different nano-platforms for the efficient synergistic effect between photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy. In particular, this review focuses on various methods in which photosensitizers ...
Additive Manufacturing of Miniaturized Peak Temperature Monitors for In-Pile Applications Sensors (2021)
Passive monitoring techniques have been used for peak temperature measurements during irradiation tests by exploiting the melting point of well-characterized materials. Recent efforts to expand the capabilities of such peak temperature detection instrumentation include the ...
Laser-Defined Graphene Strain Sensor Directly Fabricated on 3D-Printed Structure Flexible and Printed Electronics (2021)
A direct-write method to fabricate a strain sensor directly on a structure of interest is reported. In this method, a commercial graphene ink is printed as a square patch (6 mm square) on the structure. ...
Aerosol Jet Printed Capacitive Strain Gauge for Soft Structural Materials npj Flexible Electronics (2020)
Soft structural textiles, or softgoods, are used within the space industry for inflatable habitats, parachutes and decelerator systems. Evaluating the safety and structural integrity of these systems occurs through structural health monitoring systems (SHM), which ...
High-Performance Flexible Bismuth Telluride Thin Film from Solution Processed Colloidal Nanoplates Advanced Materials Technologies (2020)
Thermoelectric generators are an environmentally friendly and reliable solid‐state energy conversion technology. Flexible and low‐cost thermoelectric generators are especially suited to power flexible electronics and sensors using body heat or other ambient heat sources. Bismuth ...
Fully Inkjet-Printed Multilayered Graphene-Based Flexible Electrodes for Repeatable Electrochemical Response RSC Advances (2020)
Graphene has proven to be useful in biosensing applications. However, one of the main hurdles with printed graphene-based electrodes is achieving repeatable electrochemical performance from one printed electrode to another. We have developed a consistent ...
Mechanochemical Conversion Kinetics of Red to Black Phosphorus and Scaling Parameters for High Volume Synthesis NPJ: 2D Materials and Applications (2020)
Adopting black phosphorus (BP) as a material in electronic and optoelectronic device manufacturing requires the development and understanding of a large-scale synthesis technique. To that end, high-energy planetary ball milling is demonstrated as a scalable ...
A Review of Inkjet Printed Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes Based Gas Sensors Sensors (2020)
Graphene and carbon nanotube (CNT)-based gas/vapor sensors have gained much traction for numerous applications over the last decade due to their excellent sensing performance at ambient conditions. Inkjet printing various forms of graphene (reduced graphene ...
Flexible Thermoelectric Devices of Ultrahigh Power Factor by Scalable Printing and Interface Engineering Advanced Functional Materials (2020)
Printing is a versatile method to transform semiconducting nanoparticle inks into functional and flexible devices. In particular, thermoelectric nanoparticles are attractive building blocks to fabricate flexible devices for energy harvesting and cooling applications. However, the ...
Prechondrogenic ATDC5 Cell Attachment and Differentiation on Graphene Foam; Modulation by Surface Functionalization with Fibronectin ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2019)
Graphene foam holds promise for tissue engineering applications. In this study, graphene foam was used as a three-dimension scaffold to evaluate cell attachment, cell morphology, and molecular markers of early differentiation. The aim of this ...
A Parametric Study for In-Pile Use of the Thermal Conductivity Needle Probe Using a Transient, Multilayered Analytical Model International Journal of Thermal Sciences (2019)
By utilizing an in-pile measurement, thermal conductivity can be determined under prototypic conditions over a range of burnup. In this work we develop a multilayer quadrupoles analytical model to describe the transient thermal interactions between ...
Utilizing a Single Silica Nanospring as an Insulating Support to Characterize the Electrical Transport and Morphology of Nanocrystalline Graphite Materials (2019)
A graphitic carbon, referred to as graphite from the University of Idaho thermolyzed asphalt reaction (GUITAR), was coated in silica nanosprings and silicon substrates via the pyrolysis of commercial roofing tar at 800 °C in ...
Measurement of Signal‐to‐Noise Ratio In Graphene‐Based Passive Microelectrode Arrays Electroanalysis (2019)
This work aims to investigate the influence of various electrode materials on the signal‐to‐noise ratio (SNR) of passive microelectrode arrays (MEAs) intended for use in neural interfaces. Noise reduction substantially improves the performance of systems ...
The sp2-sp3 Carbon Hybridization Content of Nanocrystalline Graphite from Pyrolyzed Vegetable Oil, Comparison of Electrochemistry and Physical Properties with Other Carbon Forms and Allotropes Carbon (2019)
Nanocrystalline (nc) graphite produced from pyrolyzed vegetable oil has properties that deviate from typical graphites, but is similar to the previously reported Graphite from the University of Idaho Thermolyzed Asphalt Reaction (GUITAR). These properties include ...
Thermal Transport in Layer-by-Layer Assembled Polycrystalline Graphene Films 2D Materials and Applications (2019)
New technologies are emerging which allow us to manipulate and assemble 2-dimensional (2D) building blocks, such as graphene, into synthetic van der Waals (vdW) solids. Assembly of such vdW solids has enabled novel electronic devices ...
Open-Source Automated Chemical Vapor Deposition System for the Production of Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials PLoS One (2019)
The study of two- dimensional (2D) materials is a rapidly growing area within nanomaterials research. However, the high equipment costs, which include the processing systems necessary for creating these materials, can be a barrier to ...
Mechanical Properties of Graphene Foam and Graphene Foam—Tissue Composites Advanced Engineering Materials (2018)
Graphene foam (GF), a 3‐dimensional derivative of graphene, has received much attention recently for applications in tissue engineering due to its unique mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. Although GF is an appealing material for cartilage ...
Detection of Methylation on dsDNA Using Nanopores in MoS2 Membrane Nanoscale (2017)
Methylation at the 5-carbon position of the cytosine nucleotide base in DNA has been shown to be a reliable diagnostic biomarker for carcinogenesis. Early detection of methylation and intervention could drastically increase the effectiveness of ...
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Enhancement Using Graphene-Based Passive Microelectrode Arrays 2017 IEEE 60th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS) (2017)
This work is aimed toward the goal of investigating the influence of different materials on the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of passive neural microelectrode arrays (MEAs). Noise reduction is one factor that can substantially improve neural ...
Modeling and Analysis of Intercalant Effects on Circular DNA Conformation ACS Nano (2016)
The large-scale conformation of DNA molecules plays a critical role in many basic elements of cellular functionality and viability. By targeting the structural properties of DNA, many cancer drugs, such as anthracyclines, effectively inhibit tumor ...
High-Performance and Flexible Thermoelectric Films by Screen Printing Solution-Processed Nanoplate Crystals Scientific Reports (2016)
Screen printing allows for direct conversion of thermoelectric nanocrystals into flexible energy harvesters and coolers. However, obtaining flexible thermoelectric materials with high figure of merit ZT through printing is an exacting challenge due to the ...