Group Members NDL & POEM

Dr. Alexander Balandin

Alexander A. Balandin received his BS (1989) and MS (1991) degrees Summa Cum Laude in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russia. He received his second MS (1995) and PhD (1997) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. From 1997 till 1999, he worked as a Research Engineer at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1999 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California – Riverside (UCR), where he is presently Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Presidential Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL), Director of the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center, Associate Director of DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems (SHINES) and Interim Director of UCR’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) – UCR Nanofabrication Cleanroom. He is a Founding Chair of the campus-wide Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Program at UCR. Professor Balandin is a recipient of The MRS Medal (2013) and IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award (2011) for his graphene, phonon engineering and nanotechnology research. He is an elected Fellow of eight professional societies: MRS, APS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, IOP, IOM3 and AAAS. He presently serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Applied Physics Letters for nanoscience and nano-engineering fields.


Dr. Guanxiong Liu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Guanxiong Liu received his PhD (2012) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California – Riverside. He worked as a Research Scientist in a graphene technology startup company Bluestone Global Tech from 2012 to 2014. He returned to Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory to continue research of nano-devices implemented with 2D materials. His research is focused on investigation of charge density wave effects in van der Waals materials and electronic noise in nano-devices. His expertise includes nano-fabrications, device characterization, and electronic applications. Dr. Liu published more than 25 technical papers, including in journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, and Nano Letters. Among his honors are the Best Poster Awards at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting (2016) and SRC-DARPA FAME Review and Workshop (2017).


Dr. Fariborz Kargar

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Fariborz Kargar obtained his BS (2006) and MS (2009) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) and K. N. Toosi University of Technology (KNTU) in Tehran, Iran, respectively. In 2013, he joined Professor Balandin’s Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center as a Graduate Student Researcher. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016. He is presently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Professor Balandin’s POEM Center. The areas of his expertise include Brillouin-Mandelstam scattering (BMS) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, phonon and magnon transport, and thermal interface materials. He conducts BMS studies in the projects of the UCR’s Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems (SHINES) Center. Among his honors are Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship (2013) and the Best Poster Award at the SHINES Center Conference in Riverside (2016).


Dr. Hoda Malekpour

Assistant Project Scientist

Hoda Malekpour received her BS degree in Electrical Engineering (2009) from the Iran University of Science and Technology and MS degree in Electrical Engineering - Semiconductor Devices (2012) from the University of Tehran (2012). During her MS studies she worked on the reactive ion etching for developing nano-grass structures on silicon, and exploring their applications. She later joined the Professor Balandin’s laboratory at UCR where she received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2016). During her PhD studies, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center investigating thermal properties of graphene and its derivatives. Dr. Malekpour’s dissertation was focused on thermal characterization of materials using the Raman optothermal technique. Since 2017, she has been working as an Assistant Project Scientist with the POEM Center.


Ruben Salgado

Graduate Student Researcher

Ruben Salgado received his BS (2014) and MS (2016) degrees Cum Laude in Material Science and Engineering, with a focus in electronic and magnetic materials, from the University of California – Riverside (UCR). He joined Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) in 2012 as an Undergraduate Researcher working on development of novel materials for thermal management systems of lithium-ion batteries and state-of-the-art microprocessors. He participated in investigation of thermal properties of nanostructured magnetic and graphene materials. He has interned as a Materials Researcher at the Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory and as a Packaging Engineer at the Bourns, Inc. His current research focus is on nano-fabrication and characterization of electronic devices based on low-dimensional materials.


Ece Aytan

Graduate Student Researcher

Ece Aytan received her B.S in Chemistry (2011) from Bilkent University and M.S. in Material Science and Engineering (2014) from Koc University where she studied self-assembly of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers in aqueous solutions. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California – Riverside (UCR). She is an expert in visible and UV Raman spectroscopy with experience of investigation of phonons and magnons in bulk and low-dimensional material systems. She is presently working on investigating phonon dynamics in 1D and 2D Van der Waals materials and spin-phonon coupling in magnetic materials using resonant and non-resonant Raman spectroscopy. Her research expertise and interests also include high-resolution material characterization (TEM, SEM, and XPS) and cleanroom nanoscale device fabrication. She received UCR Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship in 2014.


Adane Geremew

Graduate Student Researcher

Adane Geremew received M.S. (2013) in Nanotechnology (2013) from the Department of Physics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. He advanced his research expertise in the growth of 2D materials and nanoscale device fabrication at the University of Texas – Austin, working as a Research Assistant. In 2016, he joined Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) at the University of California – Riverside (UCR) as a Graduate Student Researcher. His PhD dissertation research is mainly focused on quasi-1D and quasi-2D charge-density wave (CDW) materials and heterostructures, as well as their electronic applications. He has experience with microscopy and Raman spectroscopy characterization of electronic materials.


Dr. Chenglong Jiang

Assistant Project Scientist

Chenglong Jiang graduated from the Northeastern University in Liaoning, China with B.S. degree in Applied Physics (2010) and M.S. degree in Physics (2012) from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. He later joined Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) at the University of California - Riverside (UCR) as a Graduate Student Researcher. In 2016, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. He continued his research at NDL and POEM Center as an Assistant Project Scientist. During his doctoral studies, he has amassed over four years of experience and technical knowledge in the clean-room nanoscale device fabrication and characterizations. His research interests include phonon and thermal properties of low-dimensional materials, fabrication and characterization of devices based on van der Waals materials, electronic properties of transition metal dichalcogenides, and practical electronic applications of 2D and 1D materials.


Dr. Mohammad Saadah

Assistant Project Scientist

Mohammed Saadah is a Graduate Student Researcher in Professor Balandin’s POEM Center at the University of California – Riverside (UCR). He obtained his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (2013) from UCR. He is expected to defend his PhD degree in 2017. His research involves preparation and characterization of the thermal interface materials (TIMs) and thermal phase change materials (PCMs) with graphene fillers, thermal conductivity measurements, thermal managements of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, characterization of the concentrated photovoltaic solar cells, photoluminescence and fluorescence spectroscopy of composite materials. He has demonstrated an efficient use of graphene-enhanced TIMs with the concentrated multi-junction PV solar cells. .


Jacob Lewis

Graduate Student Researcher

Jacob S. Lewis graduated Cum Laude from the Sonoma State University (2014) with a B.S. degree in Physics and a minor in Philosophy. During his undergraduate education, he held a summertime Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Internship at the Western Digital Corporation, and worked on three different research projects at the University. After receiving his B.S. degree, he worked for Keysight Technologies for a year and a half. He is presently a Graduate Student Researcher in Professor Balandin’s POEM Center. His PhD dissertation research is focused on investigating thermal properties and Brillouin spectra of advanced materials. He has expertise with thermal conductivity measurements using “hot disk” and “laser flash” techniques.


Maedeh Taheri

Graduate Student Researcher

Maedeh Taheri received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Shiraz University, Iran. She is presently working as a Graduate Student Researcher in Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) at the University of California – Riverside (UCR). She is experienced in the cleanroom nanoscale device fabrication and electrical characterization, as well as low-frequency electronic noise measurements. Her research is focused on nano-fabrication and testing devices with quasi-1D and quasi-2D channels implemented with the charge-density wave (CDW) materials. She has expertise in microscopy and micro-Raman spectroscopy study of advanced materials. As a Teaching Assistant, she conducted discussion sessions for the Engineering Electromagnetics and other courses.


Edward Hernandez

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Edward M. Hernandez received his A.S. degree with Distinguished Honors in Mathematics and Science from the Moreno Valley College, California in 2015. He completed a ten-week full-time “Summer Bridge to Research Program” for select incoming community college transfer students. He presently continues his studies toward B.S. degree in the Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California – Riverside (UCR). He works as an undergraduate Research Assistant in Professor Balandin’s Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center at UCR. He has been conducting research on practical applications of graphene in thermal management of photovoltaic solar cells and electronic devices. He co-authored technical publications on the use of graphene for thermal management. He is also an expert in graphical and web-site design.


Xiaoye Huo

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Xiaoye Huo received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (2017) from the University of California – Riverside (UCR). In 2016, he joined Professor Balandin’s Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center as an undergraduate Research Assistant. His research is focused on thermal interface materials (TIMs) and thermal phase change materials (PCMs). He participated in preparation of composite materials with graphene, conducted experiments for determining the thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of composites using several different techniques. He has worked in Siasun Robotic Company designing mechanical arms and hand mechanisms.

Visting Researchers NDL & POEM

Denis Nika

Denis L. Nika is a Chair of Iu. Perlin Department of Theoretical Physics and a Head of E. Pokatilov Laboratory of Physics and Engineering of Nanostructures at the Moldova State University, Republic of Moldova. He received his PhD (2006) degree in Theoretical Physics from the same university. As a Visiting Researcher he worked at the University of Antwerp, Belgium; Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Dresden, Germany; and Nano-Device Laboratory, University of California – Riverside, USA. His research interests are in physics of nanostructures, focusing on phonon and thermal transport in graphene; multi-band theory of electrons and holes; exciton and impurity states. He was awarded twice the honorary title of The Best Young Scientist of the Republic of Moldova. He has over 80 technical journal publications, 6 reviews and 4 book chapters.


Monica Lacerda

Monica M. Lacerda received her BS (1991) and MS (1994) degrees in Physics from the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil, and her PhD (1997) degree in Experimental Physics from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She held Postdoctoral Researcher positions at the Northwestern University, Evanston, USA; Universite de Amien, France; and Ecole Polytechnique, France. From 2006 till 2011 she worked as a Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Santa Catarina State, Brazil. In 2011 she joined Polo de Xerem at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, where she is presently Professor and Director of Academic Studies. From 2016 till 2017 she worked as Visiting Researcher at the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center at the University of California, Riverside, USA. Professor Lacerda’s research interests are in Raman spectroscopy and advanced materials.

Graduated PhD Students NDL & POEM

NDL & POEM Group 2017