Research

Institute for Functional Materials & Devices

Innovative new materials and devices will underpin the solution to many challenges facing society, from detecting and treating disease, to implementing large-scale renewable energy sources, to securing food and fresh water for all. In order to address these challenges, the Institute for Functional Materials & Devices (I-FMD) brings together Lehigh’s interdisciplinary expertise in the synthesis, fabrication, processing, and characterization of engineered materials including semiconductors, metals, ceramics, composites, polymers and other soft materials. These materials are integrated into sensors, actuators, and other devices that have critical functionality across mechanical, electronic, photonic, and chemical domains. I-FMD will identify and address innovative solutions to societal grand challenges through interdisciplinary teams focused around material and device functionalities. The Institute also coordinates nanofabrication and materials-characterization facilities that enable cutting-edge research as well as deeper engagement with university and industry partners.

Co-Directors

Dr. Himanshu Jain
Director

Diamond Distinguished Chair and Professor of Materials Science
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Steven McIntosh
Associate Director

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Faculty

Ganesh Balasubramanian
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jonas Baltrusaitis
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Arindam Banerjee
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Ivan Biaggio
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Angela Brown
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Derick Brown
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Helen Chan
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Manoj Chaudhury
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Mark Chen
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Xuanhong Cheng
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Lesley Chow
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

John Coulter
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Hannah Dailey
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Eric Daniels
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Volkmar Dierolf
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Panos Diplas
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

John DuPont
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Matthias Falk
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Flowers
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

James Gilchrist
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Joachim Grenestedt
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Gary Harlow
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Martin Harmer
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Miltos Hatalis
Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

James Hwang
Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Wonpil Im
Bioengineering/
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science/
College of Arts and Sciences

Anand Jagota
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Himanshu Jain
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Sabrina Jedlicka
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Kristen Jellison
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Christopher Kiely
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Yong W. Kim
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Brandon Krick
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Sushil Kumar
Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Kai Landskron
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Yaling Liu
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Steven McIntosh
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Wojciech Misiolek
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jeetain Mittal
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Keith Moored
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Herman Nied
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

H. Daniel Ou-Yang
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Alparslan Oztekin
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Ray Pearson
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Steve Peters
Earth and Environmental Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Siddha Pimputkar
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Marcos Pires
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Karen Beck Pooley
Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Spencer Quiel
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Srinivas Rangarajan
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jeff Rickman
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

James Ricles
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jim Roberts
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Sause
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Kelly Schultz
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Arup Sengupta
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Mark Snyder
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Michael Stavola
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Nicholas Strandwitz
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Muhannad Suleiman
Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Svetlana Tatic-Lucic
Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Damien Thevenin
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Dimitrios Vavylonis
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Natasha Vermaak
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dmitri Vezenov
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

David Vicic
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Vinci
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Arkady Voloshim
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Vassie C. Ware
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Masashi Watanabe
Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Edmund Webb
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Nathan Wittenberg
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Xiaoji Xu
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Young
Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Xiaohui (Frank) Zhang
Mechanical Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Chao Zhou
Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

 

Research Thrusts

  • Biomedical functionality
  • Chemical functionality
  • Mechanical functionality
  • Optical and electrical functionality
  • Processing and manufacturing