Members

Principal Investigator

Professor Jacob Jones is a Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director and Principal Investigator of the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center, Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN), former Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility, and a University Faculty Scholar.

More details about Jones are available at this site:
https://www.mse.ncsu.edu/jones/

Phone: 919-515-4557
Email: jacobjones@ncsu.edu
Office Location: PSB 3128

Current Group Members

Name Position Contact Email Research Focus
Alex Hsain PhD Student hahsain@ncsu.edu  

Investigating effects of mechanical clamping on ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of hafnium-based (HZO) material systems using analytical techniques.

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexhsain

Academic Twitter: @alexhsain

Ryan Newell Postdoc rjnewell@ncsu.edu Research focuses on characterization of metastable metal oxides, including microscopy and spectroscopic techniques.

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-newell-phd/

Corrado Harper PhD Student cjharper@ncsu.edu Specializes in solid state ceramics and trained in XRD for processing control of solid state materials.
Darrell Harry PhD Student diharry@ncsu.edu The study of metal cations for phosphorus recovery through batch equilibrium experiments of metal-cation-containing materials in water matrices containing ortho-phosphate, and characterizing these materials and water systems before, during, and after immersion.

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrell-harry

Elizabeth Trubchaninov PhD Student eotrubch@ncsu.edu Her research is a part of STEPS and focused on standardizing phosphorus analytics utilizing the following characterization techniques: EELS, EDS, XRD, XPS, Tof-SIMS, Raman Spectroscopy, and XANES.
Britney Rickman PhD Student bcrickma@ncsu.edu  

 

 

 

 

Josh Harris Postdoc jharris@ncsu.edu Josh is using machine learning models to analyze scanning transmission electron micrographs of buried interfaces. His models can quantitatively determine the 3-dimensional roughness of an interface from a 2-dimensional micrograph image.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Broughton PhD Student rabrough@ncsu.edu Applying Bayesian statistical analysis to model crystal structures from x-ray diffraction data.

 

 

 

Rachel Beall Undergraduate Student rlbeall@ncsu.edu Research focuses on the time dependence of domain wall switching at various frequencies of piezoelectrics.

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-beall/

 

 

Carolyn Szemprunch Undergraduate Student ciszempr@ncsu.edu Identifying potential metal cations for phosphorus recovery, with a focus on removing these metals from wastewater systems so that they may be captured and then redistributed into the environment.

 

 

 

Vedika Shah Undergraduate Student vshah4@ncsu.edu  

 

 

 

 

Nadia Chapple Undergraduate Student nfchappl@ncsu.edu  

Research focuses on nanomaterials. She is working with both the Jones Research Group and STEPS.

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadia-chapple-93a401201

 

 

Leah Bellcase Undergraduate Student lrbellca@ncsu.edu Improving high temperature processing of perovskites by studying solid state reactions using in situ XRD analysis.

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leah-bellcase/

 

 

Jessie Urbina Undergraduate Student jrurbina@ncsu.edu  

 

 

 

 

Zhane McCleod Undergraduate Student mccleod.z@ufl.edu

Designs machine learning algorithms to discover candidate P-recovery materials by predicting phosphate uptake capacity for materials in databases.

 

 

 

Our PhD and Postdoc Alumni

Name Completion Date Link Current Affiliation
Mesut Varlioglu PhD 2009 https://www.linkedin.com/in/mesut-varlioglu-0093948a Senior Materials Engineer at Hewlett-Packard
Author of “Idea to Product: DIY Invention Commercialization
Abhijit Pramanick, PhD 2009 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=gFnlk-gAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao Department of Physics and Materials Science City University of Hong Kong
Christopher Fell PhD 2012 https://www.linkedin.com/in/ufellc Sr. Research Engineer at Tesla Motors
Elena Aksel PhD 2012 https://www.linkedin.com/in/elena-aksel-b3016076 Project Manager at SCHOTT
Anderson Prewitt, PhD 2012 https://www.linkedin.com/in/dradprewitt Prewitt Solutions – Founder
Krishna Nittala PhD 2012 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ehyaPM8AAAAJ&hl=en Applied Materials
Shruti Seshadri PhD 2012 https://www.linkedin.com/in/shruti-seshadri-24793961 Lead – Corporate Security Management at Sutherland Global Services
Sungwook Mhin PhD 2013 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=qc-SRqYAAAAJ&hl=en Professor at Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
Tedi-Marie Usher-Ditzian PhD 2016 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Jv85EUwAAAAJ&hl=en Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oak Ridge National
Thanakorn Iamsasri PhD 2016 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=wYcY3UEAAAAJ&hl=en King Monkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok
Jennifer Forrester PhD 2013 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=wcrEX_QAAAAJ&hl=en University of Leeds
Chris Fancher PhD 2016 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xJjhSQQAAAAJ&hl=en Postdoctoral Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dipankar Ghosh PhD 2009 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=up7hF7EAAAAJ&hl=en Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University
Goknur Tutuncu PhD 2012 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=f0VTlNkAAAAJ&hl=en No current affiliation
Stephen Podowitz-Thomas PhD 2016 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GA06TgQAAAAJ&hl=en Faculty at Haverford College
Ching-Chang Chung, Ph.D. 2018 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Ju2Xcx0AAAAJ&hl=en X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory Manager (NCSU)
Giovanni Esteves, PhD, 2017 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ONHUsmsAAAAJ&hl=en Post-Doctoral Researcher at Sandia National Lab
Dong Hou, PhD 2017 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Aa_5ftsAAAAJ&hl Postdoctoral Researcher at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Deepika Saini, PhD 2018 https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lsz5ydYAAAAJ&hl=en Eastman Chemical Company
Brienne Johnson, PhD 2018 https://www.linkedin.com/in/brienne-johnson-bb5169a8/ Northrop Grumman
Hanhan Zhou, PhD 2019 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Analytical Instrumentation Facility at NC State University Sr. Electrical Failure Analysis/Package
Failure Analysis Engineer at GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Alisa Paterson, PhD 2019 Postdoctoral Associate at University of Calgary Development of analyses for diffraction data from ferroelectric materials

Google Scholar

Alexandria Cruz 2021 acruz2@ncsu.edu PhD Student
Jianwei Zhao 2021 jzhao25@ncsu.edu PhD Student
Younghwan Lee 2021 ylee22@ncsu.edu PhD Student
Alexandra Henriques 2021 https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=IC8Z9g4AAAAJ&authuser=1 PhD Student
Alexis Payne 2021 alpayne2@ncsu.edu PhD Student

Jones Research Group – 2022