Principal Investigator

Jones is a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network, Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility, and a University Faculty Scholar.

More details about Jones are available at this site:

Phone: 919-515-4557
Office Location: EB1 – Room 3072 B

Current Group Members

Name Position Contact Email Research Focus
Alexandria Cruz PhD Student Analyzing how a patterned interface and interfacial diffusion influences strain coupling in magnetoelectric composites.
Jianwei Zhao PhD Student Using in-situ XRD measurements and 3D-EBSD techniques to study the origins of microcracks in multilayer piezoelectric actuators.
Younghwan Lee PhD Student Study in Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric materials with their phase transformation by using various measurement techniques including in-situ XRD and Synchrotron.
Alexandra Henriques PhD Student X-ray and neutron diffraction, structural refinements of diffraction data, and application of varied statistical methods (eg. Bayesian) to refine and analyze data from scattering techniques.

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


Academic Twitter: @alexhsain


Alexis Payne PhD Student Development of technique for 3D printing gallium metal with copper nanoparticles
Rachel Broughton PhD Student Applying Bayesian statistical analysis to model crystal structures from x-ray diffraction data.
Olivia Wander Undergraduate Student Synthesis and structural characterization of the lead-free piezoceramic BCZT via x-ray diffraction
Emily Molina Undergraduate Student Using EBSD and TKD to do thin film characterization and in situ XRD to study piezoelectric actuators.


Makenna Avakian Undergraduate Student The study of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics using in-situ XRD measurments.
Madison Horgan Undergraduate Student Understanding the ferroelectric properties of HZO thin films using various techniques including scanning probe microscopy.


Our PhD and Postdoc Alumni

Name Completion Date Link Current Affiliation
Mesut Varlioglu PhD 2009 Senior Materials Engineer at Hewlett-Packard
Author of “Idea to Product: DIY Invention Commercialization
Abhijit Pramanick, PhD 2009 Department of Physics and Materials Science City University of Hong Kong
Christopher Fell PhD 2012 Sr. Research Engineer at Tesla Motors
Elena Aksel PhD 2012 Project Manager at SCHOTT
Anderson Prewitt, PhD 2012 Prewitt Solutions – Founder
Krishna Nittala PhD 2012 Applied Materials
Shruti Seshadri PhD 2012 Lead – Corporate Security Management at Sutherland Global Services
Sungwook Mhin PhD 2013 Professor at Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
Tedi-Marie Usher-Ditzian PhD 2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oak Ridge National
Thanakorn Iamsasri PhD 2016 King Monkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok
Jennifer Forrester PhD 2013 University of Leeds
Chris Fancher PhD 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dipankar Ghosh PhD 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University
Goknur Tutuncu PhD 2012 No current affiliation
Stephen Podowitz-Thomas PhD 2016 Faculty at Haverford College
Ching-Chang Chung, Ph.D. 2018 X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory Manager (NCSU)
Giovanni Esteves, PhD, 2017 Post-Doctoral Researcher at Sandia National Lab
Dong Hou, PhD 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Deepika Saini, PhD 2018 Eastman Chemical Company
Brienne Johnson, PhD 2018 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

Jones Research Group – 2017