Olvera de la Cruz Group

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz

Assistant Director Research Operations

Dr. Rebecca Holmes (McMurray)

Research Assistant Professor

Prof. Baofu Qiao, Protein and Solvent Extraction (with CCTSM)
Prof. Trung Nguyen, Optimization of Simulations for Charged Systems (with Chemical and Biological Engineering)

Research Associate

Dr. Felipe Jimenez Angeles, Polyelectrolyte Interfaces

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Yuba Dahal, Protein Dispersion
Dr. Debarshee Bagchi, Polymer Electrolytes
Dr. Yihao Liang, Membranes and Electrostatics
Dr. Wei Li, Polyelectrolytes
  Dr. Anisha Shakya (Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow), Protein and Nucleic Acid Assembly
  Dr. Dulce Manrique (Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow), Membranes

Graduate Students

Boran Ma, PhD 2019, Polymer Blends
Yaohua Li, PhD 2020, Ion-Mediated Nanoparticle Assembly
Debadutta Prusty, PhD 2020, Stabilization of Proteins using Block Copolymers
Chase Brisbois, PhD 2021, 2-D Magnetic Membranes in Precessing Magnetic Fields
Ali Ehlen, PhD 2022, Charged Proteins and Assembly
Jeremy Wang, PhD 2022 (co-advised with Prof. Torkelson), Charged Polymers and Membranes
Yange Lin, PhD 2022, Protein Self-Assembly
Hang Yuan, PhD 2022, Magnetoelastic Membranes
Hector Manuel Lopez de la Cerda Rios, PhD 2023, Active Matter
Curt Waltmann, PhD 2023, Protein Assembly
Vijay Shah, PhD 2023, Liquid-Liquid Interfaces
Dingwen Qian, PhD 2023, Dynamics in Dielectric Confinement
Joesph McCourt, PhD 2023 (co-supervised with Prof. Bedzyk), Amphiphiles
  Aaveg Aggarwal, PhD 2023, Magnetic Nanoparticles
Research Assistant  
  Alejandro Olaya, Hydrodynamics and Electrostatics

Former Graduate Students

Prof. A. M. Mayes, “A Study of Transition to Periodic Structures in Block Copolymer Melts”, Ph.D., February 1991. (Deceased. "She was the first woman tenured and promoted to full professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, she was named a MacVicar Fellow in 2001. She supervised sixteen Ph.D. candidates, seven M.S. degrees, and a host of UROPs") Obituary
Prof. D. Gersappe, “Statistics and Dynamics of Polymers in Topologically Restricted Environments”, Ph.D., April 1992. (Currently: Associate Professor, Dept. Materials Science, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY.)
Dr. E. O. Shaffer, “The Dynamics of Gel Electrophoresis”, M.S. June 1988. (Currently at Dow Chemical, Midland MI).
Prof. Cheng-heng Kao, “Micelle Formation in Copolymer-Homopolymer Blends”, M.S. June 1990.
(Currently: Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, National Central Taiwan University.)
Dr. A. S. Mendelsohn, “Investigation of Correlations in Polymer Melts, Blends, and Semi-dilute Solutions by Fluorescence Nonradiative Energy Transfer Techniques”, Ph.D., July 1994. Co-Advised with J. M. Torkelson.
Dr. A. Nesarikar, “Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Liquid-liquid Phase Separation in Random Copolymers”, Ph.D., (Chemical Eng.) September 1994. Co-Advised with B. Crist. (Currently: Mobil E&P Technical Center, Dallas TX.)
Dr. B. W. Swift, “Statistics and Dynamics of Random Copolymers in Solutions by Monte Carlo Simulation”, Ph.D. December 1995. (Currently: Developer, Swiss Bank, Chicago IL.)
Prof. C. I. Huang, “Studies of Phase Separation Dynamics and Interfaces in Ternary Systems”, Ph.D. June 1996. (Currently: Associate Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.)
Prof. K. Mahdi, “Phase Diagrams of Polyelectrolyte Solutions”, Ph.D. December 2000. (Currently: Assistant Professor, Kuwait University.)
Dr. K. Smith, “Dynamics of Drops and Fluid Interfaces-A Level set Study”, Ph.D. February 2003
(Currently: Data Scientist, Twitter, San Francisco, CA)
Prof. H. Cheng, “Polyelectrolyte Adsorption and Self-Assembly on Charged Surfaces”, Ph.D. December 2005. (Currently: Assistant Professor, Drexel University).
Dr. M. Lefebvre, “Effects of Sequence Distribution and Specific In teractions on the Ordering and Interfacial Behavior of Copolymers”, Ph.D. June 2006. (Currently: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University).
Prof. S. Loverde, “Theory and Simulation of Polymer and Polyelectrol yte Self-Assembly”, Ph.D. June 2007. (Currently: Assistant Professor, City College New York).
Dr. K. Kohlstedt, “The Formation of Chiral Nanopatterns on Low-Dimensional Ionic Assemblies Via Electrostatic Interactions ”, Ph.D. June 2009 (November 2011, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northwestern University. Advisors: George Schatz and Monica Olvera de la Cruz).
Dr. M. Greenfield, “Modulating the forces between self-assembling molecules to control the shape of vesicles and the mechanics and alignment of nanofiber networks ”, Ph.D. June 2009 (January 2010, McKinsey Consulting ).
Mr. M. Anderson, “Gel formation in charged telechelics in poor solvent studied by replica exchange Monte Carlo simulations”, M.A. June 2010. Co-supervised with M. Ratner and I. Szleifer.
Mr. P. Guo, “Self-Assembly of pH responsive nano-particles” M.S. April, 2011.
Dr. Prateek Kumar Jha, "Mesoscopic simulations of gels, nanogels, and nanoparticle Assemblies: Competing interactions and dynamics", PhD May 2012 (Assistant Professor, IIT Roorkee, India).
Dr. Matthew Demers, “Curvature-driven Pattern Formation in Multicomponent Membranes”, PhD August 2012. (Lecturer, Harvard University).
Dr. Doris M. Grillo, PhD 2013 Protein Adsorption Studies (co-supervised, Igal Szleifer) (Analytical Consultant, JPMorgan Chase)
Dr. Ting Li, Simulations of polyvalent nucleic acid-functionalized nanoparticles, PhD 2014 (Data Scientist, Jump Trading LLC)
Dr. Joshua Dempster, PhD 2016, Self Replication (Data Scientist, Broad Institute, Boston)
Dr. Yufei Jing, PhD 2016, Dynamics of Charged Nanoparticles at Interfaces (Wells Fargo, New York)
Dr. Shuangping Liu, PhD 2017, Elasticity of Heterogeneous Nanogels
Mr. Dongxu Huang, MS 2018, Supercapacitors (co-advised with Prof. Samuel Stupp), (currently Software Engineer at Devo, Boston)
Dr. Saijie Pan, PhD 2018, Charged Membranes and Electrostatics
Dr. Ha-Kyung Kwon, PhD May 2018, Charged-Neutral Copolymer Organization (currently Materials Scientist, Toyota Research Institute)
Dr. Martin Girard, PhD July 2019, DNA-Functionalized Nanoparticles (currently Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, in Mainz, Germany)
Dr. Honghao Li, PhD Aug 2018, Ion Transfer in Heterogeneous Media (currently Software Engineer, Google)

Former Postdocs and Research Associates

Dr. Janette Jones, Weak Crystallization, Nov '90-Dec '91, Currently Manager, Unilever, UK
Prof. Kevin Bassler, Copolymers, Dec '90-Aug '92, Currently Professor, Physics Department, University of Houston
Prof. Pedro Gonzalez-Mozuelos, Polyelectrolytes, Sep '92-Nov '94, Currently Professor, Physics Department, CINVESTAV, Mexico
Prof. Francisco Solis, Colloids and Polymer Mixtures, Oct '96-Aug '00, Currently Associate Professor, State University of Arizona West
Prof. Katsuyo Thorton, Phase Separation in Multicomponent Fluids, Dec '97-Mar '98, Currently Associate Professor, Materials Science Department, University of Michigan
Dr. Alexander Ermoshkin, Charged Gels, Nov '01-Dec '03, Currently CTO and co-founder of Carbon (http://www.carbon3d.com/about/alex-ermoshkin/)
Dr. Min Sum Yeom, Simulations of Complex Macromolecules, Aug '01-Jul '03, Currently at National Center for Supercomputers, Korea
Dr. Alexander Kudlay, Gelation of Charged Systems, Oct '02-Apr '05, Currently Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Maryland University
Dr. Yuri Velichko, Peptide Amphiphiles, Oct '03-Jul '07, Currently Senior Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Northwestern University 
Prof. Hongxia Guo, Block Copolymer Instabilities, Mar '04-Dec '05, Currently, Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Prof. Graziano Vernizzi, Cationic-Anionic Vesicles and RNA Folding, Sep '05-Aug '10, Currently, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics &Astronomy, SIENA college
Dr. William Kung, Ionic Liquid Interfaces, Sep '06-Nov '10, Currently, Director of Operations, Materials Research Center, Northwestern University
Dr. Dongsheng Zhang, Properties of Metal and Alloys using Embedded Atom Method Potentials, Feb '07-May '10, Currently, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Dallas, Texas
Prof. Kuo-An Wu, Functional Materials, Mar '10-Dec '10, Currently, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Dr. Konstantine Popov, Non-Equilibrium Self-Assembly, Dec '09 - Nov '10, Currently, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
Dr. Sumanth Swaminathan, Non-Equilibrium Self-Assembly, Dec '09 - Feb '12. Currently, Technology Consultant, WL Gore & Associates.
Dr. Azita Parsaeian, Bacterial Chromosomes, '10 - Aug '12. 
Prof. Rastko Sknepnek, Functionalized Nanoparticles and Membranes, 09 - Aug '12. Currently, Assistant Professor, University of Dundee, Scotland.
Dr. Chloe Funkhouser, Lamin Meshworks. Currently, principal engineer, Baxter, Round Lake IL.
Dr. Subas Dhakal, Liquid Crystalline Shells. Currently, Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University.
Prof. Srikanth Patala, Metallic nanoparticles. Jul '11 - Aug '13, Currently, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
Dr. Gabriel Longo, Self-regulated ionic gels (co-advised, Igal Szleifer), Currently, Researcher, Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physical Chemistry Research, La Plata, Argentina.
Dr. Creighton Thomas, Ionic Membranes, Oct '11 - Aug '13, Currently, Software Engineer at Google, New York.
Prof. Rui Zhang, Dynamics of Charged Colloids, Sept '11 - Sept '13, Currently Assistant professor at South China Advanced Institute for Soft Matter Science and Technology (AISMST); South China University of Technology (SCUT), China
Dr. Arjan Quist, Research Coordinator, Sept '11- Oct '13, Currently Invention Associate, Innovation and New Ventures Northwestern University.
Prof. Charles Sing, Charged Polymer Systems (International Institute for Nanotechnology Fellowship), 2012-2014, Currently Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Prof. Vikram Jadho, Assistant Professor in the Department of Intelligent Systems and Engineering, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Prof. Guillermo Ivan Guerrero, Molecular Electrolytes, 2009-2015, Currently CONACYT Researcher, University of San Luis Potosí, México.
Prof. Kevin Kohlstedt, Properties of Polyvalent Nucleic Acid Nanostructures (co-advised, George Schatz), 2011-2015, Currently Research Associate Professor in Chemistry, Northwestern University.
Dr. Niels Boon, 2013-2015, Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at Lund University, Sweden.
Prof. Jiaye Su, 2014-2015, Currently Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China.
Prof. Jos Zwanikken, 2009-2015, Currently Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Prof. Zhenwei Yao, 2012-2015, Currently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Natural Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
Prof. Pablo Vazquez Montejo, 2016-2017, Currently Reseach Associate in the Faculty of Mathematics at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico
Prof. Mykola Tasinkevych, 2016-2017, Currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Theoretical and Computational Physics at the University of Lisbon, Portugal
Dr. Kyle Hoffmann, 2015-2017, Currently at Dupont Pioneer
Dr. Meng Shen, 2015-2018, Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago
Prof. Aykut Erbas, 2014-2018, Currently Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Dr. Victor Pryamitsyn, 2015-2018, Currently Scientist at Global Science & Technology, Inc. and Contractor with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Dr. Jaime Andres Millan, 2014-2018, Currently Data Scientist, Thrive Market