Dale Karas

Dale E. Karas is a UNLV Mechanical Engineering PhD student, specializing in energy-efficient materials science fabrication and testing. His research efforts include optical analyses methods for energy-efficient nanomaterials characterization, computer-aided engineering, and advanced materials manufacturing. Prior to joining the Energy & Environmental Materials Laboratory (EEML) in Fall 2015, he obtained his B.S. in Optical Sciences & Engineering and a B.M. in Music Composition from The University of Arizona, where his work experiences involved remote sensing, machine vision, nanophotonic materials fabrication, and illumination engineering/design. He is president of Étendue: The UNLV Student Optics Chapter, representing student members of SPIE and OSA.

Dev Chidambaram

MER Lab focuses on the design, engineering, research, development and characterization of materials for electrochemical applications in sustainable energy generation and environmental protection. Our focus is on understanding electron transfer processes using spectroscopic techniques (including synchrotron-based techniques), and applying that knowledge to solve interdisciplinary materials and engineering problems. Electrochemistry and spectroscopy can be used to obtain complementary information; electrochemistry assesses the nature and kinetics of an electron transfer reaction and spectroscopy, often used simultaneously with electrochemistry in our research, provides chemical and molecular information of the same reaction. Our research is primarily in the area of materials for energy.

Siddhartha (Sid) Pathak

Nano-mechanics: quantitative measurement of material behavior at lower (micron to sub-micron to nanometer) length scales over a wide variety of material systems.

Mechanical behavior of irradiated materials for nuclear applications
Establishing processing-microstructure evolution linkages in polycrystalline metals
Manufacture of ultra-strong, ductile and thermally stable metal-metal and metal-ceramic composites using a bio-inspired nanolayered design
On biological materials my work focuses on more reliable assessment tools at the micro-scale for bone fragility conditions such as osteoporosis

Sage Hiibel

Dr. Hiibel received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 and 2004, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Colorado State University in 2008. After a short post doc at Texas A&M in 2008-2009, he returned to UNR and was a post doc in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department from 2009 – 2012 before joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department as a Research Assistant Professor. Funding for his research has come from the EPA, DOD, DOE, and NSF. Dr. Hiibel’s research interests include renewable and sustainable energy systems, membrane separations in environmental applications, and novel membrane bioreactor systems.

Charles Coronella

Waste to energy conversion, biomass pre-treatment for bioenergy, applications of fluidization and chemical looping combustion.

Qizhen (Katherine) Li

Design and manufacture of advanced materials (e.g., light weight materials and structures, nanoporous materials, nanocomposites, nanostructured multilayered thin films, lattice block structures) for structural, energy, and bio-applications;Nano and micro fabrication, and materials synthesis/processing;Mechanical behavior of materials, Nano/micro-mechanics, Fatigue and Fracture;Relationship among processing, structure and property of advanced materials;Biomaterials and biomechanics, bone/dental implant materials, biomedical applications of shape memory alloys, magnesium alloys, and titanium alloys.

Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian is currently an associate professor of chemical engineering. He is on the graduate faculty of the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department and an adjunct in the Chemistry Department. He is also the solar energy thrust area coordinator in the Renewable Energy Center at the University. His area of research focus is on nanostructured materials for solar energy utilization. He has expertise in the synthesis, characterization and application of photoactive materials in photovoltaics, clean fuel production and environmental remediation. In his 12 years of research he has developed inorganic materials including semiconductor-semiconductor and semiconductor-metal nanocomposites for applications related to solar energy utilization and fuel cells.

Materials discovery and devices development to harvest solar energy continues to be a challenge. Eco-friendly and earth abundant elements have a great potential to harvest solar energy. With solar energy: your future is bright!