Sebastian presents poster at REU/USRG symposium

Undergraduate researcher Sebastian Haney came from UC Berkeley to conduct research at Texas A&M University over the summer. Sebastian’s research found a correlation between water content and the type of anion on gelation of PVA in salt hydrate PCMs, with gelation mechanisms depending on the position of the anion in the Hofmeister series. In his time with the Sukhishvili group, Sebastian developed his skills in scientific presentation, infrared spectroscopy, rheology, data analysis, and literature search. His research was presented at the TAMU REU/USRG symposium on Aug. 4th, 2023.

Congratulations, Sebastian, for your hard work and success! We wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.


Sebastian explains his research poster to his peers


The Sukhishvili group stands with Sebastian in front of his poster

Viktoria presents poster on summer research project

Undergraduate researcher Viktoria Theodorou came from the University of Cyprus to conduct research at Texas A&M University over the summer. She studied the mechanical properties of various layer-by-layer film systems. Her culmination of results was presented at a poster session and ceremony on July 27th, 2023.

Congratulations, Viktoria, for all of your hard work and successes! We enjoyed your company around the lab, and you will be missed!

Viktoria stands in front of her research poster holding an award certificate
The Sukhishvili group stands with Viktoria in front of her poster

2019 LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Expo

Undergraduate students led by Victoria Albright, Raman Hlushko, and Hanna Hlushko presented their research at the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Expo on October 2, 2019. These students are part of the Aggie Research Program at Texas A&M.

Victoria led two research teams that each presented a poster. Danielle Yarbrough and Samantha Hernandez presented a poster titled “Modulating Drug Delivery via Polymer Interaction Strength”, and Jeremy Zheng and Christian Frey presented “Antimicrobial Coatings”.

Raman’s research team presented “Antioxidant Hydrogen-Bonded Coatings of Linear Synthetic Polyphenols”.

Led by Hanna, Brent Vela and William Zenor presented “Layer by Layer Assembled Coatings of Antioxidant Polymers” (pictured below).


From left to right: Hanna Hlushko (team leader), Brent Vela, and William Zenor

Undergraduate students present posters at the 2019 LAUNCH session

Undergraduate students Samantha Hernandez, Jeremy Zheng, and Christian Frey presented their research at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Poster Session on July 31, 2019.

Here’s what Samantha said about her experience:

“The Summer 2019 LAUNCH poster session allowed me to share my experience in Materials Science research with other undergraduate students, while learning about new advances being made in various other disciplines. Within the Sukhishvili group, I study stimuli-responsive micellar films under Victoria Albright’s mentorship; for this session, I focused on presenting information about the internal structure and stability of our micellar films. Presenting a poster encouraged me to analyze the data my team and I had collected which in turn helped me appreciate my peer’s posters and their efforts to give a concise and interactive presentation.”

Samantha Hernandez (top), Jeremy Zheng (bottom left), and Christian Frey (bottom right) presenting their posters at the Summer 2019 LAUNCH poster session