Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Qing Zhou
qing.zhou@tamu.edu


Current work: Design and synthesis of stimuli-responsive polymer for additive manufacturing of adaptive structures; Controlled drug release from functionalized surface with stimuli-responsive star polymers
Research interests: Thermo- and light-responsive polymers, controlled delivery systems, and layer-by-layer surface deposition
Education and prior experience:
M.E. in Materials Science, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China, 2014
Master’s topic: Modification of non-woven polypropylene (PP) fiber via graft polymerization and PP fiber reinforced silica aerogels
B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China, July 2011


Diana Al Husseini
dianaalhusseini1@tamu.edu


Current work: Optical Sensor and Gas Adsorption Enhancement through Colloidal Thin Films
Research interests: Thin film engineering for selective gas adsorption; Mid IR optical sensor functionalization; Synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanoparticles
Education and prior experience:
M.Ed. in Science Education, Texas A&M University, 2017
B.S. in Chemistry, James Madison University, 2015

Aliaksei Aliakseyeu
aliaksei.aliakseyeu@tamu.edu


Current work: Influence of polymer architecture on polymer-polymer interaction and diffusion within layer-by-layer films
Research interests: Hydrogen-bonded polymer complexes, layer-by-layer films, thermodynamics of polymer complex formation
Education and prior experience:
M.S. in Chemistry, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2016
Master’s topic: Influence of the nature of the conducting layer on the functioning of solid-contact ion-selective electrodes
B.S. in Chemistry, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2015

Zhen Sang
sangzhen94@tamu.edu


Zhen received his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Qingdao University and M.S. degree in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Zhen is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at TAMU. He joined the Sukhishvili Group in Fall 2019 and is now working on dynamic covalent polymer networks (DCPNs) and their nanocomposites. His research of interest includes additive manufacturing of multi-functional DCPN nanocomposites as well as structure, dynamics, mechanics of polymer networks.

Jordan Brito
jordanbrito@tamu.edu


After earning her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, Jordan is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering. She joined the Sukhishvili Group in Fall 2019 and is currently working on the characterization of superhydrophobic surfaces constructed via layer-by-layer deposition of polymer films on structured substrates. Her research interests include surface wettability, thermodynamics, and biological interactions of polymer-coated surfaces. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading and playing video games.

Kartik Kumar Rajagopalan
r2kkartik@tamu.edu


Kartik received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Anna University (India) followed by two M.S. degrees in Nanotechnology and Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. After working for 7 years in the coatings industry across three companies of varying sizes, he was admitted for the Fall 2020 semester to the Ph.D program in Materials Science at Texas A&M, where his research will focus on PCMs and 3D printing with Diels Alder reaction as part of the Sukhishvili group. In addition to experimentation in the lab, Kartik enjoys experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. Apart from work, yoga, meditation, reading, biking, playing video games, long walks and drives are other activities he enjoys.

Ardak Makhatova
ardak.makhatova@tamu.edu


After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Technology of Organic Compounds from Kazakh-British Technical University (Kazakhstan, 2017), Ardak earned her M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan, 2019). She was admitted for the Fall 2021 Semester to the Ph.D program in Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. In the Sukhishvili Research Group, her research will focus on polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) and their use to stabilize natural soils. Swimming, tennis and reading are activities she enjoys outside of work.