Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Hanna Hlushko

Current work: Synthetic antioxidant polymers for corrosion protection coatings
Research interests:  Layer-by-layer assembled coatings; polymer coatings for corrosion protection; polymeric antioxidants; polyphenols as chelating agents, corrosion inhibitors
Ph.D. Thesis: Synthetic Polymeric Polyphenols for Corrosion Protection of Metal Substrates, Expected Spring 2020
Education and prior experience:
M.S. in Chemistry, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2014
Master’s topic: Biologically Important Redox Transformations of Benzoxadiazole, Benzoxazine, and Catechols in Model Systems
B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2013

Raman Hlushko

Current work: Synthesis of antioxidant polymers for corrosion prevention; Layer-by-layer polymer hydrogels for optical salinity sensors
Research interests: RAFT polymerization; polyphenolic antioxidants; Layer-by-Layer films
Ph.D. Thesis: Macromolecular Antioxidants with Varied Antioxidant Activity and Hydrophobicity, Expected Fall 2020
Education and prior experience:
M.S. in Chemistry, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2011
Master’s topic: Development of Reversible Ion-Selective Electrode for Nitrate Ions with Improved Analytical Characteristics
B.S. in Chemistry, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2010

Qing Zhou

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

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

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

Current work: Flexible and conductive Mxene/polymer composites and improvement of antioxidant property of Mxene
Research interests: Polymer nanocomposites, flexible electronics, self-assemble, antioxidant property of Mxene
Education and prior experience:
M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, OH, USA, 2019
Master’s thesis: Conductive Elastomer Nanocomposites for Strain Sensors Applications
B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Qingdao University, Qingdao, China, 2017
Bachelor's thesis: Functionalized Alginate with Liquid-like Behaviors and Its Application in Wet-spinning

Jordan Brito

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

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.

Master's Students

Xiuzhu Zhu

Xiuzhu earned her B.S. degree at South China University of Technology in China. She is now pursuing her M.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University. She is interested in hydrogels and phase change materials. In her spare time, she likes to read, hike and cook.