People in Dr. Fan's Lab

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Donglei Fan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Assistant Graduate Advisor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds the Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering since 2017. Prof. Fan received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Department of Intensive Instruction (DII), an honor program for gifted undergraduate students, from Nanjing University (NJU) in 1999, master's (2003) and doctorate (2007) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). She also obtained another master's degree in Electrical Engineering from JHU in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at JHU. Her research focuses on exploiting the fundamental magnetic, optical, chemical, and mechanical properties of materials for innovative design, manufacturing, and applications of nanomaterials in nanorobotics, biochemical sensing, single live cell stimulation, MEMS/NEMS, and energy conversion and storage devices. She is an inventor of the patent awarded "Electric Tweezers" technique that can precisely manipulate nanoscale materials in aqueous suspension by combined AC and DC electric fields. Prof. Fan's research has spurred a series of publications including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, four granted patents, and a few pending patents. She is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Kwanoh Kim, Ph.D.
Research Poster Contest Award, UT-Austin, 2016
AFOSR Materials Research Society Meeting Travel Award, 2014
Graduate Student Professional Development Award, UT-Austin, 2014
Nano Portfolio Program Travel Award, UT-Austin, 2014
Research Poster Contest Award, Second Place, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2014
Nano Portfolio Program Travel Award, UT-Austin, 2013
Graduate Student Professional Development Award, UT-Austin, 2013
Chair's Honorable Mention Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2013
National Science Foundation Travel Award (selection rate 12%), 2012
B.S. Yonsei University, Korea
M.S. Yonsei University, Korea

Graduate Students

Chao Liu , Ph.D. student
Continuing Burton Fellowship, Graduate school, UT-Austin, 2015
Best Poster Award, Materials Science and Engineering Program, UT-Austin, 2015
Graduate Student Professional Development Award, UT-Austin, 2013
M.S. Zhejiang University, China

Jianhe Guo , Ph.D. student
Best Poster Award, Materials Research Society, 2017
Research Poster Contest Award, UT-Austin, 2017
Research Poster Contest Award, UT-Austin, 2016
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship, 2015
Materials Research Society Graduate Student Chapter Travel Award, 2014
Harris L. Marcus Graduate Fellowship in Materials Science & Engineering, UT-Austin, 2014
Graduate Student Professional Development Award, UT-Austin, 2014
B.S. University of Science and Technology, China

Weigu Li , Ph.D. student
Warren A. and Alice L. Meyer Endowed Scholarship in Engineering, UT-Austin, 2017
Research Poster Contest Award, UT-Austin, 2017
Graduate Student Professional Development Award, UT-Austin, 2017
B.S. University of Science and Technology, China

Zheng Wang , Ph.D. student
B.S. Tsinghua University, China
co-advised with Prof. Ray Chen

Zexi Liang, Ph.D. student
B.S. Peking University, China

Yun Huang, Ph.D. student
M. S. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Harris L. Marcus Graduate Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering, UT-Austin 2017

Zhujun Yuan, Ph.D. student
B. S. Peking University, China

Tao Liu, visiting professor
co-advising with Prof. Ray Chen
Hangzhou, China

Jing Liu , visiting Ph.D. student
National Academy of Sciences, China
to join the group in Oct. 2015

Undergraduate Students

Jingwei Yu
Department of Materials Science, University of Science and Technology, Summer, 2015

Ashley Tom
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2015-

Jeremie J. Gallegos
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2015-

Tristen Head
Department of Physics, UT-Austin, 2014-present

Jennifer Zvonek
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2015

Keith Chan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2015
Olivia Conroy
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2015

Robert Stephany
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT-Austin, 2015

Highschool Summer Intern Students

Esther Huang
Regional Finalist of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
Senior from the St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
June- August, 2012

Anna Huang
Regional Finalist of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
Sophomore from the St. Johnís Highschool, Houston, TX
June- August, 2012- 2013

Priya Veeraraghavan
Senior from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX
July, 2013

Yasmine Filali-Adib
Senior from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX
July, 2013

Bryte You
St. Mary's Academy, Austin, TX
June- August, 2014- 2015
William Liu
Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX
Summer- winter break, 2015- 2016

Alumni

Xiaobin Xu , Ph.D.
Current: postdoctoral fellow at UCLA with Prof. Paul Weiss
Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, 2014
2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2014
Best Presentation Award, Nano Portfolio Program, 2014
Best Poster Award, Texas Materials Institute, 2014
Nano Portfolio Program Travel Award, 2014
Best Poster Award, Texas Materials Institute, 2013
Graduate Student Professional Development Award, 2013
B.S. Zhejiang University, China
M.S. Zhejiang University, China

Dr. Wesker Lei , Ph.D. and Postdoctoral fellow
Current: Integration Engineer, Novati Technologies Inc. Austin, TX
B.S. The University of California at Berkeley, US
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, US

Ki-pyo Hong ,M.S. student
Current: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer, Nanomaster Inc. Austin, TX
B.S. Yonsei University, Korea

Jing Ning, Ph.D.
Visiting scholar
M.S. Xidian University, China

Guilan Feng, visiting professor
co-advised with Prof. Ray Chen
Hangzhou, China

Alice Biray
Undergraduate Student from the Program of Woman in Engineering, UT-Austin, 2011

Janhavi Das
Undergraduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2011

Wendel Willis
Undergraduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2011

Omar Fabian
Graduate intern, Program of Materials Science and Engineering, 2011

Ian George
Undergraduate Student, Department of Physics, 2012

Keshav Poddar
Undergraduate Student, Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honor Program, 2012. Current position: graduate student of University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston Medical School

Chockalingam Viswanathan
Department of Electrical Engineering, 2010-2012

Christian Reding
Department of Mechanical Engineering,2012-2013

Bryan Boyd
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2012-2013
Xiaoyi Lu
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2013

Andres Sada
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2013

Andrew Duggan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2012-2013

Virgilio Martinez
Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Office of the Vice President for Research
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2012-2014

Adam Jovan Vanderpool
Department of Physics, 2013- 2014

Andrew Chan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2014- 2015

Cheng Zhao
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rochester University, summer, 2014

Mingliang Liu
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2014




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