The properties of most materials, such as their ability to emit light or bind to certain molecules, change dramatically when they are shrunk from the macro-scale down to the nano-scale (1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter). Sometimes we can even stabilize materials at the nanoscale in structures that cannot be formed in larger “bulk” samples. Here at UF, we create nanomaterials with unique structures and properties that allow us to engineer new solutions to current challenges in biomedicine, electronics, energy storage, and catalysis.


Photo of Assel Aitkaliyeva Assel AitkaliyevaAssociate Professor
Work 176 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3778

Ph.D., 2012, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Nuclear Fuels and Materials, with emphasis on characterization and property evaluation; Mechanical and Thermal properties of materials; Reactor Irradiation; Radiation damage in materials; Ion Implantation; Kinetics; Composites; Nanostructured materials; Multi-Scale simulation of nuclear fuel.

Lab Website: MAterials for Nuclear Advancement and Technology in Extreme Environments (MANATEE) Group

Photo of Jennifer S. Andrew Jennifer AndrewProfessor, Margaret A. Ross Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 170 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3345

Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests: nanomaterials, nanocomposites for electronic and biomedical applications, magnetic materials, multiferroics, polymers

Lab Website: Andrew Research Group

Photo of Richard Hennig Richard HennigProfessor, Alumni Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 154 Rhines Hall (352) 392-7327

Ph.D., 2000, Washington University in St. Louis

Research interests: Computational materials science, ab-initio methods, structure prediction algorithms, two-dimensional materials, materials for energy technologies, solid-liquid interfaces

Lab Website: Hennig Materials Theory Lab

Photo of Brij M. Moudgil Brij MoudgilDistinguished Professor
Work 205-E Particle Science and Engineering (352) 846-1194

Eng. Sc. D. 1981, Columbia University

Research Interests: Engineered particulate systems for enhanced performance in nano and bio technologies, micro-electronics, advanced materials and minerals, photocatalytic degradation of hazardous microbes, nanotoxicity, and greener reagents and particle technologies

Photo of Ryan Need Ryan NeedAssistant Professor
Work 150 Rhines Hall (352) 294-1690

Ph.D., 2017, University of California Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Thin Film Deposition, Interface and Defect Engineering, Emergent Phenomena, Quantum Materials, Nanoionics, Magnetism, X-Ray and Neutron Scattering

Lab Website: Quantum Materials Design Group