Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science

Al-Sheikhly Lab Group, University of Maryland College Park

People

Primary Investigator

Al-SheikhlyHeadshot Mohamad Al-Sheikhly
Professor
Office: 2103 Potomac Building
Email: mohamad at umd dot edu
Phone: 301-405-5214
Department Profile
Education
Ph.D., University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, 1981

 


Associated Researchers

Professor Richard Livingston
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland College Park
Email: rliving1 at umd dot edu

 


Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Zois Tsinas
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2016
2014 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2327
Email: ztsinas at umd dot edu
Research Topics: On the Mechanism of the Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Dr. Eaman A. Karim
Ph.D., Engineering Physics, University of Virginia, 2016
2017 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2124
Email: etakarim at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Synthesis and characterization of nanogel particles via electron-beam radiation for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.

 


Graduate Students

MecadonHeadshot Kevin Mecadon
Ph.D. Candiate, Materials Science and Engineering
B.S. University of Maryland College Park, 2012
2013 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2327
Email: kmecadon at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Fabrication of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells using radiation grafting
HassanHeadshot Najlaa Hassan
Ph.D. Student, Chemical Engineering
B.S. University of Technology, Iraq, Baghdad
2014 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2327
Email: nhassan1 at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Corrosion in pipeline systems: Characterization, Experimental Simulation and Mechanistic analysis
Salimeh Gharazi
Ph.D. Student, Chemical Engineering
M.S. University of Maryland College Park, 2016
M.S. Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, Tehran, Iran
B.S. Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
2016 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2333
Email: sgharazi at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Radiation degradation of electrical cable jackets; multifunctional nanocomposite coatings; stimulus hydrogels; probabilistic physical models of polyermic insulators
Azadeh Farzaneh
Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2016
B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2013
2016 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2327
Email: afarzan1 at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Microbial induced corrosion, biofilm formation, and effect on steel corrosion
Devyn Catterton
Ph.D. Student, Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2016
2016 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2333
Email: dcatt at terpmail dot umd dot edu
Research Topics: Ionizing-radiation induced synthesis of nanogels
Austin Thomas
Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering
B.S. Nanoscale Engineering, University of Albany
2017 – Present
Email: Athoma5 at terpmail dot umd dot edu
Research Topics: Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Lorelis Gonzalez-Lopez
Ph.D. student, Materials Science and Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez
2017 – Present
Email: Lorelis at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Sang-Jin Chung
Ph.D. student, Materials Sciences and Engineering
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2018 – Present
Email: schung13 at terpmail dot umd dot edu
Research Topics:

 


Undergraduate Students

  Eli Fastow
Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, Class of 2020
2016 – Present
Research Topics: Extraction of uranium from seawater using irradiation grafted fabrics, synthesis of polymer nanogels, Synthesis of Polymeric carbon dioxide sorbents
Micah Tsoi Headshot Micah Tsoi
Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, Class of 2020
2016 – Present
Email: mtsoi at terpmail dot umd dot edu
Research Topics: Extraction of uranium from seawater using non-irradiation grafted fabrics

 


Group Alumni

Dr. Travis Dietz
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2017
S.B. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2013
2013 – 2019
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2327
Email: tcdietz at umd dot edu
Current Position: Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Research Topics: Determination of the critical hydrogen concentration in aqueous systems irradiated with alpha particles; Extraction of uranium from seawater using novel, radiation-grafted fabrics
Dr. Daniel Vega
Nuclear Engineer, Department of Energy
Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, 2018
Research Topics: Development of ferritic-martensitic steels using additive manufacturing for nuclear applications
Alobeidi Headshot Mohammed Alobeidi
M.S., Chemical Engineering, 2017
B.S. University of Technology, Iraq, Baghdad, 2003
2014 – 2017
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2333
Email: mafrachi at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Cracking of crude oil using electron beam irradiation
Cropped-Don-Pic-1rdzs03-1024x1010 Dr. Donald Jenket
Physical Science Trainee, NIST
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, 2017
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
2012 – 2017
Email: djenket at umd dot edu
Current Position: Physical Science Trainee at National Institute of Standards and Technology Boulder
Research Topics: On the Mechanism of the Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Pooley headshot Grace Pooley 
Lab Technician, The Catholic University of America
Environmental Chemistry, The Catholic University of America, Class of 2016
2015 – 2017
Email: 46pooley at cardinalmail dot cua dot edu
Current Position: Lab Technician at The Catholic University of America
Research Topics: Extraction of uranium from seawater using irradiation grafted fabrics
PazosHeadshot Dr. Ileana M. Pazos
Research Chemisty, NIST
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland College Park
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
M.S. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2009
B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics, Barry University, 2007
2015 – 2016
Current Position: Research Chemist in the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Research Topics: Synthesis and characterization of nano-sized hydrogels via electron-beam radiation-induced radical crosslinking of water soluble, bio-compatible polymers for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes
CardenasHeadshot Monica Cardenas
Materials Science and Engineering, Class of 2017
2015 – 2016
Email: monicaacardenas at gmail dot com
Research Topics: Fabrication of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells using radiation grafting
Claire Tomaszewski
B.S. Materials Science, 2016
2014 – 2016
Research Topics: Extraction of uranium from seawater using irradiation grafted fabrics
RohanHeadshot Rohan Mittal
B.S. Materials Science, 2016
2014 – 2016
Research Topics: On the Mechanism of the Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Megan Lilley
B.S. Materials Science, 2016
2015 – 2016
Research Topics: Fabrication of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells using radiation grafting
Nora Elbeheiry
2014 – 2015
Research Topics: Fabrication of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells using radiation grafting
Michael Floccare
B.S. Materials Science, 2015
2014-2015
Research Topics: Fabrication of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells using radiation grafting
Dr. Ian Gifford
Ph.D. Bioengineering, 2013
Current Position: Reliability and Risk Engineer in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Research Topics: Boron neutron capture therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer using a boron containing cholesteryl ester compound
Dr. Amy Beasten
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, 2013
Current Position: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Dr. Jake McComb
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, 2012
Current Position: Nuclear Engineer, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Research Topics: Characterization of noble gas excimer scintillation following boron-neutron capture in thin films as a means of neutron detection
Dr. Cameron Goodwin
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering
Current Position: Director, Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center

 

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