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

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

Layla Shahamat
PhD Candidate, Nuclear Engineering
Research Topics: Investigation of SiC thermal conductivity degradation following ion irradiation

Daniel Vega
PhD Candidate, Nuclear Engineering
Research Topics: Change in thermal properties of diamond-doped uranium dioxide fuel during irradiation

MecadonHeadshotKevin Mecadon
PhD 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

DietzHeadshotTravis Dietz
PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering
S.B. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2013
2013 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2327
Email: tcdietz at umd dot edu

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

HassanHeadshotNajlaa Hassan
PhD 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

Alobeidi HeadshotMohammed Alobeidi
Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering
B.S. University of Technology, Iraq, Baghdad, 2003
2014 – Present
Office: Chem. and Nuc. Rm. 2333
Email: mafrachi at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Cracking of crude oil using electron beam irradiation

 

Salimeh Gharazi
PhD 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

CuaHeadshotJaclyn Cua
PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering
M.S. Electrical Engineering, San Jose State University, 2009
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of California – Santa Cruz, 2006
2015 – Present
Email: jcua at umd dot edu
Research Topics: Extraction of uranium from seawater using novel, radiation-grafted fabrics

 


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


Group Alumni

Cropped-Don-Pic-1rdzs03-1024x1010Donald 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

Research Topics: On the Mechanism of the Mechanical and Thermal Stability of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers

Pooley headshotGrace 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
Research Topics: Extraction of uranium from seawater using irradiation grafted fabrics

PazosHeadshotDr. 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
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

CardenasHeadshotMonica 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


RohanHeadshotRohan
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

Ian Gifford, PhD 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

Amy Beasten, PhD Nuclear Engineering, 2013
Current Position: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Jake McComb, PhD 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

Cameron Goodwin, PhD Nuclear Engineering
Current Position: Director, Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center

 

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