Principal Investigator: Prof. Peter Pauzauskie

Peter Pauzauskie received BS degrees in chemical engineering, chemistry, and mathematics from Kansas State University in 2002 after pursuing undergraduate research in the chemistry laboratory of Prof. Ken Klabunde where he focused on understanding complex surface reactions between magnesium oxide nanocrystals and methyl iodide molecules. After being recognized with the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship he pursued a Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Prof. Peidong Yang at the University of California, Berkeley where his dissertation focused on the synthesis, characterization, and optoelectronic integration of inorganic nanowires. After graduating in 2007 he started a post-doc in the Chemical Sciences Division of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a DOE Lawrence Fellow under the direction of Dr. Joe H. Satcher, Jr. where he focused on novel diamond- and graphene- based carbon aerogel materials. Since 2010 Prof. Pauzauskie has served as an assistant professor in the Materials Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington.


E.O. Lawrence postdoctoral fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2007 – 2010)
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (2007)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University (2002)
B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, Kansas State University (2002)

Awards & Honors:

National Academy of Engineering’s US-German FOE symposium participant (2015)
Dual Appointment, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Fundamental & Computational Sciences Directorate (2014)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2012)
University of Cambridge Oppenheimer postdoctoral fellowship (2007, declined)
MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2006)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2002)
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2 years (1999)
Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award (1997)

 Graduate Students:






Paden Roder (G5)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2012)
Project: Engineered Nanomaterials for Photothermal Therapy
Education: B.A. Physics, Grinnell College (2010)
Emphasis: Computer Science, Mathematics, Nano-device fabrication
Contact: roderpad[at]






Bennett Smith (G4)
Project: Engineered nanomaterials for enhanced singlet oxygen generation
Education: B.S. Chemistry, Utah Valley University (2011)
Emphasis: Physical Chemistry
Contact: sbenn10[at]


Xuezhe Zhou (G3)
Project: Heat-transport in fluoride-nanocrystals doped with rare-earth ions
Education:B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Sichuan University, China (2012)
Emphasis: Nanoparticle synthesis, Materials Science & Engineering
Contact: xuezhe[at]


Matthew Crane (G3)
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Research Fellow (2012)
Project: Photothermal synthesis of diamond nanocrystals
Education:B.S. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech, USA (2011)
Emphasis: Nanoparticle synthesis, Materials Science & Engineering
Contact: mjcrane[at]


Matthew Lim (G2)
Project: Synthesis and characterization of graphene aerogel thin films
Education: B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Brown University, USA (2013)
Emphasis: Nanoparticle synthesis, Materials Science & Engineering
Contact: limmb[at]


Sandeep Manandhar (G2)
Project: Engineering the surface energy of graphene oxide membranes
Education: 2010M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, U. North Texas, USA (2010)
Emphasis: Nanoparticle synthesis, Materials Science & Engineering
Contact: xandeep[at]


Saran Pidaparthy (U2)
Project: Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation of light absorption in semiconductor nanostructures

Samantha Wheeler (U2)
Project: Hydrothermal synthesis an characterization of hyperthermal oxide nanomaterials

Rebecca Chang (U2)
Project: Digital image analysis of one-dimensional nanomaterials

Matt Lind (U2)
Project: Synthesis and characterization of high-aspect ratio carbon nanostructures

Garrett Bowen (U1)
Project: Synthesis of Palladium nanowhiskers

Tanner Cummings (U1)
Project: Synthesis of lipid vesicles

Charles Yuen (U1)
Project: Synthesis of hydroxyapetite nanowires


John Chandler
Project: Trapping Vesicles with Optoelectronic Tweezers
Degree (Year): B.S. ME/MSE (2011)
Current: G2 (NSF-GRF), Bioengineering, Northwestern University

Steven Hsieh
Project: Synthesis and particle tracking of nanoscale colloidal metals
Degree (Year): B.S. MSE (2012)
Current: Industry, Micron Corporation

Joel Bahena (2012, Summer REU)
Project: Synthesis, characterization, and laser trapping of iron oxide nanowires
Current: U4, Nanoengineering, University of California San Diego

Nathan Hubbell (2012, Summer RA)
Project: Light scattering and particle tracking of nanostructures
Current: U5, Physics & Philosophy, University of Oregon

Jennifer Hanson (2014, M.S.)