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Gregory Parsons, PI, Alcoa Professor

Parsons’ research explores chemical reactions on surfaces, particularly for formation of thin films by atomic layer deposition. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1992, after a postdoc position at IBM TJ Watson Research Center. His research interests include: Atomic Layer Deposition and Related Processes; Physics of Electronic Materials and Devices; Polymer Fiber and Film Formation, Coating and Chemical Surface Modification; Metal-Organic-Framework (MOF) Materials and Thin Films; Advanced Energy Storage and Solar Energy Conversion. His expertise also includes: Thin Film Transistor (TFT) and Flat Panel Active Matrix Display (esp. AMLCD) Devices and Manufacturing, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Plasma Enhanced CVD, Plasma Etching and other processes.

 Postdocs and Research Staff

Chris Oldham, Senior Researcher

Hometown: Apex, NC via Federal Way, WA
Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University
Joined the group: September 2009
Research: Chris’ research interests focus on using vapor phase processes including ALD to develop novel nanoscale coatings for fiber based material systems.  Within this area of research we are investigating new methods for scaling the ALD technology to meet demands of high throughput manufacturing required by industries where advanced textile products are routinely produced. Through his startup VaporPulse Technologies, he works to commercialize technology developed in our lab.

Cheng Cheng, Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Anhui, China
B.S. Physics, University of Science and Technology of China 2010
M.S. Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Ph.D. Physics, North Carolina State University 2016
Joined the group: December 2016
Research: Cheng is building an integrated UHV surface analysis/ALD reactor system.

Michael Fusco, Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Rockaway, NJ
B.S. Nuclear Engineering, M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University
Joined the group: February 2017
Research: Michael is working on ALD coatings for corrosion protection and control, as well as electrochemical methods for studying ALD coatings.

Ph.D. Students


James Daubert

Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University 2010
Joined the group: December 2013
Research: James studies ALD materials and processes for high surface-area pseudocapacitors.


Paul Lemaire

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Villanova
Joined the group: January 2013
Research: Paul works to understand film nucleation, including MOFs and ALD metals. He is currently working on selective-area ALD of metals.


Zach Mundy

Hometown: Independence, VA
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Wake Forest University 2011
Joined the group: January 2013
Research: Zach’s area of study addresses organic semiconductor sensing materials, and integration of sensing materials into fiber substrates. Zach is co-advised by Saad Khan.


Wenyi Xie

Hometown: New York, NY
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, City College of New York 2013
Joined the group: January 2014
Research: Wenyi explores novel applications and processes using cellulose-related materials. She is currently examining cellulose diacetate as a novel starting material for energy storage devices, including analysis of ALD coatings on modified substrates. Wenyi is co-advised by Saad Khan and Orlando Rojas.


Eric Stevens

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University 2013
Joined the group: January 2014
Research: Eric’s work examines novel ALD  processes and nucleation analysis for electropositive metals towards selective deposition.


Jennifer Ovental

Hometown: Selden, NY
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College 2012
Joined the group: January 2014
Research: Jenny explores novel ALD processes and process scaling for spatial ALD. She is developing catalytic materials by ALD, and she is responsible for process transfer to the Spatial ALD tool under development. Jenny is co-advised by Saad Khan.


Mariah Ritz

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2013
Joined the group: August 2014
Research: Mariah studies fundamental ab-inito modeling of ALD reactions on surfaces, and is co-advised by Eric Santiso. Her work contributes significantly to understanding the fundamental limits of selective-area ALD for thin film patterning.


Dennis Lee

Hometown: Boulder, CO (Born) and Seoul, South Korea (Raised)
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Gachon University 2011
M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST 2013
Joined the group: January 2015
Research: Dennis studies MOF growth on fibers using ALD as a tool to improve mass loading.


Heather Barton

Hometown: Hudson Falls, NY
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University 2015
Joined the group: January 2016
Research: Heather studies a range of MOFs and their efficacy for various applications.


Seung Keun Song

Hometown: Yeongjiu, South Korea
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Chung-Ang University 2014
M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Chung-Ang University 2016
Joined the group: January 2017
Research: Metal and metal oxide selective deposition.


Siyao Wang

Hometown: Henan Province, China
Education: B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University
Joined the group: January 2017
Research: Siyao focuses on fiber forming of a new class of high surface area nonwovens, named polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs). Siyao is co-advised by Dr. Saad Khan.


Amanda Volk

Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Alabama 2016
Joined the group: January 2017
Research: Oxidative Molecular Layer Deposition (oMLD).

B.S. Students

Current Students:

Michael Hinkson Antoine Gremaud Ian Woodward Ali Davis Kraig Turner

Former Students:

Billy Nunn Trent Blevins Cailean Pritchard Hannah Gotsch Saif Hassan
Neal Lewis Allie Cox  Brent White  Grant Hill


Group Alumni



Junjie Zhao, Ph.D.:
Junjie will join Karen Gleason’s group at MIT as a postdoc in Fall 2016


Erinn Needham, Ph.D.:
Erinn will join Intel in Portland, OR in Fall 2016


Alex Brozena, Ph.D.:
Alex will focus on building up her technical editing business (

Mike Mantini:

Mike joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University in June 2016



Moataz Mousa, Ph.D.:
Moataz joined ASM in Phoenix, AZ in November 2015


Berc Kalanyan, Ph.D.:
Berc joined NIST in Gaithersburg, MD in August 2015


Sarah Atanasov, Ph.D.:
Sarah joined Intel in Portland, OR in July 2015


Phil Williams, Postdoc:
Phil joined BASF in Detroit, MI in February 2015


Will Sweet

William Sweet, Ph.D.:
Will joined Northrup Grumman in Baltimore, MD in June 2014

Mark Losego

Mark Losego, Research Assistant Professor:
Mark joined Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor
in Materials Science in August 2014
Losego Lab Website

Group Photos






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