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Gregory Parsons, PI Postdocs and Research Staff Ph.D. Students B.S. Students Group Alumni Group Photos



Gregory Parsons, PI, Celanese Acetate 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’s 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.

Bruce Ash, Senior Researcher

Hometown: Apex, NC
Education: B.S. in Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University 1985
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, North Carolina State University 1989
Joined the group: March 2019
Research: Bruce is working on using ALD coatings as protective barrier layers on polymer substrates.

Ph.D. Students




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).


Leah Granger

Hometown: Flowery Branch, Georgia
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering & B.S. in Mathematics, Clarkson University 2016
Joined the group: January, 2018
Research: Co-advised by Dr. Donald Brenner, Leah studies multi-scale modeling of energetics at interfaces.


Rachel Nye

Hometown: Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Education: B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish, Washington and Jefferson College 2017
Joined the group: January 2018
Research: Rachel focuses on utilizing molecular layer deposition (MLD) to understand the nucleation and growth of polymer thin films.

Rachel’s Bioboard


Jungsik Kim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Education: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University 2012
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University 2014
Joined the group: January 2018
Research: Jungsik studies Area-Selective Atomic Layer Deposition (AS-ALD) with cobalt and polymers.


Sarah Morgan

Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky 2017
B.S. in Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky 2018
Joined the group: December 2018
Research: Sarah will be studying new metal-organic framework (MOF) growth techniques and their use in various applications.

Hwan Oh

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Seoul 2017
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Seoul 2019
Joined the group: December 2019
Research: Hwan will be using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as heterogeneous catalysts in the degradation of chemical warfare agents on fibers.

Landon Keller

Hometown: Berkeley Lake, Georgia
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2020
Joined the group: January 2021
Research: Area selective deposition of metals and dielectrics through ALD

Hannah Margavio

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2020
Joined the group: January 2021
Research: Low-temperature thermodynamically driven area-selective deposition

Andre Hillsman

Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Education: B.S. in Materials Science Engineering, University of Tennessee 2019
M.S. in Materials Science Engineering, University of Tennessee 2020
Joined the group: January 2021
Research: Molecular layer deposition of hybrid thin films

B.S. Students



Nick Carroll

Hometown: Jamestown, North Carolina
Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Honors Concentration, B.S. Projected 2021
Joined the group: September 2019
Research: Nick works primarily on using advanced analytical techniques to better understand ALD, MLD, and MOF growth and film properties.


Morgan Willis

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Nanoscience Concentration, Material Science and Engineering Minor, B.S. Projected 2023
Joined the group: May 2021
Research: Morgan’s research focuses on scaling benign MOF-fiber composite synthesis.

Former Students:


Billy Nunn Trent Blevins Cailean Pritchard Hannah Gotsch Saif Hassan
Neal Lewis Allie Cox Brent White Michael Hinkson Kraig Turner
Ian Woodward Grant Hill Jared Goldman Antoine Gremaud Sara Bartczak
Jovenal Jamir Ali Davis Alex Lerner Chris Downs Omar Alam
Andie O’Connell Devin Junkins Jimmy Donovan

Group Alumni



Heather Barton, Ph.D.:
Heather joined Micross in Durham, NC in March of 2020.

Kristian Lausund, Ph.D., Postdoc:
Kristian started working for the Norway Department of Defense in 2020.



Michael Fusco, Ph.D., Postdoc:
Michael joined Wolfspeed in Durham, NC in February of 2019.

Maryam Khazaee, Ph.D., Postdoc:
Maryam joined Intel in Phoenix, AZ in May of 2019.

Dennis Lee, Ph.D.:
Dennis began a postdoc position at Johns Hopkins University in May of 2019.

Wenyi Xie, Ph.D.:
Wenyi is helping out with the group as lab manager for a few months before starting a job.

Zijian Dai, Visiting Ph.D.:
Zijian will complete his doctorate program in Chemical Engineering at Donghua University in China before seeking a postdoc position in the Fall of 2020.


Eric Stevens, Ph.D.:
Eric joined ASM in Phoeniz, AZ in June of 2018.

Ian Woodward, B.S.:
Ian is pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware starting in the Fall of 2018.

Jennifer Ovental, Ph.D.:
Jenny joined Micross in Research Triangle Park, NC in June of 2018.
Mariah King, Ph.D.:
Mariah began teaching computational chemistry at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in August of 2018.


James Daubert, Ph.D.:
James joined Northrop Grumman in Baltimore, MD in July of 2017.

Paul Lemaire, Ph.D.:
Paul joined Lam Research Corporation in Tualatin, OR in June of 2017.

Zach Mundy, Ph.D.:
Zach joined the BASF Leadership Development Rotational Program in July of 2017.

Cheng Cheng, Ph.D.:
Cheng joined Applied Materials in San Jose, CA in May of 2017.



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
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