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Gregory Parsons, PI Postdocs and Research Staff Ph.D. Students M.S. 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’ 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.

Hyunwoo Yang, Postdoc

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Education: B.S in Material Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University 2015
M.S and Ph.D in Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University 2021
Joined the group: February 2022
Research: ALD and MLD applications in photoelectrochemistry

Ph.D. Students

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: Area-selective deposition (ASD) of polymers and metals via atomic layer deposition (ALD) and molecular layer deposition (MLD)

Man Hou (Joe) Vong

Hometown: Macau, China
Education: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2019
Research: Molecular layer deposition of polymer and hybrid inorganic/organic materials

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


Nick Carroll

Hometown: Jamestown, North Carolina
Education: B.S in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Honors Concentration,
North Carolina State University 2021
Joined the group: September 2019
Research: Precise lateral area-selective deposition

Jimmy Nguyen

Hometown: Chantilly, VA
Education: B.S. Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University 2021
B.S. in Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University 2021
Joined the group: January 2022
Research: Metal-organic framework (MOF) composites using sponge/foam/monofilaments supports structures

Mai Abdelmigeed

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Cairo University 2014
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Cairo University 2019
Joined the group: January 2022
Research: Benign and bio-based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and MOF fabric composites

Jeremy Thelven

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Education: B.S. in Physics, Rhodes College 2022
B.S. in Chemistry, Rhodes College 2022
Joined the group: January 2023
Research: Multi-layer systems using atomic layer deposition and area selective deposition

Pragyan Jha

Hometown: Ranchi, India
Education: B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy 2020
Joined the group: January 2023
Research: Atomic-Scale Surface Modification of Heat Transfer Materials

M.S. Students

Yujin Jang

Hometown: Cheonan, South Korea
Education: Fulbright U.S Student Program in Institution of International Education 2022-2024
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Hoseo University 2017
Joined the group: January 2023
Research: Area-selective deposition (ASD) of polymers via oxidative molecular layer deposition (oMLD) and chemical vapor deposition (oCVD)

B.S. Students

Carwynn Rivera 

Hometown: Holly Springs, North Carolina
Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, B.S. Projected 2025
Joined the group: July 2022
Research: Exploring benign, dip-based MOF composite synthesis techniques

Carlotta Contreras Sepulveda

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Education: Business Administration: Marketing, B.S. Projected 2027
Joined the group: October 2023
Work: Graphic Designer for Scientific Communications for Thin Films: Parsons Research Group

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 Morgan Willis

Group Alumni


Sarah Morgan, Ph.D.:
Sarah finished her Ph.D. and is starting her next, new adventure.


Rachel Nye, Ph.D.:
Rachel joined Lam Research on the West Coast in August of 2022.

Jungsik Kim, Ph.D.:
Jungsik (Justin) joined Lam Research on the West Coast in 2022.

Ian Winek, M.S.:
Ian joined Pfizer working as a Technical Operations Engineer .


Siyao Wang, Ph.D.:
Siyao joined Applied Materials as a R&D Process Engineer in 2021.

Holgar Saare, Ph.D.:
Holgar joined Lam Research in 2021.

Seung Keun Song, Ph.D.:
Seung Keun (S.K.) Song joined Intel as a Process Engineer in 2021.


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. Losego Lab Website