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LAYERED MATERIALS & STRUCTURES Lab (LMSL)

Anasori Research Laboratory 

Purdue University

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Principal Investigator

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Babak Anasori, Ph.D.

Reilly Rising Star Associate Professor

School of Materials Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
email: banasori[at]purdue.edu

 

About Dr. Anasori: 

Dr. Babak Anasori received his PhD from Drexel University in 2014 in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, the birthplace of MXenes. After completing his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Associate from 2014 to 2016, then became a Research Assistant Professor at the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute and Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. In 2019, he began his independent career as an Assistant Professor at IUPUI. In 2023, he was hired by Purdue University through Purdue's Moveable Dream Hires as an Associate Professor with tenure, with a joint appointment in the School of Materials Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Anasori is one of the inventors of a family of MXenes, ordered double-transition metal MXenes, resulting from of his postdoctoral research, which was featured as one of the 2015's "biggest moments in chemistry" by the American Chemical Society. His lab is also the inventor of High Entropy MXenes (discovered in 2021), further expanding the possibilities and tunability of this family. Dr. Anasori's current research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of novel MXenes and their metal and ceramic composites. He is among the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 recognized by the Web of Science. In 2023, ScholarGPS identified Dr. Anasori as the number #1 scholar in Mechanical Engineering in the past five years in the USA. Dr. Anasori has received several national and international awards, including NSF/Science Visualization Challenge in 2011 and 2013, the Diamond Award in ACerS Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) in 2012, the Materials Research Society (MRS) Postdoctoral Award in 2016, Emerging Leaders of 2020 by the Journal of Physics, Condensed Matter, Drexel Forty-under-Forty in 2021, the 2021 WIN Rising Star Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the 2024 Abraham M. Max Distinguished Professor Award from Purdue School of Engineering. [Honors and Awards]

Dr. Anasori has originated and organized multiple international student competitions, including NanoArtography and Science in Video (SciVid). He is currently the chair of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Early Career Professionals Subcommittee.

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Anupma Thakur, Ph.D.

Education:

Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering, CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh, India (2021)

M.Tech. in  Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh (2016)

 

Research Experience:

Early Career Research Fellow: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India (2021)

DST-INSPIRE Research Fellow: CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh (2017-2021)

 

Research Interests:

2D Materials (MXenes, MBenes, TMDs)

Energy Harvesting and Conversion Devices

Green Hydrogen Production (Photo/electrocatalytic pathways)

Carbon Dioxide Reduction Reaction (Electrocatalytic pathways)

Environment Pollutants Monitoring Devices (Chemical sensors) and Degradation

 

email: anupthak[at]iu.edu

Graduate Students

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Kartik Nemani

StudyingPhD in Mechanical Engineering

Education: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Toledo

 

email: snemani[at]purdue.edu

Website: knemani.com 

 

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Brian Wyatt

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow

Studying: PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

email: bcwyatt[at]iu.edu

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Annabelle Harding

Studying: PhD in Materials Engineering

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, IUPUI

                     

 

email:  harding9[at]purdue.edu

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Krutarth Kamath

Studying: PhD in Material Engineering

Education: Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India

                    

email: kamath16[at]purdue.edu

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Muhammad Sharif Uddin

Studying: PhD in Material Engineering

Education: MS in Materials Science, Missouri State University

BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET)

                    

email: uddin11[at]purdue.edu

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Krista Pulley

Studying: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, IUPUI

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Butler University

Bachelor of Arts in Multilanguage, Butler University

 

email: kkpulley[at]iu.edu

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Austin Vorhees

Studying: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, IUPUI 

email: ajvorhee[at]iu.edu

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Visiting Postdoctoral Researchers/Research Scientist

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Barbara Pacakova, Ph.D.

Education:

Ph.D. in Physics of Nanomaterials, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

M.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

B.Sc. in General Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Research Experience:

Postdoc researcher/Researcher Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Researcher Czech Academy of Science, Institute of Physics and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague

email: barbara.pacakova[at]ntnu.no

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Mostafa Dadashi Firouzjaei

Assistant Research Professional, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

Education: PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

M.S. in Material Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Material Science & Engineering, Iran University of Science & Technology

email: mdfirouzjaei[at]crimson.ua.edu

Website: Mostafa-firouzjaei.com

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Rupa Kasturi Palanisamy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Maynooth University, Ireland

Education: PhD in Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

MPhil in Physics, Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

M.Sc. in Physics, Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

B.Sc. in Physics, Department of Physics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India

email: electrochemistpostdoc[at]gmail.com

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Ken Aldren Usman, Ph.D.

Associate Research Fellow, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia

Education: PhD in Engineering (Materials), Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia

B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

email: k.usman[at]deakin.edu.au

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Visiting Graduate Students

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Nithin Chandran B S 

Science Education & Research Board (SERB) - Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellow (OVDF)

Studying: PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India

Education: M. Tech in Materials Science and Technology, National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC), India

email: nitbala[at]iu.edu

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Julio Fredin Ortiz

Studying: PhD in Nanotechnology from Tec de Monterrey

Education: BSc in Chemistry from Tec de Monterrey

email: jfredin[at]iu.edu

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Katarina Novcic

Studying: PhD at Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology (CEITECBUT), Brno, Czech Republic

Education: Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (2018-2019)

email: novcic[at]vutbr.cz

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Undergraduate Students

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Bethany G Wright

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: bgwright[at]iu.edu

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Jacob Patenaude

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: jpatena[at]iu.edu

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John Waggle

Studying: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: johnwaggle[at]yahoo.com

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Ornoba Chowdhury

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: orchow[at]iu.edu

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Nicholas Alexander Hartich

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: nhartich[at]iu.edu

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Rebecca Tesfaye Disko

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: rabate[at]iu.edu

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Cameron Eckstein

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: cameecks[at]iu.edu

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Christian Scott

Christian Paul Hardy Scott

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: cps5[at]iu.edu

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Kaylea Michelle Bullock

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Chemistry

                     

 

email: kaymbull[at]iu.edu

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Veronica Mary Martin

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: veromart[at]iu.edu

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Isaac Fritz

Studying: Bachelor of  Science in Mechanical Engineering

                     

 

email: ifritz[at]iu.edu

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