Group Members

Dr. Russell J. Composto


Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering,
and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Education:

PhD Materials Science and Engineering 1987 – Cornell University
MS Materials Science 1984 – Cornell University
BA Physics 1982 – Gettysburg College

Member of:
Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC)
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)
Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME)
Penn Center for Energy Innovation

composto@seas.upenn.edu, LRSM 321, (215) 898-4451

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Visiting Researchers


Dr. Hyun-Su Lee
Visiting Scientist

hlee0316@gmail.com

Hyun-Su earned his doctoral degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. His current research focuses on the functionalization of polymer grafted nanoparticles.

 

Tatiya Siripongpreda (FIRM)
Visiting Ph.D. Student 

tatiyas@upenn.edu

Firm is a visiting Ph.D. student from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Nanoscience and technology Department. Her research area is on Biopolymer nanocomposites for food and healthcare applications.

 

 

Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Christopher S. O’Bryan
Postdoctoral Researcher (MSE & CBE)

csobryan@seas.upenn.edu

Chris O’Bryan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida. His research has focused on developing aqueous and organic microgels for 3D printing applications, investigating interfacial phenomenon at soft interfaces, and soft matter contact mechanics. His current research is focused on studying polymer absorption on metal films.

Dr. Yitian Zhou
Postdoctoral Researcher (MSE & CBE)

zhyitian@sas.upenn.edu

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Yitian Zhou received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Biology and Mathematics from Agnes Scott College. She is currently studying bacteria-surface interactions and antimicrobial coatings. She is co-advised by Dr. Daeyeon Lee in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Dr. Jaehyun Kim
Postdoctoral Researcher (MSE & CBE)

kjaehyun@seas.upenn.edu

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Jaehyun Kim received his BS from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), worked at Hyosung corporation as an engineer, and received a Ph.D. degree from SKKU. His research area is in nanoparticle design and synthesis, and will start research on plasmonic nanoparticle sensors.

Dr. Yechan Kim
Postdoctoral Researcher (MSE & CBE)

yechankim.phd@gmail.com

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Yechan Kim received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in 2021. During the PhD study, his research focused on the control of block copolymer nanostructures in sequential processes. His postdoctoral research is focused on the nanoparticle dynamics in polyelectrolyte brushes. He is co-advised by Dr. Karen I. Winey.

 

 

Ph.D. Students


Katie Rose
Ph.D. Candidate (CBE)

karose@seas.upenn.edu

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Katie Rose received her B.S.E. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Case Western Reserve University. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) award, and REACT Fellowship. She is currently studying nanoparticle diffusion in hydrogels. She is co-advised by Dr. Daeyeon Lee in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Mike Boyle
Ph.D. Candidate (MSE)

mboy@seas.upenn.edu

Mike Boyle received his B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He is currently studying nanoparticle diffusion in strained polymer gels.

Aria Zhang
Ph.D. Student (MSE)

ariaczh@seas.upenn.edu

Aria Zhang received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering  from Cornell University. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She is currently studying nanoparticle diffusion in polymer nanocomposites.

Weiwei Kong
Ph.D. Student (MSE)

weiweik@seas.upenn.edu

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Weiwei Kong received her B.S.E in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Case Western Reserve University. She is currently studying polymer kinetics through metal complex.

Olivia Boyd
Ph.D. Student (MSE)

obo@seas.upenn.edu

Olivia earned her B.S. in Physics at Emory University. She is currently studying the dynamics of nanoparticles in nanocomposites.

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students


Sahana Sundar
Undergraduate (MSE)

ssundar2@seas.upenn.edu

Sahana is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She was accepted to the 2020 Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program, to participate in research under the mentorship of Shawn Maguire and Connor Bilchak. She is currently studying the optical properties of nanoporous metals and nanoparticle analogues.

Sarah Beth Gleeson
Undergraduate (MSE)

sgleeson@seas.upenn.edu

Sarah Beth Gleeson is a senior undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She is a Rachleff Scholar who works on hydrogels for wound dressing applications in the Shu Yang group. She joined the Composto lab group in Summer 2021 to study nanoparticle tracking in oral biofilms under the direction of Katie Rose.