About the MTD Group


Principal Investigator

James M Rondinelli
Assistant Professor, DMSE
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA

Coordinates
LeBow 444

Contact
Tel: + 1 (215) 571.3671
Fax: + 1 (215) 895.6760
Email: jrondinelli@coe.drexel.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD in Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (06/2010)
BS in Materials Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (06/2006)

Research Experience

Assistant Professor, Drexel Univ., Materials Science & Engineering Dept. (09/2011 - present)
Joseph Katz Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Lab. (06/2010–08/2011)

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Research Award, Materials Science & Eng. Department, Drexel University (2012)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Doctoral New Investigator Grant (2012)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (2012)
Army Research Office, Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2012)
Named Argonne Scholar, Argonne National Laboratory (2010)
Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award (2010)
NSF – ICMR International Research Fellow (2008)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow (2007)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow (2007)
Materials Research Laboratory (UCSB) Graduate Division Fellowship (2006-10)

Meetings, Sessions and Workshops Organized

APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Bulk Properties of Complex Oxides (San Antonio, 2015)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Complex Oxide Interfaces & Heterostructures (Baltimore, 2013)
Fall MRS Symposium AA: Oxide Nanoelectronics and Multifunctional Dielectrics (Boston, 2012)
Workshop on Oxide Interfaces by design (Newport, 2012)
APS March Meeting Focus Topic: Dielectric, Ferroelectric & Piezoelectric Oxides (Dallas, 2011)


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Antonio Cammarata
PhD (Physics), University of Palermo, Italy

Coordinates
Bossone 105

Contact
Email: acammarata@coe.drexel.edu

Research Interests
Development of computational models of molecular, crystalline and disordered atomic structures.

Joined Group
September, 2011

Hometown: Licata, Italy
Favorite Linux command: ssh
Favorite vim command: vsplit
Favorite element: Yttrium
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: {$ Pnma $} (no. 62)

Dr. Danilo Puggioni
PhD (Physics), Università di Cagliari, Italy

Coordinates
Bossone 105

Contact
Email: dpuggioni@coe.drexel.edu

Research Interests
Theoretical description of solid-state systems, including the electronic properties, magnetism, correlations, and phase transitions in complexoxides. The main techniques that I use are first-principles methods based on density-functional theory, and on post-DFT treatments for correlated systems.

Joined Group
June, 2012

Hometown: Chiaramonti (SS), Italy
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite emacs command: ctrl+x r-k
Favorite element: Copper
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: {$ Pnma $} (no. 62)

Dr. Prasanna Balachandran
PhD (Materials Science & Engineering), Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Coordinates
Bossone 324

Contact
Email: prasven@coe.drexel.edu
WWW: Personal Webpage

Research Interests
Computational design and discovery of new materials. Property prediction by combining first-principles density functional theory based methods with materials informatics.

Joined Group
August, 2012

Hometown: Coimbatore, India
Favorite Linux command: nohup
Favorite vim command: a
Favorite element: Bismuth
Favorite structure: Apatite
Favorite space group: {$ P6_3/m$} (no. 176)


Graduate Students

Mr. Joshua Young
BS (Chemistry), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Coordinates
Bossone 105

Contact
Email: jy346@drexel.edu

Field and Research Interests
PhD in Computational Materials Science. To develop microscopic models for and understanding and predicting ferroelectricity in artificially structured perovskites from first principles.

Joined Group
September, 2011

Hometown: Roland, Arkansas
Favorite Linux command: scp
Favorite element: Carbon
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: {$ Pm\bar{3}m $} (no. 221)

Mr. Nenian Charles
MS (Applied Physics), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
BS (Physics) Grambling, State University, Grambling, LA

Coordinates
Bossone 105

Contact
Email: nenian.charles@drexel.edu

Field and Research Interests
PhD in Material Science. To develop a framework for the design of new noncentrosymmetric oxyfluorides materials through the use of ab initio techniques.

Joined Group
September, 2012

Hometown: St. Joseph, Dominica
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite element: Antimony
Favorite vim command: D
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Favorite space group: {$ Pn\bar{3} $} (no. 201)

Mr. Adam Cordi
BS (MSE) Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Coordinates
Bossone 105

Contact
Email: amc378@drexel.edu

Field and Research Interests
MS in Material Science. Efficient materials for energy storage and conversion.

Joined Group
June, 2013

Hometown: Kihei, Hawaii
Favorite Linux command: grep
Favorite vim command: O
Favorite mineral: Coal
Favorite space group: {$ F432 $} (no. 209)
Favorite Platonic solid: octahedron


Undergraduate Students

  • Mr. Yinong Cao, DMSE, Drexel
  • Mr. Sam Kulsa, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel
  • Mr. Paul Cheng, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel

Visitors (Institution at Time of Visit)


Alumni

  • Dr. Nina Lane, PhD (2013), Intel
  • Ms. Nesya Havela, Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University