Research Group

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Reza Abbaschian, PhD Principal Investigator rabba@engr.ucr.edu

Reza Abbaschian is Director of Winston Chung Global Energy Center, Distinguished Professor, and William R. Johnson, Jr. Professor at University of California Riverside (UCR). He joined UCR in September 2005 as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), a position which he held until July 2016. During his tenure as dean, BCOE steadily grew in prestige, research productivity, and student success, landing in the top 50 public engineering schools in the nation. As dean, he also closed the largest cash gift from an individual donor in UCR's history from Chinese inventor and entrepreneur Winston Chung. This gift, now exceeding $17M, funds the Winston Chung Global Energy Center.

Reza received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, MS in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and BSc in mining and metallurgy from Tehran University. He has published more than 250 scientific articles including eight books, and thirteen patents and disclosures on subjects such as metal processing, composites, and high temperature-high pressure growth of jewelry diamonds. His research has led to the introduction of man-made diamonds to the market by Gemesis Inc.

Reza has received several awards including the TMS Educator Award, Structural Material Division's Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS Leadership Award, ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award, Davis Productivity Award of the State of Florida, and the 2016 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award of ASM. In 2017, he was received the AIME Honorary Membership award which is given in recognition of distinguished scientific or engineering achievement in the fields embracing the activities of AIME and its Member Societies. Only 1/10th of 1% of membership can be AIME Honorary Members. Reza is a past President of ASM International and has been elected a Fellow of ASM, TMS and AAAS.

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Nicholas A. Derimow PhD Candidate (2015-present) nderimow@engr.ucr.edu

M.S. Physics, California State University, Los Angeles (2015)

B.S. Physics, California State University, Los Angeles (2013)

High entropy alloys (HEAs), complex concentrated alloys (CCAs), and multiprinciple element alloy (MPEAs) phase formation and mechanical properties. Nicholas' current projects include stable phase formation and liquid phase separation of 3d transition metal alloys and the effects of processing on their resultant microstructures.

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Steven Herrera PhD student (2018-present) sherr006@ucr.edu

Steven Herrera is currently a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to his enrollment into the graduate program, Steven received his B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in Nanotechnology from UCR in 2012. During his undergraduate career, he participated as a visiting undergraduate researcher at the Mingchi Institute of Technology, Taiwan studying the mechanical and electrical properties of flexible solar cell materials. Steven was a contributing author on more than a dozen publications, including work published in Science.Steven's goal is to develop new materials to raise the quality of life around the word. He hopes to encourage the next generation of students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. He also enjoys meeting people from around the world and listening to the stories that show the perseverance and triumph of the human spirit. He is currently investigating new methods to produce large sheets of graphene, while also dramatically reducing processing temperatures. Single layer graphene has exceptionally beneficial electric, thermal, and physical properties that can be tuned to meet the needs of a wide range of applications. The ability to produce this material at lower temperature would greatly enhance its economic viability, and allow for widespread use in computing, optical, and sensing devices.

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Bryan Le Undergraduate Student (2017-present)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Riverside (in progress)

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Alex Haduong Undergraduate Student (2017-2018)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Riverside (in progress)

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Amir Ardalan Rezaie PhD Student (2015-2018) arezaie@engr.ucr.edu

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University (2015)

Amir Ardalan Rezaie is pursuing his PhD in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He is interested in solidification, thermodynamics, carbon materials and low melting point alloys. His PhD thesis is focused on graphene synthesis and growth from low melting point alloys. He has also worked on different graphite morphologies and their transition mechanism in Ni-C alloys. He has experience working with electromagnetic levitation, arc-melting furnace and SEM.

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Shaahin Amini, PhD (PhD 2008 - 2012)

Project leader in developing an innovative processing technique to synthesize single layer graphene from metal-carbon melts, Investigating nucleation and growth thermodynamics and interfacial kinetics of the grown layers, Examining the effect of processing parameters on morphology and quality of graphene and graphite crystals grown from metallic melts

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Haamun Kalaantari, PhD PHD (2008-2013)

Research Interests:

Mechanical and Materials Science Engineering with Materials Characterization and Processing, Materials Selection, Recognition and Selection of Metallic Materials Manufacturing Methods and Product Engineering i.e: Metal forming , Welding and Joining Metallurgy, Surface Engineering and etc. My research interests also include: Plasma Enhanced CVD Diamond, Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys (FSMAs), Advanced Materials, Rapid Solidification through Electromagnetic Levitation, Graphene and Graphite growth from melt, Biomaterials, Mechanical properties of Materials, Investment Casting and Composite Materials.

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Melina Roshandell, PhD PHD (2008-2013)

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Ercan Balikci, PhD Visiting Researcher (2016-2017)

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Haamun Kalaantari, PhD Visiting Researcher (2014-Present)

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Youngwoo Rheem, PhD Visiting Researcher (2013-2016)

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