Former Group Members
Postdoctoral Research Associates
Dimuthu Weerawardene became a postdoc in the Aikens group in 2018 after finishing her Ph.D. in the group in December 2017. She studied luminescence of gold nanoclusters. Dr. Weerawardene became a postdoc at Baylor University in Summer 2019.
Fahri Alkan was a member of the Aikens group from 2016-2019. He examined the fundamental interactions between transition metal dopants and gold and silver nanoparticles. He also investigated coupling between nanoparticle dimers. Dr. Alkan became a professor at Abdullah Gul University in Turkey in April 2019.
Andre Clayborne was a member of the Aikens group in 2016. He examined the interactions of gold nanoparticles on titanium dioxide. Dr. Clayborne became a professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City in Fall 2016 and moved to Howard University in Fall 2017.
Choongkeun Lee was a member of the Aikens group from April 2011 to November 2013. He studied water splitting processes on the oxygen evolving center (OEC) of Photosystem II as well as on various inorganic models of the OEC. Dr. Lee later became a postdoctoral research associate at West Virginia University. Dr. Lee is now a researcher at Alliance Pharma.
Gyun-Tack Bae was a member of the Aikens group from October 2010 to July 2013. He studied the optical properties of silver and gold nanoparticles with icosahedral, octahedral, and truncated octahedral shapes. He also improved the ReaxFF force field for nanoparticles containing Au, S, C, and H atoms. Dr. Bae is now a professor at Chungbuk National University in South Korea.
Indrajit Bandyopadhyay was a member of the Aikens group from January 2008 to May 2009. He investigated the structures and energetics of mixed titanium-silicon dioxide clusters.
Dimuthu Weerawardene (Ph.D. 2017). Became a postdoc at Baylor University in the group of Kevin Shuford.
Natalia (Natasha) Karimova (Ph.D. 2017). Became a postdoc at the University of California, Irvine, in the group of Benny Gerber.
Amendra Fernando Hewa Dewage (Ph.D. 2016). Became a postdoc at Yale with Victor Batista and then joined the lab of Bernhardt Trout at MIT.
Brian Barngrover (Ph.D. 2015) Now Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Emilie Guidez (Ph.D. 2014) Performed a postdoc at Iowa State with Mark Gordon and became a professor at University of Colorado, Denver in Fall 2017.
Lila Pandey (2008–2013) Now Professor at Ramani Multiple Campus, Nepal.
Marquix Adamson (B.S. 2017) Entering Ph.D. program at Iowa State University in Fall 2017
Hannah Devore (B.S. 2017) Pfizer
Tim Manges (B.S. 2016) Environmental Specialist for the City of Manhattan Public works
Mike Just (B.S. 2016) Ph.D. program at University of Missouri, Kansas City
Juliana Knopp (B.S. 2016)
Andy Warner (B.S. 2016)
Tim Cobb (B.S. 2015)
David Tierney (B.S. 2015) Cargill
Brandon Dale (B.S. 2014) PRA Health Sciences
Emily Kinder (B.S. 2014) M.S. in Nutrition from Kansas State University
Christian Montes (B.S. 2012)
Jacob Hull (B.S. 2012) Entered Ph.D. program in Physiology at the University of Michigan
Karmen Harris (B.S. 2012) Developing Scholars Program
Hannah Johnson Colmer (B.S. 2011) Received her Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Kansas
Katie Brewer (B.S. 2010) Quest Diagnostics
Makenzie Provorse (B.S. 2009) Achieved a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2014 and performed a postdoc at University of California, Merced. Became an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Fall 2017.
Allison Hadley (B.S. 2009) Received her M.D. from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Recently completed her residency at University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency.
Katie Skinner (REU student, summer 2016)
Tyler Haddock (SUROP student, summer 2014) Entered Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois
Suzanne Kucera (REU student, summer 2013) Entered Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame
Jeremy Vincenot (exchange student from Clermont-Ferrand, France, summer 2008) Chemical engineer