Our People

Baishakhi Mazumder
Kristofer Reyes
Jung-Hun Seo
Erik Einarsson
Olga Wodo
Edward Snell
Fei Yao
E. Bruce Pitman
Grace Wang
Quanxi Jia
Scott Broderick
Prathima Nalam
Krishna Rajan

Krishna Rajan, Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor

Message from the Chair

Welcome to MDI! The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) at the University at Buffalo is the first department in the nation conceived and established entirely for training a new generation of scientists and engineers in the methods of data driven materials discovery and design.

Our distinguished faculty are pioneering new methods in materials discovery to accelerate innovation by harnessing the tools of information science to experimental and theoretical studies of materials science and engineering. The department is committed to accelerating science-based solutions to solve pressing societal problems such as climate change and environmental sustainability.

We seek and enroll high achieving students from all backgrounds of science and engineering who are motivated to rapidly advance innovation in materials science that enhance human and social capital.

Faculty

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Scott Broderick, PhD
PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University

137 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3395

scottbro@buffalo.edu

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Materials informatics; Electronic structure calculations; Atom probe tomography; Combinatorial materials science

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137 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3395

scottbro@buffalo.edu

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David Eason, PhD
PhD, Physics, North Carolina State University

208 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8496

dbeason@buffalo.edu

Technical Director, Shared Instrumentation Laboratories
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Thin film deposition

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208 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8496

dbeason@buffalo.edu

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Erik Einarsson, PhD
PhD, University of Tokyo

113 D Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5089

erikeina@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Synthesis of low-dimensional materials such as graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes, materials characterization, and THz applications of nanoscale materials.

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113 D Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5089

erikeina@buffalo.edu

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Alan Friedman, PhD
PhD, Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara

515 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-2771

alanfrie@buffalo.edu

Research Associate Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Analytical chemistry; organometallic chemistry; photochemistry

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515 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-2771

alanfrie@buffalo.edu

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Quanxi Jia, PhD
PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University at Buffalo

136 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1157

qxjia@buffalo.edu

Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor of Materials Research
Scientific Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI)
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Thin film nanostructured multifunctional materials; heteroepitaxial growth and processing-structure-property relationship of thin films; synthesis, characterization, and application of nanostructured multifunctional materials; monolithic integration of thin film materials with complimentary functionalities for devices

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136 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1157

qxjia@buffalo.edu

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Eaton Lattman, PhD
PhD, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University

Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

700 Ellicott Street

Phone: (716) 898-8612

eatonlat@buffalo.edu

Emeritus Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Emeritus Professor
Department of Structural Biology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Research Topics: X-ray free-electron lasers in biological scattering; protein folding; development and improvement of methods in protein crystallography

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Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

700 Ellicott Street

Phone: (716) 898-8612

eatonlat@buffalo.edu

B. Mazumder
Baishakhi Mazumder, PhD
PhD, University of Rouen

129 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 6451156

baishakh@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Chemical imaging through atom probe tomography

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129 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 6451156

baishakh@buffalo.edu

Prathima Nalam
Prathima Nalam, PhD
PhD, ETH Zurich

128 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-9193

prathima@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Tribology; soft mechanics; surface and interfacial forces; atomic force microscopy

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128 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-9193

prathima@buffalo.edu

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E. Bruce Pitman, PhD
PhD, Mathematics, Duke University

123 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0739

pitman@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Mathematical modeling; high performance computing; model uncertainty and uncertainty quanti cation

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123 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0739

pitman@buffalo.edu

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Krishna Rajan, ScD
ScD, Materials Science, MIT

120 Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1380

krajan3@buffalo.edu

Erich Bloch Chair
Empire Innovation Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Materials informatics; Quantitative high resolution imaging; Atom probe tomography

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120 Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1380

krajan3@buffalo.edu

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Kristofer Reyes, PhD
PhD, Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, University of Michigan

134 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5159

kreyes3@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Applied mathematics for computational chemistry and materials science; machine learning algorithms applied to materials science; kinetic Monte Carlo methods in materials simulation

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134 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5159

kreyes3@buffalo.edu

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Jung-Hun Seo, PhD
PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

135 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1881

junghuns@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Development of next generation flexible electronics and optoelectronics; novel nano/micro fabrication processes for the future flexible and stretchable electronics; development and heterogeneous integration of novel low-dimension or ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors

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135 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1881

junghuns@buffalo.edu

Snell
Edward Snell, PhD
PhD, Chemistry, University of Manchester

Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

700 Ellicott St.

Phone: (716) 898-8631

Fax: (716) 898-8660

esnell@buffalo.edu

Professor, Director of BioXFEL
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Senior Scientist, CEO of Hauptman-Woodward Medical Institute
Department of Structural Biology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Research Topics: Bioinformatics; Protein Function and Structure; Proteins and metalloenzymes; Structural Biology; X-ray Crystallography

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Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

700 Ellicott St.

Phone: (716) 898-8631

Fax: (716) 898-8660

esnell@buffalo.edu

Grace Wang
Grace Wang, PhD
PhD, Northwestern University

Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
The State University of New York
Olga Wodo
Olga Wodo, PhD
PhD, Czestochowa University of Technology

125 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1377

olgawodo@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Informatics and high performance computing for materials design and manufacturing

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125 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1377

olgawodo@buffalo.edu

Fei Yao
Fei Yao, PhD
PhD, Sungkyunkwan University

132 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5403

feiyao@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Nanomaterials and nanostructures for energy storage and conversion

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132 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5403

feiyao@buffalo.edu

Laboratory Directors

Shared Instrumentation Laboratories

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David Eason, PhD
PhD, Physics, North Carolina State University

208 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8496

dbeason@buffalo.edu

Technical Director, Shared Instrumentation Laboratories
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

208 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8496

dbeason@buffalo.edu

Biodesign Core Facility

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Alan Friedman, PhD
PhD, Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara

515 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-2771

alanfrie@buffalo.edu

Research Associate Professor
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

515 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-2771

alanfrie@buffalo.edu

Staff

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Margaret Poniatowski

Director of Administration

Department of Materials Design and Innovation

120 Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4351

Email: mmp28@buffalo.edu

Research Staff and Visiting Scholars

Tianmu Zhang, PhD
Research Scientist

Xiaozhou (Jessie) Shen, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Arpan Mukherjee, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Xiaozhou (Jessie) Shen, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Vineeth Venugopal, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

MDI Industry Scholar Residence Program

Manabu Aoki, MSc
Murata Corp., Japan

Toshihisa Munekata, MS
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America