Principal Investigator

Gibum Kwon

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Kansas

He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2014, where he developed separation methodologies for liquid-liquid mixtures with a research advisor Professor Anish Tuteja. During his Ph.D., he was awarded Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award (2013) and Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (2013). From 2014 to 2016, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT. At MIT, he conducted research on the wettability switching of photo-responsive semiconducting materials upon light illumination with Professors Gareth H. McKinley and Kripa K. Varanasi. In 2016, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas as an assistant professor. He is a recipient of Hanwha Young Faculty award (2021), NSF CAREER award (2020), and Wesley G. Cramer Award (2020).

Graduate Students

Hunter

Hunter James

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas (2021)

B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Kansas (2021)

Research Focus: Soft materials, Membrane separations. 

Contact: huntercolejames@ku.edu 

Harshit Gandhi

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas (2022)

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Muchhala Polytechnic (2016)

Research Focus: Shape memory materials, Polymer chemistry. 

Contact: gandhiharshit1997@ku.edu 

Titiksha Sharma

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas (2022)

Research Focus: Biomaterials, Endotracheal tube. 

Contact: sharmatitiksha26@ku.edu 

Undergraduate Students

Bhupen, Adhikari

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas (Expected graduation: 2024) 

Research Focus: Zwitterionic polymers.

Contact: abhupendra@ku.edu

 

Liken Hananto

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas (Expected graduation: 2024) 

Research Focus: Zwitterionic polymers.

Contact: likenhananto@ku.edu

Antonio Carcamo

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas (Expected graduation: 2026) 

Research Focus: Liquid separations.

Contact: carcaant@ku.edu

 

Group Alumni

Name

Degree

Year

Destination after graduation

Amin Ezazi

Bishwash Shrestha

PhD

PhD

2017-2021

2018-2022

Georgia Southern University (Assistant Professor)

Intel (Litho Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer)

Anjana Maharjan

Nathan Klein

MS

MS

2016-2018

2016-2018

Generac Power Systems (Engineer)

    

 

NameYearNameYear

Sanjay Ajayan

Harshit Gandhi

Eden Taddese

Afnan Elhamshari

Alexander Martin

Tim Burge

2021-2022

2020-2021

2020-2021

2018-2019

2017-2018

2017-2018

Ryan Spragg

Titiksha Sharma

Austin Crawford

Thomas Irick

Theodore Wiklund

Kyle Larson

2021-2022

2019-2020

2018-2019

2018-2019

2017-2018

2017-2018