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

Bishwash Shrestha

Education: B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2014)

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada – Reno (2016)

Research Focus: Photocatalysts, Membranes, Water remediation. 

Contact: bishwashs@ku.edu 

Vahid Rad

Education: B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Iran (2016)

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2019)

Research Focus: Zwitterionic polymers, Separations. 

Contact: s.vahidrad@ku.edu 

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: CO2 reduction, Membrane electrodes. 

Contact: huntercolejames@ku.edu 

Undergraduate Students

Seunghyeon (Sean) Lee

 

Research Focus: Anti-static coatings

 

Group Alumni

Name

Degree

Year

Destination after graduation

Amin Ezazi

PhD

2017-2021

University of Kansas (Postdoc)

Anjana Maharjan

MS

2016-2018

Generac Power Systems (Engineer)

Nathan Klein

MS

2016-2018

Name

Year

Destination after graduation

Sanjay Ajayan

2019-2021

Titiksha Sharma

2020-2021

University of Kansas (Graduate student)

Eden Taddese

2020-2021

Harshit Gandhi

2021-2021

University of Kansas (Graduate student)