Tenured Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook
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I am a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering at the State University of New York, at Stony Brook. I am also the
Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development and a Fulbright
Scholar. During my tenure at Stony Brook University I established a new program
on Sensor Nanotechnology in my department and the Interdisciplinary Research
Center (CNSD) - the latter with NSF funding.
My research activities involve the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials
(encompassing ceramic oxides, natural polymers, their composites, and their
hybrids with biomolecules) for sensors and biotechnology, as well as the development
of artificial olfaction systems (breath analyzers, electronic noses and tongues).
By interacting strongly with the NYS Centers for Excellence and the College
of Health Sciences I established novel and highly successful programs on nanomedicine,
including developing and characterizing nanomaterials: for biosensing - non-invasive
diagnostic purposes ("band-aid"-type sweat test), and for 3D tissue
scaffolding. I have also been working with industry, and I have developed and
patented technologies related to nano- and bio-inspired materials. I have mentored
successfully a thriving group of young researchers, all the way from high school
and undergraduates to graduate students and visiting research scientists. All
have excelled in various research competitions (e.g. finalist position at National
Inventor's Competition for "the first bio-nano-sensor"). For
my interactions with the graduate student body I received "The Best Academic/Pre-
Professional Advisor and Mentor" Student Choice Award in 2005.
I have also had the opportunity to make my research known to diverse audiences,
whether these were local companies through the Long Island Forum of Technology
(LIFT) venues; policy makers through my funding by the American Association
Advancement of Science (AAAS), and as a delegate at the National Academies'
meetings; and to the general public through my contributions to layman publications
as the McGraw Hill's Yearbook of Science and Technology and my latest
nanomaterials. I have served in many committees, e.g. User Executive Committee
DOE's Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
I am an
Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and I am serving
editorial board of 3 other Journals. I have published over 100 research articles,
several book chapters, one book, a few proceedings volumes, and I have a proven
record of patents granted and licensed.