Benjamin Boesl

Associate Professor

Research interests: solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, in situ mechanical testing, high strain rate/dynamic material response, and processing-structure-property relationships.

Office hours: by appointment on Calendly

Office: EC 3465
Phone: (305) 348-3028


Zhe Cheng

Associate Professor

Research interests: advanced ceramic electrode and electrolyte materials for solid-state electrochemical energy conversion including solid oxide fuel cells, advanced ceramic materials and processing for electronic applications including photovoltaics (solar cells), and continued development of advanced high-temperature in situ characterizations tools for materials research.

Office hours: Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm

Office: EC 3445
Phone: (305) 348-1973


Bilal El-Zahab

Associate Professor

Research interests: lithium-ion batteries, electrolyte and electrolyte additives, gel-polymer electrolytes, electrolytes fillers, solid-state electrolyte glasses, reaction battery catalysis, lithium-air batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, all-solid-state batteries, and development of in situ analytical tools for the determination of the source of capacity fade and the capacity fade mechanism in various battery systems.

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2:00 pm

Office: EC 3172
Phone: (305) 348-3558


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Cheng-Yu Lai

Associate Professor

Research interests: Functionalized mesostructured materials (mesoporous and hierarchical silica nanomaterials) engineered for the following applications: Bionanotechnology

Cancer research: Intracellular biomacromolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins) delivery nanodevice for biological systems; application in colorectal cancer;
Biocatalysis: Enzymatic conversion of non-food biomass in food products. Energy and the Environment
Catalysts for Biofuels Synthesis: Metal, and metal-oxide nanocatalysts on porous materials support for catalytic conversion of non-food biomass to fuels;
Sensors: Porous materials for environmental applications (sensing of water contaminants and carbon capture).

Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm
For appointments: please contact Ms. Eduimar Hinestroza EC 3441A 305-348-5241

Office: EC 3242
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Pezhman Mardanpour

Associate Professor

Research interests: aeroelasticity (experimental and theoretical), design based on constructal theory, fluid-structure interaction, structural dynamics, thermodynamics, aeroelasticity (experimental and theoretical), design based on constructal theory, fluid-structure interaction, structural dynamics, thermodynamics.

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 to 2:00 p.m

Office: EC 3464
Phone: (305) 348-6103


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Dwayne McDaniel

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Research interests: Robotics with applications to infrastructure inspection, autonomous systems, sensor systems, nondestructive evaluation, multi-body dynamics, and structural mechanics.

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am-12:00pm and by appointment

Office: EC 2108
Phone: (305) 348-6554


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Anamika Prasad

Associate Professor Joint Appointment

Research Interests: Biobased and bioinspired material design, Tissue biomechanics (bone tumor, vascular tissue in plant, cardiovascular tissue), Nano-mechanical characterization Biomedical devices for precision agriculture and healthcare.

Office: EC3140
Phone: 305-348-6950


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Daniela Radu

Associate Professor, AMERI Director

Research interests: Nanostructured materials for solution-processed solar photovoltaics: Gen 2 PV (thin film crystalline absorbers). Advanced functional materials for optoelectronic applications: 2D nanostructures and lasing materials. Chalcogenide nanoparticles for photothermal cancer therapy: CuxS. Sensor design: detecting heavy metals, nitrates and phosphates in water. Engineered nanoparticles: toxicity evaluation.
Nanomaterials Lab

office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:45 PM-3:00 PM
For appointments, please contact Ms. Eduimar Hinestroza EC 3441A 305-348-5241

Office: EC 3442
Phone: (305) 348-4506