Group Members

Julia Chan

Professor, Principal Investigator

Professor Julia Chan (B.S. Chemistry, Baylor University; Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California at Davis) began her faculty appointment at Louisiana State University Fall 2000, after spending two years as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. She is currently a professor at The University of Texas at Dallas and her research effort is focused on the synthesis, crystal growth, and characterization of novel quantum materials. Prof. Chan has published over 190 papers and given over 150 invited talks. She has graduated 20 Ph.D. students and has mentored over 40 undergraduates in her laboratory. Her awards include NSF Career Award, American Crystallographic Association Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award, Baylor University Outstanding Alumni Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award, American Chemical Society Exxon Mobil Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry and one of 12 Profiled in 2002 C&E News series on “Women in Chemistry”, highlighting women making an impact in the chemical sciences, and recently named a AAAS Fellow Fall 2019. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemistry of Materials and Inorganic Chemistry, and currently a Deputy Editor for Science Advances (AAAS).

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Jan Phillip Scheifers

Postdoctoral Associate

B.S. Materials Science, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 2012

M.S.  Materials Science, RWTH Aachen University, Germany,2014

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California at Riverside, 2020

Ashley Weiland

Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry 2017,  Duquesne University

Department of Energy Graduate Research Fellowship

Trent M Kyrk

Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry 2019,  TWU

Juan Ortega

Graduate Student

Kulatheepan Thanabalasingam

Graduate Student

B.Sc. Chemistry 2014, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

M.S. Chemistry 2019, University of South Dakota

Rania Qabbani

Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry 2013, George Mason University

M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction 2015, George Mason University

Lucas Eddy


David Chaparro


Alexis Dominguez


Abby Neill


Former PhD Members

Katherine Benavides

Ph.D., August 2018

B.S. Chemistry 2014, Auburn University

Iain Oswald

Ph.D., August 2017

B.S., MS., Chemistry 2013, University of North Texas

Postdoctoral Associate, CO State

Steve Deese

Ph.D., 2016

B.S. Biochemistry 2011, George Mason University

Partnership Manager,  Technology Transfer Office at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Pilanda Watkins-Curry

Ph.D., August 2015

B.S. Chemistry 2011, Spelman College

Basestocks and Specialties Team Lead, ExxonMobil

LaRico J. Treadwell

Ph.D., December 2014

B.S. Chemistry 2010, University of Mississippi

R&D, S&E, Chemist at Sandia National Laboratories, Advanced Materials Laboratory, Albuquerque NM

Bradford W. Fulfer

Ph.D., August 2013

B.S. Chemistry 2009, Abilene Christian University

Laboratory Analyst at Battelle


Gregory Morrison

Ph.D., August 2013

B. S. Chemistry 2009, University at Buffalo

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of South Carolina

Devin C. Schmitt

Ph.D., May 2013

B.S. Physics 2009, LSU

Head of R&D at Eckart America – Schererville, IN

Michael Kangas

Ph.D., December 2012

B.A. Chemistry 2004, Carthage College

Dow Chemical 2006-2008

W. Adam Phelan

Ph.D., May 2012

B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics 2007, Central Arkansas

Research Scientist and Associate Director of the PARADIM Crystal Growth Facility at  The Johns Hopkins University

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Melissa C. Menard

Ph.D., December 2011

B.S. Chemistry 2006, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Revere Smelting & Refining Corporation

Brenton L. Drake

Ph.D., December 2011

BS Chemistry and BA Education (Chemistry, Physics, General Science, and Mathematics) 2008, Glenville State College, WV

Research Scientist – Reactive Chemicals, Subject Matter Expert and Fundamental Problem Solving Champion – Dow

Kandace Thomas

Ph.D., December 2010

B.S. Chemistry 2005, Southern University

Instructor, LSU

Edem Okudzeto

Ph.D., December 2009

B.S. Chemistry 2004, Moorehouse

Jung Young Cho

Ph.D., December 2008

Senior Engineer, Samsung Electromechanics

Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology



Dixie Gautreaux

Ph.D., August 2008

B.S. Chemistry, Nicholls State University, 2003

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Professor & Chair of Sciences – Chemistry, Math, & Physics

Jasmine Millican

Ph.D., May 2007

B.S. Chemistry 2002, Southern University

National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate NIST NCNR

Texas Southern University

Governor-Appointed Texas Forensic Science Commissioner and TSU Center for Justice Research Fellow

Evan Thomas

Ph.D., December 2006

B.S. Chemistry 2002,  Southern University

National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at NIST

Wright Patterson/University of Dayton


Willa Williams

Ph.D., August 2006

B.S. Chemistry 1998,  Mississippi Valley State


Robin Macaluso

Ph.D., December 2004

B.S. Education 2000, LSU

Postdoctoral Associate, Argonne National Laboratory

Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington

Former Undergraduates

Joseph Schacherer


Keaton Barron

Undergraduate Student

Anthony Samuel

B.S. Chemistry 2017

The University of Texas at Dallas

Joe Burnett

Ph.D. Student

Mathematical Sciences

B.S. Physics, 2017

M.S. Mathematics 2017

The University of Texas at Dallas