Drew Tobias, son of Andrew and Jackie Tobias, is from Greensboro, NC where he went to SE high school. He was a member of the National Honor Society and French club in high school and Honorable mention all-state in lacrosse. Andrew went to Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC for all four years of undergrad. He was a 4-year starter and 3-year captain on the Men’s Lacrosse team. Graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Chemistry. Andrew completed his Masters at UNC Charlotte in 2012 and is now enrolled in the Nanoscale Science Ph.D. Program.
Drew is working on the synthesis and optical properties of core/shell metal/semiconductor nanoparticles for enhancement of absorption and emission rates in nearby chromophores.
Kathleen Dipple received her B.S. in Chemistry from Appalachian State University. She was awarded a Wayland H. Cato Jr. First-Year Doctoral Fellowship and started working in the Nanoscale Dynamics group in Fall 2014. She is currently working on the synthesis and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of near-IR emitting IV-VI quantum dots.
Previous Ph.D. Students
Gaurav Singh received his Bachelor in Engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Delhi University. His research internship at National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in India got him interested in Nano-materials. He has worked on sol gel derived Zinc-Oxide thin films and their optoelectronic properties, synthesis of novel Zinc Oxide-Graphene Nano-composites and their application as promising gas sensors at room temperature. When not working, he loves to observe people and analyze their behavioral aspects.
Gaurav researched the photophysics of multi-excitons and multi-excited charged states in CdSe quantum dots using a recently developed N-pulse time-resolved fluorescence technique. He successfully defended his thesis and graduated in Fall 2015.
Danielle Woodall completed two undergraduate degrees in chemistry and marine biology at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Her undergraduate research included the characterization of novel Group 14 metalloles. She presented posters on this work at several conferences including the Maine Space Grant Consortium and the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of New England. She also worked at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (MARC), where she helped in the rehabilitation of cetaceans, pinnipeds, and sea turtles. During the summers, she has worked at ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park and the industrial company, Ross Technology. She grew up in Linglestown, Pennsylvania, and loves to travel.
Danielle worked on understanding the factors that control carrier recombination dynamics in CdS quantum dots. She successfully defended her thesis in December 2014.
Michael Guericke received his B.S. in chemistry and German at Doane College in Crete, NE. His research focus at Doane was on DNA-based narcotic detection devices. After graduating from Doane he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and researched adamantane derivatives at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
During his Ph.D. research Mike worked on quantum dot synthesis and energy transfer between CdSe quantum dots and porphyrins in thin films for light harvesting applications.
Sharonda LeBlanc received a B.A. in chemistry from UNC Charlotte (2007). As an undergraduate, she competed for the UNC Charlotte track and field team in the long, triple, and high jumps. She is a two-time All-American in the women’s triple jump and a three-time Academic All-American. Her previous research experience includes fabrication and characterization of nano-patterned surfaces, synthesis of textile lubricants using low-cost raw materials, and performance testing of trace gas detectors. Currently, she is a fellow with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with family in her spare time.
Sharonda graduated with a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science in 2012.
Kevin Major received a B.S. in physics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007 along with minors in Mathematics and Electronics. While at Bloomsburg he completed research projects on home electrical generation and algorithm development for nanofiber spinning. Currently his research examines the synthesis of well-defined monodisperse Pt and Pd in the sub 5 nm range and their use in electron transfer and catalytic applications.
Kevin graduated with a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science in May 2012 and is going to start a postdoc with Dr Ishwar Aggarwal in the Department of Physics and Optical Science at UNC Charlotte