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Scanning Probe Microscopy at Mount Holyoke College

Katherine Aidala
Associate Professor of Physics
211 Kendade Hall
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu























































































































































































































































































































































Aidala Group Members

AidalaGroup

Back row: Jason Moscatello, Fikriye Kaya, Sarah Read
Middle row: Jessica Bickel, Madi Shortt, Ye Tian, Thao Le
Front row: Mina Khan, Kathy Aidala, Qinxia Wang, Pawana Shrestha
Not Pictured: Karishma Reddy-Khan, Lauren Clark-Johnson

 

 

Current Aidala Group Members

Kathy Aidala

Katherine Aidala
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu
website: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~kaidala/

Jason Mascatello

Jason Moscatello
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics
email: jmoscate@mtholyoke.edu

Engineering Physics Ph.D. 2010, Michigan Technological University
Dissertation: "Growth, Modification and Integration of Carbon Nanotubes into Molecular Electronics"
Physics Masters 2002, The College of William & Mary

My research focuses on better understanding charge transport through quantum dot films in different environments (e.g different polymers). I get to fabricate devices in which we can study controlled quantum dots systems with the atomic force microscope (AFM) using techniques such as conductive AFM and Kelvin probe. If we can better understand the mechanisms, we can improve the efficiency of devices such as solar cells and organic LEDs.

Jessica Bickel

Jessica Bickel
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics
email: jbickel@mtholyoke.edu

Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. 2010, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dissertation: "The Role of Strain in the Surface Structures of III-V Alloyed Semiconductor Films"

My research examines the formation and movement of domain walls in nanoscale rings and ribbons in remanence and in applied linear and circular magnetic fields. I also look at the frustration of domains walls in more novel nanoscale structures. If we better understand magnetic structures on this lengthe scale, we have the opportunity to build more efficient memory storage devices.

Ye Tian

Ye Tian
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Chemistry and Biology Major
email: tian24y@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Design, fabrication, and characterization of cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane substrate with controllable Young's moduli using thiol-ene "click" chemistry for mechanotaxis studies (overall project) Project I'm using AFM for: Characterization of the mechanical property of photo-patterned heterogeneous PDMS thin-film using Atomic Force Microscopy.

Mina Khan

Mina Khan
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: khan32mme@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Madeline Shortt

Madeline Shortt
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: short22m@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Madeline Shortt

Karishma Reddy Khan
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: reddy22k@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Sarah Read
Undergraduate Class of 2016, Physics Major
email: read22s@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Fikriye Idil Kaya
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: kaya22f@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Simulations of Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Morgan Patterson
Undergraduate Class of 2014, Physics Major
email: patte22m@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Imaging electrons in polymeric Thin Film Transistors.

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Xiaofan Xu
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: xu28x@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Pheona

Pheona Williams
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: willi22p@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Pheona

Nicole Fella
Undergraduate Class of 2017, Physics Major
email: fella22n@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Pheona

Savannah Gowen
Undergraduate Class of 2016, Physics Major
email: gowen22s@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Mechanical properties of hydrogels.

Pheona

Chloe Violet Castaneda
Undergraduate Class of 2016, Physics Major
email: casta22c@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Imaging electrons in polymeric Thin Film Transistors.

 

Former Aidala Group Members

Nihar Pradhan

Nihar R. Pradhan
Former Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
email: npradhan@mtholyoke.edu or nihar@physics.umass.edu

Anne Murdaugh

Anne Murdaugh
Former Postdoctoral Researcher
email: amurdaug@mtholyoke.edu

Quinxia Wang

Quinxia Wang
Undergraduate Class of 2013, Physics & Math Major
Graduate School: Electrical Engineering, Stanford
email: wang25q@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Pawana Shrestha

Pawana Shrestha
Undergraduate Class of 2013, Physics Major
Graduate School: Electrical Engineering, UCSB
email: shres24p@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Lauren Clark-Johnson
Undergraduate Class of 2013, Physics Major
email: clark22l@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Simulations of Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Ruimin

Ruimin Cai
Undergraduate Class of 2014, Physics Major
email: cai22r@mtholyoke.edu

Xiaolin Hu

Xiaolin Hu
Class of 2012, Physic Major
Graduate Student, Stanford University (EE Department)
email: Xiaolinhu@gmail.com

San Theingi

San Theingi
Class of 2012, Physics Major
Graduate Student, Colorado School of Mines (Materials Science Department)
email: thein20s@mtholyoke.edu

Alyssa Mckenna

Alyssa J. Mckenna
Class of 2012, Physics Major
Graduate Student, University of Minnesota (Materials Science Department)
email: mcken24a@mtholyoke.edu

Abbey Licht

Abbey Licht
Class of 2011
Graduate Student, Tuft University (ECE Department)
email: Licht22@gmail.com

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Tianyu Yang
Graduated (PhD) from Umass Amherst, Department of Physics
email: tyang@physics.umass.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Abby Goldman
Class of 2010
Fulbright Fellow, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
email: goldm20a@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Moureen Kemei
Class of 2010
Currently at University of California Santa Barbara
email: Kemei20m@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Tolu Ogunbekun
Class of 2009
email: ogunb20t@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Danti Chen
Class of 2009
Graduate Student, Yale University (Applied Physics)
email: chen20d@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Lori-Anne Ashwood
Class of 2009

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Jackline Keoch
Class of 2011

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Diana Chung
Class of 2009

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Laura Tomich
Class of 2011

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Yihan Li
Class of 2013, Math Major
email: Yihan_li_ben@hotmail.com

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Phoebe Sun
Class of 2014
email: sun26y@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Ednah Louie
Class of 2014
email: louie22e@mtholyoke.edu