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Mount Holyoke College

Katherine Aidala

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant

Professor of Physics

211 Kendade Hall

Mount Holyoke College

50 College Street

Sount Hadley, MA01705

Ph:413-538-2234

Email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu

 

 

 

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                                                 Back row (Left to right): Nihar, Abbey, San, Kathy, Alyssa, Pawana, Phoebe Sun, Ruimin Cai, Front row (Left to right): Anne, Lizzy, Yihan, Qinxia, Xiaolin 

                  

                                                                                                Prof. Katherine Aidala Research Group

 

 

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Kathy Aidala

Profesor in Department of Physics

Mount Holyoke College

 

Email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu

Website: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~kaidala/

 

 

 

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Jason Mascatello

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College

 

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

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College

 

Email: jbickel@mtholyoke.edu  


Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. 2010, University of Michigan

Dissertation: "The Role of Strain in the Surface Structures of III-V Alloyed Semiconductor Films"

 

My research focuses on controlling magnetic states of Ferromagnetic nanorings and nanowires for high density data storage and MRAM devices, understanding domain wall dynamics, and also domain wall frustration.

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Qinxia Wang (2013)

Undergraduate: Physics & Math Major

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 (2013)

Undergraduate: Physics Major

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.

 

 

Ruimin Cai (2014)

Undergraduate: Physics Major

Email: cai22r@mtholyoke.edu 

 

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

 

Past Members

Past Postdoctoral Researchers
Nihar

 

Nihar Pradhan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Email: npradhan@mtholyoke.edu

Website: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/kaidala/Lab/People/People_files/Nihar.htm

 

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 Anne  Murdaugh

 Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Departments of Chemistry and Physics

Email: amurdaug@mtholyoke.edu

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Yihan Li (2013)

Undergraduate: Math Major

Email: Yihan_li_ben@hotmail.com

 

Project: Simulation Study of  Ferromagnetic Nanoring for Data Storage and MRAM Devices.

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Xiaolin Hu (2012)

Undergraduate: Physics Major

Email: Xiaolinhu@gmail.com

 

 Project: Fabrication of Ferromagnetic Nanowires and Study of Domain Wall Motion by Injecting Current Pulses.

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 Alyssa J Mckenna (2012)

Undergraduate: Physics Major

 Email: mcken24a@mtholyoke.edu

 

Project: Mechanical Charaterization of Hydrogel Thin Films.

My project investigates the mechanical characteristics (stiffness, resistance to deformation, etc.) and methods to find those characteristics for hydrogels, flexible networks of polymer molecules which swell when placed in water. I am using the atomic force microscope to measure characteristics to validate a characterization method that I worked on at the University of Massachusetts Amherst during the summer of 2010 and to explore how the characteristics of the thin hydrogel film change when different portions of the same film swell different amounts.

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 San Theingi (2012)

 Undergraduate: Physics Major

 Email: thein20s@mtholyoke.edu

 

Project: Electrical Characterization of Vertically Oriented Crystalline Organic Nanostructures

 

 

Ednah Louie (2014)

Undergraduate:

Email: louie22e@mtholyoke.edu 

 

Project: Micromagnetic Simulation Study of  Ferromagnetic Nanoring for Data Storage and MRAM Devices.

 

Phoebe Sun (2014)

Undergraduate:

Email: sun26y@mtholyoke.edu   

 

Project: Micromagnetic Simulation Study of  Ferromagnetic Nanoring for Data Storage and MRAM Devices.

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Abbey Licht (2011)

Graduate Student, Tuft University (ECE Department)

Email: Licht22@gmail.com

 

 

Tianyu Yang

Graduated (PhD) from Umass Amherst

Department of Physics   

Email: tyang@physics.umass.edu

 

 

 

Abby Goldman (2010)

(Fulbright Fellow, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

Email: goldm20a@mtholyoke.edu

 

 

Moureen Kemei (2010)

(Now at: University of California Santa Barbara)

Email: Kemei20m@mtholyoke.edu

 

 

Tolu Ogunbekun (2009)

Email: ogunb20t@mtholyoke.edu

 

 

Danti Chen (2009)

Email: chen20d@mtholyoke.edu

 

 

Lori-Anne Ashwood  '09

 

Diana Chung '09

 

Laura Tomich '11

 

Jackline Keoch '11