Rutledge Group
Frow left to right:
Nikolaos Lempesis, Shahd Labib, David Nicholson, Junli Hao, Gregory Rutledge, Alexander Brayton, Sakul Ratanalert, Raghavan Ranganathan, Yi-Min Lin, Alexander Bourque, Shuze Zhu

Current Group Members

(Click on name to retrieve full address and email, and on topic for project description)

Research Topic
Alexander Bourque
Graduate Student
Discovery and Design of Additives for Novel Polymer Morphology and Performance
Alexander Brayton
Graduate Student
Junli Hao
Graduate Student
Ji-Soo Jang
Visiting Scholar
Development of Stretchable & Conductive Electrospun Nanofibers for Stretchable Gas Sensors
Shahd Labib
Graduate Student
Electrospinnig and Machine Design for Pharmaceutical Tablet Manufacturing
Nikolaos Lempesis
Post-Doctoral Associate
Multi-scale Theoretical Modeling of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes
Yi-Min Lin
Graduate Student
Emulsion Separation Performance and Mechanism in Electrospun Membrane Technology
Xianwen Mao
Post-Doctoral Associate
Electrochemical Control of Redox-Responsive Gels for Organics-Water Separation
David Nicholson
Graduate Student
Molecular modeling of Nucleation in Flowing Polymer Melts
Jay Park
Post-Doctoral Associate
Development of High Performance Electrospun Materials and their Composites
Raghavan Ranganathan
Post-Doctoral Associate
Modeling Structure-Property Relations and Rheological Characterization in Branched Semicrystalline Polymers
Sakul Ratanalert
Graduate Student
Thermodynamic and Kinetic Principles of DNA Nanostructure Design
Wenda Tian
Graduate Student
Electrochemically Controlled Separation of Ionic Pollutants from Water via Polymer and Carbon Fiber Composites
Nathan Volchko
Graduate Student
Shuze Zhu
Post-Doctoral Associate
Multiscale Modeling of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes
Administrative Assistants
Gwen Wilcox


Erik Allen Ph.D. 2008, Thesis: A Novel Algorithm for Creating Density Dependent, Coarse-Grained Models for Simulation of Surfactant Systems.
Present position: Green Point Energy, Cambridge, MA
Miguel Amat Post-Doctoral Associate. Molecular simulation of surface properties.
Present Position: Department of Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
Sudhakar Balijepali Post-Doctoral Associate,
Present position: Dow Chemical Company, Midland MI
Mark Bathe  (www) Ph.D. 2004, Thesis: Inverse Monte Carlo simulation of biomolecular conformation and coarse-grained molecular modeling of chondroitin sulfate conformation, titration, and osmotic pressure
Present position: Associate Professor, Biological Engineering Department, MIT.
Frederick E. Bernardin Ph. D. 2007, Thesis: "Application of Semi-Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (SGMC) Methods to Describe Non-Equilibrium Polymer Systems".
Present Position: Bolt Beranek and Newman Technologies, Cambridge, MA
Pradipto Bhattacharjee Post-Doctoral Associate. Fundamental studies on electrospinning of polymeric nanofibers.
Present position: RMIT University, Victoria, Australia
Indrani Bhattacharyya Post-Doctoral Associate. Electrospinning for Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals.
Present position: Corning, Inc, Painted Post, NY
Sezen Buell Ph.D. 2010, Thesis: Multiscale Modeling and Analysis of Nanofibers and Nonwoven Materials. (Program in Polymer Science and Technology).
Present position: Proctor and Gamble
Franco Capaldi  (www) Ph.D. 2005, Thesis: "Atomistic simulations of octacyclopentyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane polyethylene nanocomposites".
Present Position: Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Jeffrey D. Carbeck Ph.D. 1996, Thesis: "Temperature-Dependent Structure and Properties of Crystalline Poly(vinylidene fluoride) from Molecular Simulation".
Present position: MC10, Waltham, MA
Saptarshi Chattopadhyay Post-Doctoral Associate. Carbon Micro- and Nanofibers as Adsorbents in Filter Media.
Present position: CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts
Liang Chen Ph.D. 2009, Thesis: Next Generation of Electrospun Textiles for Chemical and Biological Protection and Air Filtration.
Present position: CB&I, Pasadena TX
Hansohl Cho Post-Doctoral Associate. Multi-scale Modeling of Thermoplastic Elastomers.
Present position: Los Alamos National Lab, New Mexico.
Seonjin Choi Visting Scholar, Electrospinning of Inorganic Nanofibers. in Water Purification.
Present position: PhD Candidate, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
Simon Choong Ph.D. 2014, Thesis: Application of Electrospun Fiber Membranes in Water Purification.
Present position: Gradiant Corp., Woburn, MA
Frederick L. Colhoun Ph.D 2000. Thesis: Relaxaion of Processing Induced Orientation in Polymer Melts.
Present position: Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN.
Neha Datta Visiting Scholar, Electrospun nonwovens for photochemical tissue bonding.
Predrag Djuranovic M.S. 2012. Thesis: Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Orientation-Induced Nucleation in Short Alkanes: Toward Molecular Modeling of Flow-Induced Crystallization in Polymer
Keith Forward PostDoctoral Associate. Electrospinning for Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals.
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
Steven H. Foulger Ph.D. 1996, Thesis: "Molecular Simulation of Liquid Crystalline Polyesters".
Present position: Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University.
Sergey V. Fridrikh Visiting Scientist. Research topic: Electrohydrodynamic Theory
Present Position: Nuance Communications, Burlington, MA
Sumit Gautam M.S. 2000. Thesis: The Role of Chain Tilt in Semi-Crystalline Polymer Interphases, Studied Through Molecular Simulation.
Present position: McKinsey and Co., CA
Anil Gopala M.S.CEP 1995,
Present position: Charles River Associates, Cambridge, MA.
Fei Guo Post-Doctoral Associate, Development of Novel Electrospun Fiber Membranes for Water Purification Applications
Sang Il Han Post-Doctoral Associate. Responsive Membranes for Gas Permeation.
Present position: Assistant Professor, Changwon National University, Korea.
Yoshihiro Hori Visiting Scholar. Molecular modelling of organic-inorganic materials for sub-10 nm self-assembly.
Present position: PhD candidate, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Markus Hütter  (email) Post-Doctoral Associate, 2004
Research Topic: Polymer Crystallization: Coupling of Solid and Liquid Phase
Present Position: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherland
Ahmed E. Ismail Ph.D. 2005, Thesis: "Multiresolution methods for materials modeling via coarse-graining".
Present position: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University
Amrit Kalra Post-Doctoral Associate, 2004
Present position: Shell International B.V., Houston, TX.
Anjali A. Khare Post-Doctoral Associate.
Present position: Technology Strategy, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Jun Mo Kim Post-Doctoral Associate. Molecular Modeling of Semicrystalline Polymer: Plastic Deformation
Present position: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Min Jae Ko Post-Doctoral Associate, 2004
Present position: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
Vaibhaw Kumar Post-Doctoral Associate. Investigating the Effect of Branching on the Properties of Semicrystalline Polymer Using Molecular Simulations
Present position: Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC.
Vikram K. Kuppa Post-Doctoral Associate, 2008
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati.
Daniel J. Lacks Post-Doctoral Associate.
Present position: Case Western Reserve University, Chemical Engineering Department, C. Benson Branch Professor.
Marc Lavine Post-Doctoral Associate. Present position: American Associate for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC., Associate Editor
Jason Lee Ph.D. 2013, Thesis: Novel Composite Proton Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications.
Present position: Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut
Jung Ah Lee Post-Doctoral Associate. Surface active multifunctional electrospun silicone nanofiber membranes.
Present position: General Electric Co.
Sanghun Lee Post-Doctoral Associate.
Present position: Samsung, Korea
Yong Li Graduate student, Technology and Policy Program. Present position: MIT TPP.
Ming-Yuan Liao Post-Doctoral Associate.
Present position: Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Biomedicine and Biomedical Technology, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan.
Joe Lowery Ph.D. 2010, Thesis: Characterization and Modification of Porosity in Electrospun Polymeric Materials for Tissue Engineering Applications.
Present position: DuPont Advanced Fibers, Richmond, VA
Minglin Ma  (www) Ph.D. 2008
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ateeque Malani Post-Doctoral Associate. Molecular Modeling of Three-Phase Contact.
Present position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
Oleg Manevitch Post-Doctoral Associate. Research Topic: Molecular simulation of polymer nanocomposites.
Present position: Russian Academy of Sciences.
Matthew Mannarino Ph.D. 2013 Thesis: Characterization and modification of Electrospun Fiber Mats for Use in Composite Proton Exchange Membranes
Present position: NeoGraft Technologies, Taunton, MA.
Shawn W. Mowry Ph.D. 2002 Thesis: Atomistic simulation of the alpha_c relaxation in semicrystalline polyethylene. Present position: ExxonMobil, Baton Rouge, LA.
Paola B. Nasser M.Eng. 2002 Thesis: Remote Microscope for Polymer Crystallization WebLab. Present position:
Peter H. Nelson Ph.D. 1998 Thesis: "Simulation of Self-Assembled Polymer and Surfactant Systems".
Present position: Professor, Department of Physics, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
David C. Oda Ph.D., 1998, Thesis: "Determination of Orientation in Aromatic Polyesters".
Present position: OSI Software, Inc., San Leandro, CA
Chia-Ling Pai Ph.D. 2011, Thesis: Morphology and Mechanical Properties of Electrospun Polymeric Fibers and Their Nonwoven Fabrics.
Present position: Applied Materials, CA
Derik A. Pridmore M.S. 2005, Thesis: Online polymer crystallization experiment"
Present Position: McKinsey, New York, NY
Wei-Ning Shen Visiting Scholar. Present position: University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Chemical Engineering, graduate student.
Y. Michael Shin Ph.D. 2000. Thesis: "Formation of polymer nanofibers from electrified fluid jets"
Present position: Orteq Bioengineering, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Daniel Talavera M.Eng. 2003 Thesis: "On-Line Laboratory for Remote Polymer Crystallization Experiments Using Optical Microscopy".
Kirill Titievsky Ph.D. 2009, Thesis: Physical Interpretation of Coarse-Grained Bead-Spring Models of Complex Fluids.
Present position: Department of Biological Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Pieter in 't Veld Post-Doctoral Associate. Research Topic: Molecular simulation of polymer interphases.
Present Position: BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Numan Waheed Ph.D. 2005, Thesis: "Molecular simulation of crystal growth in alkane and polyethylene melts".
Present Position: Bain and Co., Atlanta, GA.
Mao Wang Post-Doctoral Associate, 2005
Research Topic: Electrospinning
Present position: Chicago Kent School of Law, Chicago, IL
John L. Wilhelmi M.S. 1996, Thesis: "Study of the Structure and Properties of the Polymer Crystalline Surface"
Present position: Eastern Research Group, Lexington, MA.
Ying Yang Post-Doctoral Associate. Functional responsive nanofiber membranes for environmental, chemical and biological processing.
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Peng Yi Ph. D. 2011, Thesis: "Molecular Simulation of Homogeneous Nucleation in n-Alkane Melts.
Present Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, MD
Jian H. Yu Ph. D. 2007, Thesis: "Electrospinning of Polymeric Nanofiber Materials: Process Characterization and Unique Applications".
Present Position: United States Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Yuxi Zhang Ph. D. 2013, Thesis: Electrospun Fibers with Tunable Electrical Conductivity.
Present Position: Dow Chemical Co., Freeport, TX.

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