Jane Chang

Jane P. Chang Professor

Research Website

(310) 206-7980

Plasma chemistries and surface kinetics, atomic layer deposition of complex and multifunctional oxide materials, semiconductor processing and chemistry, computational surface chemistry, nanostructured complex oxides
Yvonne Chen

Yvonne Chen

Assistant Professor

Research Website

(310) 825-2816

Applying molecular and synthetic biology techniques to rewire and construct novel biological circuits for applications in health and medicine, particularly in cell-based immunotherapy.

Panagiotis Christofides Professor and Chair

William D. Van Vorst Chair

Research Website

(310) 794-1015

Control of nonlinear and hybrid process networks, Distributed and economic model predictive control, fault-tolerant control and process safety, water and energy system modeling and control, control and optimization of multiscale process systems, model reduction, optimization and control of nonlinear distributed parameter systems, multiscale modeling and control of particulate and solar cell systems
Yoram Cohen

Yoram Cohen Distinguished Professor

 Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair

UCLA Luskin Scholar


(310) 825-8766
Surface nano-structuring with polymers and organosilanes, graft polymerization, membranes: desalination, ultrafiltration and pervaporation, surface crystallization, neural networks for quantitative-structure property estimation, intermedia and multimedia transport in environmental systems, environmental impact assessment

James F. Davis Professor and Vice Provost

Research Website

(310) 206-0011

Information technology
Vijay Dhir 2

Vijay Dhir, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

National Academy of Engineering Member


 Two-phase heat transfer, boiling and condensation, thermal and hydrodynamic stability, thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactors, microgravity heat transfer, soil remediation.

Kendall N. Houk Professor

Saul Winstein Research Chair in Organic Chemistry

National Academy of   Sciences Member

Research Website

(310) 206-0515

The Houk Group solves problems in organic and bio-organic chemistry using theoretical and computational methods and programs. Theoretical predictions and designs of new reactions, reagents, and catalysts are tested experimentally in the Houk lab or with collaborators.

James Liao

On Leave of Absence

James C. Liao

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor

National Academy of Engineering Member and National Academy of Sciences Member

Research Website

(310) 825-1656

Next-generation bio-derived energy, CO2 fixation, synthetic metabolic networks, gene-metabolic circuits, nitric oxide metabolism, fatty acid metabolism
Yunfeng Lu

Yunfeng Lu


Research Website

(310) 794-7238

Nanostructured Materials and Devices, molecular design and self-assembly, energy storage and conversion, biomimetic materials and system

Vasilios Manousiouthakis


Research Website

(310) 206-0300

Plasma simulation, process design, process optimization, process control
Harold Monbouquette

Harold Monbouquette Professor and Associate Dean

Research Website

(310) 825-8946

Biochemical engineering
Stanley Osher

Stanley Osher Professor of Mathematics

National Academy of Sciences Member

(310) 825-1758

Applied Mathematics

Samanvaya Srivastava

Assistant Professor

Research in the Srivastava Laboratory utilizes molecular design and self-assembly of mesoscopic building blocks to address current limitations in biotechnology and nanotechnology. Our work aims to harness charge interactions among macromolecules and nanomaterials to modulate self-assembly of multifunctional novel materials.

Philippe Sautet Professor and Vice-Chair

French Academy of Sciences Member

Research Website

(310) 825‐8485

First principles atomic scale simulations, quantum chemistry, applications to heterogeneous catalysis: active sites and reaction mechanisms, nano-materials for depollution and energy transformation, molecules at surfaces.
Tatiana Segura

Tatiana Segura Professor

Research Website

(310) 206-3980

The Segura Laboratory for Engineering Cell Instructive Materials focuses on the design of hydrogel biomaterials for stem cell culture and differentiation studies in vitro and vascularization and stem cell transplantation strategies in vivo. We utilize a combination of carbohydrates, protein, peptide and DNA delivery in the design of our hydrogels.

Dante Simonetti Assistant Professor

Research Website

(310) 267-0169

Catalytic conversion of alternative energy and chemical feedstocks, heterogeneous catalysis and kinetics, catalyst design, surface chemistry and characterization.
Yi Tang

Yi Tang            Professor

Research Website

(310) 825-0375

Metabolic engineering, natural product biosynthesis

Emeriti Faculty

Robert Hicks

Robert Hicks

Emeritus Professor

Research Website

(310) 206-6865

Atmospheric pressure plasmas – physics, chemistry and materials processing, semiconductor nanotechnology, surface chemistry of materials
Eldon Knuth Emeritus Professor (310) 825-8485 Molecular dynamics, thermodynamics, combustion, kinetics and the thermodynamics of processes in rapidly expanding fluid flows.
Ken Nobe Emeritus Professor (310) 825-2447 Research is focused in electrochemical processes and nano-electrochemical systems. Specific interests involve the kinetics and mechanisms of electrodissolution and electrodeposition of metals and semiconductors, oscillatory behavior in electrochemical systems, electroorganic electrochemical and bioelectrochemical processes, corrosion, fuel cells and batteries, processing of magnetic polymer and alloy thin films for nano-electrochemical systems (NEMS).
Selim Senkan

Selim Senkan

Emeritus Professor

Research Website

(310) 206-4106

Chemical reaction engineering, catalysis and combustion
A. R. Frank Wazzan Emeritus Professor and Former Dean (310) 206-1598  Professor Wazzan is internationally recognized for his research in the areas of nuclear material, thermal hydraulics, and stability of laminar flows. He was also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark for his studied of magnetic interactions in solids. His research has had significant impact on the design of high-performance underwater weapons systems for the U.S. Navy.