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Graduate Students:

Jen Fischer: Ph.D Student (CME)


Jenn Fischer received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2010. While at Rose-Hulman, Jenn completed a minor in biochemical engineering which spurred her interest in the Integrative Graduate Engineering Research Traineeship (IGERT) program at the University of Kentucky.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering under the guidance of co-advisors Dr. Kim Anderson and Dr. Rich Eitel.

Jenn's current research focuses on understanding the mechanism of cancer cell metastasis by modeling the physical properties of the metastatic cascade in dynamic flow systems.  Initial 2-dimensional studies will employ a parallel plate flow chamber to study cancer cell adhesion to endothelial cells originating from different microvessels.  The 2-dimensional flow system will also be utilized to quantify the effects of the degree of adhesion molecule expression on resistance to shear stresses.  Future works will include the design and fabrication of a 3-dimensional flow system to more accurately mimic the human vasculature system in cancer cell adhesion studies.


Jin Luo: Ph.D Student (MSE)



Jin Luo received her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Chemistry from Wuhan University of Technology in 2006 and Mater degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2009. The research work during her master study focused on optical characterization of rare earth doped glass-ceramic and her thesis title is “Studies on optical properties of Ni2+/Cr3+ co-doped transparent glass ceramics”. She started her Ph.D. study in the Eitel lab at UK in fall 2010.

Her current research topic is preparation and characterization of a Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic (LTCC) based Clark-type oxygen sensor. LTCC is a low-cost, multilayer electronic packaging material. Oxygen sensor is a device that is used to measure the oxygen proportion in the gas or liquid. Integration of Clark-type oxygen sensor into LTCC devices will enable measurement of the dissolved oxygen concentration in the local microfluidic environment.



William Mercke: Ph.D Student (CME)


William Mercke graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Georgetown College in 2009.  He minored in Mathematics while at Georgetown.  During his senior year at Georgetown, he took a Chemical Engineering class at the University of Kentucky and loved the combination of math and science.  He then decided he wanted to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently researching under the leadership of Dr. Kimberly Anderson, Dr. Thomas Dziubla, and Dr. Richard Eitel for his Ph.D

His research entails the real-time monitoring of endothelial cell permeability using trans-endothelial electrical resistance (TEER).  This research focuses on creating a TEER based chip that can be used as a more efficient technique to detect permeability changes in an endothelial cell monolayer due to outside stimuli.  Previous studies have shown the benefits of having a device that can monitor the permeability of an endothelial cell monolayer.  These studies are traditionally performed under static conditions and don’t account for augmented cellular phenotypes that occur naturally to endothelial cells within the body.  This device will allow for cell-permeability studies to be conducted onto endothelial cells that are exposed to physiological conditions.





Eitel Group Alumni:

Wenli Zhang: Ph.D. Awarded Summer 2011



Wenli Zhang received his B.S. degree and Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Technology in 2003 and 2006. His Master’s work focused on the fabrication and characterization of semiconductor thin film materials and the title of his Master’s thesis is “Fabrication of high-quality a-Si:H film using MWECR-CVD system.”  He joined Dr. Eitel’s research group for his Ph.D. studies at the University of Kentucky in September 2006.

His Ph.D. work is focus on integrating piezoelectric electromechanical devices into ceramic microsystem using Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) technology. LTCC is applied for the fabrication of microsystem due to its very good electrical and mechanical properties, high reliability as well as possibility of making complex integrated 3D microstructures. The main objective of his project is the design, integration, and optimization of co-firable high performance PTZ with commercial LTCC materials and processing methods.


Serhiy Leontsev: Ph.D Awarded Spring 2011



Serhiy Leontsev received his Bachelors degree in Solid State Physics from Cherkassy State University, Ukraine, in 2001. After working as a high school physics instructor (2002-2003) he applied to Physics and Astronomy department at University of Kentucky and obtained Master degree in 2005. Starting from Summer 2006 Serhiy is a PhD student in Materials Engineering department at UK under the supervision of Dr. Eitel.

The main interest of his research is bismuth ferrite and barium titanate (BiFeO3-BaTiO3) piezoelectric systems. These ceramic compounds in specific composition range exhibit simultaneous ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties. Due to the possible coupling between electric and magnetic dipole moments BiFeO3-BaTiO3 is an exciting candidate for new type of memory devices, sensor and transducer equipment, etc. Since this material is lead-free it is also considered as an alternative to conventional PZT piezoelectrics. Two ways of preparation of BiFeO3-BaTiO3 sample are employed: solid-state processing and modified Pechini (citrate) wet chemistry route.

Sunil Gotmare : M.S. Degree Awarded June 2009



Sunil Gotmare holds a Bachelor degree of Engineering in Metallurgy from University of Pune, India in 1996. He holds professional certification like Certified Welding inspector from American Welding Society, ISO-9000 lead auditor certified by International register of certified Auditors (IRCA). He has served in various industries about 10 years in the filed of manufacturing of tubes, compressor, conformity assessment of industrial products and quality system.

Presently as a Masters student at UK, he is studying lifetime testing of piezoelectric ceramic materials for high temperature ultrasonic sensors. The material under the study includes Pb(Zr1-x Ti x)O3 (PZT) and (1-x)BiScO3-xPbTiO3 (BSPT) and focus of study will be evaluation of high temperature degradation and lifetime of poled piezoelectric material under service condition




Eitel Laboratory for
Smart Ceramic Materials and Devices

Richard E. Eitel, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
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Lexington, KY 40506

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