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The CATN2 serves as an interface between CNSE faculty and staff that are leveraged to support projects with industrial, academic, and government partners. The following are some of the faculty and staff that support CATN2 activities:  

Michael Fancher
Michael Fancher

Director NYS Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics & Nanomaterials (CATN2), Director Advanced Manufacturing performance center (AMP), Principal Investigator: Cyber-Physical Systems,  Clean Energy Projects, and Entrepreneurial Programs.

Ross Goodman
Ross F. Goodman, Esq.

CATN2 DeDeputy Director;

NYS Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics, and

NYS Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

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Max Lippitt, Ph.D

SUNY Research Foundation AMP Project Engineer

Patrizia Burinska
Patrizia Burinska
CATN2 Website Development &

Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Coordinator

Thomas Murray
Joe A Piccirillo
Thomas Murray, Ph.D.


Joseph A. Piccirillo

Assistant Vice President for Module Engineering

Miguel Rodriguez
Miguel Rodriguez, Ph.D.


Sandra Schujman
Stephen Stewart
Sandra Schujman, Ph.D.

Metrology Technical Workgroup Manager

Stephen L. Stewart

Instructional Support Technician

Tim Stoner, Ph.D.
Brian Taylor
Natalya Tokranova
Brian Taylor

Manager of Engineering Support Services

Natalya Tokranova, Ph.D.



Robert Brainard
Nathaniel Cady
Robert Brainard, Ph.D.

Professor of Nanoscience

Nathaniel Cady, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research, Professor

Research Focus

design, synthesis and characterization of new molecules and polymers for their use in nanotechnology.

Research Focus

Nanobiotechnology, Biosensors, Molecular biology, Microfluidics, Detection systems

Greg Denbeaux
Alain Diebold
Gregory Denbeaux, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Alain Diebold, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus and Empire Innovation Professor of Nanoscale Science - Volunteer Adjunct Professor

Research Focus

fundamentals of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists, electron interactions in solids, lithography, nanoparticle detection and identification

Research Focus

Nanoscale metrology and materials science, Materials characterization at the nanoscale, Semiconductor metrology and characterization

Kathy Dunn
Kathleen Dunn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Focus

Electron Microscopy, Ion Microscopy, Electron-beam Induced Deposition, Electrochemical Deposition, Defects in Metals, Alloys and Oxide Nanoparticles

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Harry Efstathiadis, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Nanoengineering

Research Focus

Photovoltaics (CuInGaSe2 (CIGS), CuInGaS2, a-Si, and nc-Si), Quantum wells (SiC/Si and SiGe/Si), Thermoelectric devices, Thin film deposition and characterization

Eric Eisenbraun
Michael Fasullo
Eric Eisenbraun, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Nanoscience

Michael Fasullo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nanobioscience

Research Focus

Thin films, ALD, CVD, metallization,

barriers, interconnects, gate stack


Research Focus

Genome profiling of toxin resistance, Repair of radiation-induced DNA damage, Cytochrome P450 activation of carcinogens, Biosensors for toxin exposure, Electrophoretic and single cell karyotyping

Spyros Gallis
Spyros Gallis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering

Research Focus

Nanostructured materials; SiC nanowires; 2D materials; Color centers in nanostructures; Quantum photonics at telecom wavelengths; Advanced physical failure analysis.

Robert Geer
Robert Geer, Ph.D

Professor of Nanoscale Science

Research Focus

Nanomechanical and nano-optical metrology, Planarization processing for IC fabrication, Molecular self-assembly, Novel approaches of scanning probe microscopy

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J. Andres Melendez, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Janet Paluh, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Research Focus

Free Radical Biology, Cellular and organismal aging biology, Matrix Remodeling, Nanobiotechnology, Host & Pathogen interactions 

Research Focus

Applying neurotechnologies to understanding neurodevelopment and repair of human central and peripheral nervous systems (CNS and PNS) for therapeutic applications. 

Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik
F. (Shadi) Shahedipour-Sandvik, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President of Research Advancement and Graduate Studies

Research Focus

High frequency/power electronics, Energy: Photovoltaic, Beta(photo)voltaic, solar cells, Detectors, Chemical and Biosensors, Nanostructures and Nanodevices, Wide band gap materials, Metalorganic vapor phase Epitaxy of compound semiconductors

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Susan Sharfstein, Ph.D.


Research Focus

Understanding the role of culture conditions and cell physiology on use of living systems for industrially relevant processes

Woongje Sung
Woongje Sung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nanoengineering

Research Focus

Semiconductor device physics, solid state devices, Design and computer simulation of power semiconductor devices, Fabrication technology of silicon and post-silicon (wide bandgap, SiC and others) materials

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Yubing Xie
Carl Ventrice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Yubing Xie, Ph.D

Assocaite Professor of Nanobio Science

Research Focus

Graphene-based Nanoelectronic Devices, Surface Electronic and Magnetic Structure of Half-metallic Oxides, Growth and Characterization of Self-Assembled Monolayers:, Stability of Polar Oxide Surfaces

Research Focus

Biomedical nanotechnology, Stem cell technology, Biomaterials , Tissue engineering, Gene therapy, Nanomedicine

James Lloyd
James Lloyd, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Professor

Research Focus

Electromigration in nano-structured conductors, Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (TDDB) in interlevel dielectrics, Reliability issues in lead-free solder applications, Investigation into failure modes in novel materials and at nanometer dimensions

Serge Oktyabrsky
Serge Oktyabrsky, Ph.D

Professor of Nanoscience

Research Focus

Compound semiconductors, Photonics, Electronics, Molecular beam epitaxy, Semiconductor materials and nanostructures

Satyavolu Papa Rao
Satyavolu Papa Rao, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor

Research Focus

Advanced nanofabrication techniques, and leveraging the capabilities of advanced 300mm processes and tools to address challenges in areas ranging from quantum computing devices through terahertz electronic devices to nano-biological structures.

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