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David R. Clarke

Prof. David R. Clarke

Extended Tarr Family Professor of Materials

David R. Clarke is the inaugural holder of the Extended Tarr Family Professor of Materials in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, a B.Sc. in Applied Sciences from Sussex University and was awarded a ScD from the University of Cambridge. Read more about David R. Clarke

Cruft Hall 303
29 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-4140
Pam Charoen-Rajapark

Pavida "Pam" Charoen-Rajapark

Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  My research in the Clarke group involves work on soft dielectric elastomers and tunable photonic devices.  I am currently characterizing the optical properties of these elastomers, and also exploring their potential applications on a large scale, such as tunable windows. Read more about Pavida "Pam" Charoen-Rajapark

Gordon McKay Laboratory
Room 405
9 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-952-9342
Kezi Cheng

Kezi Cheng

Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

My research is on the study of dielectric elastomers to tune unique optical, mechanical, and electronic properties for a range of potential applications, from controlling the wettability of surfaces to tunable light scattering of windows. Read more about Kezi Cheng

Gordon McKay Laboratory
Room 405
9 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 347-631-7147
Roger Diebold

Roger Diebold

Associate in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering

My research involves dielectric elastomer materials design, functional dielectric elastomer devices, and related materials processing techniques.  From structure-chemistry-property relationships, dielectric elastomers can be designed for improved performance rather than based on convenience and historical development for other applications. Read more about Roger Diebold

Gordon McKay Laboratory
Room 401
9 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Mishu Duduta

Mihai "Mishu" Duduta

Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

My research focuses on the three main limitations that prevent dielectric elastomers from being widely used in soft robotic systems: complex fabrication, high actuation voltage and low energy density. By employing the best combination of tailored elastomers and nanoscale conductors, I plan to address each of these challenges to make stronger and faster artificial muscles. 

Gordon McKay Laboratory
Room 405
9 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-910-8467
Angela Feldhaus

Angela Feldhaus

Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
I am currently a G2 PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics.  My current research is focused on optical properties of high temperature oxide systems.  Read more about Angela Feldhaus
Gordon McKay Laboratory
Room 401
9 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Quentin Flamant

Quentin Flamant

Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering

The use of thermal barrier coatings (TBC), which enable metallic components to operate in gas temperatures greater than their melting temperature, has already resulted in a dramatic improvement of gas-turbine engines’ efficiency and core power. Nevertheless, the quest for still higher temperatures raises new issues such as the increase of radiative heat transport through the TBC or the increased severity of calcium-magnesium-alumina-silicate (CMAS) attack. Read more about Quentin Flamant

LISE 500
11 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4295
Xiaofei Guan

Xiaofei Guan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

My current research with Professor David Clarke is focused on the growth and characterization of iron sulfide thin films. It is a joint project at the interface between materials science, electrochemistry, and microbiology. The goal of this research is to understand the chemistry of iron sulfides, and investigate their applications in photovoltaics as well as corrosion science. Read more about Xiaofei Guan

LISE 500
11 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4295
Mary Gurak

Mary Gurak

Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

My research is focused on high temperature oxide systems for thermal barrier coating applications. In particular, I am exploring the Yttria-Tantalate-Zirconia system, with emphasis on the characterization of the compositional line from YTaO4 to ZrO2. Read more about Mary Gurak

Gordon McKay Lab
Room 401
9 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 972.757.1366
Aftab Hussain

Aftab Hussain

Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering

Aftab Hussain, Ph.D., is an expert in micro-fabrication and cleanroom processing techniques. He focuses on the use of dielectric elastomer actuators for fabricating intricate moving designs and matrix structures. Read more about Aftab Hussain

LISE 500
11 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4295
Samuel Shian

Samuel Shian

Research Associate in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering

My interests include 'hard' oxide materials for thermal management applications such as thermal interface, thermal sensors, and thermal energy conversion, and 'soft' elastomeric materials for actuators, tunable photonic devices, and mechanical energy conversion applications.

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Harvard University
LISE 500, 11 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4295