Materials Science & Engineering Faculty
Assistant Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering
640 Engineering Research Cntr
Research Interests: physical metallurgy, phase transformations; diffusion reactions and kinetics; diffusion coatings; Kirkendall effect; metallic microtubes; intermetallics; high temperature alloys; shape memory alloys; additive manufacturing; metallic scaffolds; X-ray tomography
Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng
580 Engineering Research Cntr
Vesselin Shanov is a Professor with the Chemical Engineering program at the School of EEBME and the co-founder and co-director of the teaching and research facility NANOWORLD Lab at the University of Cincinnati. He has over 30 years of academic and industrial experience in research and development related to technologies and facilities for processing of advanced materials and thin films. Dr. Shanov has been a tenured associate professor at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria, where he also served as an advisor to over 40 graduate students. He has taught eighteen courses at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria and eighteen courses at the University of Cincinnati. His recent research focuses on synthesis, characterization, processing, and application of nanostructured materials with emphasis on carbon nanotubes, graphene, as well as on biodegradable Mg for medical implants. Applications of his research are in the areas of electronics, aerospace, and nanomedicine. Dr. Shanov has more than 300 scientific publications, including 16 patents, 12 provisional patents, and 5 books, cited in about 3,200 different references. Currently, he collaborates with faculties from UC Colleges of Medicine, Applied Science, and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Hannover Medical School-Germany. The latter 3 universities, along with UC, are involved in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.
- Taught 25 different courses (listed below) in Materials and Chemical Engineering at two universities; incorporated nanotechnology research into the engineering curricula at UC; teaches advanced topics in Chemical and Materials Engineering in the undergraduate Tech Lab Class, such as: Renewable Energy (Solar Cell, Hydrogen Fuel Cell), Nanotechnology (Carbon Nanotubes and related Nanodevices), Modern Analytical Instrumentation, Vacuum and Plasma Technologies, etc.
- Considers undergraduate students (UG) research to be a very important tool for teaching engineering, as well as for student retention; works on an individual basis with undergraduate students in the research lab; 3 of my undergraduate students won national aerospace awards for research.
- Believes teaching through the respected program at UC “Research Experience for Middle and High School Teachers” is a powerful outreach approach that indirectly helps recruit young adults in the field of science and engineering; involved in a 3 year NSF project as Co-PI (Prof. A. Kukreti–PI) and collaborates with Cincinnati School District teachers at UC by teaching a topic on Renewable Energy.
- Hosts tours of Nanoworld Lab; more than 1,000 students, parents, industry professionals, faculty and Government representatives visit Nanoworld each year; the Nanoworld Lab website is one of the most frequently visited websites at UC.
- Hosts weekly lab tours at the College for recruiting prospective students which include presentations on the latest achievements in renewable energy, nanotechnology and other science fields.
- Hosts and teaches in Summer Institute for minority middle and high school students, since 2010.
Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering
493 Rhodes Hall
Secondary Materials Science & Engineering Faculty
Associate Professor, A&S Chemistry
704C Rieveschl Hall
Neil Ayres received his Ph. D. in chemistry from The University of Warwick in 2003 where he worked with Prof. David Haddleton. After a post-doc with Charles McCormick at The University of Southern Mississippi he worked with William Brittain at The University of Akron studying stimuli-responsive polymer brushes. From there he spent two years as a post-doc at The University of Utah with Prof. David Grainger before becoming an assistant professor at The University of Cincinnati in 2008.
His current research interests include using controlled radical polymerization methods for new biomaterials synthesis and blood contacting materials.
Assistant Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics
730 Rhodes Hall
Lab webpage: Computational Lab for Materials and Manufacturing Design (https://clmmd.wordpress.com)
Associate Professor of Chemistry & Materials Science, A&S Chemistry
702 Crosley Tower
Research interests: Photodynamic therapy against bacteria and cancers; plasmonics; sensing; nanomaterials
Emeritus, CEAS - Engineering Education
895A Rhodes Hall
F. James Boerio received the B.S. Degree in Physics from Case Institute of Technology and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1970 and promoted to Professor of Materials Science in 1977. He served as Interim Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering during 1991-92 and again during 2003-04. Dr. Boerio was appointed Head of the Department of Engineering Education on January 1, 2008 and currently serves as Interim Head of the School of Engineering Education. His educational research interests include the effect of factors such as institutional infrastructure, active learning, and peer-level tutoring on learning in engineering. Dr. Boerio is also interested in developing professional skills, including communication, problem-solving, and teamwork, in beginning engineers.
Dr. Boerio is a member of numerous technical societies, including the American Society for Engineering Education, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and American Vacuum Society. He served as President of The Adhesion Society from 1992-94 and currently serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Adhesion.
Dr. Boerio was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the Engineering Tribunal in 1983 and as "Professor of the Year" for 2002-03. He received the College of Engineering Research Award in 1989 and the “Dean’s Award for Educational Innovation” in 2001. Dr. Boerio was elected a Robert L. Patrick Fellow of The Adhesion Society in 1997 and received the Adhesion Society Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science, sponsored by 3M, in 1999.