Group Information


Gordie Miller

Current Group Members

Name: Jakoah Brgoch
E-mail: jrbrgoch
Position: Graduate Student
Date Started: July 2008
From: Bloomington, IL
Illinois State Univeristy, Normal, IL, US
B.S. Chemistry
Professor: David Cedeño
Illinois State Univeristy, Normal, IL, US
M.S. Chemistry
Professor: David Cedeño
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, US
Ph.D (expected in 2012), Inorganic Chemistry
Professor: Gordon J. Miller
Current Research: Magnetic Properties of Complex ntermetallic Borides
Name: Frank Gäbler
E-mail: fgabler
Position: Postdoc
Date Started: January 2010
From: Dresden, Germany
Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Diploma Thesis
Professor: Michael Ruck
Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids/Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Technical University München, Munich, Germany
Professor: Rainer Niewa
Current Research: Synthesis and Characterization of Intermetallic Phases of the structure NaZn13
Name: Sung-Jin Kim
Position: Postdoc
Date Started: November 2008
From: Germany/South Korea
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Technische Universität München
Current Research: Synthesis and Characterization of Intermetallix Phases with Gold
Name: Volodymyr Smetana
Position: Postdoc
Date Started: February 2010
From: Ukraine
Ph.D., Max-Plank Institute for Solid State Chemistry Stuggart, Germany
Professor: A. Simon
Ph.D., Max-Plank Institute for Solid State Chemistry Stuggart, Germany
Professor: A. Simon
Name: Srinivasa Thimmaiah
E-mail: srini
Position: Postdoc
Date Started: April 2007
From: Mysore, Karnataka, India
Ph.D., Philipps Univeristy, Marburg, Germany
Postdoc, University of California at Santa Barbara
Professor: Ram Seshadri
Current Research: Complex Intermetallics; Quasicrystal Approximants; X-ray diffraction
Name: Fei Wang
E-mail: wangfei
Position: Graduate Student
Date Started: August 2005
From: China
Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao, China
B.S., Applied Chemistry
Professor: Hongni Teng
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
M.S., Inorganic Chemistry
Professor: Linhai Yue
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Ph.D (expected in 2010), Inorganic Chemistry
Professor: Gordon J. Miller
Current Research: Composition-Structure-Property Relationship in Polar Intermetallic Compounds
Name: Hui Wang
E-mail: huiwl
Position: Postdoc
Date Started: March 2009
From: China
Yanbei Normal University, China
B.S. Chemistry
Central China Normal University, China
M.S. Organic Chemistry
Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry (negative thermal expansion materials)
Current Research: The giant magnetocaloric effect discovered in Gd5Si2Ge2 has triggered extensive research on both structure and magnetic behavior in the RE5X4 systems (X represents main group elements from groups 13-15). In an earlier study, the Gd5GaxGe4-x system was explored for the influence of valance electron count on structure, but challenges remain to distinguish Ga and Ge. What's more, chemical substitutions using Ga or mixed rare-earth metals have uncovered interesting site distribution results and an important enlightening of the structure-property relationships. Therefore, I am working on the structure-property relationships in this kind of materials.

Past Group Members

(Current locations, as best known, in parentheses)

Postdoctoral Associates
Wonyoung Choe (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE)
Olivier Gourdon (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN)
Delphine Gout (Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, Los Alamos, NM)
Paul Kögerler (RWTH-Aachen, Aachen, Germany)
Jianhua Lin (Peking University, Beijing, China)
Yurij Mozharivskij (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
German Samolyuk (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN)
Yingzhong Su (Pacific Northwest Research Institute, Seattle, WA)
Wen-Jiuan Tsai (University of Oregon, Eugene, OR)
Myungok Yoon (University of Oregon, Eugene, OR)
Graduate Students
Cathie Condron (SSRL, Stanford, CA)
Vik Djerdjian (Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, IA)
Hyunjin Ko (Los Angeles, CA)
Mi-Kyung Han (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL)
Chi-Shen Lee (National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)
Sumohan Misra (Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA)
Sean McWhorter (California)
Karen (Nordell) Pearson (Lawrence University, Appleton, WI)
Jason Poock (Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, IA)
James Rudd (California St. University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA)
Deborah Schlagel (Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA)
Mark Smith (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC)
Tae-Soo You (University of Delaware, Newark, DE)
Undergraduate Students
Tim Barker (University of California-Irvine)
Evan Benbow (Florida St. University)
Raven Charles (LSU)
Jane Clayton (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT)
Ruth Cink (Northwestern College, Orange City, IA)
Melissa Fierke (University of Minnesota)
Sara Hobbs (Iowa State University)
Daniel Hummer (Pennsylvania State University)
Chris Kurtt (Department of Education, Iowa State University)
Chee-Seng Lee
Brian Muff
Adam Orosco
Marc Patience (Psychology Department, Iowa State University)
Eric Poweleit (Pennsylvania State University)
Michael Purdham (University of California-Berkeley)
Cynthia Salgado (Summer, 2008: ISU AGEP Program; Wichita St. University; Band gaps in conjugated polymers)
Ryan Steele (University of California-Berkeley)
Todd Van Thomme
Josh Weber (Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA)
Darrick Williams (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM)
WWing-Keung Woo
Visiting Scientists
Prof. Steven ravelle (St. Vincent College, Latrobe PA)
Prof. Kenji Ishikawa (Meiji University, Japan)
Prof. Sung Kwon Kang (Chungnam National University, Seoul, Korea)
Prof. Chong Zheng (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL)