Haonan is awarded Douty Fellowship for 2018-2019 academic year

Haonan is awarded Douty Fellowship for 2018-2019...

Paper co-authored by Haonan published!

The paper “Effect of Physical...

SAS Dean’s Global Inquiries Fund

Zahra Fakhraai receives a grant from the...

Haonan’s paper published on ACS Nano

Haonan’s paper, “Dramatic Increase...

Sathya wins a number of awards at the Intel ISEF competition

Sathya Edamadaka wins an impressive number of...


Fakhraai Group

Our group is interested in studying the effect of nano-confinement on structure, dynamics, and other physical properties of materials. Materials behave differently on surfaces, interfaces or small length scales compared to their bulk properties.  Understanding such differences are crucial in many technological applications where materials are constrained in nanometer size spaces, such as coatings, organic electronics, polymer applications, and drug delivery. One can take advantage of such difference to produce novel materials, such as stable vapor-deposited glasses or harvest light for various applications. In biological systems, most of the dynamics happen in nanometer size proximity of surfaces and interfaces, and understanding the properties in confinement is a key in predicting function. We focus our efforts on understanding the origins of such modified properties on a fundamental level as well as the possible applications of such phenomena in producing novel materials or experimental tools.

Available positions:

Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Our research is multi-disciplinary. We are looking for talented and motivated students from a diverse range of experiences, expertise, and backgrounds. Students with a background in physical and inorganic chemistry, physics, and material science and chemical engineering are welcome to join.

Post-doctoral Fellowship Opportunities: 

Penn’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity program 

REACT Postdoctoral Fellowship

PennPort Postdoctoral Fellowship