I-FMD is one of Lehigh Universities three Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) and focuses on all aspects of cutting edge materials and device research

About the Institute

Lehigh University’s Institute for Functional Materials & Devices (I-FMD) pursues innovative new materials and devices that underpin many of society’s greatest challenges, from detecting and treating disease, to implementing large-scale renewable energy sources, to securing food and fresh water for all. I-FMD brings together Lehigh’s interdisciplinary expertise in the synthesis, fabrication, processing, and materials characterization as applied to sensors, actuators, and other devices that have critical functionality across mechanical, electronic, photonic, and chemical domains.

I-FMD Research Thrusts

  • Renewable Energy to Products: Sustainable Chemicals for Life 
  • Photonics and Optoelectronics
  • Active Soft Materials towards Bio-functional Nano-Robotics
  • Wound Healing and Biomaterials
  • High Performance Material Processing and Additive Manufacturing

I-FMD Office

Dr. Himanshu Jain

Director I-FMD

Dr. Xuanhong Cheng

Associate Director, I-FMD

Carolyn Law

Office Coordinator

Support for partnerships/collaboration

Dr. Kevin Major

Research Engagement Officer

Materials characterization facility

Dr. Chris Kiely

Director, Materials characterization facility

Dr. Masashi Watanabe

Associate director, Materials characterization facility

Dr. Leslie O'Brien

SEM Manager

Dr. Sz-Chian Liou

TEM Manager

Dr. Ryan Thorpe

Research Scientist

Integrated nanofabrication and cleanroom facility (INCF)

Dr. Nick Strandwitz

Director, INCF

Dr. Renbo Song

INCF Technical Manager

Tony Jeffers

Cleanroom Manager

Core thrust leaders

Dr. Srinivas Rangarajan

Renewable energy to products: Sustainable chemicals for life

Dr. Ivan Biaggio

Center for photonics and nanoelectronics

Dr. James Gilchrist

Complex Hierarchies for Active/Responsive/Intelligent Soft Matter Assembly

Dr. Lesley Chow

Wound healing and biomaterials

Dr. John Coulter

High performance materials processing and additive manufacturing

Dr. Wojtek Misiolek

High performance materials processing and additive manufacturing

Associated Faculty

Ganesh Balasubramanian Mechanical Engineering
Jonas Baltrusaitis Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Arindam Banerjee Mechanical Engineering
Yevgeny Berdichevsky Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Subhrajit Bhattacharya Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Ivan Biaggio Physics
Angela Brown Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Derick Brown Civil and Environmental Engineering
Helen Chan Materials Science and Engineering
Manoj Chaudhury Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Mark Chen Chemistry
Lesley Chow Materials Science and Engineering
Crystal Chu Chemistry
John Coulter Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Dailey Mechanical Engineering
Eric Daniels Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Volkmar Dierolf Physics
John DuPont Materials Science and Engineering
Matthias Falk Biology
Greg Ferguson Chemistry
Robert Flowers Chemistry
John Fox Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lisa Fredin Chemistry
James Gilchrist Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez Bioengineering
Joachim Grenestedt Mechanical Engineering
Martin Harmer Materials Science and Engineering
Niels Holten-Andersen Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Wonpil Im Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Anand Jagota Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Sabrina Jedlicka Materials Science and Engineering
Christopher Kiely Materials Science and Engineering
Yong W. Kim Physics
Sushil Kumar Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kai Landskron Chemistry
Yaling Liu Mechanical Engineering
Steven McIntosh Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Wojciech Misiolek Materials Science and Engineering
Keith Moored Mechanical Engineering
Nader Motee Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Herman Nied Mechanical Engineering
Alparslan Oztekin Mechanical Engineering
Thomas Pashuck Bioengineering
Ray Pearson Materials Science and Engineering
Stephen Peters Earth and Environmental Sciences
Siddha Pimputkar Materials Science and Engineering
Spencer Quiel Civil and Environmental Engineering
Anand Ramamurthi Bioengineering
Srinivas Rangarajan Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Elsa Reichmanis Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Jeff Rickman Materials Science and Engineering
Jim Roberts Chemistry
Bitan Roy Physics
Richard Sause Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kelly Schultz Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Mark Snyder Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Michael Stavola Physics
Nicholas Strandwitz Materials Science and Engineering
Muhannad Suleiman Civil and Environmental Engineering
Svetlana Tatic-Lucic Electrical and Computer Engineering
Damien Thevenin Chemistry
Dimitrios Vavylonis Physics
Natasha Vermaak Mechanical Engineering
David Vicic Chemistry
Israel Wachs Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Vassie C. Ware Biology
Masashi Watanabe Materials Science and Engineering
Edmund Webb Mechanical Engineering
Nathan Wittenberg Chemistry
Xiaoji Xu Chemistry
Elizabeth Young Chemistry
Emory W. Zimmers Industrial and Systems Engineering