Eliot Fried


Staff Scientist

Johannes Schönke

My main interests are geometry, mechanics, and scientific visualization. Using analytical as well as computational methods, I am currently involved in three main research areas: (a) Ring linkages made from identical rigid bodies connected through hinges. These mechanisms have many fascinating kinematical, topological, and energetic properties. A classical example is a sixfold kaleidocycle. (b) I recently discovered a magnetic coupling principle which allows smooth transmission of rotary motion between individual point dipoles. A mathematical challenge is to find new configurations for this coupling type. (c) Equilibrium configurations of unstretchable sheets, like (to a good approximation) paper, exhibit a large variety of forms. Finding and categorizing these configurations extends Euler's analysis of unstretchable elastic rods to the next dimension, leading to many new phenomena.


Postdoctoral Scholar


Stoffel Janssens

I’m Belgian and I obtained a Master in Physical Chemistry at the Free University of Brussels. Later I obtained a PhD in Physics at Hasselt University in Belgium where I also did a two year postdoc. During my PhD and first postdoc I specialized in diamond growth, device fabrication and electronic measurements. After obtaining a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship I worked two years as a postdoc in the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba where I more deeply investigated diamond growth. In November 2015 I started working in the Fried Unit. Since then, I set up a lab to grow and investigate thin polycrystalline diamond films. In parallel, I worked on Marangoni propulsion and on non-coalescent droplets that hover on liquid substrates. Currently, I'm fabricating arrays of through glass vias that are sealed with suspended diamond.



Alessandro Giussani

I received my PhD from Osnabrueck University in Germany on the integration via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) of germanium on silicon employing crystalline rare earth oxide as buffers. Since then I have researched on the epitaxial growth by MBE and, more recently, metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) of various semiconductors, group IV and III-Vs, oxides and chalcogenides for electronics, optoelectronics, and photovoltaics applications. I worked in academia/research centers and industry in Italy, Germany, USA and Australia. I joined OIST in January 2018 to carry out research in the field of diamond growth by microwave plasma CVD.



Alice Taylor

I have joined the MMMU as a JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I will spend 6 months exploring the use of 3D structured diamond for tissue engineering applications. I received a first class degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK and was awarded a PhD in Bioengineering, entitled ‘Diamond for Stem Cell Biotechnology’ from University College London (UCL), UK in 2016. The focus of my PhD was investigating the interaction of human Neural Stem Cells with various forms of 2D diamond for its use as a superlative material of choice for neural implants. The work I will conduct at OIST will focus on the translation of diamond from a 2D – 3D biomaterial.



Burhannudin Sutisna

I obtained my Ph.D. from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a research topic on self-assembled block copolymer membranes. Previously, I did a Post-Master’s program on Process and Product Design at TU Eindhoven and conducted an industrial research on process modeling and simulation. My scientific experiences had been focused on the fabrication of polymeric films, including investigation of gas separation membranes during a research internship at Georgia Institute of Technology, and characterizations of self-assembled film formations using small angle X-ray scattering at synchrotron facilities in Cornell (USA) and Brazil. I joined Fried Unit in August 2018 to study the mechanics and growth of diamond thin films.


Vikash Chaurasia

I completed my Undergraduate and Masters degree in Department of Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India in 2012. Later, I received my PhD from University of Houston in August, 2018 on Variational Mechanics of Charged Curves. During my PhD, I also worked with Professor Fried at OIST as a special research student. My core interest lies in continuum mechanics, variational calculus and Hamiltonian dynamics. I am keenly interested in studying interesting biological phenomena from mathematical perspective.




Nicolas Moreno Chaparro

My current research at OIST focuses on the assembly and flow behavior of colloidal systems with complex morphologies. I investigate the hierarchical assembly of triblock copolymers into patchy nanoparticles, identifying the optimal conditions for their production and generalizing their formation in term of accessible experimental parameters. I also study the flow behavior of simple and Möbius ring-like objects ( These investigations include both physical and computational experiments.
I obtained my Ph.D. from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Environmental Science and  Engineering investigating the formation of isoporous membranes. I studied theoretical and computationally the self-assembly of diblock copolymers in solution. I received my bachelor and master degree in Chemical Engineering from National University of Colombia modeling the aggregation of glycoproteins mucins. My research has been focused on the modeling of soft matter (biological and synthetic polymers), mainly at mesoscale with DPD and continuum with finite elements. I have studied the interplay between kinetics and thermodynamics in the assembly of soft materials.



Adel Fernando Sarmiento Rodriguez

I received my PhD in applied mathematics from KAUST in Saudi Arabia on the study of immiscible incompressible fluids using structure-preserving methods. Previously, I completed my bachelor and master in mechanical engineering at the National University of Colombia. I have joined the MMMU as a postdoctoral fellow to research multi-phase systems in phase-separation and self-assembly systems, using numerical simulation to evaluate the stability and effects of reaction between species in these systems.


Research Technician

David Vazquez

I received my PhD in Applied Physics from the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, where I studied the self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures in III-V systems, by molecular beam epitaxy technique, and its application to semiconductor devices.
I also have experience in the machining of high precision parts, by using the machines in the workshop.In general, I like to use machines. As a Research Technician in the Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit at OIST
, I have the opportunity to learn a very wide variety of exciting experimental techniques, and I am also supporting the researchers of the unit in the performance and set up of experiments.



Michael Grunwald



Ph.D. Student


Alexandru Mihai

I am a Romanian citizen but I was educated in the United States. After which, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in pure mathematics. For my Bachelor’s Thesis I worked at Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen investigating blood flow dynamics in a stenotic(constrained) geometry. I utilized the Lattice Boltzmann Method in two and three dimensions to produce an efficient and accurate portrait of flow dynamics which could be used in near real time for medical professionals.

In the MMMU I am working on free surface flows interacting with partially submerged obstacles. Experimentally, I hope to measure the various forces acting on such an obstacle and eventually build a mathematical model to better understand the underlying physics.



Ali Rahmani

I received my Master and Bachelor in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology, respectively. By the end of my Master I found that transport phenomena and surface sciences are my main interests in science, so I decided to join MMMU to look at an interesting engineering problem from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints.



Dmitrii Koldaev


Research Intern


Yi-shan Cheng

I finished my bachelor in physics department in National Taiwan Normal University at 2019. My interest is combining mathematical methods and physical phenomenon to solve those basic systems in nature.



Sutashu Tomonaga



Visiting Research Student


Martín Forsberg





Trinh Truong Duc, Visiting Research Student (June, 2019)

Amanda Ho, Research Intern

Christina Nguyen, Research Intern

Santiago Peña Clavijo, Visiting Research Student (August – October, 2018)

Clair Heffernan, Research Intern (June – July, 2018)

Jake Chambers, Research Intern (May – July, 2018)

Tuan Hoang, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2018)

Wei Chung Chen, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Yoichi Takato, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Ryohei Seto, Group Leader (2015 – 2017)

Giulio Giusteri, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Abdul Majid, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Vincent Chan, Ph.D. Student (2016 – 2017)

Manav, Research Intern (December 2017 – March 2018)

Akira Kawano, Research Intern (February – April, 2018)

Ching-Hsiu Hsu, Research Intern (April – August, 2016)

Antonio Martiniello, Research Intern (July – November, 2016)

Adam Stones, Research Intern (July – August, 2015)

Russell Todres, Staff Scientist (2014 – 2015)