333 Lindy Boggs Building
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
New Orleans, LA 70118-5674
The overarching theme of our current research is the development of “smart” materials; i.e., materials that have been judiciously designed (through surface chemistry or topography) to perform a function when stimulated externally or offer enhanced properties based on their design. My research group consists primarily of experimentalists although our approach relies heavily on a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics before the development of applied “smart” materials. Examples of such materials include biomimetic directional adhesives, anisotropic catalysts with enhanced catalytic activity, novel oil dispersant formulations which prevent oil from adhering to marine surfaces, and ultra-low friction surfaces and lubricants formulations. The projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, and the Louisiana Board of Regents.
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1999
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2005
Dr. Pesika attended Carnegie Mellon University where he obtained his Bachelors Degree (1999) in Chemical Engineering and French. He then obtained his Ph.D. (2005) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University where he developed a novel microfabrication technique involving microcontact printing and electrochemistry. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Pesika joined the University of California in Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral fellow.
To date Dr. Pesika has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented his work at several professional conferences. His honors include a Graduate Student Fellowship from NASA to study the nucleation and growth of zinc oxide nanoparticles and Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Intelligence Community to study the nanoscale contact mechanics of geckos.
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