Overview of Collaborations within Themes T1 to T4


The CSULA PREM program brings partnership between two groups of investigators from CSULA and PSU pulling together key contributions from Dr. Oscar Bernal and collaborators, who have utilized and developed magnetic resonance and spectroscopic techniques (NMR, NQR and muSR) to probe the magnetic structure and dynamics of strongly-correlated electron systems, including a variety of materials with perovskite structure. As the PI, Bernal, in collaboration with Dr. Vin Crespi (Director of PSU’s MRSEC), will coordinate and direct the PREM team to continue to move forward on all fronts toward the fulfillment of the project goals.


Bernal will coordinate the collaboration between CSULA and PSU to achieve the goals of T1. In particular, he will mediate the theoretical connection between PSU’s Dr. Long-Qin Chen, and CSULA’s Dr. Radi Jishi and Dr. Jose Rodriguez. The experimental aspects of T1, will be carried out by Dr. Guo Meng Zhao and Bernal in collaboration with PSU’s Dr. Venkatraman Gopalan, Dr. Susan Trolier-McKinstry and Dr. Roman Engel-Herbert. 

Zhao and Bernal will work with the experimental team at PSU to design experiments for the growth and characterization of thin films and hetero-structures of isotopically enriched manganites. Dr. Zhao discovered a large isotope effect in giant magnetoresistive perovskite manganites and together with his students at CSULA and has produced single crystals of these materials. T1 will also look at isotopic and other doping effects in VO2.

Rodriguez utilizes state-of-the-art computer power to elucidate the ground state and excitations resulting from electronic interactions in correlated-electron materials, superconductors and their interfaces. His expertise will facilitate the design of perovskite/substrate interfaces and the understanding of results from their implementation in T1. Rodriguez and Jishi will work with PSU’s Chen on theoretical aspects of T1.

Jishi and his students have calculated electronic structure and electronic properties of 3-D and lower dimensional solids, including nano-materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. These calculations will be essential to help understand experimental data and make predictions for further experimentation in T1 and T2. Jishi and the Bernal will coordinate the progress of the theoretical work being done in collaboration with PSU’s Chen. 


Dr. Feimeng Zhou will serve as the leader of T2. He will coordinate the research and student activities between his group and Dr. Matthias Selke and Jishi’s groups. He will also help with the coordination of the collaboration between the T2 team and the two groups led by PSU’s Gopalan and Dr. Tom Mallouk. In addition, as the director of the Center for Energy and Sustainability (funded by the NSF-HRD), Zhou will work closely with the Bernal on student recruitment, retention, and training. 

Selke’s group has developed a variety of new complexes as singlet oxygen sensitizers for use in photodynamic therapy and other biological applications; these are important accomplishments to build on, and take advantage of, for the success of T2. 


Dr. Frank Gomez and collaborators have developed a good number of analytical techniques incorporating microfluidics, nanomaterials and devices/instruments for probing a myriad of chemical and biochemical interactions which are the essence of T3. He and Zhao will coordinate all the research activities and interactions with PSU’s Dr. Ayusman Sen and Dr. Mallouk.


Bringing together the PREM team for the common goal of initiating a MS-MS&E degree in T4 is the Education and MS-MS&E Curriculum Development Committee: Dr. Emily Allen, Dr. Adel Sharif, Dr. Mohsen Eshraghi, Dr. Jishi and Dr. Selke. Working with Bernal This team will be the catalyst for developing the curriculum by suitable PREM teams and individual PREM faculty, resulting in the first MS&E degree program at CSULA.

Allen is the Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and provides expertise, leadership and proof of the commitment by the institution to implementing the goals of this project.

Sharif has a demonstrated commitment to developing student programs for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in engineering.

As a new faculty member in the college of engineering, Eshraghi brings an element of innovation to the development of the degree.

Jishi’s continuous interaction with students and their positive attitude towards his instructional abilities make him an asset for the PREM’s goal of initiating a MS MS&E degree at CSULA in T4. 

Selke has advanced the integration of research and education and has ample experience developing this type of program (Honors Thesis and Chair of the Graduate Studies Committees in Chemistry and the College of Natural and Social Sciences) and curriculum. 

PSU Faculty, Crespi, Mallouk, Gopalan and Sen will serve as consultants to PREM on issues related to science and education. All PREM faculty will participate actively in mentoring students on a one-to-one basis and implementing the new MS&E program at CSULA.