Sc.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1981
Dipl. Ing., Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 1977

Research Interests

Heat and mass transfer phenomena occurring in materials processing. Directional solidification/single crystal growth focusing on semiconductor alloys. Wide band gap materials for gamma ray detectors (semiconductors and scintillators). Diffusion. Growth of carbon nanotubes. The most recent research projects include:

  • Growth of single crystals:
    – wide band gap semiconductors for gamma ray detectors
    – photo-voltaic and thermo-photovoltaic semiconductors (e.g., GaInSb),
    – piezoelectric alloys (e.g. PMNx-PT1-x).
  • Growth of carbon single walled nanotubes (SWNTs) using the electric arc process.
  • Effects of magnetic fields on the physiology of living organisms at the molecular cellular, tissue, and whole body level.
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis (FTIR) at high temperature (up to 1500 C).

Current projects:

1. CASIS-NASA 2015-2017

2. NASA SUBSA 2 (2017-2020) InI , CLYC

Recent Projects:


2. DHS at IIT

3. NASA-SUBSA 1 (2002)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Editorial Board of Journal of Crystal Growth: Associate Editor (2006 - present)

American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG): Member of the Executive Committee (2005 - present)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Fellow

American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA): Associate Fellow

Director, CRC Crystal Research Corporation


National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Group Achievement Award, 2004.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Certificate of Achievement 2004.

Outstanding Reviewer of the Year, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer 2002.

Investigator of the first research project conducted in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), at the International Space Station Alpha (2002).

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Group Achievement Award, 2001.

Knowles Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) Patent Award, 1998. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, 1991.

National Science Foundation, Initiation Award MSM 88-08115, 1988.

Fulbright Visiting Fellowship, 1980.


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