Our Team

Center for Nanotechnology Team

Members of Center of Nanotechnology

Center for nanotechnology team together with other colloborators within the natural science department at Coppin State University.

Center for Nanotechnology team


Dr. Jamal Uddin, PhD

Dr. Jamal Uddin is a Professor at Coppin State University in the Department of Natural Sciences in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the founder and director of the Center for Nanotechnology. He has been teaching chemistry, physical science, environmental science, and nanotechnology since 2005 in the Department of Natural Sciences. He previously taught at Towson University and CCBC, Baltimore as a part-time faculty member. He has participated in many national and international chemistry symposiums and seminars. Dr. Uddin's research interest include the areas of Solar Energy, Laser Photochemistry, Nanotechnology, Quantum dots, and Single molecule imaging spectroscopy; Terahertz spectroscopy and Metal enhance fluorescence. His field of expertise includes the development of Natural Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC), synthesis and excited state properties of Polymetallic Complexes used in charge separation and chemical fuel production, along with synthesis of organic and inorganic molecules. Some of his significant publications focused on Electron Transfer Chemistry in Donor-Acceptor complexes and Dye Sensitized Solar Cell. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS). He is a corresponding secretary of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at Coppin State University, Maryland chapter. Dr. Uddin was the recipient of the 2012 and 2016 Daily Record Innovator of the Year for Maryland, an award for individuals who have had a positive effect and tremendous impact in Maryland.

Fred Nesbitt

Fred L. Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Dr. Nesbitt received his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from West Virginia University. Professor Nesbitt has taught and mentored students at Coppin State University for 26 years. He has taught numerous courses including general chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumentation, physical chemistry and introduction to research. Current interests include computational and medicinal chemistry. Dr. Nesbitt collaborates with the center for nanotechlogy in the are area computuation and molecular modelling.


Hany Sobhi, Ph.D.

Dr. Sobhi obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Bioanalytical Chemistry, with a specialization in synthetic bioorganic chemistry from Cleveland State University in 2008. Dr. Sobhi research  focuses partly on the development synthetic organometallic ligands, for dye sensitized solar cells, and the development of bio-active organic scaffolds for bone and tissue regeneration for clinical dentistry. Dr. Sobhi is also interested in the development of functionalized polymers for a more efficient drug delivery that targets hepatic therapy the development of intelligent carrier using Nano technology. Dr. Sobhi collaborates with the center for nanotechnology in the area of synthesis of sensitizing dye molecules 


Tulio Chavez-Gil, PhD

Dr. Tulio Chavez-Gil earned his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Universidade de São Paulo (BR) in 1997. His research accomplishments are related with inorganic/organometallic synthesis, UV-Vis, H-NMR, 13C-NMR, Raman, FTIR spectroscopy, electrochemistry, Mössbauer, and EPR spectrometry. In vitro DNA interactions with thionucleobase-complexes, and bioinorganic non β-lactamase metallo-antibiotics are part of his recent research. Dr. Chavez-Gill collaborates with the center in the area of synthesis and characterization of dye molecules for the sensitization of titanium dioxide electrode. He has sensitized a number of Porphyrin dye in the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cell.

William Ghann

William Ghann, PhD

William Ghann received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He earned his masters at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County under the supervision of Dr. Marie-Christine Daniel Onuta. He is currently a research faculty member at the Center for Nanotechnology at Coppin State University. His research interest includes multifunctional gold nanoparticles for imaging studies, dye sensitized solar cells, and terahertz spectroscopy.

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Stephen V. Providence, PhD

Dr. Stephen V. Providence earned his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.  His thesis advisor was Dr. Victor Y. Pan, Distinguished Professor in both PhD Programs of Mathematics and of Computer Science at the Graduate Center. Dr. Providence has conducted CASE research as Visiting Faculty in the Department of EECS at Vanderbilt University and twice conducted genomics research as a Visiting Scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT, Harvard U and MGH.  Prior to his current position at CSU, Dr. Providence held the position of assistant professor of computer science at NCA&T and Hampton U for fourteen years. His research in the Center for Nanotechnology entails deployment of novel superfast algorithms to extend MD simulation scope and extensions to non-linear least squares methods for data analysis and image processing.

Hyeonggon Kang

Hyeonggon Kang, PhD

Hyeonggon Kang received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Chonbuk National University, South Korea. As a Ph.D. student, he fabricated a superconductor Transistor with a superconducting thin film. He moved to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States as a guest researcher and did research on optical properties of fluorescence nanoparticles such as quantum dot and on pattern defects in a silicon wafer with optical microscopy techniques. He is currently working at Coppin State University as an instrumentation technician and a researcher in Science and Technology Center (STC). Current interests include energy transfer between nanoparticles in a cluster.

Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones is a recent transfer to Coppin State University majoring in Biology. Her research interests have taken her to study Marine Biology in Belize and work with dye sensitized solar cells in the Center for Nanotechnology. After graduation Adrian plans to continue her education and focus her concentration on infectious disease research.


Allen Saar

Allen Saar is currently a sophomore at Coppin State University. He is a biology major who plans to use his degree to attend medical school. Currently, Allen is learning and practicing research techniques under the guidance of our professional scientist here at Coppin. His research interest include the dye sensitized solar cell development. His extracurricular activities include being a member of Coppin's Division 1 baseball team and the Honors College. Allen's hobbies include golf, kayaking, and fishing. He plans to attend medical school after graduation. He is a member of the Nanotechnology Center at Coppin State University and his research interest is in the characteriation of materials for solar cell research.


Mariah Jennings

Mariah Jennings is currently a junior at Coppin State University. She is a biology major and leaning towards becoming a biology teacher. She is currently doing research at the Nanotechnology Center at Coppin State University. Her research interest involves the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) using natural dyes. She is also a stigma fighter of Active Minds and a member of CLAC. During her idle time, Mariah enjoys meditation and time with loved ones.

Obinna Iwuji

Obinna Iwuji

Obinna Iwuji is currently a sophomore at Coppin State University. He is biology major and plans on going to medical school to further his education. He is currently doing research at the Nanotechnology Center at Coppin State University. He is researching the viability of Dragon fruit dye as sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). He is also a member of the STEM Club and the Honors College at Coppin State University. In his leisure, Obinna prefers to rest and think back on all he’s done.

Chima Iwuji

Chima Iwuji

Chima Iwuji is currently a sophomore at Coppin State University. He is biology major with plans to attend medical school after graduation. He is currently doing research in the Nanotechnology center concerning the performance of Indocyanine green dye as a sensitizer for dye sensitized solar cells. He is also a member of the Honors College and the Stem club.


Nathaniel McClean

Nathaniel McClean is currently a sophomore at Coppin State University. He is a chemistry major who plans to use his degree and experiences to pursue graduate studies in analytical/ pharmaceutical chemistry. Currently, Nathaniel is learning and practicing research techniques under the guidance of Coppin's professional scientists and plans to develop his own research topic in the near future. His extracurricular activities at Coppin include participation in STEM Club, Our House, the Honors College, and also serving as the Division 1 Volleyball team manager/ assistant coach. Finally, for leisure, Nathaniel adventures off-campus to go site-seeing around Maryland or relaxes in comfort to music and digital entertainment.

Shamsuddin Khan

Shamsuddin Khan

Shamsuddin Khan is a currently a junior at Coppin State University, majoring in Computer Science. He is actively involved in research at the Center for Nanotechnology at Coppin State University. His research focusses on improving the performance of Porphyrin dye sensitized solar cells.

Jiyoung Oh

Jiyoung Oh

Jiyoung Oh is currently a junior at Coppin State University and is majoring in Biology and Chemistry. She joined the Center for Nano Technology as an intern and has been working on the research topics such as the Photophysical Properties of Near-IR Cyanine Dyes and their Application as Photosensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. Her research interests include the optical properties of dyes and studies on the fabrication and performance of dye-sensitized solar cell. She is an active member of the of STEM club of Coppin State University.

Edward Emerson

Edward Emerson

Edward Emerson is currently a junior at Coppin State University. He is a sports medicine major and plans to attend medical school upon graduation. He is a member of the Nanotechnology Center at Coppin State University and his research interest is in the area of boosting the performance of infrared based dye sensitized solar cell.

Monique Hines

Monique Hines

Monique Hines is currently a junior at Coppin State University. She is a double major in Chemistry and Biology, with concentrations in biochemistry and pre medical, respectively. She plans to attend a research university after graduation to obtain her M.D. and Ph.D. She is a member of the Nanotechnology Center at Coppin State University and her research interest is in the application of gold nanoparticles in research involving women’s health.

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Fahim Karim

Fahim Karim is a senior at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. He’s already taken a number of college level classes and has applied to a number of highly ranked universities. Fahim hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science prior to medical school. He’s been working as an intern at the center for nanotechnology since the spring of 2017. His research interest include the optimization of the cathode component of dye sensitized solar cell in order to fabricate simple, cost effective, environmentally friendly and highly efficient solar cells.

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