Group Members

Prof. Mark E. Roberts (Primary Investigator)

Dr. Roberts received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 2002 and went on to work as a Process Engineer at Semitool, Inc. Roberts received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University (2009) with Prof. Zhenan Bao, where he was awarded the NASA GSRP Fellowship. He later worked as a Postdoc at Sandia National Lab on various energy-related topics. In 2010, Roberts joined Clemson as an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His group is investigating conducting polymeric materials and nanostructures and responsive polymer electrolytes for energy storage devices.
Contact: mrober9 at clemson dot edu

Robert (Bobby) Emmett

Robert "Bobby" Emmett is entering his third year of his PhD program at Clemson University. During his time at Clemson he has been an active member of the Roberts Research group where he has spent three summers and all four years of school working in this lab as an undergraduate. Along the way Bobby has been awarded acceptance into the Calhoun Honors college, participated in the EUREKA program (summer 2011), the NASA UG Research Program (summer 2012), the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (summer 2013). Bobby graduate student work is funded by the US Army through the SMART scholarship and upon graduation he will take his job with the US Army creating batteries to protect soldiers while deployed. He currently has 2 first author publications and a patent. In his free time Bobby is an active member of Clemson Wesley, a college ministry, and plays ultimate frisbee, hiking, guitar, and golf.

Han Jiang

Han is from Hangzhou, China. He received his BS in Polymer Science and Engineering from Shenyang Institute of Technology in 2012 and his MS in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2014. In 2011, he was awarded the “Governmental Scholarship” by the Chinese government. He entered Clemson University as a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering under the advisement of Dr. Mark Roberts since 2015. His interests lay in the intersectional researches related to polymer science and electrochemical energy storage applications. He has authored or co-authored 7 peer-reviewed academic papers. Originally from Lishui, Zhejiang, Han’s hobbies include hiking, video gaming, military plastic modelling, reading and travelling.
Contact: hangj at g dot clemson dot edu

Deidra Ward

Class of 2020

Hansen Mou

Class of 2020. I'm a junior majoring in chemical engineering. I've been in this research group since spring 2017. My research interests energy and energy storage technologies. Aside from research, I am also the Chair of Clemson's Chem-E-Car team, President of the Clemson Rifle Team, and a tutor at Clemson's Academic Success Center. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school for a Ph.D.

MiKaela Grady

Mikaela Grady is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate student (Class of 2019) at Clemson University.

Michael Kowalske

Michael Kowalske is a Chemical Engineering Undergraduate student at Clemson University. (Class of 2020) At Clemson, he is researching electrodes for redox flow batteries. His current research is on chemical oxidation of carbon nanotubes. He was born in Spartanburg, SC and attended Dorman High School before attending Clemson. His interests include football, whitewater rafting and learning about new technology

Ezra Baghdady

Ezra Baghdady is a Junior in Clemson University's chemical engineering program. (Class of 2020) He intends to graduate with an emphasis in Business Management. Ezra is from Chapin, South Carolina. He is a Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipient and was named to the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 President's List at Clemson University. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a student member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and was a member of Residents in Science and Engineering, a living learning community at Clemson University. He is interested in international engagement and has worked as an intern for Clemson University's international student exchange programs through Clemson's Office of Global Engagement. His current research interests lie in reversible carbon dioxide capture at ambient conditions.

Robert Edwards

Class of 2020

Johnathan O'Neil

Class of 2020


Kryssia P. Diaz

PhD Graduate

Margie Arcila

PhD Graduate

Jesse C. Kelly

PhD Graduate

Nicolas DeGrood

Nicholas is attending Minnesota University to become a pharmacist, he worked in the Robert's lab group for 1 year starting through EUREKA and also has a publication.

Samuel Leguizamon

Sam is attending graduate school at the University of Michigan and graduated from Clemson University at 2015. At Michigan Sam won the NSF GRFP award.

Nick Wegner

David Truong

Jeremy Kearns

Jeremy graduated from Clemson University 2012 and went on to medical school at Cincinnati University to become a doctor.

Mark Pepin

Research Participants/Creative Inquiry:
Rishi Gupta, Mathew Boyer, Amit Jha, Amanda Chen, Andy Couch, Andy Couch, Kyle Vassalo, Phillip Cornine, Peyton Light Adam Parler, Andrew Catlin, Timothy Bate, Andrew Carlin, Kevin Agosto, James Dority , Stephen Cotty, Bean Bennett, J.T.Helms