Pesika

 Pesika

Dr. Pesika joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at Tulane in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He 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. The latter led to a provisional patent. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Pesika joined the University of California in Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral fellow. His honors include a Graduate Student Fellowship from NASA to study the nucleation and growth of zinc oxide nanoparticles, a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Intelligence Community to study the nanoscale contact mechanics of geckos, and he was recently named the Robert and Gayle Longmire Early Career Professorship in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Pesika has over 30 publications in the area of surface and colloidal science, including electrochemistry, nanoparticle synthesis, thin film deposition, and adhesion and friction phenomena. In particular, Dr. Pesika has contributed significantly to the field of gecko-inspired dry adhesives by developing theoretical models to explain the mechanism behind gecko adhesion and the design and fabrication of synthetic dry adhesives.

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