CDAC Staff

Stephen A. Gramsch

The focus of Stephen Gramsch’s research effort is to use both computational and experimental methods to develop a crystal-chemical framework for correlating the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of inorganic solids. He is an Associate Research Professor at GWU and serves as Managing Director of CDAC. He also teaches General Chemistry at GWU, as well as a seminar course on Science and Sustainability in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.



Morgan Phillips Hoople

Morgan Phillips Hoople was the first Administrative Assistant for CDAC, and was instrumental in the development of the CDAC progam from its very beginning in 2003. She received her B.A. in History from DePauw University in 2002, and since October 2017 is working at a non-profit organization in Bethesda, MD.



Maddury Somayazulu

Maddury Somayazulu is the CDAC laboratory manager and Associate Research Professor at GW. He uses Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and synchrotron based single crystal and powder x-ray diffraction to explore high P-T synthesis and reactions in laser heated and resistively heated diamond cells. His current research centers around synthesizing novel Xe compounds…



Muhtar Ahart

Muhtar Ahart (Muhetaer Aihaiti) conducts research in high-pressure physics is aimed largely at problems in ferroelectrics, relaxor ferroelectrics, polymers, and novel materials. He uses light scattering spectroscopy, synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and diamond anvil cell techniques to study the pressure effects on the classic ferroelectric, relaxor…



Kadek Hemawan

Kadek Hemawan is a Research Scientist. He received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. His research projects are focused on the optimization of single crystal diamond synthesis for higher growth rate and higher quality by means of microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition. His research activities include CVD reactor design and development at higher pressure, single crystal diamond deposition and characterization.


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