We are located at The George Washington University. With campuses in both Washington D.C. and Virginia's technology corridor, we are ideally positioned to link technology development with the policies and economics which shape its impact on society.
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We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral, undergraduate, and graduate researchers to join the group. Send us your CV or resume if you are interested.
The LeBlanc Lab in action:
LeBlanc Lab PhD Candidate Bengisu Sisik presented her work at the ASTFE 8th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference in College Park, MD, March26029, 2023
LeBlanc Lab PhD Candidate Ryan Welch presents his work at GWU's 3MT Competition.
Profs. LeBlanc, Shittu (Engineering Management & Systems Engineering), and Farhadi (Civil & Environmental Engineering) did an interdisciplinary solar farms project funded by Duke Energy Renewables. We visited one of the solar farms in North Carolina:
March 26-29, 2023
LeBlanc Lab PhD candidate Bengisu Sisik presented her work titled "Leveraging In-Situ Sensors In Laser Additive Manufacturing to Extract Thermal Diffusivity of Functional Materials Undergoing Rapid Melting and Solidification" at the American Society of Thermal and Fluid Engineers 8th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference. The conference was held between 26-29 March 2023 at University of Maryland, College Park.
February 23, 2023
LeBlanc Lab PhD Student Ryan Welch presented his work in 3-minutes at GWU's 3MT competition and won first place! Congratulations to all participants in this year's competition. Watch the recording here.
November 3, 2021
Dr. LeBlanc participated in a battery storage webinar with the International District Energy Association. Check out the recording here.
November 1, 2021
LeBlanc Lab PhD students Bengisu Sisik and Rachel Gray spoke at the SEAS Center for Women in Engineering webinar Our Research Journeys. Check it out!
November 20, 2020
Congratulations to Bengisu Sisik on the publication of her article "The Influence of Leg Shape on Thermoelectric Performance Under Constant Temperature and Heat Flux Boundary Conditions" in Frontiers in Materials. Bengisu will present a poster on this project at the NSF Workshop: New Frontiers of Thermal Transport in December/January.
May 7, 2020
Dr. LeBlanc gave a talk in the Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance Virtual Seminar Series. Check out the talk here.
April 6, 2020
Ryan Welch will receive the Department of Defense SMART scholarship. The scholarship will fund his PhD studies and provide him with internships at the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren Division. Congratulations, Ryan!
February 3, 2020
Our article "Ink synthesis and inkjet printing of electrostatically stabilized multilayer graphene nanoshells" was accepted to Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Congratulations to Michael Orrill for his leadership on this work!
January 16, 2020
Dr. LeBlanc received the NSF CAREER award! Read about the project "CAREER: Interface Formation in Laser Processed Thermoelectric Materials" here.
October 18, 2019
Congratulations to Michael Orrill for successfully defending his PhD dissertation! Michael will join NextFlex in January 2020.
September 6, 2019
Our manuscript "The Impact of Thermoelectric Leg Geometries on Thermal Resistance and Power Output" was accepted to Journal of Applied Physics.
April 18, 2019
Our manuscript "Pulsed Laser Melting of Bismuth Telluride Thermoelectric Materials" was accepted to Journal of Manufacturing Processes. Congratulations to Michael Carter!
April 12, 2019
Congratulations to Jim Tronolone for being selected to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program! Jim has done outstanding undergraduate research in our group the past three years, and we are so proud of him. Jim will be joining the PhD program in the BME department at Texas A&M. We wish him the best of luck!
March 6, 2019
Dr. LeBlanc will present in the symposium on Additive Manufacturing for Energy Applications at the TMS Annual Meeting next week. Contact her if you will be there.
March 1, 2019
Dr. LeBlanc is a finalist for the DC area Women in Technology Leadership Award in Academia.
September 25, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Haidong Zhang on the publication of his paper, "Laser Additive Manufacturing of Powdered Bismuth Telluride."
August 14, 2018
Dr. LeBlanc will present at the Solid Freeform Fabrication symposium. Let her know if you plan to attend, too.
July 4, 2018
Dr. LeBlanc presented at the International Conference on Thermoelectrics.
June 26, 2018
Dr. LeBlanc presented at the national ASEE conference. Check out the proceedings for her paper about the Nanotechnology Fellows Program's impacts.
May 25, 2018
Welcome to the summer undergraduate research students! They are doing exciting projects on materials, manufacturing, and energy efficiency.
May 23, 2018
Dr. LeBlanc was selected by the American Society of Engineering Education for its "20 Under 40 High-Achieving Researchers and Educators" recognition.
May 14, 2018
Scientia published an overview of our research. Check it out here!
March 1, 2018
Dr. LeBlanc will give an invited talk at the 3rd Additive Manufacturing Symposium hosted by NC State's Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics. Let her know if you plan to attend the symposium.
February 22, 2018
Dr. Haidong Zhang's book chapter "Processing Parameter Effects in Laser Powder Bed Fusion of Ceramics" has been accepted for publication. Congratulations, Haidong!
February 21, 2018
Congratulations to Michael Orrill, Jim Tronolone, and the 2017 Nanotechnology Fellows for their presentations at the SEAS R&D Showcase!
August 29, 2017
Congratulations to PhD student Michael Orrill on his selection for the UNLEASH program in Denmark!
August 9, 2017
Dr. LeBlanc presented the talk "Selective Laser Melting of Bismuth Telluride and Half-Heusler Thermoelectric Materials" at the 2017 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.
July 31, 2017
Dr. LeBlanc gave an invited talk at the 2017 International Conference on Thermoelectrics.
May 4, 2017
Dr. LeBlanc won the School of Engineering and Applied Science Junior Teacher Award thanks to all the students and colleagues who help her create great teaching and learning opportunities!
March 1, 2017
Congratulations to all the LeBlanc Lab students and Nanotechnology Fellows who presented research posters at the SEAS R&D Showcase and GW Research Days.
February 28, 2017
The 2017 cohort of the Nanotechnology Fellows Program has been selected; congratulations to the new fellows!
January 31, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. El-Desouky on his paper in J. of Manufacturing Processes!
January 10, 2017
Dr. LeBlanc participated in the National Science Foundation's "Ask a Nano Expert" event. Check out her description about how to "see" nanomaterials, and find out what her nano superpower would be.
September 6, 2016
Congratulations to Michael Orrill on his publication "Printed thermoelectric materials and devices" in J. of Applied Polymer Science!
September 1, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. El-Desouky on being invited to submit a featured letter in Materials Letters! The article " Rapid processing and assembly of semiconductor thermoelectric materials for energy conversion devices" is now in press.
August 15, 2016
Congratulations to Michael Carter for completing his master's thesis, "Processing Bi2Te3 via Nanosecond Pulsed Laser - Numerical and Experimental Studies."
July 15, 2016
Congratulations to the second cohort of Nanotechnology Fellows for completing the program and presenting excellent research project results!
March 31, 2016
Prof. LeBlanc and students in her "Nanotechnology in Energy Applications" class visited Duke Energy Renewable's Pasquotank solar farm and remote monitoring center in North Carolina. The students will develop case studies investigating the technical, economic, and environmental impacts of the solar farm.
March 17, 2016
Prof. LeBlanc is leading a project supported by The Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund. Read the GW Today article and watch the video to learn more about our "Living Lab to Study Solar Farms" project.
February 26, 2016
Congratulations to Michael Orrill for passing his Doctoral Qualifying Exam!
February 24, 2016
The LeBlanc Lab had a great showing at the R&D Showcase. Members Michael Orrill, Trevor Olson, Mattie Watson, and Lindsay Ryan presented posters describing their research. Congratulations to Lindsay Ryan for winning an honorable mention prize for Best Undergraduate Poster!