Nikki Angel

Nikki graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Biology from the University of Alabama in 2021. She is a PhD student co-advised by Dr. Brent Hoffman & Dr. Shyni Varghese.

Research Interests

Interested in leveraging biomaterial principles and biosensor technology to gain a better understanding of the role of the mechanical stimuli in cellular homeostasis and disease pathogenesis.


Angel, N., Li, S., Yan, F., & Kong, L. (2022). Recent advances in electrospinning of nanofibers from bio-based carbohydrate polymers and their applications. Trends in Food Science & Technology.

Angel, N., Vijayaraghavan, S. N., Yan, F., & Kong, L. (2020). Electrospun cadmium selenide nanoparticles-loaded cellulose acetate fibers for solar thermal application. Nanomaterials, 10(7), 1329. 

Angel, N. M., & Basak, A. (2020). On the fabrication of metallic single crystal turbine blades with a commentary on repair via additive manufacturing. Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, 4(4), 101.

Angel, N., Guo, L., Yan, F., Wang, H., & Kong, L. (2020). Effect of processing parameters on the electrospinning of cellulose acetate studied by response surface methodology. Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 2, 100015.

Honors & Awards:

Randell Outstanding Research Award (2021)

Excellence in Research Award at University Research and Creative Activity Conference (URCA) (2021)

University of Alabama Engineering Student of the Year in Mechanical Engineering (2021)

Dean’s Award at the University of Alabama Research Symposium (2020)

2nd Place Awards Winner URCA (2021)

President’s List (2017-2021)

Conference Abstracts & Presentations:

Electrospinning Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticles-Loaded Cellulose Acetate Nanofibers. (University Research and Creative Activity Conference; March 2021; University of Alabama) (University Symposium; March 2021; University of West Alabama) 

Photoactive Nanoparticles-Loaded Bio-Nanofibers for Solar Vapor Generation (University Research and Creative Activity Conference; March 2020; University of Alabama) (University Research Symposium; March 2020; University of West Alabama)

Material and Energy Waste during Turbine Blade Replacement (Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown; September 2019; Penn State)

Electrospinning of Cellulose Acetate Nanofibers: Process Optimization (University Research and Creative Activity Conference; March 2019; University of Alabama) (University Research Symposium; March 2019; University of West Alabama)