our current research projects  







Principal Investigator


Yu Lei
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Chemical and Materials Engineering

Post-doc (2010-13) Argonne National Laboratory
Ph.D. (2010) University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. (2004) Nanjing University

301 Sparkman Dr., EB 117D
(256) 824-6527


We currently have three openings in the group in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. The perspective candidate should contact Dr. Lei via email with the most updated CV. The title line of the email should identify which of the following positions you are interested.

Opening 1: Postdoctoral researcher in ALD
Opening 2: Graduate research assistant (GRA) in catalysis
Opening 3: Graduate research assistant (GRA) in materials research


Visiting Scholar

Siwen Tang

Associate Professor
Hunan University of Science and Technology

PhD (2015) Central South University
MA (2006) Guilin University of Electronic Technology
BS (2003) Hunan University of Science and Technology



Graduate Students

Muntaseer Bunian

B.S. 2017, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


Zhuoran Gan

M.S. 2015, Envrionmetnal Science
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

B.S. 2012, Material Sciences and Engineering
Tianjin Polytechnic University



Could be you


William Sienicki

B.S. 2017, Chemical Engineering
Auburn University


Undergraduate Students

Courtney Anderson
B.S., 2019 (expected), Chemical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville


Anvi Dalal
B.S., 2020 (expected), Chemical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville


Jacob Kunisch
B.S., 2019 (expected), Chemical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville


Natalie Mann
B.S., 2020 (expected), Mechanical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville


Group Alumni
Zheng Lu Ph.D. 2018
Thesis "Atomistic Design of High-Performance Epoxidation Catalysts"
Current position: Argonne National Laboratory

Chen Zhang Ph.D. 2017
Thesis "Novel methods in harvest of microalgae and extraction of lipids from dilute microalgal suspension for biofuel"
Current position: Summit Information Solutions, Inc

Mar Piernavieja-Hermida Ph.D. 2016
Thesis "Design and Synthesis of Nanostructured Palladium Catalysts by Atomic Layer Deposition"
Current position: Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Micah Jones Current Position: Boeing
Blake Nuwayhid M.S. 2017. Current position: University of Maryland
Thesis "Nanostructured cathode materials fabricated by atomic layer deposition for lithium-oxygen batteries"
Current position: PhD student at the University of Maryland

Matthew Huff M.S. 2017. Current position: HudsonAlpha
Thesis "The performance and reaction kinetics of nanoastructured molybdenum catalysts for propylene epoxidation"
Current position: Diatherix Laboratories

Manchhiben Patel B.S. expecting 2019
Hayden Fowler B.S. 2018. University of Colorado - Boulder
Derek Mitchell B.S. 2017. Nucor Corporation
Arnold Jele B.S. 2017. UAH
Sijia Li B.S. 2017. University of Florida
Sara Simpson B.S. 2017. Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Anderson White B.S. 2016. Goldman Sachs
Publication: Towards Thin Film Stabilized Single-Atom Pd1 Catalysts
, 8 (2016) 15348-15356
Justin Ikerman B.S. 2016. Hexagon PPM
Kenneth Haines B.S. 2015. CFDRC
Anuj Mathur B.S. 2015. Matrix Manufacturing
Paul Kubicza B.S. 2015. Kennametal, Inc






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