our current research projects  







Principal Investigator


Yu Lei
Associate 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 Drive, ENG 117D
(256) 824-6527


The perspective candidate should contact Dr. Lei via email with the most updated CV.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Moonhyung Jang

PhD in Physics, Yonsei University, South Korea



Graduate Students

Could be you

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


Larissa Lagria

B.S. 2020, Chemical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville


Undergraduate Students


Group Alumni
Visiting Scholar  
Prof. Siwen Tang 2018-2019
Associate Professor
Hunan University of Science and Technology

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

Fausat Isu B.S. 2022 (expected)
Anvi Dalal B.S. 2020 Saint Gobain
Natalie Mann B.S. 2020 Arizona State University
Jacob Kunisch B.S. 2020 City of Fort Collins Wastewater Treatment
Courtney Anderson B.S. 2019 Innovative Chemical Technologies
Manchhiben Patel B.S. 2019
Hayden Fowler B.S. 2018. University of Colorado - Boulder
Derek Mitchell B.S. 2017. Bioenergy Development Group
Arnold Jele B.S. 2017. UAH
Sijia Li B.S. 2017. University of Florida
Sara Simpson B.S. 2017. Boeing
Anderson White B.S. 2016. University of Waterloo
Publication: Towards Thin Film Stabilized Single-Atom Pd1 Catalysts
, 8 (2016) 15348-15356
Justin Ikerman B.S. 2016. Forsythe & Long Engineering
Kenneth Haines B.S. 2015. CFDRC
Anuj Mathur B.S. 2015. Bridgestone Americas
Paul Kubicza B.S. 2015. Teledyne Brown Engineering






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