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, China

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(256) 824-6527

Graduate Students

Zhuoran Gan

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

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


Micah Jones

B.S. 2014, Chemical Engineering
Tuskegee University


Zheng Lu

B.S. 2010, Chemical Engineering
East China University of Science and Technology


William Sienicki

B.S. 2017, Chemical Engineering
Auburn University


Undergraduate Students

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


Hayden Fowler
B.S., 2018 (expected), Chemical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville


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


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

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

Derek Mitchell B.S. 2017.
Arnold Jele B.S. 2017. Current position: graduate student at UAH
Sijia Li B.S. 2017. Current position: University of Pennsylvania
Anderson White B.S. 2016. Current position: Goldman Sachs
Publication: Towards Thin Film Stabilized Single-Atom Pd1 Catalysts
, 8 (2016) 15348-15356
Justin Ikerman B.S. 2016
Kenneth Haines B.S. 2015. Current position: project engineer at CFDRC
Anuj Mathur B.S. 2015
Paul Kubicza B.S. 2015. Current position: Assocaite Engineer at Kennametal, Inc
Sara Simpson B.S. 2017 expected, Auburn University






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