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

Emmanuel Ezeobidi

B.S. 2016, Petroleum and Gas Engineering
University of Lagos



Muntaseer Bunian

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


Could you be

Send your CV and transcripts to yu.lei@uah.edu

Undergraduate Students

Kristen Guess

B.S. 2023, expected, Chemical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville



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

Zhuoran Gan Ph.D. 2021
Thesis "Design and Synthesis of Pt-Zn Intermetallic Nanocatalysts for Ethane Dehydrogenation"
Current position: Postdoc at University of Virginia
Zheng Lu Ph.D. 2018
Thesis "Atomistic Design of High-Performance Epoxidation Catalysts"
Current position: Jiangsu Nata Opto-Electronic Material
Chen Zhang Ph.D. 2017
Thesis "Novel methods in harvest of microalgae and extraction of lipids from dilute microalgal suspension for biofuel"
Current position: ASM
Mar Piernavieja-Hermida Ph.D. 2016
Thesis "Design and Synthesis of Nanostructured Palladium Catalysts by Atomic Layer Deposition"
Current position: Colegio Antamira

Larissa Lagria M.S. 2022
Thesis "Performance of Platinum-Zinc Intermetallic Alloys in the Preferential Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide"
Current position: Northrop Grumman
Will Sienicki M.S. 2019
Thesis "Synthesis of Silver Thin Films via Atomic Layer Deposition"
Current position:
Micah Jones Current Position: Northrop Grumman
Blake Nuwayhid M.S. 2017
Thesis "Nanostructured cathode materials fabricated by atomic layer deposition for lithium-oxygen batteries"
Current position: Naval Research Laboratory
Matthew Huff M.S. 2017
Thesis "The performance and reaction kinetics of nanoastructured molybdenum catalysts for propylene epoxidation"
Current position: Diatherix Laboratories

Fausat Isu B.S. 2022
Anvi Dalal B.S. 2020 SpaceX
Natalie Mann B.S. 2020 Arizona State University
Jacob Kunisch B.S. 2020 City of Fort Collins Wastewater Treatment
Publication: Gold Catalysts Synthesized Using a Modified Incipient Wetness Impregnation Method for Propylene Epoxidation
, 12 (2020) 5993-5999
Courtney Anderson B.S. 2019 Innovative Chemical Technologies
Manchhiben Patel B.S. 2019 Daikin
Hayden Fowler B.S. 2018. University of Colorado - Boulder
Derek Mitchell B.S. 2017. Indorama
Arnold Jele B.S. 2017.
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. Andersen Corporation
Paul Kubicza B.S. 2015. Teledyne Brown Engineering






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