Center Director: Jennifer Lu 

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Ph.D.    in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 2006 — University of Michigan
  • M.S.    in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 1995 — University of Michigan
  • M.S.    in Materials Science and Engineering, 1993 — Drexel University

Research interest: Functional nanomaterials, molecular design and rational assembly for new energy conversion platforms


Sensing Thrust Leader: Tao Ye


  • Ph.D.    in Chemistry, 2004 — University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S.    in Chemistry, 1997 — Peking University

Research Interest: Measure and control of single biomolecules, biologically inspired nanostructures at interfaces



Sayantani Ghosh


  • Ph.D.    in Physics, 2003 — University of Chicago
  • B.A.    in Physics, 1998 — University of Cambridge

Research Interest: Photonics, nanoplasmonic materials and hybrid photovoltaics



Energy Thrust Leader: Vincent Tung

Materials Science and Engineeing

  • Ph.D.    in Materials Science Engineering/Chemistry, 2009                       — University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S.    in Chemistry, 2004 — National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)

Research Interest: Synthesis and assembly of 3D functional monoliths


Anand Subramaniam


  • Ph.D.    in Applied Physics, 2011 — Harvard University
  • S.M.    in Applied Physics, 2011 — Harvard University 
  • A.B.     in Biology, 2005 — Cum Laude Harvard University

Research Interest: Synthetic biology, colloidal materials, microfluidics and biosensing



Min Hwan Lee

Mechanical Engineering

  • Ph.D.    in Mechanical Engineering — Stanford University
  • M.S.    in Mechanical Engineering — Stanford University
  • B.S.    in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering — Seoul National University

Research Interest: Solid state fuel cells and electrocatalysis



Ashlie Martini

Mechanical Engineering

  • Ph.D.    in Mechanical Engineering, 2007 — Northwestern University
  • B.S.    in Mechanical Engineering, 1998 — Northwestern University

Research Interest: Trilogy for energy saving




Jin Zhang

Chemistry | UC Santa Cruz

  • Ph.D.    in Physical Chemistry, 1989 — University of Washington
  • B.S.    in Chemistry, 1983 — Fudan University

Research Interest: Nanoparticle syntehsis and spectroscopic charcterization.