UC Merced Faculty

Jennifer Qing Lu
Center Director

Materials Science and Engineering

PhD, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University

Research Interests: Design and synthesis of new energy conversion platforms.

Tao Ye

Chemistry

PhD, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

BS, Chemistry, Peking University

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

Sayantani Ghosh

Physics

PhD, Physics, University of Chicago

BA, Physics, University of Cambridge

Research Interests: Photonics, nanoplasmonic materials and hybrid photovoltaics.

Vincent Tung

Materials Science and Engineering

PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

MS, Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University

Research Interests: Synthesis and assembly of 3D monoliths for solar energy conversion.

Min Hwan Lee

Mechanical Engineering

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

BS, Mechanical Design & Engineering, Seoul National University

Research Interests: Solid state fuel cells and electrocatalysis.

Ashlie Martini

Mechanical Engineering

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Tribology for energy saving.

Boaz Ilan

Applied Mathematics

PhD, Applied Math, Tel Aviv University

BS, Applied Math, Tel Aviv University

Research Interests: Mathematical modeling of solar energy devices.

Michael Scheibner

Physics

Dr. rer. nat, Physics, University of Wuerzburg

Diplom Physiker, University of Wuerzburg

Research Interests: Quantum-enhanced materials and technology, nano- and quantum- optics for sensing.

Ryan Baxter

Chemistry

PhD, Chemistry, University of Michigan

BS, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests: Kinetic study of radical reactions to produce useful materials from simple precursors for green energy.

David Strubbe

Physics

PhD, Physics, University of California, Berkeley

BS, Physics & Chemistry, University of Chicago

Research Interests: New computational methods to study electronic and optical properties of photovoltaic materials.

UC Santa Cruz Faculty

Jin Zhang

Chemistry

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Washington

BS, Chemistry, Fudan University

Research Interests: Synthesize materials and optical spectroscopic characterization.

Yat Li

Chemistry

PhD, Chemistry, University of Hong Kong

BS, Chemistry, University of Hong Kong

Research Interests: Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage.

Shaowei Chen

Chemistry

PhD, Chemistry, Cornell University

BS, Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China

Research Interests: Interfacial modification of nanoparticles for energy conversion.

Advisory Board

Jim Hollenhorst

Senior Director of Technologies
Agilent Technologies

James Hutchison

Associate Vice President of Research and Strategic Initiative
University of Oregon

Kevin Plaxco

Director of the Center for Bioengineering
UC Santa Barbara

Yadong Yin

Professor
UC Riverside

Do Y. Yoon

Consulting Professor
Stanford University

Piotr Zelenay

Electrocatalysis Team Leader
Los Alamos National Lab