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: Biosensors, surfaces, and interfaces for biomaterials, and scanning probe microscopy.

Sayantani Ghosh

Physics

PhD, Physics, University of Chicago

BA, Physics, University of Cambridge

Research Interests: Photonics, nanoplasmonic materials and hybrid photovoltaics.

Linda S. Hirst

Physics

PhD, Manchester University

MS, Manchester University

Research Interests: Liquid crystal materials and nanocomposites

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 lighter weight, more energy-efficient and longer lasting mechanical components in space vehicles.

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: Computational study of electronic and optical properties of photovoltaic materials.

James Palko

Mechanical Engineering

PhD and MS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Arkansas Tech University

Research Interests: Thermal and electrokinetic transport processes with applications in thermal management, Energy storage, water purification, and advanced manufacturing

Mehmet Baykara

Mechanical Engineering

PhD, Mechnical Engr and Materials Science and Engineering, Yale University

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Boğaziçi University/p>

Research Interests: Nonomechanics, Nanotribology, Scanning Probe Microsopy, Surface Science

Son Nguyen

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

PhD, Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley

BS, Chemistry, Vietnam National University

Research Interests: Photocatalysis of nanomaterials, spectroscopic and mechanistic studies

Ben Stokes

Chemistry

PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago

BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests: Organic synthesis, Physical organic chemisty, Asymmetric catalysis, and Medicinal chemistry .