Research interests

Battery Materials

Energy Storage & Conversion

Developing technologies that enable effective harvesting and storage of energy has emerged as an essential topic. We are interested in the design of nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion. We work extensively on supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, lithium-metal batteries, flow batteries, intermediate-temperature fuel cells, and methane conversion.

Biomolecule Delivery

Drug Delivery & Nanomedicine

We focus on the delivery of proteins and nucleic acids for therapeutic applications, including the treatment for acute intoxication, metabolic diseases, viral infection, and cancer. Recently, we also developed a CNS (central nervous system) delivery technology with high efficiency and biocompatibility. This method provides us new opportunities to take on CNS disorders and injuries, brain tumors, and neuro- degenerative diseases.

Group members

Yunfeng Lu, Ph.D.

Yunfeng Lu, Ph.D.

Professor, Principal Investigator

Professor at UCLA Chemical Engineering since 2006.

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Advisor: C. Jeffrey Brinker

Li Shen

Li Shen

Postdoc Fellow, 2018

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, UCLA; B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering, Central South University

Research interests: Novel electrode materials for energy storage and conversion

Kaiqiang Qin

Kaiqiang Qin

Postdoc Fellow, 2018

Ph.D. in Materials Science, Tianjin University; B.S. in Applied Physics, Tianjin Polytechnic University

Research interests: Functional materials for energy storage

Xing Lu

Xing Lu

Ph.D. Candidate, 2015

B.S. in Chemistry, Arizona State University

Research interests: Energy storage material and catalyst materials

Ran Tao

Ran Tao

Ph.D. Candidate, 2015

B.S. in Chemistry, Beihang University

Research interests: Electrode materials for energy storage

Pengcheng Xu

Pengcheng Xu

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.E. in Engineering Mechanics, Beihang University

Research interests: Material Design for Energy Storage

Jie Ren

Jie Ren

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.S. in Material Chemistry; Ph.D in Polymer Chemistry, Nankai University

Research interests: Biomolecular delivery and enzyme-polymer hybrid

Dejia Kong

Dejia Kong

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Columbia University; B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Dalian University of Technology

Research interests: Solid oxide fuel cell and Catalyst materials

Wenyue Shi

Wenyue Shi

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.S. in Chemistry, Peking University

Research interests: Energy storage materials

Jesse Baucom

Jesse Baucom

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.S. In Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland

Research interests: Materials for energy storage

Chen Zhang

Chen Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.S. in Chemistry, Peking University

Research interests: Synthesis of Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

Shengxiang Ma

Shengxiang Ma

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.S. in Material Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China

Research interests: Advanced nanoscale materials for energy storage and conversion

Fan Li

Fan Li

Ph.D. Candidate, 2016

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, UCLA

Research interests: Materials for energy storage

Roxanne Castillo

Roxanne Castillo

Graduate student, 2017

B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Chemistry (minor), UC San Diego

Research interests: Nanoscale drug delivery from natural sources

Xinru Li

Xinru Li

Ph.D. Candidate, 2017

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, UCLA; M.S. in Chemistry, Columbia University; B.S. in Applied Chemistry, East China Normal University

Research interests: Functional materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion

Xinyi Tan

Xinyi Tan

Ph.D. Candidate, 2017

B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering, Jilin University

Research interests: Graphene materials of batteries

Jinhui Xu

Jinhui Xu

Ph.D. Candidate, 2017

B.S. in Chemistry, Jilin University

Research interests: Nanomaterials for energy storage

Bowen An

Bowen An

Graduate Student, 2018

B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Dalian University of Technology

Research interests: Functional metal−organic frameworks for energy storage

Zheng Cao

Zheng Cao

Ph.D. Candidate, 2018

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interests: Protein Encapsulation and Drug Delivery

Shilin Chen

Shilin Chen

Graduate Student, 2018

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, UC Berkeley; B.S. in Bioengineering and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley

Research interests: Microfluidic platform for cancer therapeutics screening

Alexis Fortini

Alexis Fortini

Graduate Student, 2018

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, UCLA

Research interests: Energy Storage, Electrode Materials, Solid-State Electrolytes, Electric Vehicles, Clean Energy Grids

Tong Qi

Tong Qi

Graduate Student, 2019

B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.S in Pharmaceutics, Peking University

Research interests: Nanomedicine and protein delivery

Xinheng Guo

Xinheng Guo

Graduate Student, 2019

B.S. in Chemistry, Tsinghua University

Research interests: Nanomedicine

Qingyang Yin

Qingyang Yin

Graduate Student, 2019

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University

Research interests: Energy storage materials, next-generation batteries

Weibin Zheng

Weibin Zheng

Graduate Student, 2019

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

Research interests: Drug delivery and combination of enzyme-polymer

Ran Yan

Ran Yan

Visiting Student

Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology, Nanjing Tech University

Research interests: Biomolecule delivery and biological analysis

Hui Liu

Hui Liu

Visiting Student

Ph.D. Candidate in Textile Chemistry and Dyeing Engineering, Soochow University

Research interests: Materials for batteries and emulsion separation

Bin Xu

Bin Xu

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Jilin University

Research interests: Organic luminescent materials, biological imaging and sensing

Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Hu, Qingyuan PhD 06, Research Scientist Specialist at Braskem America
  • Wu, Zhiwang PhD 06, Senior Research Scientist at Parker Hannifin
  • Peng, Huisheng PhD 06, Professor at Fudan University
  • Luo, Hongmei PhD 06, Luke Barry Shires Professor at New Mexico State University
  • Kou, Rong PhD 06, Senior Scientist at EC Power
  • Wang, Donghai PhD 06, Professor at Pennsylvania State University
  • Zheng, Tonghua PhD 06, VP Technology at APS Compounding
  • Daniel U MS 06
  • Byron F. McCaughey PhD 05, Process Engineering Team Leader at Huntsman
  • Eric Hampsey PhD 04, Manager at Intel Corporation
  • Li, Xuan PhD 04
  • Xiao, Qiangfeng PhD 10, Professor at Tongji University
  • Weng, Ding PhD 12, Postdoc at Harvard University
  • Kimberly Cross PhD 12, Alternative Energy Technologies Consultant at Independent Contractor/Consultant
  • Hiesang Sohn PhD 12, Postdoc at Pennsylvania State University
  • Pao, Chih-Ning PhD 12, R&D Engineer at Evidia Biosciences
  • Chen, Zheng PhD 12, Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego
  • Lynn Rice MS 12, Product Development Engineer at Novvi, LLC
  • Du, Juanjuan PhD 13, Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University
  • Wang, Xiaolei PhD 13, Assistant Professor at University of Alberta
  • Liu, Tao MA 14, Somewhere at Houston
  • Zhou, Huihui PhD 15, Senior Engineer and Lead of Advanced Energy Technology
  • Zhao, Lin MS 14, PhD Candidate at Texas A&M University
  • Yang, Qiong MS 15
  • Bai, Sofia MS 16, Senior Engineer at Seagate Technology
  • Li, Ziyi MS 16
  • Li, Wendi MS 16, Business Intelligence Data Analyst
  • Li, Jie PhD 16, Postdoc at University of California, Berkeley
  • Liu, Yang PhD 16, Professor at Nankai University
  • Fuhr, Addis MS 17, Senior Modeling & Simulation Engineer/Analyst at MITRE
  • Peng, Kang MS 17
  • Chen, Weiguo MS 17
  • Le, Zaiyuan PhD 18, Cell Design Engineer at A123 Systems
  • Liu, Fang PhD 18, Postdoc at Stanford University
  • Shen, Gurong PhD 18, Tianjin University
  • Zhao, Ming PhD 18, Shenzhen
  • Liu, Zhuang PhD 18, Graduate Student at Boston University
  • Li, Defu MS 18, Graduate Student at UCLA
  • Wu, Di PhD 18, Postdoc at Stanford University
  • Li, Xianyang PhD 19, Senior Staff Scientist at Enevate Corporation
  • Xu, Duo PhD 19, Postdoc at Stanford University

Postdoc Fellows

  • Lu, Guang Northwestern University
  • Pang, Jiebin University of New Mexico
  • Ji, Xiang-Ling State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China
  • Wang, Junwe North Carolina State University
  • Huang, Kun The State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Yang, Zhenglong LuDong University
  • Pan, Daochen State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China
  • Yan, Ming Calimmune, Inc
  • Weng, Zhe Post-doc at Yale Univ.
  • Liu, Jing Faculty at Qingdao University of Technology
  • Yu, Zenan Senior Process Development Engineer at Stealth Mode Startup Company
  • Wu, Haobin Faculty at Zhejiang University
  • Zhang, Lu R&D Engineer at Sonova Group
  • Chen, Gen Academic position in China
  • Liu, Chaoyong Faculty at Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Wu, Haiping Postdoc research associate at PNNL
  • Bai, Haotian Postdoc researcher at the Hongkong University of Science and Technoogy
  • Shen, Jianqiang 
  • Choi, Seung Ho Samsung Group

Visiting Scholars

  • Jakobsen, Hans Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Wan, Ying Shanghai Normal University
  • Ma, Jing National Science Foundation of China
  • Yuan, Xubo Professor, Tianjin University
  • He, Fang Associate professor, Tianjin University
  • Yang, Mu Professor, University of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Zhu, Weiping Professor
  • Qin, Yaochun Associate professor, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Zhou, Longping The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China
  • Zhang, Fang Associate professor, Shanghai Normal University
  • Zhang, Jianjun Associate professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Pu, Yuan Associate professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Wang, Jiexin Associate professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Lai, Chunyan Shanghai University of Electric Power
  • Lu, Xianbo Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics , Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Wang, Xiaofeng Associate Professor @ University of South China
  • Chen, Chen Associate Professor @ Sichuan University
  • Yuan, Yin ICCAS
  • Ma, Yunfei Associate Professor @ East China University of Science and Technology
  • Wu, Zhengying Associate Professor @ Suzhou University of Science and Technology
  • Ren, Yurong Associate Professor @ Changzhou University
  • Xie, Jing Associate professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Li, Yuhao China National Textile And Apparel Council
  • Zhang, Yuewei Tianjin Science and Technology Committee
  • Wen, Jing Research Scientist, UCLA
  • Dai, Kun Assistant professor, Zhengzhou University
  • Zhu, Qi 
  • Zhu, Mingfu 
  • Peng, Yiting Shanghai University of Electric Power
  • Yan, Chunzhu 
  • Jin, Xin Postdoc, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Jin, Jing 
  • Wei, Wei Unilever
  • Li, Ge University of Waterloo
  • Ren, Lulu 
  • Lei, Chao 
  • Jia, Xilai University of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Cheng, Yanhua 
  • Cui, Xia 
  • Zhang, Linlin Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai
  • Qian, Xiaomin Tianjin University
  • Sun, Fei Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Wu, Xu Central China Normal University
  • Geng, Zhen China Shenhua Energy
  • Gao, Shan Zhejiang University
  • Yang, Yilong Beijing Institute of Biotechnology
  • Li, Linlin Nanyang Technological University
  • Nie, Ping Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Zhang, Xiaopei Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity
  • Chen, Dong Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity
  • Liu, Xiaoyan Shanghai Normal University
  • Gao, Peng Genscript
  • Geng, Zhen Tianjin University
  • Lei, Jiandu Professor at Beijing Forestry University
  • Ma, Ruguang Assistant Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Zhang, Dong Professor at Jilin University
  • Yue, Huijuan Professor at Jilin University

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