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Materials and Energy Research

Materials and Energy Research

Department faculty are engaged in designing, synthesizing, and characterizing materials with high thermoelectric conversion efficiency, production of hydrogen from water by harnessing solar energy and identifying materials displaying exotic magnetic properties (Derakhshan), developing inorganic-organic hybrid solid state materials for energy and environmental applications, and using ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents in materials synthesis and design (Bu). In addition, research is being carried out on detection and imaging of single molecules based on their electrical properties (Slowinski), studies on molecular wires and metal organic frameworks with specific coordination modes, which exhibit electronic communication and/or photoluminescent properties (Li), and gas phase spectroscopy (Brazier).


Dr. Xianhui Bu
Professor (2003)
Inorganic, Structural, Solid State, & Materials
Prof. Bu's Website

Inorganic Research

Materials and Energy Research


Dr. Shahab Derakhshan
Professor (2009)
Inorganic synthesis & Structure
Prof. Derakhshan's Profile

Inorganic Research

Physical Research

Materials and Energy Research


Lijuan Li

Dr. Lijuan Li
Professor (1998)
Department Chair

Inorganic, Bioinorganic, & Nanomaterials
Prof. Li's Profile

Inorganic Research

Materials and Energy Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Stephen Mezyk
Professor (2001)
Physical, Environmental, & Biophysical Chemistry
Prof. Mezyk's Website

Physical Research

Analytical Research

Materials and Energy Research


Dr. Kensaku Nakayama
Professor Emeritus (1987)
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Prof. Nakayama's Profile

Organic Research

Physical Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research

Materials and Energy Research


Dr. Young-Seok Shon
Professor (2006)
Macromolecular, Materials, & Nanoscience
Prof. Shon's Website

Organic Research

Inorganic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research

Materials and Energy Research


Dr. Enrico Tapavicza
Associate Professor (2013)
Computational Chemistry & Materials Science
Prof. Tapavicza's Website

Physical Research

Materials and Energy Research

Biophysical Science Research


Dr. Hadi Tavassol
Assistant Professor (2016)
Materials Chemistry & Catalysis
Prof. Tavassol's Website

Physical Research

Analytical Research

Materials and Energy Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Fangyuan Tian
Associate Professor (2015)
Materials Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis
Prof. Tian's Website

Analytical Research

Materials and Energy Research