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10/2015) Congrats to Kai-Chieh on winning a poster award at 2015 ChBE Graduate Research Symposium.

(09/2015) Kai-Chieh received a Hanratty Travel Award. Congrats!

(08/2015) Congratulation to Xi Yin who successfully defended his PhD thesis! Dr. Yin will join Los Alamos National Laboratory soon.

(07/15) Boquan Li and Qingda Liu (both with Tsinghua Xuetang scholarships), and Yan Liu (Top open scholarship), all from Tsinghua Univresity, began their summer internships in our lab. Welcome!

(06/15) We welcome Dr. Yao Qin to join our group. Dr. Qin came to Illinois from Tongji University in Shanghai. Her visit was sponsored by Chinese Scholarship Council.

(06/15) Congrats to Thao Ngo for receiving the EAPSI Award from U.S. National Science Foundation.

(05/15) Congratulation to Xuxia Nora Chen for receiving the Edward Onstott Chemical Engineering Award from the Department.

(04/15) Congratulation to Xi Yin for winning a Graduate Research Silver Award from Materials Research Society (MRS). His award talk was presented at MRS spring meeting this month in San Francisco. Click here for additional information.

(01/15) Prof. Yang received the SKIPER Global Vision Lecturership from Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

(01/15) Jianbo Wu (PhD, 12, Postdoc., 12-14) finished his training with us. He set up his research program at Shanghai Jiaotong University as a National Young Thousand Talent Plan Professor.

(01/15) According to the latest Thomson-Reuters/ISI database, at least a dozen of our recent publications are among the Highly Cited Papers, which "received enough citations to place them in the top 1% of their academic field based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year”.

(12/14) Xi Yin received a 2014 SCS Science Image Challenge Award (Finalist) from the School of Chemical Science. The image was created based on a research paper on "infinite PdPt metal atom chains", appeared in Angewandte Chemie. Congrats!

(12/14) Our group raised $137.26 for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank during the two-week Penny War organized by the ChBE GSAC. We received an edible prize for the charitable donation. Way to go, everyone!

(11/14) Steven Warren received Hanratty Travel Award from ChBE and Fall 2014 Conference Travel Award from Graduate College for him to attend the AIChE meeting in Atlanta. Congrats!

(11/14) Congratulations to Xi Yin for his latest publication in Nano Letters. The work focused on the Hanoi-tower like palladium 2D nanosheets and the understanding of the shape control of metal nanostructures based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

(10/14) We welcome Pei-Chieh Shih to jion us. Pei-Chieh came to Illinois from National Taiwan University.

(10/14) Xi Yin's work on metal atom wires appeared in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congrats!

(10/14) Dr. Jaemin Kim's work on oxygen-deficient perovskite catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction appeared in Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congrats!

(09/14) Our work on higher-order Pd nanosheets appeared in Nano Letters. Congratulations to Yung-Tin, Xi and Mark.

(08/14) Yung-Tin (Frank) Pan received a Dow Graduate Research Fellowship from University of Illinois, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Congratulations!

(07/14) Thao Ngo, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, received a Dow Summer Travel Award from University of Illinois, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

(06/14) Thao Ngo received a Student Travel Award from Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells. Thao is an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient. Congrats!

(05/14) Maciej Kowalkowski, an undergraduate intern in our group, is the recipient of Franklin A. Boyle Award. Congrats!

(04/14) Our group research paper won a Poster Award at the Spring 2014 Materials Research Society meeting. The post was presented in the Symposium RR on Solution Synthesis of Inorganic Functional Materials.

(10/13) Two 1st-year PhD students, Thao Ngo and Yuqi Yan, and Prof. Baoliang Lyu jioned our group. Welcome!

(09/13) We welcome Dr. Shaohua Fang, Na Zhang, Si Chen and Maciej Kowalkowski to join our research lab.

(09/13) Alumni News - Prof. Xiaowei Teng (PhD, 06) received a DOE Early Career Reseach Award earlier this year. Congratulations.

(09/13) Bing Ni completed his reearch in our lab. Bing's visit is sponsored by the Tsinghua Xuetang Scholarship program.

(08/13) Professor Hong Yang, together with Professors Younan Xia and Charles T. Campbell, guest-edited the August issue of Accounts of Chemical Research.

(08/13) Congratulations to Dr. Qing Du for successfully defending her PhD. thesis. Well done.

(07/13) Congratulations to Dr. Miao Shi for successfully defending her PhD. thesis. She will join BASF next month.

(05/13) Our work on the formation of platinum icosahedral nanoparticles using the GRAILS method appeared in Nano Letters. Dr. Wei Zhou, the first author of this work, is a 2012 Best Doctoral Thesis Award recipient from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

(04/13) Dr. Jaemin Kim jioned our research group. He will work on the synthesis and catalytic properties of colloidal metal and alloy nanoparticles .

(03/13) Dr. Qiang Wang jioned the group and began to work on the production and reaction engineering of nanoparticles.

(01/13) A pair of review articles from our group appeared in Chemical Society Reviews published by Royal Society of Chemistry.

(11/12) We welcome Kai-Chieh Tsao to jion our research group. Kai-Chieh came to us from NTU.

(06/12) Alumni News - Dr. Zhenmeng Peng (PhD, 10) will begin his own research career as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Akron.

(04/12) We welcome Dr. Wei Zhou as a visiting scholar. She earned her PhD from BeiHang University.

(01/12) Our group moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We welcome Yung-Tin (Frank) Pan and Steven Warren to jion our research team.

(07/11) Xerox Fellows David Alvarado and Mike Horng completed their summer internship with us. We welcome both of them to return in the coming fall semester.

(05/11) Congratulations to Jianbo Wu for being awarded a prestigious Elon Huntington Hooker Graduate Fellowship (2011-2012).

(05/11) Katlyn Mallory obtained her graduate degree and began to work on fuel cell stack research at General Motors Research & Development in Honeoye Falls, NY.

(03/11) Nitin Tyagi finished his graduate study and began to work at Sun Catalytix, a company researching renewable energy located in Cambridge, MA.

(01/11) Isthier Chaudhury went to Washington, DC to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and to share his experiences studying abroad in Beijing, China (2009-2010). For details, read the local news.

(09/10) We welcome Rajinder Singh and Amanda Neukirch to begin their graduate research in the group. Ms. Kelly Santos, a Brazilian National Council (CNPq) scholarship recipient, started her project this month.

(09/10) Hongjun You, a CSC scholarship recipient, completed his research program with us. We thank him for his important contributions to our understanding in the growth mechanism of nanocrystals.

(06/10) Nitin Tyagi and Minh Tran began their graduate research in the group. Elliot Yu started his summer research with us through Xerox Internship Program. Welcome!

(05/10) Adam Gross, Samantha Lyu and Miao Shi received their M.S. degree. Congratulations!

(03/10) Zhenmeng Peng successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Platinum Alloy Nanoparticles: Composition, Shape, Structure and Electrocatalytic Property." He will begin his postdoctorial training at UC Berkeley after his graduation. Congratulations!

(08/09) Prof. Yang accepted an invitation to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Nano Today, a refereed journal with a 2008 Impact Factor of 8.795 (update-2009 IF: 13.273)

(08/09) Rui Shen successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled “Surface Modifications of Nanometer- and Micron- Sized Particles and Their Applications.” Congratulations!

(06/09) Congratulations to Zhenmeng Peng for being selected as a 2009 Elon Huntington Hooker Fellow by the University of Rochester.

(06/09) Isthier Chaudhury was selected as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. Congratulations!

(06/09) We welcome Alex Boardman, a chemical engineering junior, to join the group as a Xerox summer intern. Alex will work on two projects: optimization of MEA fabrication for PEMFCs and thin film construction for solar cells. Isthier Chaudhury, a sophomore, will continue his research with us throughout the summer.

(05/09) Congratulation to Ms. Qing Du (CHE, jointly with Prof. Ching Tang) and Miao Shi (MSC) for successfully passing their first year exams.

(05/09) Zhenmeng's work on Pt-on-Pd oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (2009, v131, p7542-7542) .

(09/08) Alumni News- Dr. Xiaowei Teng (PhD, 06) finished his postdoctoral training at Brookhaven National Lab and began his own research career as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of New Hampshire.

(09/08) Alumni News- Dr. Shengchun Yang (PhD, 08; visiting student, 07-08), defended his thesis this month and began his independent research at Xi'an Jiaotong University.

(08/08) Two high school interns, Preston Scott (ACS Project SEED Student) and Joshua Sacks (Pittsford Sutherland HS, PCIP Intern) finished their research programs with us. Preston will attend Duke University this fall. We wish them all the best.

(09/07) Our full paper on the shape controls of complex platinum nanostructures will appear in a coming issue of Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Nanomaterials and Interfaces). This article will be featured in the issue cover.

(09/07) Shengchun Yang, Ben Rutz and Yaqing Liu joined the group during the past several months. They started working on projects related to the development of alloy/intermetallic fuel cell catalysts and nanostructured materials for biological applications.

(08/07) Two local high school students, Dalton Labarge from Wilson Magnet High School and Morissa Krotter from Pittsford-Sutherland High School, completed their summer intern programs with us. Dalton was an ACS Project SEED II student and worked on developing novel coatings for magnetic particles.

(06/07) Our communication on the synthesis of ordered intermetallic PtPb nanorods was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. PtPb can potentially be used as an efficient electrocatalyst in direct methanol fuel cells.

(12/06) Dr. Yong Wang has successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis titled “Synthesis and Property of Nanoparticles in Ionic Liquids and their Surface Modification”. He will join DuPont Company soon. Congratulation!

(06/06) We welcome Alex Elliott, Eric Janosko, and Whitney Shook to join our group as Eisenberg summer interns. They will work on the development of new processing methods for making nanomaterials for fuel cell applications.

(05/06) Congratulation to Zhenmeng Peng and Rui Shen for passing their first year Ph. D. oral exams.

(05/06) Congratulation to Xiaowei Teng, who has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis recently. He joined Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) earlier this month. We wish him continuous success at his new position.

(05/06) Congratulation to Aaron Frazier, who has received a full scholarship from Harvard Univresity. Aaron worked as an American Chemical Society Project SEED student in the group during the summers of 2004 and 2005. We wish him all the best in his college life.

(04/05) Congratulation to Justin Galloway for winning the 2005 Student Life Award from the University of Rochester.

(03/05) According to Essential Science Indicators (ISI), our paper on patterned Langmuir-Blodgett films of monodisperse nanoparticles (Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2003, 125, 630) is in the top 1% within its field in terms of number of citations received.

(03/05) Mr. Xiaowei Teng has won a Graduate Student Award (Silver Medal) at the 2005 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. This is one of the widely recognized student awards in the international materials research community.

(02/05) Dr. Hong Yang received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to support his research in the area of multifunctional nanomaterials. He will use the grant to develop new magnetic nanocomposites and low-temperature fuel cell catalysts. This grant will also be used to fund his outreach effort.