Sustainable Energy Nanomaterials Lab


Perrin Godbold

November 14, 2018 -- Grayson Johnson

Perrin grew up in Stanardsville VA, just north of Charlottesville. He attended James Madison University for his undergraduate education, where he did work on a diverse array of topics including ionic liquids, photocatalytic coatings, and even beer. He currently resides in Harrisonburg with his wife and son. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, and basketball.

Jessica Kamienski

May 20, 2018 -- Grayson Johnson

Jess Kamienski is from Loudoun Country, Virginia. She grew up hiking, biking and running through the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jess is a fourth year chemical engineering student whose research interests include developing efficient catalysts for CO2 conversion. She hopes to one day design cost effective green energy systems for developing areas. Outside of lab, Jess likes climbing, playing soccer, and painting.

Alex Khlopenkov

February 9, 2018 -- Grayson Johnson

My name is Alex Khlopenkov and I am third-year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia majoring in chemistry. My interest lies in particular in research seeking to find efficient alternatives to fossil fuels to combat climate change. I feel that the younger generation of scientists and researchers, including myself, will likely play a major part in finding a solution to this problem. I also have an interest in foreign languages.

Bingkai Wang

December 20, 2017 -- yz3nc

Bingkai grew up in Shandong China and received his B.E. at University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2013. Then he came to Lanzhou University to proceed the graduate research in Inorganic Chemistry. In 2017, he joined the Zhang’s group for PhD joint training with China Scholarship Council (CSC) fund. Currently his research focuses on controlled synthesis of nanomaterials catalysts for oxygen reduction, CO2 reduction, water splitting and natural gas utilization. Outside lab, Bingkai enjoys movies and food.

Xiao Wang

December 18, 2017 -- Grayson Johnson

Xiao grew up in Nanyang, Henan, China and received his B.E. with a specialization in Polymer Science and Engineering at Zhengzhou University in 2013. Currently, he is a Ph. D. student in University of Science and Technology of China under advisor Dr. Guoqing Zhang and Dr. Feng Wang. He joined the Dr. Sen Zhang’s group at University of Virginia as a CSC Visiting Scholar in November 2017. His research interests including oxygen reduction, fluorescent supramolecular polymeric assemblies and room temperature phosphorescence.

John Brosnahan

November 29, 2017 -- Grayson Johnson

J.T. was raised in Haymarket, VA. In May 2015, he received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William & Mary. His primary scientific interests are focused in the exploration of nanoscale materials for renewable energy and conversion applications. Outside of the lab, J.T. enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as hiking and sports, as well as listening to and writing music

Yulu Zhang

March 8, 2017 -- Grayson Johnson

Yulu grew up in Shanghai, China and came to the U.S. to receive her B.Sc. in chemistry from Syracuse University. Currently, her research interests include surface functionalization and self-assembly of nanoparticle materials. Outside of lab she enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and travelling.

Grayson Johnson

March 1, 2017 -- artsci

Grayson was raised in Deltaville, VA on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. His undergraduate training is in chemistry with a specialization in chemical physics (BSc - UVA 2016). His research interests include developing mechanistic understandings of heterogeneous catalysts, particularly those applied to reduction of carbon dioxide. Outside of lab, Grayson enjoys boating, fishing, and football. He is a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity.

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