Energy, Catalysis, Environmental Sustainability, Functional Nanomaterials

Members

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Sen Zhang

Dr. Sen Zhang grew up in Hefei, Anhui, China and received his B.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2008 under advisor Dr. Shu-Hong Yu. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2013 at Brown University under advisor Dr. Shouheng Sun. Professionally, he worked as a NatureNet postdoctoral fellow under Dr. Christopher Murray at the University of Pennsylvania from 2013 to 2016. He joined the University of Virginia in August 2016 and currently is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Commonwealth of Virginia Eminent Researcher. In his spare time he enjoys photography, running, tennis, and basketball.  
 
 
 
 
Honors and Awards:  
2023 Commonwealth of Virginia Eminent Researcher, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation
2022 Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
2022 NSF CAREER Award, US National Science Foundation
2021 Research Excellence Award, University of Virginia  
2021 CAPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA)     
2021 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award for Negative Emissions Science, Research Corporation for Science Advancement and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
2020 Rising Star 2020, Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers
2020 Emerging Investigator, Nanoscale, The Royal Society of Chemistry
2019 Emerging Investigator, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, The Royal Society of Chemistry 
2019 Sustainability Course Development Fellowship, University of Virginia  
2014 William R. Potter Prize for Doctoral Thesis of Outstanding Merit, Brown University      
2013-2016  NatureNet Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Nature Conservancy
 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Xiangru Wei

Postdoctoral Researcher

Weijie Zhang

Postdoctoral Researcher

Yulu Zhang

Postdoctoral Researcher

Yizhen Chen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Graduate Students

Perrin Godbold

Graduate Student

Liyue Zhang

Graduate Student

Bukuru Anaclet

Graduate Student

Chenxin Yang

Graduate Student

Daniel Musikanth

Graduate student

Momodou Salieu Sowe

Graduate student

Pallab Chandra Saha

Graduate student

Undergraduate students

Tyler Arnold

Undergraduate Student

Shruti Elango

Undergraduate Student

Riddhi Dixit

Undergraduate student

Zhanrong Guo

Undergraduate Student

Andrew Lewarne

Undergraduate Student

Chrissy Blondin

Undergraduate Student

Josh Liu

Undergraduate Student

Ambica Sharma

Undergraduate Student

Linnea Saunders

Undergraduate Student