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Carolyn Imbrogulio

April 20, 2023 -- Chenxin

Carolyn Imbrogulio is a second year student from Seattle, Washington and Taipei, Taiwan. She is pursuing an ACS certified B.S. in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, hanging out with friends, trying new foods, and being outdoors. 

Riddhi Dixit

February 3, 2023 -- Chenxin

Riddhi is a first year Chemistry student from Chesapeake, VA. She is pursuing a B.A. in Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, painting, and watching Jeopardy.

Momodou Salieu Sowe

February 3, 2023 -- Chenxin

Momodou was born in The Gambia, West Africa. He holds a BSc (ed) in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from The University of The Gambia (2016). He also holds MSc in Chemistry from the University of Brawijaya, Indonesia (2019). His MSc thesis was on the synthesis of Ni-based catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation of Waste Cooking Oil (WCO) into Green Diesel. Momodou has been Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of The Gambia from January 2020 to July 2022. In his free time, he enjoys student activism. He is currently the Graduate International Student Representative at UVA Student Council.

Daniel Musikanth

February 3, 2023 -- Chenxin

Daniel is from Mclean, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University in 2022 with a B.S in Chemistry. While at James Madison University, he conducted research with Dr. Donna Amenta and Dr. John Gilje focusing on hemilabile organometallic catalysis. Also, during his time at James Madison University, he worked as an intern at Merck & Co in the Manufacturing Production Systems department for one year. Outside of lab, Daniel enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, and working on cars or motorcycles. 

Yizhen Chen

February 3, 2023 -- Chenxin

Yizhen is working on the electrocatalysis projects at the University of Virginia. He earned his PhD in 2020 at the University of Science and Technology of China working with Prof. Jie Zeng, where his project involved design and synthesis of atomically dispersed metals and heterogeneous catalysis. He comes to us from Prof. Bruce C.

Yulu Zhang

February 3, 2023 -- Chenxin

Yulu obtained her Ph.D. in Zhang laboratory in UVa with a focus on 1-dimensional metal phosphides for various electrochemical reactions. She grew up in Shanghai, China and came to the U.S. to receive her B.Sc. in chemistry from Syracuse University. Currently, her research interest is designing methodology for synthesizing as well as fabricating active and durable nanomaterials for efficiently catalyzing hydrogen evolution reaction(HER) in alkaline condition. 

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and DOE Director of the Office of Science Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe visited the Zhang lab

Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm was on grounds (Aug. 25, 2022) with DOE Director of the Office of Science Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Ph.D. and UVA President Jim Ryan to announce $540M for research into technologies that transform energy production and cut emissions.

Chenxin Yang

September 7, 2022 -- bean

Chenxin grew up in Chizhou, Anhui, China. He holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in physics and minor in chemistry from Shenzhen University in 2022, where he did work on electrochemistry including electrocatalytic hydrogenation of series organic molecules, electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction reaction, and liquid organic hydrogen carriers. In his free time, he enjoys aerial photography, hiking, and following his favorite soccer team (Barcelona).

Weijie Zhang

July 20, 2022 -- Bukuru

Weijie is working on the heterogeneous catalysis project here at the University of Virginia, focusing on developing advanced catalytic materials with high activity, durability and selectivity for both ambient-pressure and high-pressure CO2 hydrogenation reactions. He earned his PhD in 2017 at the Jiangnan University, where his project involved porphyrin-based porous materials. He comes to us from Dr. Shengqian Ma’s research group where he studied functional porous materials for catalysis and gas separation as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

 

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UVA College of Art and Science highlighted our recent work in Nature Synthesis

April 28, 2023

In 2021, the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy accounted for over a quarter of the country’s total energy consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and over 80%... Read»

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and DOE Director of the Office of Science Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe visited the Zhang lab

August 25, 2022

Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm was on grounds (Aug. 25, 2022) with DOE Director of the Office of Science Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Ph.D. and UVA President Jim Ryan to announce ... Read»

Our Lab Selected as the Featured Story in UVA's Art & Science Magazine

July 1, 2022

The challenge of producing renewable fuel and chemical sources for a clean energy future has drawn the focus of researchers around the world. In recent years, a young faculty member in UVA’s... Read»

Bukuru Anaclet Wins Two Prestigious National Fellowships

April 14, 2022

It has been a good couple of months for UVA Chemistry graduate student Bukuru Anaclet. In March it was announced he had been awarded a GEM fellowship from the National GEM Consortium which... Read»

Prof. Zhang has been named a 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow

February 15, 2022

It was announced today that Prof. Zhang has been named a 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. Congratulations!

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