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Energy and Environment

Tangi Akauola

December 7, 2021 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Tangi is from Richmond Virginia, but his family immigrated from the pacific island of Tonga. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University for undergrad. He is pursuing a PhD in chemistry and interested in the field of inorganic chemistry and clean energy applications. He enjoys road trips, trying new restaurants and weight lifting. His favorite food is sushi or a good steak.

Bukuru Anaclet

November 24, 2021 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Bukuru was born in Tanzania and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Pomona College in 2021 with a B.A in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. While at Pomona, he conducted research with Pierre Darancet at Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on functionalization of two-dimensional materials. He then joined the Zhang group in 2021 as a GEM and NSF graduate research Fellow. His current research is focused on polymer upcycling into value-added products and the thermocatalytic reduction of CO2.

Liyue Zhang

March 8, 2021 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Liyue grew up in Shanxi, China. She received a B.S in Chemistry from Lanzhou University. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading fiction, watching movies and dancing


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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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