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Pyung Lee

September 9, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Pyung is a third year undergraduate student from Centreville, Virginia. He is majoring in chemical engineering and minoring computer science. He is interested in renewable energy and sustainability. Outside of school, he likes to play the drums and spends time with family and friends.

Daniel Tarr

September 8, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Daniel was born and raised in Stafford, Virginia until transferring to UVA in 2019. Transferring in as a third year he declared B.S Chemistry and is on track to graduate in May 2021. His guided research for the Zhang Lab includes controlled synthesis of nanoparticles for clean energy applications. In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching tv shows.

Kayvon Samdani

September 8, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Kayvon Samdani is a member of the class of 2023 from Alexandria, VA. He plans to major in biology. As well as an undergrad researcher, Kayvon is a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity, an executive board member of the College Council, and a racer on the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team.

Paul Bean

September 8, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Paul Bean is a fourth year Chemistry student from Falls Church, Virginia. He is pursuing an ACS certified B.S. in Materials Chemistry with a minor in mathematics. In his free time, he is an amateur geologist, stargazer, guitarist, cook, dog enthusiast, Cookout quesadilla enjoyer, and hiker extraordinaire.

Sherry He

September 5, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Sherry is a third year Chemistry student from Richmond, VA. She is majoring in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, listening to music, and spending time with friends. 

Xiangru Wei

August 31, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Xiangru grew up in Yuncheng, Shanxi, China. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in inorganic chemistry from Soochow University. Then she studied highly dispersed metal catalysts under the advisement of Prof. Zhangxiong Wu at Soochow University. She joined the Zhang's group in 2019 as a visiting student with a focus on design and synthesis of single atom catalysts.

Shinning Wang

January 29, 2020 -- pmg2vy

Shining Wang is a third year undergraduate student from Guangzhou, China. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering and Statistics with a concentration in econometrics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and watching TV shows.

Shen-Wei Yu

January 2, 2020 -- pmg2vy

Shen-Wei grew up in Yilan, Taiwan. In May 2009, he received a B.S. in Chemistry from The Citadel. In Aug 2012, he joined Prof. Chen-Bin Wang’s group at Chung Cheng Institute of Technology for steam reforming of ethanol, and he received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering in Jun 2014. In the Zhang lab he has begun work on CO2 hydrogenation. 

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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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