Dr. Yu Lei

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department


Yu Lei received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Nanjing University in China in 2004, and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. His doctoral work, which was partly carried out at Fritz Haber Institute of Max Planck Society in Germany, was experimental studies of model catalysis in the aim to build precise structure-reactivity relationship. After getting his Ph.D. degree, Yu joined Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher. His research focus was applying atomic layer deposition (ALD) to prepare nanostructured materials for energy conversion and storage. In 2013, Yu joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as an assistant professor. His research interest covers the development of new techniques and processes for a wide variety of applications such as nanoelectronics, catalysts, batteries, solar cells and other energy technologies.

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  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, 2004


  • Y. Lei, H. Y. Zhao, R. D. Rivas, S. Lee, J. L. Lu, E. Stach, R. E. Winans, K. W. Chapman, J. T. Miller, P. J.Chupas, J. W. Elam, Adsorbate-Induced Structural Changes in 1-3 nm Platinum Nanoparticles, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (2014) 9320-9326
  • J. Lu, Y. Lei, K. C. Lau, X. Luo, P. Du, J. Wen, R. S. Assary, U. Das, D. Miller, J. W. Elam, H. M. Albishri, D. El-Hady, Y. K. Sun, L. A. Curtiss, and K. Amine, A Nanostructured Cathode Architecture for Low Charge Overpotential in Lithium-Oxygen Batteries, Nature Communications, 4 (2013) 2383
  • Y. Lei, J. Lu, X. Y. Luo, T. P. Wu, P. Du, X. Y. Zhang, Y. Ren, J. G. Wen, D. J. Miller, J. T. Miller, Y. K. Sun, J. W. Elam, K. Amine, Synthesis of Porous Carbon Supported Palladium Nanoparticle Catalysts by Atomic Layer Deposition: Application for Rechargeable Lithium-O 2 Battery, Nano Letters, 13 (2013) 4182-4189
  • Y. Lei, B. Liu, J. L. Lu, R. Lobo, T. P. Wu, H. Feng, X. X. Xia, A. U. Mane, J. A. Libera, J. P. Greeley, J. T. Miller, J. W. Elam, Synthesis of Pt-Pd Core-Shell Nanostructures by Atomic Layer Deposition: Application in Propane Oxidative Dehydrogenation, Chemistry of Materials, 24 (2012) 3525-3533
  • Y. Lei, F. Mehmood, S. Lee, J.P. Greeley, B. Lee, S. Seifert, R.E. Winans, J.W. Elam, R.J. Meyer, P.C. Redfern, D. Teschner, R. Schlögl, M.J. Pellin, L.C. Curtiss, S. Vajda, Increased Silver Activity for Direct Propylene Epoxidation via Subnanometer Size Effects, Science, 328 (2010) 224-228