Dr. Yu Lei

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department

Biography

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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Education

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

Honors & Awards

UAH College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2018

UAH College of Engineering Oustanding Faculty Award, 2016

ACS-PRF New Doctoral Investigator Award, 2015

ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2015

UAH New Faculty Award, 2014


Selected Publications

  • W. Yang, Z. Lu, B. Vogler, T. Wu, Y. Lei, Enhancement of Copper Catalyst Stability for Catalytic Ozonation in Water Treatment, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10 (2018) 43323-43326
  • Z. Lu, M. Piernavieja-Hermida, C. H. Turner, Z. Wu, Y. Lei, Effects of TiO2 in Low Temperature Propylene Epoxidation using Gold Catalysts, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122 (2018) 1688-1698
  • M. Piernavieja-Hermida, Z. Lu, Anderson White, K.-B. Low, T. Wu, J. W. Elam, Z. Wu, Y. Lei, Towards ALD Thin Film Stabilized Single-Atom Pd1 Catalysts, Nanoscale, 8 (2016) 15348-15356
  • Z. Lu, O. Kizilkaya, A. J. Kropf, M. Piernavieja-Hermida, J. T. Miller, R. L. Kurtz, J. W. Elam, Y. Lei, Design and Synthesis of Model and Practical Palladium Catalysts Using Atomic Layer Deposition, Catalysis Science & Technology, 6 (2016) 6845-6852
  • X. Y. Luo, M. Piernavieja-Hermida, J. Lu, T. P. Wu, J. Lu, Y. Lei, K. Amine, Pd Nanoparticles on ZnO-passivated Porous Carbon by Atomic Layer Deposition: an Effective Oxygen Evolution Catalyst for Li-O2 Battery, Nanotechnology, 26 (2015) 164003