Principal Investigator

Dr. Wenyu Huang

Dr. Huang received a B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University, China in 2000. After receiving an M.S. in 2002 also from Nanjing University, he started his Ph.D. research with Professor Mostafa A. El-Sayed at Georgia Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. in 2007. Dr. Huang then began postdoctoral research with Professor Gabor A. Somorjai at University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in August 2007. He joined the faculty at Iowa State University in August 2011 as an Assistant Professor.

Email: whuang@iastate.edu

Tel: 515-294-7084

PostDocs

Dr. Yuchen Pei

Yuchen graduated from Peking University with BS in materials science in 2013. He is interested in heterogeneous catalysis, and his favourite comics are One Piece, Dragon Ball and Cowboy Bebop.

Email: peiyc@iastate.edu

graduate Students

Minda Chen

Minda received his BA degree from Knox College, IL (2011-2015), majoring in Chemistry, minoring in physics and business. He is currently working on catalytic intermetallic compounds. His personal interests include: cooking Chinese cuisine, basketball, music mixing and creation.

Email: mchen@iastate.edu

Biying Zhang

Biying received her BA degree (2012-2016) from Jilin University majored in material chemistry. She is currently working on the catalytic application on metal-organic frameworks. She likes to travel.

Email: biyingz@iastate.edu

Patrick Heintz

Patrick was born in Utica, NY. He graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ with a chemistry ACS degree. His research experience was in fluoridated metallo-phthalocyanines. Patrick joined a co-advised program between Dr. Stanley’s and Dr. Huang’s research groups in 2016. His primary focus is synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of covalent organic frameworks. In his free time, Patrick is a fan of golf and an avid traveler.

Email: pheintz@iastate.edu

Alexander Volkov

Alex grew up in Moscow, Russia. There, he finished International Baccalaureate (IB) program in 2011. Afterwords, he moved to the United States and received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Knox College in 2016. During his undergraduate research experience, he worked with prof. Helen Hoyt on iron catalysis and development of green chemistry. The summer of 2016 he joined a co-advised program between Dr. Stanley’s and Dr. Huang’s research groups and began his research on the synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity covalent organic frameworks.

Email: avolkov@iastate.edu

Xuechen Luan

Xuechen received her BA degree from Iowa State University(2012-2016), majoring in Chemistry, minoring in mathematics. She is currently working on single atom catalysts. Her personal interests include: watching movies, reading novels and keeping pets.

Email: xluan@iastate.edu

Kevin Dolge

Kevin grew up in Brandon, SD where he graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 2013. He then attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD attaining a ACS Chemistry Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017. As an undergraduate, he worked on non-porphyrin dye-sensitized solar cells under Dr. Barrett Eichler at Augustana. Kevin began the graduate program at Iowa State University in 2017 co-advised between Dr. Wenyu Huang and Dr. Levi Stanley.

Email: dolge@iastate.edu

Ranjan Behera

I graduated from National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), India, with an Int. MS. degree in chemistry. I am currently exploring catalytic applications of intermetallic nanoparticles for dehydrogenation and electrochemical reactions. In my free time, I like watching TV shows, listening to music or being outdoors playing soccer.

Email: rkbehera@iastate.edu

Jiaqi Yu

Jiaqi received her BA degree from college of Nano Science and Technology (CNST), Soochow University, China (2014-2018), majoring in Nano Materials and Engineering. She is working on synthesis of intermetallic compound, Janus nanostructure and 2D materials and applications on catalyst.

Email: jqyu@iastate.edu

Xun Wu

Xun received his BA degree from Shanghaitech University, IL (2014-2018), majoring in Material Science & Engineering. He is currently working on catalytic intermetallic compounds. His personal interests include: cooking, running.

Email: xunw@iastate.edu

VISITING graduate Students

Ao Huang

Ao is a Ph.D. student of the China University of Petroleum majoring in Chemical Engineering. Currently, she’s working on the synthesis and application of novel heterogeneous catalysts.

Email: aohuang@iastate.edu

Undergraduate Students

Claudio Ordonez

Claudio is a junior majoring in Chemistry. At the moment, he's working on metal-organic frameworks.

Email: cordonez@iastate.edu

Charles Ward

Jiashu is a senior majoring in Chemistry. At the moment, he's working on metal-organic frameworks.

Email: cjward@iastate.edu

ANDREW Lamkins

Andrew is a Junior majoring in chemistry and environmental studies. He currently works on intermetallic catalysts and their reactions.

Email: alamkins@iastate.edu

VISITING graduate Students

Andrew Cruz

Andrew is a senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is a chemistry major who hopes to attend a PhD graduate school for chemistry and possibly go into academia. He joined our group in the summer of 2019 through the Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program. Andrew is currently working with Biying Zhang on synthesizing MOFs.

Email: ac1436@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Isaiah Duplessis

Isaiah grew up in Norfolk, VA and is a rising senior at the University of Richmond pursuing majors in Physics and Chemistry. As an undergraduate he has worked under Miles Johnson studying Proazophosphatranes. He looked to further his studies by taking a Summer Undergraduate Leadership Internship with the Ames LAboratory and the Department of Energy. Isaiah wishes to continue with materials as he intends to perform graduate study in Materials Science. In his free time he is an avid comedian performing both stand-up and improv.

Email: isaiah.duplessis@richmond.edu

Jackson Spurling

Jackson is a junior at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include characterization of metal alloys, particularly using scanning electron microscopy. He is also currently serving as a Secretary of the Student Council of the Microscopy Society of America. Outside of the laboratory, Jackson enjoys supporting University of Tennessee athletics, particularly football. He also enjoys outdoor activities, including camping and hiking in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee.


Email: rspurlin@vols.utk.edu

Monica Argueta

Monica is a junior at Sul Ross State University majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. In the future, she aims to be able to apply both chemistry and biology as a research veterinarian.

Email: maa16ee@sulross.edu