Group Leader

Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai

Group Leader, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering - Joint Faculty, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai is an associate professor at Florida International university. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (2004) from Iowa State University. During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training (Scripps Research, CA) he specialized in nanomaterials with application in bio-medicine. His current research encompasses development of advanced functional materials with applications in bio-nanotechnology, catalysis for bio-fuels synthesis, tissue engineering, bio-sensors and bio-renewable resources utilization.

Courses Taught:
Fall 2019 – CHM 4611 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, CHM 5620 Graduate Inorganic Chemistry, EGN 3365 Materials Engineering
Fall 2020- EGN 3365 Materials Engineering  , EMA 5015. Introduction to Nanomaterials.
Office: EC 3242
Email : clai@fiu.edu

Website: lai-afm.fiu.edu


Graduate Students

 

Syed Faizan

Graduate Student

Research Focus:
Printed Electronics for RFID Antenna.


Na Ha

Graduate Student

Research Focus:

Nanoparticle Delivery of Edited Genes and Nucleic Acids; Bio-inspired Nanomaterials for Theranostic Nanomedicine.


Fei Zhang

Graduate Student

Research Focus:
Functionalization and Nanobiotechnology Applications of Bio-inspired Nanomaterials; 2D TMDC Nanomaterials for Theranostic Nanomedicine.


Jake Carrier (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry – FIU)

Graduate Student

Research Focus:

Nanostructured Materials for CO2 storage and conversion


Johan Gonzalez

Postdoc

Research Focus:
Encapsulated CsPbX3 Perovskite Nanocrystals in Multi-Dimensional Metal Oxide Thin Films (collaboration with Dr. Daniela Radu)


Kiyana Saeedian

Graduate Student

Research Focus: Functionalized microbial polysaccharides and its biomedical applications


Melissa Venedicto

Graduate Student

Research Focus: Nanomedicine: biological application of nanomaterials (collaboration with Dr. Daniela Radu)


Undergraduate Students

Daniel Figueroa

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus:

Plant-based Nanomaterials (collaboration with Dr. Daniela Radu): Functionalization, Mechanics of Nanomaterial-Reinforced Nanocomposites, Electronics and Nanobiotechnology Applications.


Anthony Humaran

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus : Metal Additive Manufacturing and Mechanical Testing


Samuel Oyon

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus: Flexible conductive substrate and metal additive manufacturing


Elizabeth Chery

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus: Spinning Fiber for Life Science Applications


Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Researchers

Prakash Manandhar, PhD, Former Postdoc, 2020 (NSF Support)

Graduate Students 

Ashley Triana, MME Graduate Student, 2022 Spring NASA Pathway Program (2021 Fall, DOD Support)

Mohammed Inzamam Ali Haqqani, MS, 2021 (NASA CRE2DO)

Brian Rivera, MS, 2021

Aleida Vieyra, MS,2020 (NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Program)

Helga Zepf, MS, 2020 (NSF Support)

Undergraduate Students   
Alexander De Socio, MME BS, 2020 (NASA) 
 
Carlos Caiaffa, BME BS, 2020 (NASA)
 
Oscar Flores, MME Undergraduate Student 2021 Fall (DOD Support)