Group Leader

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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
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Graduate Students


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Changliang An

Graduate Student

Research Focus:
Nanomedicine: Hybrid materials for Tissue Engineering, 3D Printing Biomimetic Scaffolds for Tissue Regeneration.

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Na Ha

Graduate Student

Research Focus:

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

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Samuel Oyon

Graduate Student

Research Focus: Flexible conductive substrate and metal additive manufacturing

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Jesna Sara Shaji

Graduate Student

Research Focus:

Nanostructured materials for solution-processed solar photovoltaics, Synthesis Sulvanite Nanoparticle via Cation exchange


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Fei Zhang

Graduate Student

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

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Jake Carrier (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry – FIU)

Graduate Student

Research Focus:

Nanostructured Materials for CO2 storage and conversion

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Melissa Venedicto

Graduate Student

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

Undergraduate Students

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Josiah Beaufort

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus :

Melt extrusion in 3D Printing

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Anthony Humaran

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus : Metal Additive Manufacturing and Mechanical Testing

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Benjamin Vargas

Research Focus :

3D Printing of Fused Filament Fabrication

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Sebastian Vargas

Undergraduate Student

Research Focus :

Thermoplastic Polymers in Fused Filament Fabrication

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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)

Johan Gonzalez, PhD, Former Postdoc, 2021 (NSF Support)


Graduate Students 


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

Helga Zepf, MS, 2020 (NSF Support)

Brian Rivera, MS, 2021

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

Faizan Syed, MME Graduate Student, 2022 (NASA CRE2DO)

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

Kiyana Saeedian, MME Graduate Student, 2023 (FIU Presidential Fellowship)


Undergraduate Students   


Alexander De Socio, MME BS, 2020 (NASA) 

Carlos Caiaffa, BME BS, 2020 (NASA)

Oscar Flores, MME Undergraduate Student 2021 (DOD Support) 

Daniel Figueroa, BME BS, 2022 (NASA)