Principle Investigator

Yan Zeng

2024-present  Assistant Professor    Chemistry&Biochemistry, FSU

2024-present   Faculty Affiliate          Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2023-2023       Staff Scientist (PI)       MSD, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2020-2022       Postdoc                          MSD, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2015-2020       Ph.D.                               Materials Engineering, McGill University

Office: Room 2002, Chemical Sciences Laboratory, FSU


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Graduate Students

Elena Scivally

Elena graduated from Stetson University in 2023 with a B.S. degree in chemistry. She is from Winter Park, Florida. She is an avid reader, and her favorite genre is mystery novels. In the Zeng group, Elena is exploring the solvothermal synthesis of energy materials.

Ajay Shaji

Ajay graduated from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research TVM with an integrated B.S.-M.S. degree in Chemistry (major) and Physics (minor). He is a dedicated science enthusiast on a mission to simplify life to shape the future. In the advancing frontier of AI, he is entrusted with integrating AI with chemistry. In the Zeng group, Ajay is developing advanced solid electrolyte materials in an automated lab.


Dr. Yufang He

Dr. He obtained her Ph.D. at Missouri University of Science and Technology and had her postdoctoral training at Tsinghua University before moving to FSU. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher co-supervised by Dr. Zeng and Dr. Ouyang. Her research focuses on NASICON and DRX-type materials for fast-charging and high-energy-density batteries. 


Emily Zager

Emily is currently an undergraduate student at FSU  majoring in chemistry and minoring in Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and reading. In the Zeng group, Emily is focused on using water and deep eutectic solvents (DESs) to selectively recover critical minerals.