Principal Investigator

Publications: Google Scholar

Yan Zeng

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemitry, Florida State University

Current and Previous Research Appointments:

2024 - present: Assistant Professor, Florida State University

2024 - present: Faculty Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2023 - 2023: Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2020 - 2022: Postdoc, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

Contact Information:

Office: Room 2002, Chemical Sciences Laboratory, FSU


Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

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). In the Zeng group, Ajay is developing advanced solid electrolyte materials in an automated lab.

Yufang He

Dr. He obtained her Ph.D. at Missouri University of Science and Technology and had her postdoctoral training at Tsinghua University. Her research focuses on using computation to design fast-charging and high-energy-density battery materials.

Undergraduate Students

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 extraction and recovery of critical minerals.

Kayla Spinner

Kayla is an undergraduate student at FSU pursing a degree in Biochemistry. She is also a teaching assistant for General Chemistry Lab. In the Zeng group, Kayla is designing electrolytes for solid-state batteries.

K-12 Students

Tommy Dixon

Tommy is a high school student from Orlando, FL. He enjoys listening to music and playing video games. Tommy is interested in engineering as well as computer science, and provides assistance throughout the lab. (YSP2024)

Josh Kumar

Josh is a rising senior at Lawton Chiles High school. He is interested in robotics and mechatronics as well as applied math. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing soccer, tennis and playing video games. (YSP2024)

Zoe Shoplock

Zoe is a high school student currently going into her junior year. She is from Tallahassee, Florida and enjoys sailing, rowing, drawing, and her pets. She is interested in physics, mathematics as well as molecular biology. (YSP2024)