Graduate Student Positions


The Functional Nanomaterial Research Laboratory directed by Dr. Jennifer Lu, is developing functional material-enabled transducer platforms for a variety of applications spanning from energy conversion, energy storage to energy transduction. We are looking for proactive and self-motivated students to join our exciting research team working at the forefront of functional materials. In particular, we are looking for students with laboratory experience and knowledge in chemistry or materials synthesis and characterization. Students will have a chance to spend a significant amount of time working at the National Laboratories and NASA Research Centers. Immediate openings are available on following projects:

(i) Carbon-based 3D hierarchical structure design and synthesis for energy storage and conversion and carbon dioxide reduction (e.g., Nanoscale, 8, 11617-11624, 2016 , ACS Nano, 6(12), 10720-10726, 2012). Students with knowledge of and training in electrochemistry, and/or inorganic material synthesis are highly sought after.

(ii) Synthesis of small molecule model systems and corresponding polymers for a low-energy triggered mechanoresponsive platform for actuating, sensing and energy harvesting. (e.g. Nature Chemistry, 5(12), 1036-1042, 2013; Adv. Func. Mater., 24, 77-85, 2014). Students who have received basic organic synthesis training are highly desirable.

Students with bachelor or master degrees in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics or relevant fields are preferred. Please contact Jennifer Lu at for additional information.

UC Merced, the tenth UC campus, is located near the foothills of Yosemite. It is a 2-hour drive to the San Francisco Bay Area and the beautiful Monterey bay.