The Functional Nanomaterial Research Laboratory directed by Dr. Jennifer Lu, is developing material-enabled transducer platforms for a variety of applications spanning from energy conversion and storage, actuators to chemical sensing. We are looking for proactive and self-motivated students to join our exciting research team. In particular, we are looking for students with laboratory experience and knowledge in chemistry or physics. Students will have opportunities to work at NASA Research Centers. Immediate openings are available on the following projects but not limited to these two projects.

  • Carbon-based 3D hierarchical structure design and synthesis for energy storage and conversion or chemical sensing. A student with training in electrochemistry or solid- state physics is a plus.
  • Synthesis of small organic molecule model systems and corresponding polymers to create a highly efficient low-energy triggered mechanoresponsive platform for autonomous actuators and thermal energy harvesting. 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.