11 April, 2016



Jie Pan successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “Understanding Electrical Conduction in Lithium Ion Batteries through Multi-Scale Modeling”. Congratulations to Dr. Pan!

11 March, 2016



Qinglin Zhang successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “Improving the Capacity, Durability and Stability of Lithium-ion Batteries by Interphase Engineering”. Congratulations to Dr. Zhang!



11 November, 2015

Prof. Y.T. Cheng introduces Kentucky NSF EPSCoR’s work in Electrochemical Energy Storage on Youtube: Link


20 August, 2015

Welcome our new group members: Yikai Wang, Long Zhang, Jiazhi Hu. 



12 December, 2014

 Group dinner at Panda Cuisine with our former member Dr. Juchuan Li! Dr. Juchuan Li, now working at Oak Ridge National Lab, gave a ECS Kentucky Student Chapter seminar on “Solid Electrolyte: Towards High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries” in UK (Flyer). Happy holidays!

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2 September, 2014

Qinglin Zhang is on the new website of our department (Chemical and Materials Engineering).

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27 August, 2014

Dr. Cheng’s research group is a member of the Kentucky’s EPSCoR (NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)) project from the National Science Foundation (award details).

NSF Announcement: NSF invests in science and engineering infrastructure across the nation

UKnow: Kentucky Awarded $20 Million to Grow ‘New Energy Economy’

Youtube: EPSCoR Funding Drives Kentucky’s New Knowledge-based Economy


27 August, 2014

Congratulations to Ilona Hoffmann! She successfully passed the Ph.D. defense for her work on “Magnesium-Titanium Alloys for Biomedical Applications”.


26 February, 2014

Dr. Cheng’s group is a member of the lightweight metals institute that former VP of GM, Alan Taub is leading. 

News from the Detroit News: White House to unveil manufacturing institute headquartered in Canton

News from the Lane Report Kentucky helps launch light-materials manufacturing institute


14 February, 2014

Congratulations to materials engineering professor Y.T. Cheng, who will lead an automotive battery research project granted to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by Ford.

News in ThinkKentucky.com