Wu Group



Dr. Yiying Wu

Yiying Wu grew up in a small town close to the Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in Anhui province of China (see figure below). He received his B.S. in chemical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) at Hefei in 1998, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley with Professor Peidong Yang in 2003. He then did his postdoctoral research with Professor Galen D. Stucky at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prof. Yiying Wu joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of OSU in 2005, was promoted to associate professor in 2011 and to full professor in 2014. He received a Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation in 2008, an NSF Career Award from National Science Foundation in 2010, and a CAPA Biomatik Distinguished Faculty Award in 2014. Commissioner Brooks of the Franklin County of Ohio also award Prof. Yiying Wu a Commissioner’s Award for his contribution in renewable energy technologies. In 2011, he was ranked #6 worldwide on the Times Higher Education “Top Materials Scientists of the Past Decade”. In 2014, Wu group founded KAir Battery, LLC for the research and development of KAir battery technology. In 2015, Dr. Wu was named 40 under 40 by Midwest Energy News. Prof. Yiying Wu is also an associate editor for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.


Office: 256 CBEC

Mailing Address:
Department of Chemistry
The Ohio State University
100 w 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1173

E-mail: wu@chemistry.ohio-state.edu

Phone: 614-247-7810 (office), 614-247-8776 (CBEC)

Fax: 614-292-1685




Lei Qin


Lei is from Lianyungang, China and obtained his BS and MS in Materials Science and Technology from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. After that, he received his PhD in Materials Science and Technology from the Tsinghua University in July 2018 and acquired his dual PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in January 2018. Both his researches during PhD period focused on developing advanced electrode materials for next-generation high-energy batteries systems with long cycle life and low cost. In November 2018, Lei joined the Wu group as a postdoctoral researcher where he has been focusing on the development of promising prototypes for K-O2 batteries and studying various methods for alkali metal anodes protection. Outside of lab, Lei loves running, badminton, and soccer. LinkedIn



Ram Krishna Hona


Ram Krishna Hona is from Nepal. His education began with his receipt of a B.S. (1994) in Biology and Chemistry and an M.S. (1996) in Chemistry from Tribhubvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. He held various research-focused positions in Nepal before relocating to the United States in 2010. He then earned a second M.S. (2014) in Chemistry from New Mexico State University. He was enrolled at the University of Louisville, where he earned a third M.S. (2018) and PhD (2019) in Chemistry where he was focused on investigating and synthesizing materials for use in renewable energy systems. In January 2020, Hona has joined the Wu group as a postdoctoral research scholar where he intends to continue to pursue research related to the formulation and synthesis of novel functional materials, in particular by developing a novel compound that has efficient electrolyte properties for potassium super oxide batteries. LinkedIn




Fourth-year graduate students

Jiaonan Sun



Jiaonan is from Shenzhen, China and received her BS in chemistry from the Southern University of Science and Technology in 2016, where she worked on molecular tweezers and clefts based on naphthalene skeletons. She joined the Wu group in the winter of 2016 and is applying supramolecular chemistry to DSSCs. In her spare time, she enjoys watercolor painting and jogging.





Third-year graduate students

Jingfeng Zheng


Jingfeng Zheng grew up in Hangzhou, China and earned his BS degree in chemistry from Chu Kochen Honors College of Zhejiang University, where he worked on the total synthesis and the metal-organic frameworks. In 2017, he joined the Wu group and began working on Solid-Electrolyte Interface of Alkali metal-air battery. In his spare time, he enjoys meditation. LinkedIn





Luke Schkeryantz


Luke Schkeryantz is from Indianapolis, IN and completed his BS in chemistry at Indiana University in 2017. While there he worked on the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles. He joined the Wu group in 2018 and has worked on synthesizing unique asymmetric salts for Li-ion batteries.






 Songwei Zhang


Songwei is from Wuhan, China and received his BS in chemistry from Wuhan University, where he worked on the design of catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction. In the winter of 2017, he joined the Wu group and looks forward to developing new materials and catalysts for electrochemical energy conversion.






Second-year graduate students

Jieren Shao


Jieren was born and raised in Harbin, China. She received her BS in chemistry in 2015 and her MS in polymer physics and chemistry in 2018 from Jilin University, where she worked on the synthesis of the polymer and graphene based carbon nanomaterials. In the winter of 2018, she joined the Wu group and began her research on solid state Alkali metal-air batteries. In her free time, Jieren likes to collect stamps and commemorative coins as well as hang out with friends.





Ruiyang Lyu


Ruiyang is from Jiaxing, China. He received his BS in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2016 and worked as a research assistant in the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University from 2016 to 2018. In the winter of 2018, he joined the Wu group and began his research on electrochemistry and energy storage. Besides research, he likes badminton and music.






Visiting scholars and students

Shougui Ning


Shougui Ning is from Sichuan, China and received his BS in polymer material processing engineering from Sichuan University in 2014. From September 2014, he studied in the College of Electronics and Information Engineering in Sichuan University, and conducted research in fabrication nanocrystalline semiconductor films and investigated the photoelectron properties. He joined the Wu group in November 2018, and he is working on developing organic-inorganic hybrid materials for solar cells and optoelectronics. In his free time, Shougui loves badminton and swimming.




Xiaojuan Chen


Xiaojuan received her MS in 2015 and is pursuing her PhD degree at Sichuan University, where she aims at developing 3D transition metal materials for high-efficient electrochemical energy conversion. She joined the Wu group as a visiting student in September 2019 and is focusing on electrochemical CO2 reduction. In her spare time, she likes playing basketball and swimming.





Xingxing Wu


Xingxing is from Henan, China and received her MA in physical chemistry at Dalian University of Technology in 2017. After that, she was admitted as a Ph.D. candidate in material science and technology at Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen) and studies on electrocatalysts of zinc-air battery. In October 2019, she joined the Wu group as a visiting student and continues her study on zinc-air battery. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton, hiking, cooking, and shopping.




Undergraduate students


Group Alumni

Tianyu (San) Liu (graduate student, 2017-2019, pursuing his Ph.D. at Woodward Group) LinkedIn

Allie Curtze (graduate student, 2016-2019, currenlty working at OSU) LinkedIn

Yongze Yu (graduate student, 2014-2019) LinkedIn

Neng Xiao (graduate student, 2014-2019, currently working at Dupont) LinkedIn

William McCulloch (graduate student, 2013-2018, currently working at Intel) LinkedIn

Benjamin Garrett (graduate student, 2012-2017, currently working at Entegris) LinkedIn

Kevin Click (graduate student, 2012-2017, currently working at Owens Corning) LinkedIn

Xuanxuan Bi (graduate student, 2012-2017, currently working at Argonne National Lab) LinkedIn

Tom Draskovic (graduate student, 2012-2017, currently working at Sandvik) LinkedIn

Mingfu He (graduate student, 2011-2016, currently a postdoc at MIT) LinkedIn

Lu Ma (graduate student, 2011-2016, currently at Argonne National Laboratory) LinkedIn

Xiaodi Ren (graduate student, 2011-2016, currently a postdoc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) LinkedIn

Damian Beauchamp (graduate student, 2012-2016, currently at 8 Rivers Capital) LinkedIn

Zhongjie Huang (graduate student, 2010-2015, currently a postdoc at the University of Maryland) LinkedIn

Mingzhe Yu (graduate student, 2010-2015, currently at Dow) LinkedIn

Panitat Hasin (graduate student, 2007-2012, Assistant Professor at Kasetsart University, Thailand) LinkedIn

Gayatri Natu (graduate student, 2007-2012, currently project scientist at Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati) LinkedIn

Yanguang Li (graduate student, 2005-2010, currently Professor at SooChow University, China) LinkedIn

Gerald Gourdin (postdoc, 2018-2019, currenltly postdoc at the Ohio State University ) LinkedIn

Danielle Chirdon (postdoc, 2017-2018) LinkedIn

Zhiqiang Ji (postdoc, 2010-2013, currently at Universal Display Corporation) LinkedIn

Mario Alpulche (postdoc, 2007-2009, currently Assistant Professor at Univ. Nevada, Reno) LinkedIn

Bing Tan (postdoc, 2005-2007, currently IMRA, America) LinkedIn

Yu Deng (undergraduate student, 2018-2019)

Xichen Liang (undergraduate student, 2017-2018)

Justin Dilenschneider (undergraduate student, 2016-2018)

Bradley Schockman (undergraduate student, 2016-2017)

Brittany Trang (undergraduate student, 2013-2017)

Maneesha Pimplikar (undergraduate student, 2014-2017)

Shengchen Xue (undergraduate student, 2015-2016)

Sihan Wang (undergraduate student, 2014-2015)

Mitchell Steindler (undergraduate student, 2015)

Anna Dorfi (undergraduate student, 2013-2014, currently a graduate student at Columbia University)

Sichen Gu (2018, visiting scholar from Beijing Institute of Technology, China)

Jingmei Li (2018, visiting scholar from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Shan Jin (2018, visiting scholar from Anhui University, China)

Renjie Li (visiting professor from Wuhan University, China)

Qiang Zhao (visiting graduate student from Sichuan University, China)

Weilin Chen (2014, visiting scholar from Northeastern Normal University, China)

Huizhen Li (2014, visiting scholar from Henan Normal University, China)