Principle Investigator

Pengyu Chen

Assistant Professor
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: pengyuc@auburn.edu
Phone: +1(334)844-4913

Pengyu Chen is an Assistant Professor in Materials Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn. He received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanjing University. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University in 2012 and worked as a research fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2013-2016. Chen's research interests focus on advancing nanotechnology and microsystems in surface patterning, self-assembly, micromachining and optics to push forward the frontiers in Biosensing, Medicine/NanoEHS, Biophysics and Immunology.

Postdocs

Lang Zhou

Ph.D.
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
M.E. in Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University
B.E. in Biotechnology, Sichuan University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: lzz0028@auburn.edu

Lang's current research focuses on the multi-parametric/mutimodal spectroscopy apparatus for surface characterizations.

Zhuangqiang Gao

Ph.D.
Analytical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University
B.S. in Chemistry, Fuzhou University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: zhuangqiang.gao@ucf.edu

Gao's current research focuses on shape-controlled synthesis of metal nanocrystals for chemical and biological sensing.

Students

Jiacheng He

Ph.D. Candidate
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.E. in Applied Chemistry, Hainan University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: jzh0125@auburn.edu

Jiacheng He's current research focuses on the development of ultrasensitive biosensors, nanomaterial patterning and nanomanufacturing techniques.

Wen Yang

Ph.D. Candidate
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.E. in Material Engineering, Huaqiao University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: wzy0017@auburn.edu

Wen Yang's current research focuses on nanoplasmonic biosensor for single cell analysis and cell-cell communications.

Yuxin Cai

Ph.D. Student
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.E. in Applied Chemistry, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: yxc0017@auburn.edu

Yuxin's currently research focuses on magnetic assisted patterning and novel magnetic nanomaterials for reconfigurable biosensors.



Alana MacLachlan

Ph.D. Student
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.S. in Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: amm0214@auburn.edu

Alana's currently research focuses on bacterial and cancer cells' capture, concentration and identification for food safety and early cancer diagnosis.



Chuanyu Wang

Ph.D. Student
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.E. in High Polymer Material Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: wzc0038@auburn.edu

Chuanyu Wang’s current research focuses on amyloid-iron oxide hybrid nano-materials for water purification.



Yuan Gao

Ph.D. Student
Materials Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
B.E. in Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University

276 Wilmore Lab
Auburn, AL 36849
Email: yzg0046@auburn.edu

Yuan Gao’s current research focuses on time-dependent cellular response to Amylin aggregation.



Alumni

Postdocs and Graduate Students:
Yan Zhu, Visiting Ph.D. Student, Materials Engineering (01/2017-05/2017)
Zhengyang Gu, Master Student, Materials Engineering (09/2016-12/2017)
Diep Ha Nguyen, Mater Student, Materials Engineering (06/2018-12/2018)
Feng Xiong, Master Student, Materials Enginnering (03/2017-02/2019)
Michael Pappas, Master Student, Materials Enginnering (05/2018-05/2019)
Lili Chen, Master Student, Materials Enginnering (08/2017-08/2019)
Faruk Musa Soso, Master Student, Materials Enginnering (08/2018-08/2019)
Jake Collins,Master Student, Materials Enginnering (08/2018-12/2019)