Principal Investigator 


Dr. Qing Shao,PhD (


2018-         Assistant professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky

2014-2018 Postdoctoral research scholar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University

2009-2014  Research Assistant, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Washington

Graduate Students


Nguyen, Manh Tien

Tien had a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from HCM University of Technology – National University in 2014. He has started his PhD journey majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky since 08/2018. Tien joined the Shao group in fall 2018. His research focuses on soft materials for energy applications. 


Usman Abbas Lame

Usman joined the group in December.  He is investigating the mechanisms that govern the application of deep eutectic solvents using computational approaches 

We are looking for gradaute reseachers to join the group. Please email the PI for more information.

Undergraduate Researchers

We are looking for undergradaute reseachers to join the group. Please email the PI for more information.

Former group members

Dr. Qi Qiao (postdoctoral, currently at the medical school)

Xu Nan (visiting student, Zhejiang University)

Undergraduate researchers: 

Ji Xiaorong 

Tapia, Joseph​ ( currently in UMAss graduate program)

Shearer, Hunter W. 

Braide, Tamunoemi Opaki 

Drew Thomas 

Dane McBee 

Drew Schofield

Maliha Marium (currently worcester polytechnic institute graduate program )