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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 


Imam, Ibrahim Abiodun

Ibrahim joined the group in 2022.  He will conduct computational protein research.


Shan Xingjian 

Xingjian joined the group in 2022.  He will conduct research on AI for science

We are looking for a graduate student for an AI for science project. Please contact the PI for more information. 

Undergraduate Researchers


Matthew Manning is a ChE undergraduate researcher working on simulating materials for energy


Al Adawi, Shata is a ChE undergraduate researcher working on machine learning

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 )

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