Dr. Feimeng Zhou
Dr. Zhou’s research group has engaged in a number of projects funded by grants from the NSF, NIH, DoD, Dreyfus Foundation, Research Corporation, ACS-PRF and other organizations. The group has published almost 150 peer-reviewed papers in areas as diverse as neurological disorders, chemical instrumentation and biosensors for detecting biomarkers of neurological disorders and cancers, applications of surface plasmon resonance and scanning probe microscopy (AFM and scanning electrochemical microscopy in particular), nanomaterials synthesis and templating, dye-sensitized and perovskite-based solar cells. Since 1995, Dr. Zhou has trained more than 60 talented and motivated high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. As the only analytical chemist during 1997-2003 and 2008-2016, Dr. Zhou revamped the “Quantitative Analysis” laboratory by adding five new experiments, and secured grants/industrial support to acquire instruments for the “Instrumental Analysis” class with 12 new experiments. He has also developed “Interfacial Electrochemistry” for graduate students.
By 2016, twenty-five former students have earned or are pursuing their Ph. D. degrees at major research institutions (Cornell, Delaware, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, Northwestern, NYU, Purdue, UC-Irvine, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne, University of Southern California, University of Iowa, and University of Texas). The most exciting and rewarding result is that the research experience has motivated and excited Dr. Zhou’s students to such a level that they have become passionate about pursuing advanced degrees in science. Three former students are professors in academia (one was a PECASE awardee and one an NSF-CAREER award winner). Dr. Zhou has also mentored 14 postdoctoral (PD) research associates, who, in an immeasurable way, have helped his students to improve and to achieve their goals. Dr. Zhou’s close interaction with the PDs and their experience of supervising undergraduate students and teaching at a PUI has also helped develop their careers.
Dr. Zhou currently is serving as the Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainability program funded by the National Science Foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST Program) at CSULA. Owing to his training of and conducting research with a large number of students, he became a recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Professor award from CSULA and was awarded the CSU system-wide “Faculty Research Award” in 2012. Dr. Zhou was also fortunate to be awarded a Dreyfus Teacher/Scholar Award in 2001.