Welcome to Electric Materials and Nanotechnology Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University! Our research is focused on innovative materials and devices for energy conversion, storage and conservation. It involves a wide range of topics on solar cells, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and solid state electrolytes. Nanotechnology and microfabrication have been intensively used in our research to create advanced materials and devices. We also do first-principles and finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations to analyze material's properties, design devices, and predict the performance of devices. Come join us to explore the mystery in the world of electric materials, energy devices and nanotechnology!


December 17, 2021 [New!] Michael Johnson graduated and was hired by Apple - one of top global technology companies. Big congratulations! Enjoy the sand & sunshine in California! We are proud of your success!
December 1, 2021 Dr. Zhang is among the top 100,000 scientists in the world. Read the news here.
November 18, 2021 [New!] We have a potential opening (Master student) in power electronics.
November 15, 2021 [New!] A postdoctoral position is available in fuel cells. Open until filled.
November 1, 2021 Multiple positions in lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. Start in 2022 Spring.
September 24, 2021 Senior capstone project "3D Scanner" was kicked off. Welcome Avery Christensen, Wyatt Feldsien, Evan Anderson, and Benjamin Holt!
September 23, 2021 Logan Johnson joined the group to conduct undergraduate research. Logan will explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for battery materials and batteries. Welcome, Logan! (Read this if you want to know How AI is helping us discover materials faster than ever)
August 19, 2021 Welcome Hayat Ullah joining the group to pursue a PhD degree! Hayat will focus on nanoantenna solar cells, which use nanostructures to collect solar energy and convert it to electricity - a very challenging project. Good luck, Hayat!
August 2, 2021 Congratulate Mike on passing the final exam and getting his PhD degree! In four years of studying at NDSU, Mike published 5 first-authored journal papers, 1 first-authored conference paper, and 7 co-authored journal papers. We appreciate Mike's efforts and contribution, and wish Mike the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
July 31, 2021 Welcome to Mike's Final Defense: Aug. 2, 2021, 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada); Zoom link available.
July 30, 2021 Congratulate Raju on publishing a review paper! Click here to check out.
June 24, 2021 Prof. Ananda Shastri and his student from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University Moorhead visited the lab. We will make efforts to explore collaborative research in solid-state electrolytes for sodium-ion batteries.
May 24, 2021 Multiple graduate research assistant positions available. Start immediately or 2021 Fall. Open until filled.
May 19, 2021 Congratulations on Youli's graduation! We are so proud of Youli who has grown his career successfully through studying at NDSU and working in our lab. Best wishes on his future endeavors!
May 14, 2021 Olivier Thiss successfully completed the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) at NDSU and graduated with honor. Big congratulations!
February 12, 2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities: MXene nanomaterial-based enzymatic biofuel cell (Project #14). Great benefits including housing, travel support and a stipend of $4,000 for 8 weeks!
January 19, 2021 The group welcomes Sampada Koirala! Sampada would implant her chemistry and biology experiences to research of nanostructured materials for biosensor and THz device applications.
January 9, 2021 The group has an opening for a PhD student for the upcoming summer.
January 8, 2021 Fadhilah graduated and left the group. We wish her a very successful life in the future!
December 11, 2020

[Highlight] Congratulations on Travis, Jordan, Mason, Chris's completion of the senior design project: IP enabled home security system - a little kit that can sense motion, temperature and water leakage; once it is triggered, a push notification will be sent to your phone through the internet! Click here to watch the video these guys created!

November 17, 2020 [Announcement] Welcome to Fadhilah's Master Degree Defense.
November 11, 2020 [Announcement] Welcome to Fadhilah’s Master Degree Final Exam Rehearsal!
November 9, 2020 Dr. Qifeng Zhang is among NDSU researchers featured on list of world’s topcited scientists! Read the story. (Source: https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/research/_RCA_Update_Archive/11-09-2020_ResearchUpdate.pdf)
September 29, 2020 Nassra Abdalla joined the group to conduct undergraduate research on thermoelectric materials and device. Welcome!
September 8, 2020 Welcome Nassra Abdalla, Christine McMakin, Robert Weisz, and Jamison Quanbeck - the senior design team aiming to create a solar powered cell phone charger that includes a sun tracker to maximize the light harvest!
September 3, 2020 We have a hourly paid part-time research assistant position open now. [Expired]
September 3, 2020 We are recruiting a Ph.D. student to work on nanomaterials and energy devices. See OPENINGS for details.
August 24, 2020 Welcome Boston Heaford! Boston joined the group to pursue a Ph.D. degree. With a physics background, he will work on solar cells! Let's see what a high efficiency solar cell Boston would bring to us!
January 31, 2020 Travis Huff, Mason Maus, Jordan Dessaint and Christopher Wingard kicked off their senior project! The project is to develope an IP enabled home security system.
January 28, 2020 Mike's paper is published in Nanomaterials. Check out here. Congratulations!
January 13, 2020 Dehao Cheng joins the group to conduct undergraduate research. Welcome!
January 10, 2020 Md Mozammal Kamal Raju holding a Master degree from Lamar University joins the group to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Welcome!
January 9, 2020 Mehek Sadiq joins the group as a co-supervised Ph.D. student. Welcome!
January 9, 2020 Pranjal Misal graduated from NDSU and joins the group as a master student. Welcome!
December 18, 2019 Sudipto Saha gratuates as a Master student and leaves the group. Congratulations!
September 27, 2019 Graduate Research Assistant Positions. Please navigate to OPENINGS for details. [Expired]
September 24, 2019 Congratulation on Mike's paper titled "Room‐temperature ferroelectric K2W7O22 (KWO) nanorods as a sensor material for the detection of acetone" published in Medical Devices & Sensors. Check out here.
September 6, 2019 Leo Hoedl, Tanner Moerke and Jacob Shirk kicked-off their senior capstone design project: IP-Enabled Wireless Camera.
September 3, 2019 Welcome Pranjal Misal joining the group to conduct undergraduate research in nanoantenna solar cells!
August 26, 2019 Ms. Srilakshmi Gayatri Gundlakunta joined the group to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Enginnering. Welcome, Srilakshmi!
3 Minute Thesis Competition Next year’s 3 Minute Thesis competition, hosted by the NDSU Graduate School, is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020.  This event begins at 10 am and the final round of competition is at 2 pm!
May 22, 2019 Congratulations to Mike on passing the preliminary defense! In the past 1.8 years, Mike has published 2 first-authored and 2 co-authored journal papers. Mike else completed 1 conference presentation and has 1 journal paper being in preparation.
March 4, 2019 Undergraduate research assistant positions available. Find details in OPENINGS. [Expired]
Feb. 11, 2019 Olivier Thiss joined the group. Welcome!
November 16, 2018 We have a PhD position in the direction of solar cells open now. Please contact Dr. Zhang if you are interested. [Expired]
November 8, 2018 Congratulations on Mike's success in the development of bio-sensor materials making a story posted on the NDSU homepage! Check out this: Research team invents breath test to detect diabetes
October 20, 2018 Part-time undergraduate research assistant positions available! Please see OPENINGS for details.
August 17, 2018 Welcome Youli Wang who joined the group to pursue a master degree with research interest in solar cells.
July 11, 2018 Welcome Sayler Jenson to the group! Sayler joined the group through the Grand Challenges Scholars program at NDSU. His research would be focused on smart window.
June 12, 2018 Nasim Soufizadeh Balaneji bringing the experience in doing simulation at CCAST joined the group as a visiting student. She will work for two months with a research focus on the simulation of the migration of lithium ions in solid-state electrolytes using VASP. Welcome!
May 15, 2018 A very warm welcome to Fadhilah Altayran who joined the group as a Master student to do research on solid state electrolytes and smart window.
May 8, 2018 Summer Job: Multiple research assistant positions; graduate student level; first-principles-based computing. [Expired]
April. 4, 2018 Dr. Pingchun Guo joined the group as a visiting scholar/professor for one-year research collaboration on solid state electrolytes and smart window. Welcome!
March 27, 2018 Connor Wander joined the group for undergraduate research through the Grand Challenges Scholars program at NDSU. Welcome!
March 27, 2018 Welcome Nicholas Feddersen joing for undergraduate research!
March 22, 2018 Welcome Ninad Kashyap joing for undergraduate research!
March 5, 2018 Undergraduate research assistant positions available! [Expired!]
October 6, 2017 Willem Bohrer joined the group. Welcome!
September 11, 2017 Sudipto Saha joined as a Ph.D student. Sudipto will work on solar cells. Welcome!
September 8, 2017 Welcome Seth Otte, Renae Bakker, Derek Peterson, and Gunnar Michon joining to conduct senior project: Smart Window!
September 8, 2017 Welcome Daren Brekkestran, Nick Zahler, and Jacob Doege joining to conduct senior project: Solar System!
August 16, 2017 Jay Klatt joined the group. Welcome!
August 16, 2017 Welcome Michael Johnson joing as a co-supervised Ph.D. student!
August 10, 2017 A Ph.D. position in the direction of nanomaterial synthesis and solar cell development is available. [Expired]
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August 16, 2016 Lab launched!