Principal Investigator

Chibueze V. Amanchukwu
(Chi-boo-a-zay) (Ah-man-chu-ku)

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in Molecular Engineering, 2020-
Joint Appointee, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Lab, 2020-

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University (2017-2019)
Visiting Fellow, Chemistry, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (2019)
PhD, Chemical Engineering, MIT (2017)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Texas A&M University (2012)

Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Invitee, National Academy of Engineering (2022)
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Award (2022)
Scialog Fellow, Negative Emissions Science (2022)
NSF CAREER Award (2022)
12 under 12 Young Alumni by Texas A&M University (2021)
ECS-Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship (2021)
3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2021)
Emerging Investigator, Journal of Materials Chemistry (RSC) (2021)
TomKat Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Energy at Stanford
California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
Alfred P. Sloan Scholar
GEM Fellow
Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research, American Chemical Society (ACS)
Texas A&M ChemE Outstanding Graduating Student Award
Craig Brown Senior Engineer Award (Highest award presented to a student in the Texas A&M College of Engineering)


Graduate (PhD) Students

Priyadarshini (Priya) Mirmira (B.A., Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2019)
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Hobbies: Piano, reading, mountain biking, Dungeons and Dragons
Project: Hybrid solid state electrolytes
Email: pmirmira @

Reginaldo Jose Gomes Neto (B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil, 2018)
Hometown: Salvador, Brazil
Hobbies: Pet lover, swimming, snorkeling, playing Smash Brothers
Project: CO2 electrocatalysis

Peiyuan Ma (B. E., Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China 2019)
Hometown: Hebei, China
Hobbies: Hiking, watching birds, playing basketball
Project: Liquid electrolytes

Hannah Fejzic (B.S., Chemistry and Applied Physics, California State University, San Bernardino, 2020)
Hometown: San Bernarndino, CA
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, yoga
Project: CO2 electrocatalysis

Emily Doyle (B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2021)
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Hobbies: Sailing, reading, swimming, and running
Project: Solid state electrolytes

Postdoctoral Scholars

Canh Minh Vu (PhD, Polymer Science and Engineering, Korea National University of Transportation, South Korea, 2020)
Hometown: Quang Ngai, Vietnam
Hobbies: Football, Climbing.
Project: Micro Calorimeter, Solid electrolytes

Ritesh Kumar (PhD, Materials Research Centre, Indian institute of Science, India, 2022)
Hometown: Bokaro, India
Hobbies: Watching movies and TV shows, hiking, and yoga.
Project: AI/ML for electrolyte discovery

Undergraduate Students

Michael Han (UChicago Class of 2023)

Lucy Schmid (UChicago Class of 2023)

Ishaan Roy (UChicago Class of 2024)

Zoe Umlauf (UChicago Class of 2025)

Uyen Le (UChicago Class of 2025)




Graduate Students: Apply to PME or other UChicago departments! Once admitted, email me to discuss projects of interest and your desired career path.

Postdoctoral Scholars: Always interested in candidates with strong background in characterization (e.g, NMR, X-ray tools), in Organic Chemistry (small molecule and/or polymer synthesis), data science (NLP, ML), and Electrochemistry (e.g., electrocatalysis). Reach out to me (chibueze (at) with your CV, Statement of Research Interests/Career path, and list of 3 references.

Undergraduate Students: Reach out to me if interested in our work! We expect undergraduates in the lab to work with us for at least a year. These positions are mostly unpaid, but there are numerous funding opportunities on campus (Metcalf grants, PME funding, Astronaut Scholar, Stamps Scholars). Current undergraduates in the lab have won these grants, and the lab will assist you in your applications.



Trinity Hixson-Wells (MRSEC REU 2022, Next position: Xavier University Undergrad)

Christina Pirrotta (Undergrad 2020-2022, Next position: Tesla)

Walker Gillett (Undergrad 2020-2022, Next position)

Benjamin Kash (Undergrad 2021-2022, Next position: Twelve)

Claire Fuschi (Undergrad 2021-2022, Next position: Nanograf)

Cindy Xue (Undergrad, 2021, Next position: UChicago undergrad)

Oscar “Pecho” Rivera (PME REU 2021)

Jin Zheng (Postdoc, 2020-2021, Next position: Postdoc at Argonne National Lab)

Zifeng Kang (MPCS Masters, 2020-2021, Next position: Amazon)

Chris Birch (Undergrad, 2020-2021, Next position: PhD student at Carnegie Mellon)

Beamlak Lefebo (Undergrad, 2020-2021, Next position: Teacher at Churchill School)

Runtong Yan (Intern, 2021, Next position: BitGlass)