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Luyi Sun

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Associate Professor

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Phone: (860) 486-6895
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  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama, 2004


Research Focus

  • Multi-functional nanostructured materials for structural, functional, environmental, and energy related applications
  • Polymeric materials and new polymer processing development
  • Layered compounds
  • Green science and engineering
  • Hydrates and porous materials for energy storage and CO2 capture



  • Best Paper Award, Engineering Properties and Structure Division, Annual Technical Conference – Society of Plastics Engineers, 2012
  • Runner-Up for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2012
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3–People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award, 2012
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2011
  • Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2010
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award of College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Alabama, 2005
  • The DOW Chemical Company Fellowship; DuPont Fellowship, 1998


Current Publications

He, Q.; Yuan, T.; Zhang, X.; Luo, Z.; Haldolaarachchige, N.; Sun, L.; Young, D. P.; Wei, S. Guo, Z. Magnetically Soft and Hard Polypropylene/Cobalt Nanocomposites: Role of Maleic Anhydride Grafted Polypropylene. Macromolecules 2013, 46, 2357-2368.

Chen, H.; Wang, W.; Martin, J. C.; Oliphant, A. J.; Doerr, P. A.; Xu, J. F.; DeBorn, K. M.; Chen, C.; Sun, L. Extraction of Lignocellulose and Synthesis of Porous Silica Nanoparticles from Rice Husks – A Comprehensive Utilization of Rice Husk Biomass. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2013, 1, 254-259.

Wang, W.; Ma, C.; Lin, P.; Sun, L.; Cooper, A. I. Gas Storage in Renewable Bioclathrates. Energy & Environmental Science 2013, 6, 105-107.

Wang, W.; Huang, Z.; Chen, H.; Tan, Z.; Wang, H.; Chen, C; Sun, L. Methane Hydrates with a High Capacity and High Formation Rate Promoted by Biosurfantants. Chemical Communications 2012, 48, 11638-11640.

Wang, W.; Martin, J. C.; Huang, R.; Huang, W.; Liu, A.; Han, A.; Sun, L. Synthesis of Silicon Complexes from Rice Husk Derived Silica Nanoparticles. RSC Advances 2012, 2, 9036-9041.

Wong, M.; Guenther, J.; Sun, L.; Blümel, J.; Nishimura, R.; Sue, H.-J. Synthesis and Fabrication of Multifunctional Nanocomposites: Stable Dispersions of Nanoparticles Tethered with Short, Dense and Polydisperse Polymer Brushes in Poly(methyl methacrylate). Advanced Functional Materials 2012, 22, 3614-3624.

Yang, Y.; Zeng, H.; Ren, J.; Yuan, S.; Fan, C.; Sun, L.; Chen, G. Tunable Blue Emission from Ta5+ Doped Sulfophosphate Glass-Ceramics. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2012, 95, 2206-2210.

Hu, H.; Martin, J. C.; Zhang, M.; Southworth, C. S.; Xiao, M.; Meng, Y.; Sun, L. Immobilization of Ionic Liquids in θ-Zirconium Phosphate for Catalyzing the Coupling of CO2 and Epoxides. RSC Advances 2012, 2, 3810-3815.

Wang, W.; Martin, J. C.; Fan, X.; Han, A.; Luo, Z.; Sun, L. Silica Nanoparticles and Frameworks from Rice Husk Biomass. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2012, 4, 977-981.