Principal Investigator

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028

Science Hall 301-I

(856) 256-5463

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Dr. Ping Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry from the University of California Davis. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research involves the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of polymeric and inorganic nanostructures for energy, environmental and health applications. Dr. Lu has published peer-reviewed research papers in leading journals in chemistry and materials science such as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and Nano Letters. Dr. Lu is a Section Editor of Recent Patents on Nanotechnology (2021 Impact Factor 1.952; 2022-present), Editorial Board Member of Green Energy and Environmental Technology (2022-present), Carbohydrate Polymers (2021 Impact Factor 9.381; 2014-present), and Nanotechnology (2021 Impact Factor 3.874; 2017-present).

Current Group Members

Graduate Students

Wanying Wei 


Wanying received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Rowan University in 2021. Currently she is a graduate student in Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

Kai Xu 


Kai is an international student from China and he received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry in 2021 from Rowan University. Currently he is a graduate student in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In the future Kai wants to become a doctor. Kai likes watching movies, comics and anime at the weekend. 

Michael Wildy


Michael received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Rowan University in 2021.  Currently continuing at Rowan pursuing a Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate degree.  Hobbies include biking, skiing, and skateboarding.

John Schossig


Currently an undergraduate student with a chemistry major. John would like to go into research after graduation. He likes to spend time with friends, ride bike, or play music in his free time

Jayeshkumar Nayak


Hello, I'm Jayeshkumar Nayak, an international student from India. I'm on an exciting journey towards achieving my M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Rowan University. Outside of my academic pursuits, I have a deep passion for watching movies, indulging in music, and exploring religious places during the weekends.

Undergraduate Students

Kevin Arizapana


Kevin is an undergraduate student studying at Rowan University. In 2023, he will graduate after pursuing a B.S. degree in Chemistry. He plans to go into research after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys being social, play card games and light off fireworks.

Alexis Bensley


My name is Lexi and I am currently a senior pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry here at Rowan. I plan on working in the fragrance industry after I graduate. I enjoy going for long walks and traveling.

adam peru


Adam is a student at Rowan University who is pursuing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is expecting to graduate in Spring 2026. In his free time, he enjoys painting, skateboarding, and listening to music.

Gabriella Begley


Gabby is a part of the Class of 2026 at Rowan University studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Physics. She loves to spend time with friends and family and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.

Mayooran Mohanakanthan


Hi my name is Mayooran Mohanakanthan and I am a first generation college student attending Rowan University. I am a Biological Sciences with a Psychology Minor and a Premedical concentration. In my free time, I tutor music students at the Summer Youth Band at Pitman and read various books. In the future, I hope to get accepted to Cooper Medical School.

Jessica Holck


Hi, my name is Jessica and I am studying for a BA in chemistry. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2024. In my free time, I enjoy drawing and painting, reading, and watching shows with my friends.

Dougherty, Michael


Michael is currently a senior pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry and a Certificate in Cannabinoid Chemistry at Rowan University. After graduation, he plans to go into research. Michael currently plays rugby for the Hibernian Rugby Club in Pennsylvania in his free time. 

Franklin, Brianna 


Brianna is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry at Rowan University. She plans to go into research after graduation. She enjoys swimming, reading, and spending time with her family in her free time.

High School

Sumedha Jayaraman


Sumedha Jayaraman is a rising junior at WWP High School South in NJ and will be graduating in 2024. She is passionate about chemistry, especially in the fields of nanoscience and quantum applications, and has founded a quantum club in her school. Sumedha also enjoys performing Indian classical music on her instrument, the veena.

Leo Li


Leo Li is a rising senior at WWP High School South in NJ and will be graduating in 2024. He is passionate about chemistry and geoscience, and is interested in the use of nanomaterials in environmental applications. In his spare time, he enjoys running, collecting rocks and minerals, and constructing model aircraft.

Sarah-Grace Coren


Sarah-Grace Coren is a rising senior at Germantown Academy and will be graduating in 2024. She is passionate about chemistry and biology and is interested in a future career as a trauma surgeon. In her spare time, she volunteers as an emt and is a student pilot.


Simone Murray


Simone graduated from Binghamton University in May 2015 with a BA degree in Chemistry. She started her LIU chemistry graduate program in the fall of 2015 and graduated in August, 2019. 

Rawan Ghaban 


Rawan got her B.S degree from Taibah University in Medina, Saudi Arabia in 2012. She became a chemistry graduate student at LIU Brooklyn in the spring of 2016. Her research is on phase-change materials for thermal energy storage. Rawan graduated in August, 2019 from LIU. 

Jiahao Chen


Jiahao received his B.S. degree from Yunnan University in China in 2016. He worked as an intern in a lubricant factory from February 2017 to July 2017. He became a graduate student in Chemistry Department in the fall of 2017. Jiahao graduated from LIU in August, 2019. 

Justin Dixon 


My name is Justin Dixon a sophomore Translational biomedical science major at Rowan University; And heading to Grad School after undergrad. 

Samantha Lynch 


My name is Samantha Lynch and I am currently a senior Chemistry major at Rowan University. I am also studying to obtain a certification in secondary education. I plan on working as a high school Chemistry teacher in the near future. 

Juhi Surti 


My name is Juhi Surti and I am currently a junior at Rowan University. I am majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology. I am pursuing a pre‐med pathway and plan on attending medical school. 

Naina Raju 


My name is Naina Raju, I am a biology major with a psychology minor here at Rowan University. I currently am in my third year and hope to continue on to medical school after undergrad. 

Ryan Hart 


My name is Ryan Hart, and I am a junior at Rowan University. As a biochemistry major, it is my goal to pursue a career performing biomedical research. My hobbies include watching/playing ice hockey, listening to music, and studying science. 

Emily Rooney 


My name is Emily Rooney, and I am a freshman biomedical engineering major at Rowan University. I am on the E‐board of Engineers Without Borders, run cross country and track for Rowan, and am an active participant in the Pre‐Health Society and the Problem‐based Learning organization. 

Christopher Beck


My name is Chris Beck and I am a senior at Rowan, starting in 2017.  I wanted to teach high school chemistry, but have been thinking about entering the brewing/distilling business after graduating.

Jacob Fowler


Jacob is currently an undergraduate student at Rowan University and will graduate with his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2022. After which he hopes to get work experience in the field while continuing as a graduate.

pavan patel


Pavan is a chemistry major at Rowan University. He is currently in his senior year and hopes to purse a master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences after graduation.  

Sahil Verma


Sahil received  his associates in Liberal Arts, Math and Science from LaGuardia Community College, Queens, New York. He started Rowan University as a Chemistry major. He loves art and enjoy drawing and painting very much during free time. 

Dev Patel


Currently an undergraduate student at Rowan University studying biomedical engineering. Joined Rowan in September 2019. Planning to attend Rowan SOM in the near future. 

Harmann Singh


Harmann currently attends Rowan University and is majoring in biomedical engineering with the intention of heading to Rowan SOM in the future. 

Christopher Wileczek


Chris is a chemistry major in his senior year at Rowan University. His plans for the future are to move into the field of pharmaceuticals or materials science.

Anthony Lopez


My name is Anthony and I'm currently in my senior year. I am majoring in Chemistry, looking to finish in Spring 2023 with a B.S. Afterwards I will most likely pursue a career in either the Cannabis or Research & Development/Quality Analysis field. I enjoy things like sports, gaming, and spending time with family and friends.

High School Students

Vincent Wang (Midwood High School)

Jennifer Duong (Midwood High School)

Jessie Zheng (Midwood High School)

Katie Nikishina (Midwood High School)