Xueyi Zhang awarded Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Xueyi Zhang, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was awarded the Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship this fall.

This professorship, given to outstanding faculty early in their academic career within Penn State College of Engineering, recognizes current achievements and demonstrates a belief in potential.

“I would like to thank the Brennan family for their generosity,” said Zhang. “This professorship is a great encouragement for me. With the support of this professorship, I look forward to further exploring the frontiers of clean energy technologies.”

Zhang received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013, where his work on two-dimensional zeolites was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy for its potential in reducing fuel price. Following his Ph.D., he worked in Enrique Iglesia’s group at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher.

Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, recommended Dr. Zhang for the professorship, which was then determined by Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones.


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