• Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai is an associate professor at Florida International university. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (2004) from Iowa State University. During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training (Scripps Research, CA) he specialized in nanomaterials with application in bio-medicine. His current research encompasses development of advanced functional materials with applications in bio-nanotechnology, catalysis for bio-fuels synthesis, tissue engineering, bio-sensors and bio-renewable resources utilization.

research interests

  • Functionalized mesostructured materials (mesoporous and hierarchical silica nanomaterials) engineered for the following applications: Bionanotechnology

    Cancer research: Intracellular biomacromolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins) delivery nanodevice for biological systems; application in colorectal cancer;
    Biocatalysis: Enzymatic conversion of non-food biomass in food products. Energy and the Environment
    Catalysts for Biofuels Synthesis: Metal, and metal-oxide nanocatalysts on porous materials support for catalytic conversion of non-food biomass to fuels;
    Sensors: Porous materials for environmental applications (sensing of water contaminants and carbon capture).

selected publications

full name

  • Cheng-Yu Lai


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