Group News

September 2022
We are recruiting two motivated Ph.D. students to join our research group. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Sun through email at and include your CV and a brief statement of your research interests.

August 2022
Welcome undergraduate students to visit our lab!! They will do research projects in 2022 fall semester.

July 2022
Welcome Yifang joining our group!

April 2022
Dr. Sun was invited to be a Topic Editor of Frontiers in Energy Research: Edited Research Topic in "Interface and Structure Designs of Electrode Materials for Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage". Welcome submissions here.

September 2021
Zhongkun, Juchen, and Haoqing passed their qualifying exams. Congratulations!

August 2021
Welcome Linrui joining our group!

April 2021
Bo Nie passed his comprehensive exam. Congratulations!

March 2021
Dr. Sun was invited to be an Editorial Board Member of the journal Energies.

February 2021
Bo Nie passed his qualifying exam. Congratulations!

August 2020
Welcome Haoqing, Zhongkun, and Juchen joining our group!

December 2019
The first semester, everyone enjoyed learning Principles of Solidification Processing!

August 2019
Our group seeks highly motivated members with a strong passion for advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, functional materials, and energy science. Multiple positions are currently available for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students as well as visiting students/scholars in Professor Sun's group. Candidates in multidisciplinary areas of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or any related areas are welcome to contact Prof. Sun through email at and include your CV and a brief statement of your interests related to our research. Candidates with experience in (but not limited to) one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:(1) synthesis and sintering of ceramic matrix composites; (2) 2D/3D additive manufacturing of functional and structural materials; (3) energy materials for energy conversion (e.g., piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics) and storage (e.g., all-solid-state-batteries) and thermal management (e.g., heat spreaders, thermal insulators); (4) biomedical devices and soft robots; (5) fiber engineering.

August 2019
Prof. Sun joined Penn State as an assistant professor joint-hire in both the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Research Institute.
Nanotechnology expert joins industrial engineering department