PhD Students


Kun Yu

Dissertation: Formation of Nitrosamines in Absorption-based Post-combustion Carbon Dioxide Capture Systems

Kun Yu joined Dr. Ning Dai’s research group in October 2014 IMG_3862_a
and is currently investigating the toxic byproducts nitrosamines and nitramines formed during amine-based post-combustion carbon dioxide capture. Kun received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China. He left the West Lake in Hangzhou and traveled to the Great Lakes to pursue his PhD at the University at Buffalo in 2012. Kun is interested in elucidating chemistry reaction mechanisms and pathways by combining experimental and simulation tools (e.g., MATLAB and Aspen Plus). He aspires to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for safe and effective post-combustion carbon dioxide capture.


Lei Su

Lei Su joined Professor Dai’s group in spring 2015. After receiving her B.S. degree from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China, Lei earned her M.S. from University at Buffalo. IMG_4178_aHer thesis work focuses on developing a molecular level understanding of pesticide transformation on leaf surface under conditions relevant to urban environment. She believes her work will enable more accurate risk assessment for pesticides and their degradation products, more effectively protect public health, and eventually lead to better pesticide management practices.


Jiale Xu

Jiale Xu joined Professor Dai’s group in August 2015. He received his B.E. (June, 2013) fromJiale Beijing Normal University and M.S. (December, 2014) from University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign in Environmental Engineering. After a half year internship in the project of designing coking wastewater recycling processes, he moved to University at Buffalo – SUNY to pursue his Ph.D.. His research interests focus on wastewater recycling processes. He is currently examining the rejection performance and the transport mechanism of neutral disinfection byproducts in forward osmosis. His next project will explore the use of advanced oxidation processes to remove trace organic contaminants in wastewater.