April 5, 2024 – FIU Research Expo.



April 2, 2024 – Undergraduate Researchers Attended the 2024 URFIU Meeting.


From left to right: Anthony Humaran, Josiah Beaufort, John Valencia, Michael Keyack, and Filippo Latte.

April 1, 2024 – Graduate Students Attended  FIU’s Scholarly Forum.


(Team members from left to right: Daniel Muñoz,  Rishabh Sahani and  Jake Carrier)

March 17, 2024 – Saint Patrick’s Day in New Orleans


March 16, 2024 – ACS Meeting

 Radu and Lai’s groups attended the 2024 ACS Spring Meeting in New Orleans.
(Joining team members with Dr.Lai students from left to right:  Rishabh Sahani, Jake Carrier, Linisha Biswal, Melissa Venedicto, Fei Zhang, and Na Ha)

February 9, 2024

Dr. Radu and her DOE Earthshot research team participated in the kickoff meeting at the University of California, Berkeley.
(Team members from left to right: Daniel Munoz, Dr.Radu, Dr. Navdeep Kaur, Changliang An,  and Dr. Sahil Gasso celebrating Lunar New Year).

December 12, 2023

Congratulations to Dr Tim Chang, we wish you all the best and will miss you!


December 4, 2023

Congratulations to Linisha Biswa and Rishabh Sahani for passing their PhD Qualifier Exams.


December 1, 2023

Annual Holiday Celebrations, Happy New Year!

November 14, 2023

NASA PI Meeting. Dr Radu and Program Coordinator Ms. Eduimar Urribarri.

October 27, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Radu and her team for receiving $10 Million to establish the Department of Defense Center of Excellence in Renewable Energy Generation and Storage (CIREES) at FIU.


July 30, 2023

Congratulations to Dr Roberto Prado-Rivera!

July 6, 2023

Happy birthday to our NASA CRE2DO research coordinator, Eduimar Hinestroza!

June 27, 2023

Congratulations to our group member, Roberto Prado-Rivera, on successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation!

June 11-18, 2023

Dr. Radu’s photovoltaic research team joins the 50th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico! (Participants from left to right: Daniel Munoz, Eduimar Hinestroza, Dr. Navdeep Kaur, Dr. Neetesh Kumar, and Rishabh Sahani)

May 18, 2023

Doctoral student Roberto Prado-Rivera presented his work on understanding obtaining 2D layered materials from 3D bulk order-vacancy compound (OVC) materials through computational modeling at the 2023 Graphene and Beyond Workshop!







March 29, 2023

We are very excited to share that our group member, Melissa Venedicto, has been awarded the 2023 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). Congratulations Melissa!

March 26, 2022

Graduate students Na Ha and Melissa Venedicto participated in the 2023 South Florida Translational Research Symposium: Infection, Cancer and Inflammation – from Molecular Discoveries to Therapeutics, and presented their research work, “Infrared-Activated Bactericide: Rhenium Disulfide (ReS2)-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles“!

December 8, 2022

Dr. Daniela Radu has been the new director of FIU’s Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI)!

Read more at: https://cec.fiu.edu/2022/12/daniela-radu-named-new-director-of-fius-advanced-materials-engineering-research-institute-ameri

Congratulations to Faizan Moinuddin Syed, CRE2DO Graduate Researcher, on his graduating with his MS degree in Engineering Management!
Happy holidays!

October 30, 2022


At the ACS Southeastern Regional Meeting with Prof. David MacMillan, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2021. 

At the Frost Museum of Science in Miami with Prof. Eric Cornell, Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.

April 30, 2022

Congratulations to Mujtaba on his graduation! Mohammed Mujtaba Haqqani, CRE2DO Graduate Researcher under the mentorship of Dr. Daniela Radu, graduated with a MS degree in Engineering Management.


December 20, 2021

Congratulations to Tim and Roberto for passing their Ph.D. candidacy exams! Also, congratulations to Nicolas Maruri for completing his Master’s degree and for securing an industry job with Cummins!

Happy holidays!



August 28, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Mimi Liu for completing her two-year postdoctoral training under Dr. Daniela Radu! During her training, Dr. Liu published six papers and helped train the next generation of researchers.

August 25, 2021

Congratulations to Mimi, Mujtaba Dr. Radu, and Dr. Lai for their newly published paper “Versatile Silver Nanoparticles-Based SERS Substrate with High Sensitivity and Stability” in Applied Nano!

August 5, 2021

Congratulations to Mimi, Dr. Radu, and Dr. Lai for their newly published paper “Stand-Alone CuFeSe2 (Eskebornite) Nanosheets for Photothermal Cancer Therapy” in Nanomaterials!

July 15, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Radu for receiving the NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Space Technology Artemis Research grant, or M-STAR! This initiative has awarded cooperative agreements to seven Minority Serving Institutes (MSIs) for projects that will support agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and advance lunar technologies. Award amount: $500,000. https://www.nasa.gov/stem/murep/mstar/feature/nasa-awards-grants-to-minority-serving-institutions-to-support-artemis-space-tech

July 12, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Radu (NASA – FIU CRE2DO Center Director), who has been awarded the NSF PREM for Innovations in Materials, Processes, and Applications for Quantum Technologies (NSF PREM IMPAQT)! NSF PREM IMPAQT, a collaborative effort between FIU and Penn State, will focus on fundamental and practical aspects of new 2D materials and processes that can be transformative in the quantum science field. The PREM center will recruit and train students from the highly diverse FIU student population in materials for the future quantum science workforce. Award amount: $3.8 million. https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303046

March 23, 2021

Congratulations to Roberto, Tim, Mimi, Dr. Radu, and Dr. Lai for their recently published paper “Sulvanites: The Promise at the Nanoscale” in Nanomaterials as part of the Special Issue Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Properties and Applications! https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11030823

January 10, 2021

Congratulations to Mimi, Tim, Dr. Radu, and Dr. Lai for their recently published paper “Solution-Based Synthesis of Sulvanite Cu3TaS4 and Cu3TaSe4 Nanocrystals” in Crystals as part of the Special Issue Nanostructured Crystalline Semiconductors: Structure, Morphology and Functional Properties! https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst11010051

December 10, 2020

Congratulations to Mimi Liu, Dr. Lai, and Dr. Radu on publishing their new paper in Nature Scientific Reports!

August 7, 2020

July 21, 2020

Congratulations to our graduate student Roberto Prado-Rivera for his winning of the 2020 NASA Fellowship Award!
This prestigious research award is among the only 17 national selections made in 2020. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-fellowships-to-advance-exploration-increase-minority-stem-opportunities/

May 5, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Mimi Liu, co-authors Dr. Radu and Dr. Lai, and collaborator Dr. Gurpreet Singh Selopal for their new paper on the synthesis and characterization of Cu3VSe4 nanocrystals: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232184

Feb. 24, 2020

Congratulations to lead author Dr. Mimi Liu, co-author Dr. Lai, and collaborators from Dr. Federico Rosei’s group, Al Mahyar Mohammadnezhad and Dr. Gurpreet Singh Selopal for having the Cu2ZnSnSxSe4−x (CZTSSe) nanosheet electrocatalyst for dye-sensitized solar cells papers accepted in Electrochimica Acta!

Jan. 1, 2020

Estudiantes hispanos involucrados en un programa de la NASA

Interview of the NASA CRE2DO research group headed by Dr. Daniela Radu.

Dec. 11, 2019

Happy Holidays!