Richard Royal Lunt

Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Physics and Astronomy

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI



Richard R. Lunt joined the faculty of Michigan State University in 2011 in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Physics Departments. He earned his B.Ch.E. from the University of Delaware, graduating with honors for his work on phase equilibria in superconducting-related perovskites under Douglas J. Buttrey.  He received his doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University while working as a researcher with Stephen Forrest at the University of Michigan (2006-2010) and Jay B. Benziger at Princeton. Just prior to arriving at MSU he worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT. He has won a number of awards for his innovative research and is the inventor of over 15 U.S. patents, the majority of which have been licensed. He is a co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy Inc., which is commercializing a range of technologies that enable seamless deployment of light-harvesting functionality in the form of products and surfaces.







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© 2011-2016 Richard Lunt, MSU


Michigan State University, Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor, 2016-present

Michigan State University, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 2011-2016

Michigan State University, Adjunct Professor, Physics and Astronomy, 2012-present

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2010-2011

Princeton University, PhD, 2010

University of Delaware, BChE, 2004


Recent Awards:

Teacher Scholar Award, MSU, 2016

Withrow Distinguished Junior Scholar Award, MSU, 2016

Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship Award, American Physical Society (APS), 2015

Top 35 Innovators Under 35 List, Technology Review, 2015

Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, MSU, 2015

Innovation of the Year Award, MSU, 2015

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Environmental Chemistry Mentor Award, 2015

DuPont Young Professor Award, 2013

NSF CAREER Award, 2013






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Dianyi Liu

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Graduate Students:



Chris Traverse, MSE

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Peggy Young, MSE 

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Padmanaban (Paddy) Kuttipillai, CHE 

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Pei Chen, MSE

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Chenchen Yang, MSE

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Alex Renny, CHEMS (M.S.)

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Undergraduate Students:



Brian Wingate, ME

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Kevin Chase, CHE

 kacman07 at


Lucas Layher, CHE

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Tyler Patrick, CHE

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Mark Elinski, CHE

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Adam Redoute, CHE

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Nathan Maise, CHE

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Audrey Jean Guest, CHE

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Dr. Richa Pandey (Ubiquitous Energy Inc)




Dhanashree Moghe, Postdoc 

SearchLite – Startup


Yimu Zhao, CHE, Ph.D.  



Dr. Jorge Rossero, Postdoc



Yunhua Ding, CHE, M.S. 

Eli Lilly


Joe Hagerty, M.A.



John Suddard, CHE (undergrad)

University of Minnesota (PhD Program)


Juan L. Mena Lapaix, CHE  (undergrad)

Georgia Inst. of Tech. (PhD Program)


Crystal Alton, CHE  (undergrad)

Ubiquitous Energy Inc. 


Steven Rausch, CHE (undergrad)


Chris Gallick, CHE (undergrad)



Minor Thomas, (RET Summer Institute)


Colin Richter, (HSHSP)

U. Penn


Ransom W. Burgess,  (HSHSP)

Purdue University


Natalia Chamorro, MSE

MSU (PhD Program)



Andrew Grossman, ME (MS) with A. Benard


Daniel Keen, CHE  (undergrad)


Chase Beason, (HSHSP)