Richard Royal Lunt

Johansen Crosby Endowed Professor

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Physics and Astronomy

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI



Associate Editor:  Science Advances



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 PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University while working with Stephen Forrest at the University of Michigan (2006-2010) and Jay B. Benziger at Princeton. While building his lab at MSU he worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT with Vladimir Bulović. He has won a number of awards for his innovative research and is the inventor of over 25 U.S. patents, the majority of which have been licensed. He is a co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy Inc., which is commercializing transparent solar cells that enable seamless deployment of light-harvesting functionality in the form of products and surfaces.  He is also cofounder of GlowShop LLC, which is commercializing educational kits for solar energy. 







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© 2011-2021 Richard Lunt, MSU


Michigan State University, Johansen Crosby Endowed Professor, 2019-present

Associate Editor, Science Advances, AAAS, 2019-present

Michigan State University, Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor, 2016-2019

Michigan State University, Assistant Professor, 2011-2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2010-2011

Princeton University, PhD, 2010

University of Delaware, BChE, 2004


Recent Awards:

Outstanding Faculty Award, Awarded by the MSU Senior Class Council, 2017

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


Graduate Students:



Chenchen Yang, MSE

yangch25 at


Matthew Bates, CHE

batesma7 at


Chris Herrera, CHE

herre108 at


Aungkan Sen, MSE

senaungk at









Dianyi Liu, Ph.D., Postdoc

Assistant Professor, Westlake University




Lily Wang, Ph.D., Postdoc

OneSun LLC



Dhanashree Moghe, Ph.D., Postdoc 

SearchLite – Startup


Dr. Jorge Rossero, Ph.D., Postdoc



Pei Chen, MSE, Ph.D.



Padmanaban (Paddy) Kuttipillai, CHE, Ph.D.



Chris Traverse, MSE, Ph.D.

Ubiquitous Energy Inc. 


Peggy Young, MSE, Ph.D.  



Yimu Zhao, CHE, Ph.D.  



Alex Renny, CHE, M.S.

GlowShop LLC, Startup (co-founder)


Yunhua Ding, CHE, M.S. 

Eli Lilly


Joe Hagerty, M.A.

Urban Science


Matthew Donahue, CHE

 donah86 at


Lucas Layher, CHE



Tyler Patrick, CHE



Mark Elinski, CHE



Adam Redoute, CHE



Nathan Maise, CHE



Audrey Jean Guest, CHE



Zach Smith, CHE



Kevin Chase, CHE



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)

Dow Corning


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)