Lenore L. Dai
School Director
Chemical Engineering
Email: lenore.dai@asu.edu
Phone: (480)965-4112
Office: ECG 303C (Map)


Dr. Lenore L. Dai is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) at Arizona State University (ASU). She joined ASU in 2008 and served as the Program Chair of Chemical Engineering in 7/2009-8/2015. She oversees degree and research programs in aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and the professional science master’s program in solar energy engineering and commercialization. Dr. Dai received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1997. She worked for PPG Industries, Inc. for 5 1/2 years prior to joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University in 2002.


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois (1997)

Research Interests

Surface, interfacial, and colloidal science with emphases on functionalizing nanoparticles and liquid-liquid interfaces; environmentally responsive (“smart”) materials; novel polymers and polymer composites; rheology.

Graduate Faculties

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • Top Five Percent Faculty Award, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering (2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • Fulton Exemplar Faculty Award (2014)
  • ASU Parents Association Special Recognition Award (2012)
  • AIChE-ASU Professor of the Year Award (2010)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2007)
  • Whitacre Engineering Research Award (2007)
  • Lockheed Martin Engineering Teaching Award (2007)
  • Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award (2005)
  • AIChE Professor of the Year Award (2003, 2005, 2006)
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • University of Illinois Young Alumnus Award (2001)
  • Racheff Award (1996)