I. Francis (Frank) Cheng

Electro-, Analytical and Environmental Chemistries

B.S. 1982 University of Delaware

Ph.D. 1987 The Pennsylvania State University

Postdoctoral Fellow 1987-89 Texas A&M University

Editorial Board: Microchemical Journal

C-Journal of Carbon Research

AAAFM Material Communications

Tel. (208) 885-6387

Email: ifcheng@uidaho.edu


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November, 2021 lŕr, Kailash Hamal, Jai Earsley, Dipak Koirala, Jeremy May, Forrest Dalbec, William Strub, Frank Cheng.


Kailash Hamal’s UI Alumni Award for Excellence, video.

Jeremy May – Winner of 2020 College of Science Research Expo.


Other Group Pictures 



1. GUITAR, Graphite/Graphene from the University of Idaho Thermolyzed Asphalt Reaction , US Patent 9691556 B2, June 27, 2017    

2.Electrochemical Devices Comprising Carbon-Based Materials. Projected U.S. Patent No. 10,804,041, Issue Date October 13, 2020. https://patents.google.com/patent/US10804041B2/en

NEW    3. pH Sensing Using Pseudo-Graphite, Patent # 11,327,046. Issue Date May 11, 2022, https://patents.justia.com/patent/11327046

NEW    Approved 4. U.S. Application No. 16/292323, Technologies Using Nitrogen-Functionalized Pseudo-Graphite, https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200284750A1/en

5. International Application No.PCT/US2020/021145,  International Filing Date 05.03.2020, Chemical Oxygen Demand Sensing Using Pseudo-Graphite, https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200284747A1/en

6. U.S. Application No. 16/292318, Chlorine Species Sensing Using Pseudo-Graphite, https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200284748A1/en

7. U.S. Application No. 16/292325, Technologies Using Pseudo-Graphite Composites, https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/c6/9d/ae/fae1587a058f3c/US20200284749A1.pdf

8. U.S. Application No.  16/292322, Technologies Using Surface-Modified Pseudo-Graphite, https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/c6/9d/ae/fae1587a058f3c/US20200284749A1.pdf


Short Presentation on GUITAR                      

TEDx UIdaho Talk on GUITAR


Positions of Group Alums – Jeremy Foutch (Novarits, Texas), Isaiah Gyan (Intel, Oregon), Kenichi Shimizu (Northvolt, Sweden), Haoyu Zhu (Postdoc, Boise State University), Mark Engelmann (Pacific Northwest National Labs), Jose’ Morales (BMC, Puerto Rico) Derek Laine (Industrial Consultant), Christina Nordoun (Environmental Consultant), Simon McAllister (Arclin, Product Development Manager) Yuqun Xie (Faculty Member, Huazhong Agricultural University, China), Ryan Hutcheson (Pixis Labs, Portland OR) Rubha Ponraj (Hanyang University, South Korea, Researcher), Edmund Wong (EPA, Chicago), Humayun Kabir (Lumigen, Michigan), Francisco Ramirez (Marathon Oil Refinery, Washington), Kailash Hamal (Intel, Oregon), Jeremy May (Waters Associates, New Castle, Delaware)


Research Carbon materials for batteries, fuel cells, ultracapacitors, sensors and water purification, mechanisms of heavy metal poisoning, dietary antioxidants, biological oxidations, room temperature “combustion” of persistent organic pollutants and the detection of improvised explosives.


UI - Physical and Chemical Characterization Centers,

*Electron Microscopy, *ICP , *Mass Spectrocsopy, Lee Deobald, debaldl@uidaho.edu, 885-5893, *AFM, Confocal Raman Spectrscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering, Zeta Potential, Eric Aston (aston@uidaho.edu )


Research Links:  Graphene/Graphite from the University of Idaho Thermolyzed Asphalt Reaction-(GUITAR UI Video),  Seminars and Presentations, Publications, Present Funding, Present and Former Research Students, Graduate Admissions Page, NIST Chemistry WebBook


Course Links: Current Courses

Chem 303-307 Physical Chemistry Lab Fall 2022

Chem 454 Instrumental Analysis Spring 2023

Chem 409 Proseminar Spring 2023


Previous Semesters

Chem 504 Advanced Topics in Electrochemistry Spring 2020

Chem 558 Electrochemistry Fall 2018

Chem 112 Fall 2017

Chem 253 Quantitative Analysis Fall 2016

Chem 254 Quantitative Analysis Lab Fall 2016


Links for Research Students in my Lab: MSDS online, MSDS Information, Scientific Literature Page, Information for New Research Students in My Lab


Other Links: Examples of Careers in Chemistry. A short history of my career path through my former jobs, research groups, and mentors, Cold Fusion, Interesting Personal Links, UI Chemistry Homepage