Associate Professor
465 Brown Hall
Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 70695
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-4452
Fax: (423) 439-5835


Dr. Mei received her B.S. in Applied Chemistry in 1999 and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2006. Her graduate research project, mentored by Prof. Darryl DesMarteau at Clemson University, involved the synthesis of new organic fluorinated materials as photo acid generators for microlithography and as electrolytes for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Dr. Mei worked as a visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola College in Maryland from 2006 to 2007, and as a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Josef Michl at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2007 to 2009 focusing on organic Boron catalyst preparation for unsaturated olefin polymerization. Dr. Mei then worked as an Assistant Professor at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans from 2009 to 2012, before moving to East Tennessee State University, where she has been working since 2012.



Liu, Huanji; Zhu, Juncheng * ; Li, Zhong; Shi, Zhicheng; Zhu, Jiliang * ; Mei, Hua * . Fe2O3/N doped rGO anode hybridized with NiCo LDH/Co(OH)2 cathode for battery-like supercapacitor, Chemical Engineering Journal, 403, 126325-126337, 2021.

Mei, Hua * ; Ibrahim, Faisal. “Two New Diazonium Bis(Perfluoroalkyl) arylsulfonyl Imide Zwitterionic Monomers from Perfluoro(3-oxa-4-pentene)sulfonyl Fluoride for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells,” Journal of Fluorine Chemistry,199, 46–512017.

Mei, Hua * ; MacCloud, Rebecca; Ibrahim, Faisal; Nworie, Chimaroke; Musket, Anna. “Alkaline Aqueous Solution Promoted Debromination of 1, 2 Dibromo-fluorocarbons - A Convenient Method for Electron Deficient Perfluorovinyl Ethers,” Tetrahedron Letter, 58(21), 2026–2030, 2017.

Mei, Hua*; Nworie,Chimaroke;  Abban,Grace; Alayyaf,Abdulmajeed; MacCloud, Rebecca. “Diazonium (Perfluoroalkyl) Arylsulfonimide Zwitterionic Monomer Analogues: Effective Synthesis and Thermal Stability” Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy,41 (5), 3628-3637, 2016.

Liu, Bing; Mei, Hua; Desmarteau, Darryl; Creager, Stephen. “Electrochemical Behavior of Platinum Nanoparticles on a Carbon Xerogel Support Modified with a [(Trifluoromethyl)-benzenesulfonyl]Imide Electrolyte,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 118 (49),14115-14123, 2014.

Mei, Hua * ; DesMarteau, Darryl D. “Bis(diaryliodonium) perfluorosulfonimide zwitterions as Photo Acid Generators ,” Journal of Fluorine Chemistry,160, 12-15, 2014.

Mei, Hua * ; D’Andrea, Dan; Nguyen, Tuyet-Trinh; Nworie, Chima. “Synthesis of the Diazonium (Perfluoroalkyl) Benzenesulfonimide Monomer from Nafion Monomer for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells,” Journal of Power Sources, 248, 1177-1180, 2014.

Mei, Hua; VanDerveer, Don; DesMarteau, Darryl D. “Synthesis of Diazonium (perfluoroalkyl) benzenesulfonylimide Zwitterions,” Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 145, 35-40, 2013.

Volkis, Victoria; Mei, Hua; Michl, Josef. “Method for Copolymerization Isobutylene,” Application 61/151,437, Patent Applied, 2009. 

Mei, Hua; Douvris, Christos; Volkis, Victoria; Hanefeld, Phillip; Hildebrandt, Nicole; Michl, Josef. “Radical Copolymerization of Isobutylene and Ethyl Acrylate with Li[CB11Me12] Catalyst,” Macromolecules, 44 (8), 2552–2558, 2011.

Volkis, Victoria; Mei, Hua; Shoemaker, Richard K.; Michl, Josef. “LiCB11(CH3)12-Catalyzed Radical Polymerization of Isobutylene: Highly Branched Polyisobutylene and an Isobutylene−Ethyl Acrylate Copolymer, ” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(9), 3132–3133, 2009.

Creager, Stephen E.; Liu, Bing; Mei, Hua; DesMarteau, Darryl D. “Electrochemical Grafting of an Aryl Fluorosulfonimide Salt onto Glassy Carbon,” Langmuir, 22 (25), 10747 -10753, 2006.

Wang, Gongying; Yao, Jie; Wang, Yue; Mei, Hua; Gao, Junjie, “Catalyst for Synthesis of Methyl Phenyl Carbonate by Ester Exchange Method,” Faming Zhuanli Shenqing Gongkai Shuomingshu (Chinese Patent), 2003.

Gao, Junjie; Yao, Jie; Mei, Hua; Wang, Gongying. “Transesterification of Dimethyl Carbonate and Phenol with Titanate Catalysts,” Cuihua Xuebao, 22 (4), 405-407, 2001.



  • 2017-2018, ETSU RDC (Research Development Committee) Major Research Grant (PI), $8,000.
  • 2016-2018, Tennessee National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (PI), $12,000.
  • 2015-2016, Tennessee National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (PI), $2, 500.  
  • 2014-2015, Tennessee National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (PI), $3, 014.   
  • 2013-2014, ETSU RDC (Research Development Committee) Major Research Grant (PI), $10,000. 


  • General Chemistry Lab II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • Organic Chemistry Lab II
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab-Dynamics
  • Introduction to Polymer Chemistry