A native North Philadelphia, in June 2015, Dr. Jalaal Hayes successfully
defended his dissertation entitled, “Thermodynamic and Kinetic Studies of
Alkali-Metal Doped Lithium Amide-Magnesium Hydride Hydrogen Storage
System” in Applied Chemistry. He was 22 years old. The degree was conferred on December 20, 2015, at Delaware State University winter commencement as he was lauded as “the youngest ever Doctoral Candidate” in the
university’s 130-year history.