University of South Carolina Department of Chemsitry and Biochemistry

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Dr. Ye Sha (Ph.D. NJU)
I am from Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. I graduated from China University of Mining & Technology and got my bachelor’s degree in 2012. Then I pursued my PhD degree in Nanjing University from 2012 to 2017. My research focused on the structure and glass transition behavior of confined polymer under the supervision of Prof. Gi Xue and Prof. Dongshan Zhou. Since July 2017, I joined Prof. Tang’s group at USC as a postdoc fellow, working on the construction and application of metallocene-containing polymers.

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Dr. Ying Lin (Ph.D. NJU)
I am from Wuhu, Anhui Province, China. I completed my Ph.D. in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Xiqun Jiang at the Nanjing University. Then, I joined Department of Polymeric Materials and Engineering in Anhui Polytechnic University as a faculty member. My research interest is the designing and fabricating of novel polymeric biomaterials for applications in controlled drug delivery and bioimaging. In August 2018, I joined Prof. Tang’s group at USC as a visiting scholar, working on synthesis and application of polymer from biomass.
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Dr. Yufeng Ma (Ph.D. CAF)
I am from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. I completed my Ph.D. in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Fuxiang Chu at the Institute of Chemical Industry of Forestry Products, Chinese Academy of Forestry(CAF). Then, I joined College of Materials Science and Engineering in Nanjing Forestry University as a faculty member. My research focuses on the designing and fabricating of polymeric biomaterials for applications in thermal insulation material. In February 2019, I joined Prof. Tang’s group at USC as a visiting scholar, researching on the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials with varied functionalities and properties.
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Meghan E. Lamm (B.A. IWU)
I am originally from Naperville, IL. I received my B.A. in Chemistry in 2015 from Illinois Wesleyan University. During undergraduate, I researched under Dr. Ram Mohan, focusing on development of green methodology for the Grignard reaction, and Dr. Rebecca Roesner, focusing on the synthesis of supra-molecular host molecules. In the summer of 2015, I joined Dr. Tang’s research group with a Copenhaver fellowship. My research focuses on synthesizing polymers from soybean oil for various applications. In my free time I like to cook, bake, swim, and play with my dog.
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Tianyu Zhu (B.S. NJU)
I'm from Changzhou, a city in east of China. In 2015, I got my B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University. Prof. Dongshan Zhou, my undergraduate advisor provided much guidance and strongly recommended me. After that, I joined Prof. Tang's group. Now, I'm a fourth year graduate student, working on metallo-polyelectroytes for energy storage applications. I like all my group members and enjoy the life in Columbia. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in my research or our group!
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Yujin Cha
I am from South Korea. I got my B.S.(2008) and M.S.(2011) in Chemistry from Pohang University of Science and Technology. My research topic was “Synthesis of modified nucleoside triphosphates”. After college, I had worked for LG Chem. During my occupation, I researched on the development of acrylonitrile butadiene rubber latex. I decided to expand my research experience, so I chose USC. In 2016, I joined Dr. Tang’s research group. And, my research topic is about the self-assembly of metallopolymer. My favorite activity is to watch baseball game and to play with my daughter.
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Lin Fu
I am from Qingdao, Shandong province, China. I got my bachelor degree at Qingdao University of Science and Technology, majoring polymer engineering and technology. Then I joined Dr. Li Jia's group in University of Akron got my M.S. there. I dealt with characterization and test mechanical Properties of beta-Sheet nanocrystal-reinforced supramolecular thermoplastic elastomer based on SBR. In Fall 2017, I joined Dr. Tang's group and working on synthesizing biomass based polymers. I enjoy my time here.
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Moumita Sharmin Jui

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh and received my bachelor degree in Chemistry from Jahangirnagar University. I joined Dr. Tang's group as a volunteer in the spring of 2017. Currently, I am working on cobaltocenium project with Tiyanyu Zhu as my graduate mentor. Besides my study, I love to spend time with my parents and niece.

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Jihyeon Hwang

I am from South Korea. I received my B.S. in Chemistry in 2013 from Purdue University. During undergraduate, I designed the micro-particles for drug delivery applications under Dr. Kinam Park. Then I joined Dr. Anzar Khan’s group in Korea University, and got my M.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2018. During master years, I focused on the water-soluble polymer and the hydrogel synthesis, and their applications. In the fall of 2018, I joined Dr. Tang’s group. My research interests lie in the field of antimicrobial materials.

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Leman Kurnaz

I am from Izmir, Turkey. I got my bachelor from Ege University and received my master’s degree from Selcuk University in Physical Chemistry. During my master project, I worked on the block copolymer synthesize techniques. I worked for 3 years as a researcher in Advanced Technology Research and Development Center. I decided to improve my knowledge of polymers and joined Dr.Tang’s group in the fall of 2018. My research interests are self-assembly polymers and their potential applications. I like to spend my time with my family, cook and watch a movie.

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Edgar Luat

I was born in upstate New York, but grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. This is currently my third year as an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Medical Humanities. I joined Dr. Tang’s group in the Summer of 2017, under Anisur Rahman as my graduate mentor. My current research focus revolves around the synthesis of facially amphiphilic polymers derived from terpenoid-based natural biomass, and the examination of their respective antimicrobial activities. I’m planning to attend medical school after graduation. Outside of school, I love music, cooking, and travelling.

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C. Wayne McAlister

I was born and raised in Florence, SC. I am studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Philosophy and plan to graduate in 2020. I joined Dr. Tang’s group in the Summer of 2018. Currently, I am working under Dr. Ye Sha and researching the construction of metallocene-containing polymers and their mechanical properties. I plan to attend medical school after my undergraduate studies. Outside of research, I enjoy music, traveling, sports, and being outdoors.

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Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars


Dr. Yali Qiao (Ph.D. ICCAS)

Professor at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Xiaodong Yin (Ph.D. ICCAS)

at Beijing Institute of Technology


Dr. Yuzhi Xu (Ph.D. CAF)

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Sayful Islam (Ph.D. USC)

Research Chemist at Koppers. Inc.


Dr. Yi Yan (Ph.D. JLU)

Professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China

Dr. Yanming Han (Ph.D. CAF)

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Alper Nese

(Ph.D. CMU)

Research Scientist at Sila Nanotechnologies

Dr. Ying Chen

(Ph.D. NJU)

Research Associate Professor at Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Lixia Ren (PhD: ICCAS)

(Ph.D. NJU)

Associate Professor at Tianjin University

Dr. Jifu Wang

(Ph.D. CAF)

Research Associate Professor at Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Zhongkai Wang

(Ph.D. USTC)

Professor at Anhui Agricultural University, China

Dr. Hui Li

(Ph.D.Tianjin University)

Associate Professor at Jinan University

Dr. Shichao Xu

(Ph.D. CAF)

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Peng Yang(Ph.D. FDU)

Post-doctoral Scientist at UCLA

Jingya Nan

(Ph. D. student CAF)

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Shaobo Tan

(Ph.D. XJTU)

Xi'an Jiaotong University

Haijiao Kang

Ph. D. student at BJFU




Graduate Students

Dr. Md Anisur Rahman

Ph.D. 2019 USC

Postdoc at Benicewicz Group

Dr. Parasmani Pageni

Ph.D. 2018 USC, B.S., Milligan College

Research Scientist at SNFHC

Ryan J. Miskin

M.S. 2018, B.S. BYU-Idaho

Dr. Mitra Ganewatta

Ph.D. 2017 USC, B.S., University of Colombo

Research Scientist at Ingevity

Xinzhou Zhang

M.S. 2017, B.S. Nanjing University

Research Scientist in Shanghai

Dr. Liang Yuan

Ph.D. 2016 USC, B.S. NKU

Research Scientist at Ingevity


Mohammad Pabel Kabir

M.S. 2016, B.S. University of Dhaka

Ph. D. student

Georgia State University



Dr. Jeffery Hayat

Ph.D.2015 USC, B.S. PITT

Research Scientist at Goodyear

Nathan M. Trenor

M.S.2015, B.S. USC

Works at Anchor Sales and Service Inc., Salem, VA. (Nathan's Family Company)


Dr. Perry Wilbon

Ph.D.2015 USC, B.S., M.S. MTSU

Post-doctoral Scientist at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Dr. Jiuyang Zhang Ph.D. 2014 USC, M.S., B.S. NJU

Professor at Southeast University (China)

Dr. Kejian Yao

Ph.D.2013 USC, M.S., B.S. ECUST

Research Scientist at Georgia-Pacific Chemicals

Dr. Christopher Hardy

Ph.D. 2013 USC, B.S. NCSU

Binder Research Chemist at Knauf Insulation North America


Shanfeng Tang

Yijun Zheng (visiting from PKU), now postdoc in Germany



Undergraduate Students


Louis Mercado

B.S. 2017 University of South Carolina


Ayi Eta

B.S. 2018 University of South Carolina

Medical student at University of Miami

Marcela De Souza

B.S. 2016 University of São Paulo


Parker Singleton

B.S. 2015 USC

Graduate Student at Cornell University

Timothy M. Deaton

B.S. 2013 USC

Graduate Student at Boston College

Eric Leonhardt

B.S. 2013 USC

Graduate Student at Texas A&M with Prof. Karen L Wooley


Dioni Gonzalez-Delozier

Miranda Duncan

Deon Doxie, now graduate student at Vanderbilt University

James Lee

Aherial Polite

David Chandler, now University of South Carolina

Cynthia Tamboue, now Benedict College

Yiqing Zhong


High School Students (Project Seed Program)

Nia Livingson (AC Flora High School)

Samuel Hankinson (Dreher High School)

Laurentz Florit (Ridge View High School)

Adam Wirth (Ridge View High School)

Kim Mcrae (Spring Valley High School)

Lupita Garcia (AC Flora High School)

Matthew Wirth (Ridge View High School)

Neema Patel (AC Flora High School)


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