University of South Carolina Department of Chemsitry and Biochemistry

Tang Group Members


Hai Zhao

I am from Chongqing, P. R. China. I got my B.S. in the summer of 2023 in Molecular Science and Engineering from the South China University of Technology (SCUT) supervised by Associate Prof. Boxing Zhang. My research topic is “Composite Materials Based on Bacterial Cellulose and Eucommia ulmoides Gum”. In the fall of 2023, I joined Prof. Chuanbing Tang’s group. My research interests lie in the field of polymer catalysts.

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Adam Parris

I am from Columbia, South Carolina, and I received my B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular biology in 2023 here at USC. During my undergraduate studies I aided in synthesis and characterization of metallic organic frameworks under Dr. Natalia Shustova, and on nickel catalyzed arylation of gem-difluoroalkenes for novel NSAID synthesis under Dr. Ming Joo Koh at the National University of Singapore. I joined Dr. Tang’s group in Fall 2023 and am interested in antimicrobial polymer research. In my free time I often enjoy gardening and metalsmithing.

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Alimi Abiodun

I am from Nigeria. I received my B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry in 2015 from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. During my undergraduate degree, I examined the phytochemicals in two different Combretaceae species. Afterward, I worked as a production manager at Vitafoam Nigeria Plc for four years. My research interests are sustainable polymers and their application. In the fall of 2022, I joined Dr. Tang's group to further my knowledge about polymers. I spend my free time on sports (soccer, tennis, and indoor games).

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Md Waliullah Hossain

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I got my bachelor's degree from University of Dhaka in Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering in February 2021. In the fall of 2021, I joined Prof. Chuanbing Tang’s group. My research interest lies in the field of Polymer and their potential application in renewable energy and biomaterials. In my free time I like to cook and watch anime.

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Luis "LD" Ramos 

I am from Greenville, South Carolina. I received my B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Spring of 2021. I primarily worked under  Jihyeon Hwang in functionalizing lignin and the development of antimicrobial polymers. I currently work with metallocene polymers.  In my free time I like to do pilates and am an avid fan of the bachelorette.  

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Xiaomeng Li

I am from Laiwu, Shandong Province, P. R. China. I got my B.S. in 2018 in Polymer Science and Engineering from Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST) supervised by Prof. Runxiong Lin. My research topic is “Study on properties of photosensitive resin for 3D printing”. After that, I joined Dr. Junpeng Wang’s group in University of Akron (UAkron), and got my M.S. in Polymer Science in 2020. During my master project, I worked on mechanochemistry. In the fall of 2020, I joined Prof. Chuanbing Tang’s group. My research interests lie in the field of mechanochemistry.




Shayah Bension

I received my bachelors degree in political science and chemistry from Case Western Reserve University where I researched conjugated organophosphorus materials for energy applications under Dr. John Protasiewicz. After I graduated in 2017 I worked in the petroleum industry in Houston at ExxonMobil on polypropylene production. In 2018, I took on a much more customer focused role at SASOL North America in Louisiana where I helped develop applications for our alcohol products. The following school year I moved to Columbia to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry at USC where I joined Dr. Tang's group in fall of 2019 to explore polymer synthesis from biofeedstocks. My main research areas of interest are polymer physics, homogeneous catalysis, and biomaterials science.

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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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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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Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars

Dr. Nagarjuna A Mahadas (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research)
I am from Andhra Pradesh, India. I obtained my master’s in chemistry in 2014 from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram. I pursued my Ph.D. in chemistry in 2020 from Shiv Nadar University, Delhi, India. During my Ph.D., my research was centered on synthesizing and characterizing biobased polybenzoxazine networks using renewable building blocks and their application towards flame retardants and adhesives. Later, I joined as a ‘Scientific Employee’ at Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, Germany in 2021. Further, I joined as a Joint Manager at Atul Ltd., Valsad, Gujarat, India. In 2023, I moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the University of South Carolina in Prof. Tang’s polymer group. I am currently working on sustainable thermoplastics.



Dr. Swagatam Barman (Ph.D, JNCASR, India)
I am Swagatam from Kolkata, India. I obtained master’s in chemistry in 2015 from Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati and received PhD in chemical science in 2021 from new chemistry unit, JNCASR, Bangalore, India. My PhD dissertation involves the development of small molecular and polymeric antimicrobial to combat infections and inflammations. In 2022, I moved to University of South Carolina and joined Prof. Tang’s research group. I am currently working on the development of antimicrobial polypeptide polymers. I believe in people, nationalism, and liberal leftism. It’s my keen interest to interact with new people and new cultures. I like to cook, watch medical dramas, movies, travel and chatting with friends with a drink.


Dr. Huina Lin (Ph.D. Rutgers University)
I am from Fujian, China. I got my B.S. in chemistry from Fuzhou University. Then I joined Prof. Frieder Jäekle’s group at Rutgers University in New Jersey and obtained my Ph.D. in chemistry. During my Ph.D., I worked on the design and synthesis of borane-functionalized polyolefins. After that, I joined Prof. Chuanbing Tang’s group as a postdoc. My research interests are the synthesis of metallopolymer, and its application in anion exchange membranes.





Jackie DePodesta

I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m currently obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at UofSC and I’m graduating in spring of 2025. I joined Dr. Tang’s research group in spring 2023 and I’m working with research focusing on creating biodegradable forms of plastic using organic polymer synthesis. I intend to continue doing research throughout my undergraduate career and eventually hope to work in the medical industry. In my free time I love to read and watch Greys Anatomy.

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Tristian Merringer

I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UofSC and plan to graduate in 2025. I joined Dr. Tang’s research group in spring 2022 and am currently working on the polyamide brush polymer project. I plan to further pursue research and continue towards a career in either the field of medicine or chemistry. When I have the time, I enjoy traveling, playing guitar, and reading.

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Graduate Students


Dr. Yujin Cha

Ph.D. 2021 USC


Korea LG Chemical

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Ian Baxter


M.S. 2022  USC

Factorial Energy

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Dr. Meghan E. Lamm


Ph.D. 2019 USC

Oakridge National Lab

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Dr. Tianyu Zhu


Ph.D. 2019 USC

Postdoc Fellow Berkeley National Lab

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Dr. Md Anisur Rahman

Ph.D. 2019 USC

Oakridge National Lab

Lin Fu

M.S. Akron

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

Senior Scientist @ Ingevity

Xinzhou Zhang

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

Research Scientist in Shanghai

Dr. Liang Yuan

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

Senior Scientist @ Ingevity

Mohammad Pabel Kabir

M.S. 2016

B.S. University of Dhaka

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

Moumita Sharmin Jui

M.S. 2020 USC



Shanfeng Tang

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



Undergraduate Students



Matt Seraydarian 

B.S. 2021 University of South Carolina

PhD New York University 


Rani Kumar

B.S. 2023   Georgia Tech

B.S. Biomedical Engineering

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

Edgar Luat

B.S. 2018 USC


C. Wayne McAlister


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)

Rebecca Wang (Dutch Fork High School)

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)


Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars


  Dr. Sayful Islam Dr. Yi Yan Dr. Yanming Han
  Dr. Lixia Ren Dr. Jifu Wang Dr. Zhongkai Wang
  Dr. Shichao Xu Dr. Peng Yang Dr. Jingya Nan
  Dr. Haijiao Kang Dr. Ye Sha Dr. Ying Lin
  Dr. Yali Qiao Dr. Xiaodong Yin Dr. Yuzhi Xu
  Dr. Benjamin Lamm Dr. Shaobo Tan Dr. Hui Li
  Dr. Ying Chen Dr. Alper Nese Dr. Yufeng Ma
  Dr. Puyou Jia Dr. Yuanyaun Lo   



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