Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Areas of Expertise: Inorganic/organometallic chemistry, inorganic forensic analysis, fluorescence sensors and supramolecular chemistry
I began to love chemistry when I was a middle school student. At that time I was so curious about what our world is made out of and what exactly the things around us are. I believe it was the curiosity that made me learn chemistry very well and eventually choose the chemistry major in college. I started doing my research when I was a sophomore in the research laboratory of an organic chemist, Prof. Yuan, for the synthesis of a medicinal intermediate, 7-chloro-8-methylquinoline. I was able to complete the synthesis of this molecule after winter and summer breaks and then I worked on my thesis under the supervision of a physical chemist for the thermochemical study of a metal-amino acid complex, which resulted in the publication of my first journal article. Going to a graduate school was quite straightforward and then I got the chance to perform cutting-edge research in chemistry involving synthesis, structures, luminescence and other physical properties of metal-organic complexes. Further research experiences in China, Switzerland and United States have built me up with a really international profile.
It has been exciting running my own research laboratory since Fall 2013 at John Jay. Currently in my group we are interested in many aspects of synthetic chemistry of metal-based compounds and their applications in forensics, catalysis and luminescence. Students in our group will receive broad training including synthesis, fluorescence sensors, metal catalysis, crystal engineering, and inorganic forensic chemistry. Hands-on research experience in modern synthetic techniques including Schlenk line and glovebox operations, and a variety of spectroscopic techniques (NMR spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), FT-IR, UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopies) will be invaluable to the careers of my students.