The Fang Research Group









November 28th - December 1st, 2017
Lei, Alex, and Jongbok traveled to Texas A&M at Qatar in Doha to spend a week working with Mohammed Al-Hashimi's group in order to work on current and future collaboration projects.

November 3rd
Lei was selected as one of the 2017-18 Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars. This award, which includes a $6,500 grant, is named for the founding donor, Kenneth Montague (Mon-tag) ’37, to recognize early-career faculty members who have demonstrated a commitment to, and potential for, excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning.

October 21st, 2017
The group volunteered at the annual Chemistry Open House with a Virtual Reality (VR) activity. Google Cardboard VR headsets were equipped with smartphones displaying common chemicals (water, acetic acid, ascorbic acid, sodium chloride, etc.) in 3D space. While viewing, participants could move their heads to view all sides of the compounds and even drift through the crystal lattices of select molecules. After being immersed in the VR chemistry world, participants were rewarded candy for correctly answering questions about the molecules.


October 20th, 2017
Congratulations to Tianyu and Dr. Wei Hu, who each were awarded a 2017 KANEKA Scholarship, as well as Jongbok for his SPE Scholarship!

July 18th-20th, 2017
Lei and Mari attended the TOSOH GPC2017 Polymer And Biomacromolecular Applications And Characterization Conference, where Lei was an invited speaker.


July 4th, 2017
Our collaborative proposal with Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee (College Station) and Dr. Mohammed Al-Hashimi (Qatar) was one of the 19 grants from TAMUQ awarded by the Qatar National Research Foundation for the 10th cycle of the National Priority Research Program. Read the press release here.

May 12th, 2017
Mariela completed her LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship with a dinner celebration this week that both she and Lei attended.


April 7th, 2017
Congratulations to all our group members receiving awards recently! Congzhi and Xiaozhou each received a 2017 KANEKA Scholarship, and Congzhi also received the Chemistry Department's Research Award. In addition, Tianyu was selected as the 3rd place winner at the Polymer Technology Industrial Consortium's Poster Competition.

Also, undergraduate group member Kayla received the Jennifer Lynn Drost '99 Memorial Endowed Scholarship!

April 3rd-6th, 2017
The group was very active at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. Jongbok gave a talk on his RCM-based polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon work, Xiaozhou presented over the structure-property relationship of quinoidal quinacridone-based oligomers and polymers, and Congzhi gave a presentation over his work on controlling molecular conformations with hydrogen bonds.

Lei gave 3 invited talks: 1. Symposium of 2017 ACS Applied Polymer Science Award in Honor of Zhenan Bao; 2. PMSE Young Investigator’s Symposium; and 3. Polymer Chemistry (RSC) Lectureship honoring Feihe Huang.

In addition, Lei also co-organized the PMSE symposium on “Synthesis, processing and device engineering of polymeric electronic materials”

March 28th, 2017
Our invited perspective, "Fully conjugated ladder polymers," was featured on the front cover of Volume 8, Issue 4 of Chemical Science.

March 20th, 2017
Congratulations to Mariela for being awarded a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

March 6th, 2017
Congratulations to Jongbok, Alex, and Tianyu, whose invited perspective "Fully Conjugated Ladder Polymers" was just published in Chemical Science! Thanks also to Dr. Mohammed Al-Hashimi and his contributions on the paper.

January 31st, 2017
Our most recent research was featured in an article by the Texas A&M College of Science. The article highlights the importance of the research with discussion from Lei, who breaks down the chemistry and its future implications.

January 12th, 2017
Check out Yang's personal introduction paper in the latest issue of Chem, where he talks about his motivations and experiences as he begins his independent career at Guangdong University of Technology!

January 12th, 2017
Yang and Xiaozhou's paper on the synthesis and solution processing of poly(indenoquinacridone) has been published in Chem. Congratulations to both of them as well as other contributors Tianyu, Yen-Hao, and Daniel, and a big thanks to our collaborators in Dr. Mohammad Naraghi's group!

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