2008-present  Assistant Professor

                           Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

                           Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC)

                           Mines Polymer and Complex Fluids (MPAC)

                           Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2)

                           Colorado School of Mines


2005-2008      Postdoctoral Research Associate

                           Supervisor: Galen D. Stucky

                           University of California, Santa Barbara

                           Proteorhodopsin, Biomaterials, Cooperative assembly




2005        Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: Gerard C.L. Wong

Field: Biomaterials, biomineralization, polymers

Thesis title: Self-assembly between biomacromolecules and lipids


1998        M.S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Science

                 Advisor: Xiaohuai Hou

Thesis title: Studies of surface modified polypropylene microfibers by plasma-initiated grafting with poly(acrylic acid)


1995        B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China

Advisor: Dezhu Ma

Thesis title: Structural evolution of high molecular weight Polyethylene spherulites


Honors and Awards:


2008        Chemical & Engineering News, Science & Technology Concentrate, 4/07/2008

2008        Invited talk at Gordon Research Conference on “Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction

2006        Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Scientific Highlight

2005        Advanced Photon Source Scientific Highlight

2004        Racheff/Intel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research

2004        News and Views, Nature Materials, 2004, 3, 584-586

2003        Chemical & Engineering News, Year 2003 Chemistry Highlight

2003        Best Poster Award, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting

2003        Chemical & Engineering News, News of the Week, 9/29/2003




American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society