WELCOME TO the Tian lab!
Our research centers on the interdisciplinary area of surface material chemistry, with a focus on environmental and energy related questions. We study the fundamental properties and chemical reactivities of nanostructured solid hybrid materials used in greenhouse gas capture, photoelectric conversion, and water remediation. We are also interested in designing biocompatible coatings with polymer-free porous materials.
Latest Group News
6/3/19 Two new students are joining our lab this summer: Tiffany Nguyen (BUILD Scholar) and George Alfarhat. Welcome! Angela was accepted to the REU program at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)! Trenton will spend his summer doing research at UCI! The summer is off to a good start.
5/22/19 Group lunch at Kamal Palace to celebrate and bid farewell to our graduates: Daniel Lu (BS in Biochemistry), Ernesto Lozano (BS in Chemistry with Materials option), Michael Chin (BS in Chemistry), and Mark Weber (BS in Physics). Michael will join the PhD program in Chemistry at UC Santa Barbara; Mark will join the PhD program in Applied Physics in Georgia Tech in Fall. Hao Pham will join the undergraduate biochemistry program at UC San Diego. Congratulations everyone!
5/8/19 Congratulations to Michael Chin for winning the Toni Horalek Award for his excellent service to the department as the co-president of SAACS!
3/31/ - 4/4/19 Three lab members attended and presented in the 257th ACS national meeting in Orlando! Angela gave an oral presentation on "Surface-supportive Fe-MIL88B thin films for drug delivery." Mark and Kristi presented their own posters, "Aggregative growth mechanisms of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8" and "Semiconducting Langmuir-Blodgett films of porphyrin paddle-wheel frameworks for photoelectric conversion." Both posters were selected into Sci-Mix!
3/1/19 Representing the chemistry department, Tian and Angela co-presented at the 4th BUILD Symposium at CSULB. Trenton gave a poster presentation in the afternoon session.
1/28/19 Benjamin Dao, a freshman chemistry student, joined our lab this semester! Welcome Ben!
1/4/19 Undergraduate students, John and Angela, presented their research on drug eluting stent coatings at the 31st CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium held in Garden Grove.
12/17/18 Jack's paper “Adsorptive separation of methane from carbon dioxide by zeolite@ZIF composite” has been accepted for publication in Energy & Fuels! Our previous lab members, Savannah and Melissa, were co-authors in this paper. Congratulations!
11/28/18 Kristi's manuscript entitled “Semiconducting Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Porphyrin Paddle-Wheel Frameworks for Photoelectric Conversion” was accepted by Langmuir. As the sole student author, she has done tons of work in this project. Congratulations, Kristi!
11/17/18 Three undergraduate students, Angela, Michael, and Trenton, attended this year's ABRCMS conference in Indianapolis. Angela gave an oral presentation "Surface modification of iron-based metal-organic framework for drug delivery" in the chemistry division. They have enjoyed the conference, see the picture below.
10/29/18 Tian received the ACS PRF New Investigator Grant! The funds will be used to support our research on designing surface supportive ZIFs for gas separation.
9/14/18 Six students from our lab presented in this year's CNSM Research Symposium at CSULB! Angela, John, Kristi, and Mark presented their summer work from our lab. Michael presented a poster based on his REU summer research at USC. Jack present his summer REU work from Portland State University! See the picture on right.
9/5/18 Tian as a co-PI on the NSF MRI grant on getting a surface plasmon resonance microscopy system was funded. Prof. Yixian Wang at CSULA is the leading PI. The instrument will be located at CSULA.