South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Dr. Hao Fong is one of the pioneers and renowned
scientists nationwide/worldwide in the field of
“Electrospinning and Nanofibers”.
Presently, he is a Full Professor (with
Tenure) in the Department of Chemistry and
Applied Biological Sciences at the South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T); he is
also an important faculty member in the SDSM&T’s
multidisciplinary graduate programs of Materials
Engineering and Science (MES), Nanoscience and
Nanoengineering (NANO), and Biomedical
His highest degree is a Ph.D. earned in
1999 from the Department of Polymer Science at
In the recent ten years, besides teaching numerous undergraduate and/or graduate courses including “Chemistry Survey (CHEM 106)”, “Organic and Biochemistry (CHEM 108) and its associated lab (CHEM 108L)”, “Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 316)”, “Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 426/526)”, “Chemistry of Materials (MES 604)”, “Polymeric Nanomaterials (NANO 715), and “Nanochemistry (NANO 717)”, he has also managed to establish a vigorous research program on “Electrospun Polymer, Ceramic, Carbon/Graphite, Metallic, Composite, and Hierarchically-structured Nanofibers and/or Nanofibrous Materials and Their Applications”. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the State of South Dakota with the total funding amount (until 2014) over $4,500,000. His research activities at the SDSM&T alone have resulted in ~110 peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 books and/or book chapters, 5 US patents and/or patent applications, and numerous symposium proceedings/presentations. Twelve students have earned their graduate degrees in MES, NANO, or BME under his supervision. Currently, his research group has 1 postdoctoral research scientists, 1 visiting scholar/professor, 3 Ph.D. students (one is in the MES program, one is in the NANO program, and one is in the BME program), and 1 M.S. students (in the MES program). Additionally, he organized two international symposia at the “American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting” and “Materials Research Society (MRS) National Meeting”, edited a book, served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and/or funding agencies, and served as a member in several high profile committees/councils at the SDSM&T and/or in the State of South Dakota.
Presently, Dr. Hao Fong’s research endeavors are primarily focused on the preparation, characterization, and evaluation of electrospun polymer, ceramic, carbon/graphite, metallic, composite, and hierarchically-structured nanofibers and/or nanofibrous materials for various applications including, but not limited to, (1) filtration/separation applications (e.g., the separation of biomacromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, air/water purification, and reverse osmosis), (2) energy-related applications (e.g., solar cells, batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors), (3) biomedical applications (e.g., tissue engineering, drug delivery, and wound dressing), (4) microelectronics-related applications (e.g., sensors/detectors and transistors), and (5) composite applications (e.g., hybrid multi-scale composites and dental restorative composites).
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