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Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry


Brief Introduction


The Department of Chemistry was founded in 1966 initially with only an undergraduate program.  Graduate studies were established shortly thereafter, with a Master’s program in 1968 and doctoral in 1974.  The department instills upon its students a solid foundation in the science of chemistry and actively encourages them to extend their studies into other fields of science and disciplines.  As part of the graduate curriculum, emphasis is placed on innovative research through continued learning and experimenting with new ideas and concepts.  With the inception of the new Chemistry Building in 1993, 13,300 square meters of space for research and teaching were made available.  In addition to its own modern instrumentation, the department is also home to the Regional Instrument Center.  Additional space for research, teaching, and instruments is available in the adjacent Chemistry II Building.  A compact and well-stocked library provides both hard copy and electronic access to major periodicals and publications expected of in any major university.


Currently, the department is made up of 27 full-time faculty members and 6 joint-appointment faculty members. All current professors have active research programs and publish their findings in a timely manner.  Over the past 5 years, over 761 original research papers have originated from the department's faculty members, with a majority of them in journals distinguished with an average impact factor of 4.86. As a reflection of the outstanding research and development being carried out in the department, many of the faculty members have been distinguished with awards from the National Science council, Chemical Society in Taiwan, Ministry of Education, and the University.


Undergraduates, in addition to their normal course-work, are actively encouraged to carry out research activities with a faculty member.  Local and international workshops, seminars, and extensive research collaborations provide ample opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students alike to present their research work, enrich their education, and keep abreast of developments in various fields of chemistry.  Most of our undergraduates continue on to undertake graduate work in many fields of interest after completion of their undergraduate program.  As for graduates of our graduate program, many can be found as faculty members in other renowned universities and colleges as well as occupants of important industrial positions.


Faculty and Staff

Chen, Chien-Tien Professor (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Asymmetric catalysis, Organic optoelectronic materials and LC-based optical switches, DNA photocleavages, and nanoparticle-encapsulated dendritic probes, directed assembly for synergistic ion-specific transport
Chen, I-Chia Professor (Ph.D., Universitry of California, Berkeley)
Physical Chemistry, Combustion Chemistry, and Reaction Dynamics
Cheng, Chien-Hong Professor (Ph.D., University of Rochester)
(I). Transition metal-catalyzed carbon-carbon bond formation
(II). Synthesis of new organic and organometallic electroluminescent materials and fabrication of electroluminescent devices
Cheng, Po-Yuan Professor (Ph.D., University of Georgia)
Ultrafast Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Chi, Yun Professor (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn)
Organometallic, Material Chemistry and dye sensitized photovoltaic
Chiang, Yun-Wei Professor (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Electron Spin Resonance, Nano-biology, Water Dynamics
Chou, Chia-Chun Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)
Quantum Dynamics, Quantum Trajectory Method, Theoretical Chemistry
Chu, Li-Kang Associate Professor (Ph.D., National Tsing Hua University)
Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, and Molecular Spectroscopy
Han, Chien-Chung Professor (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry
Horng, Jia-Cherng(Jason) Associate Professor (Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook)
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Structural Biology
Huang, Hsuan-Yi Professor (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
Inorganic Chemistry,Materials Chemistry
Hwang, Kuo-Chu Professor (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Nano-Material Chemistry, Enzyme chemistry and Organic Photochemistry
Hwu, Reuben Jih-Ru Professor (Ph.D., Stanford University)
Bionano Sciences & Technology, Gene Therapy, Organic Synthesis and Reactions, Silicon Chemistry, as well as Polymer Science
Liaw, Wen-Feng Professor (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
Current studies include the synthesis of biomimetic molecular catalysts for water splitting generating hydrogen
Lin, Chun-Cheng Professor (Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute)
Development of new methods for the synthesis of complex carbohydrate antigens, Application of functionalized nanoparticle in glycobiology, Study of carbohydrate-protein interaction, Fabrication of biomolecule microarray
Ling, Yong-Chien Professor (Ph.D., Florida State University)
Analytical Chemistry and Green Chemistry

Liu, Rai-Shung Professor (Ph.D., Columbia University)
Organic, Organometallics and Inorganic

Peng, Chi-How Assoicate Professor (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)
Organometallic catalysis, Controlled radical polymerization, Development of new inorganic /organic hybrid materials
Tan, Kui-Thong Associate Professor (Ph.D., Max-Planck Institute, Dortmund)
Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Tsai, Yi-Chou Professor (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Inorganic and Organic Synthesis Chemistry
Urban, Pawel L. Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of York)
Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Clinical Chemistry, Bioluminescence, Automation
Uang, Biing-Jiun Professor (Ph.D., Yale University)
Organic Synthesis, Natural Product Synthesis and Asymmetric Synthesis
Wang, Sheng-Kai Assistant Professor (Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute)
Carbohydrate  Chemistry,  Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Wang, Sue-Lein Professor (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
Solid-state Inorganic Materials Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography
Yang, Chia-Min Professor (Ph.D., National Tsing Hua University)
Physical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis
Yu, Chin Professor (Ph.D., Florida State University)
NMR, Biochemistry, Protein Engineering and Molecular Modeling
Yu, Chin-Hui Professor (Ph.D. Ohio State Unversity)
Computational Chemistry




For Undergraducate degree








 (28 credits)

College Chinese






General Education Courses

Core courses required


Min. one course in any of 5 dimensions respectively out of the 7 dimensions

Optional courses


Min. 4 credits in social sciences and humanities respectively




Physical education


Required from Year 1 to Year 3



Two semesters required

Manual labor service


Pass in each semester

Department Required

(67 credits)

General Chemistry




General Chemistry Laboratory




General Physics




General Physics Laboratory








Organic Chemistry




Organic Chemistry Laboratory




Physical Chemistry




Physical Chemistry Laboratory




Analytical Chemistry




Analytical Chemistry Laboratory




Inorganic Chemistry




Applied Mathematics

(or Engineering Mathematics)








Professional Selective Courses

(12 credits)

Courses code “CHEM 3xxx” and above


  1. Students should choose at least 12 credits from the selective courses given by the Dept. of Chemistry.
  2. If choose "Spectroscopy" (3 credits),must choose  " Spectroscopic Analysis Laboratory "(2 credits).

Other Selective Courses

(21 Credits)



Life Science (3 credits) must be included.

Total Credits for Graduation



For Master degree

Colloquium (Graduate,0 credits, every semester)

Seminar-organic /inorganic/analytical/physical division (MA,2 credits,every semester)

Teaching Practice I (MA,0 credits, once ayear)

Teaching Practice II (MA,0 credits, once a year)

Seminar I (MA,2 credits, once a year)

Seminar II (MA,2 credits, once a year)

Special Topics in Applied Chemistry (MA (only for Applied Chemistry stream),2 credits, once a year)


For Ph.D. degree

Colloquium (Graduate, 0 credits, every semester)

Seminar-organic /inorganic/analytical/physical division (PHD,1 credits, every semester)

Seminar I (Ph.D,2 credits, every semester)

Seminar II (Ph.D,2 credits, every semester)

Teaching Practice (Ph.D,1 credits, every semester)

ChineseI(only for International student) (Ph.D,4 credit, once a year)

Chinese II (only for International student) (Ph.D,4 credit, once a year)


Graduate Requirements


For Undergraduate degree students, 128 credit hours
For Master degree students, 24 credit hours and a thesis

For Ph.D. degree students, 18 credit hours and a dissertation 


Financial Aids


For information about International Students Scholarship, please kindly refer to


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