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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 one contract assistant professor 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.  In addition to its full-time faculty members, the department is also home to 7 part-time professors, and 37 post-doctoral fellows.  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, Department of Education, and the University.

 

Current enrollment in the department is about 273 undergraduate students, 158 Master’s candidates, and 190 Ph.D. candidates.  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., Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994)) 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., Department of Chemistry, Universitry of California, Berkeley (1989 )) Physical Chemistry, Combustion Chemistry, and Reaction Dynamics
Cheng, Chien-Hong Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester (1978))
(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., Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia (1990)) Ultrafast Chemistry, Physical Chemistry
Chi, Yun Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn (1978)) Organometallic, Material Chemistry and dye sensitized photovoltaic
Chiang, Yun-Wei Associate Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University(2006)) Physical Chemistry,
Biophysical Chemistry, Electron Spin Resonance, Nano-biology, Water Dynamics
Chou, Chia-Chun Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2009)) Quantum Dynamics, Quantum Trajectory Method, Theoretical Chemistry
Chu, Li-Kang Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (2006)) Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, and Molecular Spectroscopy
Han, Chien-Chung Professor (Ph.D., Deparment of Chemistry, Columbia University (1988)) Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry
Horng, Jia-Cherng(Jason) Associate Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook (2004)) Biochemistry, Biophysics, Structural Biology
Huang, Jer-Shing Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University(2004)) Plasmonics, Nanooptics, Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, Lab-on-a-chip,  Analytical Chemistry and Applied Laser Spectroscopy
Huang, Hsuan-Yi Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (1999)) Inorganic Chemistry,Materials Chemistry
Hwang, Kuo-Chu Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Columbia University (1990)) Nano-Material Chemistry, Enzyme chemistry and Organic Photochemistry
Hwu, Reuben Jih-Ru Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Stanford University (1982)) Bionano Sciences & Technology, Gene Therapy, Organic Synthesis and Reactions, Silicon Chemistry, as well as Polymer Science
Leow, Da-Sheng Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore (2009)) Organic Chemistry, Transition Metal Catalysis, and Asymmetric Catalysis
Liaw, Wen-Feng Professor (Ph.D in Dept. of Chemistry Texas A&M University (1989)) Current studies include the synthesis of biomimetic molecular catalysts for water splitting generating hydrogen
Lin, Chun-Cheng Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute (1997)) 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.,  Department of Chemistry, Florida State University (1983)) Analytical Chemistry and Green Chemistry
Liu, Rai-Shung Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Columbia University (1981)) Organic, Organometallics and Inorganic
Peng, Chi-How Assistant Professor (Ph.D.,  Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (2009)) Organometallic catalysis, Controlled radical polymerization, Development of new inorganic /organic hybrid materials
Tan, Kui-Thong Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Max-Planck Institute, Dortmund (2007)) Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Tsai, Yi-Chou Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001)) Inorganic and Organic Synthesis Chemistry
Uang, Biing-Jiun Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Yale University (1984)) Organic Synthesis, Natural Product Synthesis and Asymmetric Synthesis
Wang, Sheng-Kai Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute (2008)) Carbohydrate  Chemistry,  Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Wang, Sue-Lein Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University (1985)) Solid-state Inorganic Materials Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography
Yang, Chia-Min Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (2002)) Physical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis
Yu, Chin Professor (Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Florida State University (1984)) NMR, Biochemistry, Protein Engineering and Molecular Modeling
Yu, Chin-Hui Professor (Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, Ohio State Unversity (1987)) Computational Chemistry

 

Curriculum

 

For Undergraducate degree

Subjects

First Semester
RequiredCredits

SecondSemester
RequiredCredits

Total

Notes

University Common Required Courses

Culture Canon Area

2

2

 

English

6

6

 

General Education

20

20

 

Physical Education

0

0

1st~3rdYear Required

Labor Service

0

0

One Year

Moral Behavior

0

0

>59 Every Semester

 

Total Credits: 28

 

Department Common Required Courses

General Chemistry

3

3

6

 

General Chemistry Laboratory

1

1

2

 

General Physics

4

4

8

 

General Physics Laboratory

1

1

2

 

Calculus

4

4

8

 

Organic Chemistry

3

3

6

 

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

2

4

 

Physical Chemistry

3

3

6

 

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

2

4

 

Analytical Chemistry

3

3

6

 

Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

2

2

4

 

Inorganic Chemistry

3

3

6

 

Applied Mathematics

3

0

3

 

Seminar

1

1

2

 

 

Total Credits: 67

 

Professional Selective Courses

Students should choose at least 12 credits from the selective courses given by the Dept. of Chemistry.Undergraduate Research (3 credits) must be included.

12

 

Other Selective Courses

Introduction to Life Science (3 credits) must be included.

21

 

Total Credits for Graduation

128

 

 

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 student)/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/PHD/2 credits/ every semester

Seminar II/PHD/2 credits/ every semester

Teaching Practice/PHD/1 credits/ every semester

ChineseI(only for International student)/PHD/2 credit/ once a year

Chinese II (only for International student)/PHD/2 credit/ once a year

Advanced English /PHD/3 credit/ every semester

 

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 http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en

 

Contact Information

 

For information specifically related to the CHEM Dept. of NTHU, please contact the Chairman/Director : 
Prof. Wen-Feng Liaw at wfliaw@mx.nthu.edu.tw,

Dept. Secretary at chem@my.nthu.edu.tw

 

For further information on the department, you can also link to  http://chem-en.web.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php

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