Ph.D. Thesis

  • Functionalization of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

Research Area

  • Functionalization and characterization of two-dimensional nanomaterials



Education and Research Experience


Current Postdoc at University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). Institute of Organic Chemistry II. Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Functionalization and characterization of two-dimensional nanomaterials

Prof. A. Hirsch

2013 – 2017 PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.  Trinity College Dublin,  The University of Dublin (TCD, Ireland).

“Functionalization of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides”

Supervisor: Prof. Aidan R. McDonald.

2009 – 2012 Master Degree in Medicinal Chemistry, Beijing Normal University

Supervisor: Prof. Hongmei Jia.

2005 –  2009 Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Hebei Normal University



  • RSC Student Travel Grant in 12th International Conference on Materials Chemistry  (2015)
  • Government of Ireland Scholarship for International Students  (2014)









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