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About Yan Zhao

Yan Zhao, professor of chemistry, received his B.S. in chemistry from Lanzhou University in 1992, his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1996, was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois from 1996-1998, and was a Senior Scientist at the Procter & Gamble Company until July 2002. Dr. Zhao's areas of interest include synthesis of molecules capable of controllable conformational changes, and their usage as "smart" sensors, materials, and catalysts; self-assembling in water; biomimetic chemistry in materials synthesis and catalysis; design and construction of nanoscale structures; amphiphilic molecules and polymers; multifunctional surfactants.


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemistry


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3101D Hach Hall
2438 Pammel Dr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-5845
Fax: 515-294-0105


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