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Xiuni Wu

Title Faculty
Program / Dept. Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Environmental Studies
Phone (610) 527-0200 x2373
Email xiuni.wu@rosemont.edu

Courses She Teaches:

Xiuni Wu, Ph. D. Her area of expertise is inorganic chemistry, solid state chemistry and nano-materials. She teaches the following courses: General Chemistry lecture and laboratory, Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry lecture and laboratory, Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Global Environmental Issues, Senior Seminar and Undergraduate Research. Her research interest is synthesis and characterization of metallic nanoparticles.

Biography:

Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in inorganic materials chemistry from Michigan State University. Her dissertation is focused on synthesis and characterization of new intermetallic compounds. By using Al as a flux, she explored the systems containing a rare earth metal, a transition metal and a tetrelide, and discovered a series of multinary intermetallic compounds, and studied their crystal structures, magnetic properties, electronic structures and transport properties.

Dr. Wu expanded her research interest at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a post-doctoral researcher. At Berkeley, she developed a new artificial photosynthetic system for direct visible light driven water oxidation by exploiting nonporous inorganic scaffolds. She successfully built a transition metal binuclear system that is covalently anchored on the surface of the mesoporous material.  

Prior to joining Rosemont College, Dr. Wu was an assistant professor of chemistry at Rhode Island College, where she taught general chemistry and inorganic chemistry, and engaged in nano-materials research with undergraduate students.

Dr. Wu joined Rosemont College in 2011. Her teaching responsibilities include General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Global Environmental Issues, Senior Seminar and Undergraduate Research. Dr. Wu is a strong proponent of experiential, hands-on learning and enjoys the challenge of continually improving her teaching. Her research interests are focused on solution synthesis of nano-alloys using microwave radiation and green nanotechnology as well, aiming at not only preparing a series of new multinary nano-alloys with potential applications as optical and magnetic materials, but also achieving a better control of the size and homogeneity of the nanoparticles by varying the kinetic factors.

 

Education

Beijing Normal University, Bachelor of Science, 1998

Michigan State University, Doctorate, 2006