• Undergraduate

Nguyen Thi Trang

Faculty Member in Integrated Sciences

Email: trang.nguyen@fulbright.edu.vn 

Fields of Interest: organic chemistry and green chemistry methodology development. She is also interested in sustainability and educational research.  

Education: Ph.D. 2017, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA


Dr. Trang Nguyen received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree from Hanoi University of Science. Outside of chemistry and natural sciences, her broad interests range from the arts to economics and management, and this range is reflected in her teaching and course development.  

Sustainability and education have been the common threads throughout her career. During her graduate study, she developed environmentally friendly reactions for the synthesis of important chemicals and served as a teaching assistant in courses of various formats and levels. In her industrial work in footwear manufacturing, she oversaw sustainability management including waste and toxic chemical control, automation, and new chemical testing. She also developed a training program for staff members of diverse functions and seniority levels. And at Fulbright, she is incorporating sustainability content into her teaching and community services.  


  • Materials that shape our world 
  • Sustainable development: Science and industries 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Scientific Inquiry

Select Publications:  

Wu Zhao, Summer Laffoon, Trang Nguyen, Jacob McAlpin, Kami Hull, “Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis of β-Branched Amides” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56, no. 5 (January 2017): 1371 – 1375. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201610500 

Trang Nguyen, Kami Hull, “Rhodium-Catalyzed Oxidative Amidation of Sterically Hindered Aldehydes and Alcohols”, ACS Catalysis 6, no. 12 (October 2016): 8214 – 8218. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.6b02541

Trang Nguyen, Gregory Kortman, Kami Hull “Synthesis, Cycloaddition and Cycloreversion Reactions of Mononuclear Titanocene-Oxo Complexes”, Organometallics 35, no. 11 (May 2016): 1713 – 1725. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00111 

Trang Nguyen, Jeffery Bertke, Danielle Gray, Kami Hull, “Facile C–H, C–F, C–Cl, and C–C Activation by Oxatitanacyclobutene Complexes”, Organometallics 34, no. 17 (August 2015): 4190 – 4193. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00470 

Trang Nguyen, “Shared home, shared hope and shared actions”, Blue Dot Magazine 1, (Spring 2015). https://mgiep.unesco.org/article/shared-home-shared-hopes-and-shared-actions