• Undergraduate

Phan Vu Xuan Hung

Faculty Member in Integrated Sciences

Email: hung.phan@fulbright.edu.vn 

 Fields of Interest:  

  • Elucidating structure-property relationship of molecules and materials using computational chemistry and machine learning tools 
  • Computationally screening molecules and materials for applications in organic electronic devices and drug development 
  • Developing Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in Chemistry and Materials Science 

Education: Ph.D. 2016, University of California Santa Barbara, USA 


Hung Phan’s research endeavor aims to provide insights toward material discovery and production by combining century-long knowledge of chemistry and materials science with Computational Chemistry and Machine Learning. One goal is to provide a toolkit for chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and manufacturers to boost the selection of chemical structures, material processing, and manufacturing protocols. With the experimental experience in molecular assembly and device physics of organic semiconductors, his research has recently focused on calculating predicting fundamental properties of organic semiconducting materials and devices. Simultaneously, a computation framework of using both Computational Chemistry and Machine Learning has been designed and built. This in silico framework can be used to guide undergraduate students to do research in other topics such as conjugated materials for biosensors, biochemical activities of organic molecules for drug discovery, and mechanisms of reactions. Hung Phan also has experience and interest in designing innovative curriculum and learning experiences for undergraduate studies. 

Hung Phan received his BS in Chemistry from Hanoi University of Science (HUS), MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), and Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to joining Fulbright University Vietnam in March 2018, he had had working experience as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Polymer and Organic Solids at UCSB, an R&D researcher at Center for Seawater Desalination Plant at GIST, a Quality Production Leader at Decathlon Vietnam, and a researcher at Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development at HUS. 

Hung Phan has published more than 30 research papers. A majority of them are in top-tier journals including Advanced MaterialsAdvanced Functional MaterialsApplied Physics Letter, and Journal of Physical Chemistry Letter. His significant contribution in the organic electronic community is to elucidate the mechanism of electrical instability and nonideality of high-performance organic field-effect transistors. 


  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Energy in Daily Life 
  • Matter (synthesized course of Introductory Physics and General Chemistry) 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Computational Chemistry & ChemInformatics 
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques 
  • Special Topics in Computational Science 

Select Publications: [Google Scholar]  

Phan, Hung, Thomas J. Kelly, Andriy Zhugayevych, Guillermo C. Bazan, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Emily A. Jarvis, and Sergei Tretiak. “Tuning Optical Properties of Conjugated Molecules by Lewis Acids: Insights from Electronic Structure Modeling.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10, no. 16 (2019): 4632–38. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b01572. 

Phan, Hung, Michael J. Ford, Alexander T. Lill, Ming Wang, Guillermo C. Bazan, and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen. “Electrical Double-Slope Nonideality in Organic Field-Effect Transistors.” Advanced Functional Materials 28, no. 17 (April 1, 2018): 1707221. 

Phan, Hung, Michael J. Ford, Alexander T. Lill, Ming Wang, Guillermo C. Bazan, and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen. “Improving Electrical Stability and Ideality in Organic Field-Effect Transistors by the Addition of Fullerenes: Understanding the Working Mechanism.” Advanced Functional Materials 27, no. 38 (2017): 1701358. 

Phan, Hung, Matthew D. Yates, Nathan D. Kirchhofer, Guillermo C. Bazan, Leonard M. Tender, and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen. “Biofilm as a Redox Conductor: A Systematic Study of the Moisture and Temperature Dependence of Its Electrical Properties.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, no. 27 (July 6, 2016): 17815–21 

Phan, Hung, Ming Wang, Guillermo C. Bazan, and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen. “Electrical Instability Induced by Electron Trapping in Low-Bandgap Donor-Acceptor Polymer Field-Effect Transistors.” Advanced Materials 27, no. 43 (November 1, 2015): 7004–9. 

Duong, Duc T., Hung Phan, David Hanifi, Pil Sung Jo, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, and Alberto Salleo. “Direct Observation of Doping Sites in Temperature-Controlled, p-Doped P3HT Thin Films by Conducting Atomic Force Microscopy.” Advanced Materials 26, no. 35 (September 1, 2014): 6069–73  

Phan, Hung, Justin P. Jahnke, Bradley F. Chmelka, and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen. “Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of Hybrid Bulk-Heterojunction Materials Based on Conjugated Small Molecules and Mesostructured TiO2.” Applied Physics Letters 104, no. 23 (June 9, 2014): 233305.