The overall theme of Prof. Nguyen’s research is to elucidate the fundamental principles that govern the self-assembly of nanoscale structures in biological or biomimetic systems and ion complexes in phase-separating fluids using computational and theoretical methods. The Nguyen group aims to understand how environmental conditions impact the formation, functionality and performance of these nanostructures and ion complexes for useful applications in bioengineering, nanotechnology and energy.
Dr. Nguyen received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Then he went to the North Carolina State University to work on his Ph.D. dissertation, "Computer simulations of protein folding and aggregation," under the guidance of Professor Carol K. Hall in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Subsequently, Dr. Nguyen became a postdoctoral researcher working with Professor Charles L. Brooks III in molecular biology, computational chemistry and biophysics at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) and then at the University of Michigan. He examined the self-assembly and maturation process of viral capsids, which is a fundamental concept in virology and is of significant biomedical interest in nanotechnology and vaccine development.
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (1998)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University (2000)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University (2004)