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Atlanta, GA 30332-0400

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Dr. Qin is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), with an adjunct appointment in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As a dedicated teacher, Dr. Qin is the recipient of GT-CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2015), 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2015–2018), the GT-Geoffrey G. Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award (2018–2019), GT Provost Teaching and Learning Fellow Award (2018–2020), and GT-Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award (2020).


Dr. Qin was born and raised in Shanghai, China before she embarked her journey to the US as a graduate student in 1990. Her academic records include a B.S. in Chemistry from Fudan University (1990), a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry with Professor Hai-Lung Dai from University of Pennsylvania (1996), a postdoctoral stint with Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University (1996–1997), and an MBA from the University of Washington (2003). Before joining GT in 2012, she held administrative positions as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis (2007–2011), Site Director of NSF's National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2011), and Associate Director of Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Washington (2002–2007). 

Dr. Qin is currently an advisory board member of Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Nanoscale Horizon, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and ChemNanoMat, Wiley. She is the Associate Editor of Nanoscale (with an impact factor of 8.3), RSC. In 2021, Dr. Qin was elected a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Founded in 1841, RSC is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. The designation FRSC is a great recognition to Dr. Qin’s significant contributions to the chemical sciences. 

In spare time, Dr. Qin enjoys photography and you may find her work here.


Qijia Huang is the third year PhD student of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech. His academic records include a BS in Chemistry from Nankai University, China and a MS in Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology. Qijia joined the Qin Lab in Fall 2021 and he is currently working on in situ fingerprinting spectroscopy for characterizing metal-molecule interactions on the outermost surface layer of metal nanocrystals in a liquid phase or other ambient environments. He is also working on the development of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for probing the catalytically active bimetallic surfaces with an isocyanide molecule.
Hansong Yu is the second year PhD student of MSE at Georgia Tech. His academic records include a BE in Materials Science and Engineering from Northeastern University, China and a MS in MSE from Georgia Tech. Hansong joined the Qin Lab in Fall 2021 as a master student and he is continuing his research work as a PhD student after he successfully completed all MSE core courses and passed the PhD qualification. Hansong is currently working on the rational design and synthesis of Ag-based trimetallic nanoframes consisting of interconnected, ultrathin ridges for their applications in heterogeneous catalysis. The enthusiasm arises from their enhanced catalytic performance, together with high utilization efficiency of atoms for significantly reducing the material loading.


Jaejung (JJ) Kim is senior of MSE at Georgia Tech. JJ joined the Qin Lab in Spring 2022. In summer 2022, she was working on the shape stability of Ag nanocubes and their transformation into Ag nanospheres as a full-time undergraduate researcher. In spring 2023, JJ is working as a Presidential Undergraduate Research Assistant (GT-PURA). Her project -- Shining Light on Silver Nanocubes for Detecting Toxins by Spectroscopic Fingerprinting – aims to develop the Ag nanocubes for their users to detect an environmental contaminant (perchlorate) and a health toxin (melamine).
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