Professor Vicky Doan-Nguyen


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Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

CEMAS, Suite 100



  • BS Chemistry & Women's Studies, Yale University
  • PhD Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara - UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of interest

  • Ceramic material
  • Electronic materials
  • Composite materials
  • Energy applications

Research and areas of expertise

My areas of expertise are (1) synthesis of materials via wet chemical techniques, solid state techniques, and microwave-assisted heating; (2) structural characterization, particularly of the atomic local structure using synchrotron-based X-ray scattering methods; and (3) electrochemical testing.

Approach to supporting and improving diversity and inclusion

I am a member of the MSE Department Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach Committee. Beyond the lab and the department, I also piloted SPARK (Science Partnerships and Resources for Kids) to engage undergraduate engineering students with the middle school and high school students in the Franklinton community of Columbus. I recognize that our materials community can only grow by being more inclusive. I mentor a diverse group of students and encourage them to not only contribute to scientific advancements but also become the next generation of leaders in materials science and engineering.

What you might not know about Professor Doan-Nguyen

I am an immigrant to the United States and first-generation college and PhD graduate.