Together We Grow

Team Leader









Thao T. Tran
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0973, USA
Phone: 864-656-5939

A bit about me

I believe in the unique, innate intelligence of each individual and aspire to cultivate the next generation of scientists by fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that is conducive to learning, creativity, personal and professional development.

Synergistic Activities

Implementing the infinite mindset in higher ed
Editor:  Early Career Editorial Board of Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Mentor: the next generation of scientists including graduate and undergraduate researchers, underserved students, and female scientists (part of the National Chemistry Women Mentorship Network)
Journal Referee: Journal of American Chemical Society, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Communication, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Material Horizons, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters,  Chemical Science, Angewandte Chemie, and Advanced Science
Reviewer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Neutron Science and funding agencies

Professional Preparation
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University – Institute of Quantum Matter, MD
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Houston, TX
BSc in Chemistry, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh

Google Scholar   Profile
ORCiD 0000-0002-2395-3555
Research ID G-2350-2017

Graduate Students

Xudong Huai

Xudong was born in Shandong province, China. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from Qingdao University of Science and Technology. He joined the Tran team at Clemson University in November 2019.
Favorite element: Si
Favorite structure: Graphene
Hobbies: Music, Photography, Piano
Xudong on Google Scholar
2023 Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award in Chemistry


Dasuni Rathnaweera

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Dasuni was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She obtained her BSc in Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon in 2019. She was a research intern at Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology where she completed her undergraduate research titled on Urea modified calcium carbonate nanohybrids as a next-generation fertilizer. She joined our team in Spring 2021.
Favorite element: Sr
Favorite structure: C60
Hobbies: Hiking, Youtube, making DIY stuff
Dasuni on Google Scholar


Uchenna Vivian Chinaegbomkpa






Uchenna hails from Imo state, Nigeria, and obtained her BSc in Chemistry from the university of Nigeria, Nsukka. After a brief program at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, where also served as a graduate assistant, Uchenna joined the Tran group, at Clemson, in September, 2022.
Favorite element: Sn
Favorite structure: Spinel
Hobbies: Cooking, music, reading and spending time with family
Orcid ID:
Web of Science researcher ID: ABB-2787-2021
Google Scholar profile: Uchenna Chinaegbomkpa

Undergraduate Students


Jeffrey Keegan Hommerding (Creative Inquiry, Fall 2022-)









From: Easley, South Carolina and attended Easley High School
Chemistry BS with Management minor and intends to pursue a PhD in Chemistry
Favorite Element: Ag
Favorite Structure: Iceland Spar
Hobbies: Sports, Movies and TV, Travel
2023 Chemistry Faculty Award

Zoe Ohlstein (Creative Inquiry, Spring 2023-)








Zoe grew up in Westwood, NJ, and obtained her high school diploma and her esthetics license before attending Clemson University. She is working towards her BS in chemistry and plans to pursue a Ph.D. after. She joined the team in the Spring of 2023 with her psychiatric service dog Cosmo.
Favorite element: Bi
Favorite structure: octathio[8]circulene (the sunflower)
Hobbies: Hiking, Skin Care, and Journaling



Former Members

Graduate Students

Ebube Oyeka 

2022 Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award in Chemistry

Postdoc at Texas A&M


Visiting Researchers

Hanna Świątek (Exchange Graduate Student, Fall 2021, Gdansk University of Technology)

Undergraduate Students

Annie Zemp (Creative Inquiry, Fall 2022-Spring 2023)

2023 American Institute of Chemists Award









Collin Swanson (Creative Inquiry, Spring 2023)


Erich Delles (Spring 2021 – Fall 2021)
2022 Senior Undergraduate Research Award 









Annika Samuel (Spring 2020 – Spring 2022), Linkedin

Chemistry Master student at King’s College

Wyatt Balliew (Spring 2020 – Spring 2022), Linkedin

Chemistry PhD student at Notre Dame


Jared Clay (Creative Inquiry, Fall 2022)
2022 Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Chemistry PhD student at Clemson University

REU Students

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Ethan Ashbrook (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Summer 2022)
2023 Barry Goldwater Scholar


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Emmanuel Acheampong (REU Student, University of Illinois-Chicago, Summer 2021)


Always looking for motivated and talented graduate and undergraduate students

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