Together We Grow

Team Leader

Thao T. Tran
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Clemson University
383 Hunter
Clemson, SC 29634-0973, USA
Phone: 864-656-3220

Professional Preparation
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University, 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

Ebube Oyeka

Ebube was born in Anambra State, Nigeria. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Nigeria. He then moved to Japan (Tohoku University, Sendai) for MSc in Inorganic Solid State Chemistry and worked on the synthesis of La-doped SrTiO3 from bimetallic complexes. He joined the Tran team at Clemson University in September 2019.
Favorite element: He
Favorite structure: Perovskite
Hobbies: Soccer, music, and  Youtube
Ebube on Google Scholar


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

Undergraduate Students

Annika Samuel

Annika Samuel is a sophomore undergraduate chemistry major at Clemson University. She has experience working at CPJ Technologies where she learned how to synthesize acrylic polymers using free radical polymerization and did a short study on adhesives by varying monomer composition. She also did work with Dr. Getman during the summer before her freshman year on catalytic chemistry and single atom-catalysts. This research was sponsored by the EUREKA! undergraduate research program in the Clemson Calhoun Honors College.  She joined the team in Spring 2020.
Favorite element: K
Favorite structure/compound: Theobromine
Hobbies: Plays on Clemson University Drumline, puzzles, stargazing

Wyatt Balliew

Wyatt Balliew was born in Taylors, South Carolina and he is working towards a B.S. in Chemistry here at Clemson. He joined the team in Spring 2020.
Favorite element: Cm
Favorite structure/compound: Capsaicin
Hobbies: Watching movies, fishing, and hiking



Always looking for motivated and talented graduate and undergraduate students