Mingdi Yan

Welcome to Yan Research Laboratory!

We belong to the Organic Chemistry Division in the Department of Chemistry. Our research lies at the interface of chemistry, nanomaterials, and nanomedicine. We apply our skills in synthetic chemistry to develop new reactions and functionalize carbon materials including graphene. We make functional nanomaterials, and apply them in applications including antimicrobial nanomaterials and drug delivery.



  • May 2020: Warmest congratulations to our group members for winning multiple awards: Bin Wu for Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student; Will Ndugire for Outstanding Research Award in Organic Chemistry; Xiaojian Yang for Outstanding Polymer Graduate Student; Sajani Liyanage for Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Organic Chemistry!!!
  • March 2020: Check out our article on electrophilic azides on Acc. Chem. Res. by our alumni Sheng Xie and Madanodaya Sundhoro in collaboration with Prof. KN Houk! https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00046
  • Jan. 2020: Xiaojian’s review on CVD graphene transfer has been accepted by Nano Research. Congratulations!

Events & Announcement

  • Jan. 2020: Postdoc position available until filled. Candidates with skills in metal nanocluster synthesis and biological applications are encouraged to apply at : https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/504437/postdoctoral-research-associate-chemistry
  • We are recruiting 1-2 PhD students for Fall 2020 in organic synthesis, graphene chemistry and/or nanomaterial synthesis. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Dr. Yan, mingdi_yan@uml.edu. Application fees will be waived for accepted candidates!