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 2023: Congratulations to Harini Perera for winning the Outstanding Research Award in Organic Chemistry; Jia Tu for Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Organic Chemistry!
  • March 2023: Congratulations to Sajani Liyanage for her publication, “Azide-Masked and Trehalose-based Fluorescence Turn-On Probe for Mycobacteria,” JACS Au, 2023, 3, 1017–1028.
  • January 2023: Congratulations to Will Ndguire for his publication, “Turning on the Antimicrobial Activity of Gold Nanoclusters Against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202214086 (1-10)
  • Sept. 2022: We welcome two new PhD students, Gayan Kanchana and Harshit Kumar, to the Yan research group!
  • June 2022: Congratulations to Sajani Liyanage for a successful PhD defense!

Events & Announcement

  • We are recruiting 1-2 PhD students in organic synthesis 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!