Interested in working in the Doan-Nguyen Group? Please email with your CV and cover letter with identified references.

May 2020 Update on Open Postdoctoral Researcher Position:

A postdoctoral research position to work on development of screening algorithm, synthesis, and characterization of materials with exotic quantum properties is open in the Doan-Nguyen Laboratory at The Ohio State University (OSU) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The research will be focused on solid-state materials synthesis, structural characterization (i.e. X-ray, neutron diffraction), and programming (if applicant has programming background) for materials with topologically protected states. The project involves synthesis and characterization of known materials as well as synthesis development of new materials.

A background in solid state materials chemistry, X-ray and neutron scattering, magnetism is desired. Experience with synthesis is a must. Experience with programming would be a plus. Most importantly, the candidate should have a strong enthusiasm to explore new materials problems and their scientific solutions. The salary will be commensurate with research experience and technical background.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research on synthesis of magnetic materials
  • Carry out synthesis design and characterization of materials
  • Explore the relationship between synthetic procedures and magnetic properties
  • Prepare verbal presentations and manuscripts for publication


  • Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Experience and familiarity with solid state synthesis and structural characterization
  • A strong aptitude and demonstrated accomplishment in synthesis and structural characterization. An understanding of structure-property relations for magnetic materials.
  • The candidate must have a strong publication record in relevant journals and excellent verbal and written English communication skills along with an ability to work effectively with others.
  • The candidate must also have the ability to work well in a self-paced, independent manner, while working well in cooperation with team members and partners. Must be committed to meeting research project deadlines.

Students in the Doan-Nguyen Group will develop into critically thoughtful, independent scientists. To lead the charge on scientific advancement in energy storage and conversion, students will be equipped with technical skills in areas including, but not limited to, solution-phase synthesis, solid-state synthesis, materials characterization, electrochemistry, and catalysis.

Prof. Doan-Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. She joined OSU in August 2017 as part of the Discovery Themes’ Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Initiative. As part of OSU’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), her cross-cutting research includes synthesis, in-situ structural characterization, and functional testing of smart materials as well as advanced materials for energy storage and conversion. Before joining OSU, she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSB with Prof. Ram Seshadri and Bruce Dunn (UCLA). She received her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania working in the Christopher Murray Group and B.S. in Chemistry (2nd major: Women’s and Gender Studies) at Yale University. She has been recognized by the American Physical Society with the Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship, the American Crystallographic Association with the Margaret C. Etter Lecturer Award and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. VDN is also spearheading and contributing to projects on development of K-12 STEM education in the Columbus area and beyond.


Current Lab Members

Student email addresses are

Gerald (Jerry) Postdoctoral Researcher, 2019-  
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Programm (GRFP)
Ph.D. candidate, 2019-  
Defense Associated Graduate Student Innovators (DAGSI) Fellow
Ph.D. candidate, 2019-  
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Programm (GRFP)
Ph.D. candidate, 2018-  
Patrice Chemistry B.S. candidate, (4th year) 
Amanda MSE B.S./M.S. candidate (4th year)  
Dustin MAE B.S. candidate (4th year)  

Former Lab Members

Name Time in Group University Degree Graduation Year Post Lab Position
[11] Dustin Goetz 2017.11-2020.5 OSU MAE B.S. 2020 University of California, Santa Barbara Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research Assistant, NSF GRFP 2020 Recipient
[10] Patrice Crosby 2019.5-2020.4 OSU Chemistry B.S. 2020 Cornell University Fiber Science M.S. Graduate Research Assistant
[9] Joshua Argo 2018.1-2020.1 OSU MSE B.S. 2019 Lynntech Engineer
[8] Shawn Ren 2019.5-2019.10 OSU MAE B.S. 2020 Rice University Mechanical Engineering M.S.
[7] Jacob O’Connor 2019.6-2019.8 OSU CSE B.S. 2021 N/A
[6] Jenna Bustos 2019.5-2019.8 New Mexico Highlands University (REU) Chemistry B.S 2020 Oregon State University Ph.D. Chemistry Graduate Research Assistant, NSF GRFP Honorable Mention, GEM Fellow
[5] Kevin Tran 2018.6-2019.5 OSU CBE B.S. 2021 N/A
[4]Aniv Ray 2018.6, 2018.8 Columbus Academy High School N/A N/A N/A
[3] Fatima Bainazar 2018.1-2018.5 Metro High School Junior N/A N/A N/A
[2] Andrew Noble 2018.6-2018.7 The Ohio State University CBE B.S. 2020 N/A
[1] Chengji Zhang 2018.1-2018.7 OSU MSE N/A N/A N/A