Hao Fong (2003)


B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
Ph.D., University of Akron


(605) 394-1229
CBEC 3315 (campus map)
Research Expertise

Dr. Hao Fong is one of the pioneers and renowned scientists nationwide/worldwide in the field of “Electrospinning and Nanofibers”. In the recent 18 years, he has managed to establish a vigorous research program on “Electrospun Polymer, Ceramic, Carbon/Graphite, Metallic, Composite, and Hierarchically-structured Nanofibers and/or Nanofibrous Materials and Their Applications”. His research has been supported by the NSF, NIH, ARL, AFRL, DOE, NASA, and the State of South Dakota with the total funding amount over $8,000,000. His research activities at the SD Mines alone have resulted in ~150 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 books and/or book chapters, 8 patents and/or patent applications, and numerous symposium proceedings/presentations. Eighteen students have earned their graduate degrees in MES, NANO, or BME under his supervision. He has organized two international symposia at the ACS National Meeting and the MRS National Meeting, edited a book, and served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and/or funding agencies.

Brief Bio

Presently, Dr. Hao Fong is a Full Professor (with Tenure) in the Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; he is also an important faculty member in the graduate programs of Materials Engineering and Science, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and Biomedical Engineering. His highest degree is a Ph.D. earned in 1999 from the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron (in Ohio), and his Ph.D. advisor is Dr. Darrell H. Reneker. Prior to joining the faculty at the SD Mines in 2003, he worked as a guest research scientist (i.e., on-site contractor) in the Polymer Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and as a staff research scientist in the Paffenbarger Research Center of the American Dental Association (PRC-ADA) and/or the Polymer Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland, for three years. In 2017, he was awarded the “Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor”.


• CHEM 106 Chemistry Survey (3 Credits) • CHEM 108 Organic and Biochemistry (4 Credits) • CHEM 108L Organic and Biochemistry Lab (1 Credit) • CHEM 112L General Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit) • CHEM 200 Introduction to Research (Various Credits) • CHEM 316 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3 Credits) • BME 408 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 Credits, Team-taught) • CHEM 426/526 Polymer Chemistry (3 Credits) • CHEM 290/490 (Chemistry) Seminar (0.5 Credits) • CHEM 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship (Various Credits) • MES 604 Chemistry of Materials (4 Credits, Co-taught with Dr. Z. Zhu) • NANO 715 Polymeric Nanomaterials (3 Credits, Co-taught with Dr. Z. Zhu) • NANO 717 Nanochemistry (3 Credits, Co-taught with Dr. Z. Zhu) • BME 724 Biopolymers (3 Credits) • BME 798 Master’s Thesis (Various Credits) • BME 898 Ph.D. Dissertation (Various Credits) • MES 788 Master’s Research Project (Various Credits) • MES 798 Master’s Thesis (Various Credits) • MES 898 Ph.D. Dissertation (Various Credits) • NANO 898D Ph.D. Diss

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