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Fei Yan

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Assistant Professor
(919) 530-7518
(919) 530-5135
3208 Mary M. Townes Science Building


CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1200 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2020 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CHEM 4400 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 4610 Introduction to Forensic Science
CHEG 5130 Fundamentals of Separation Science
CHEG 5200 Spectroscopic Analysis


Professional Background
University of Michigan (Postdoc.); Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Postdoc.); Advanced Technology Materials Inc. (Analytical Chemist); Duke University (Sr. Research Scientist)

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Recent Publications at NCCU (* indicates corresponding author)

1. Y. Shrestha, F. Yan*. Determination of critical micelle concentration of cationic surfactants by surface-enhanced Raman scattering. RSC Advances. 2014, 4, 37274-37277. DOI: 10.1039/c4ra05516k

2. J.M. Romeika, C. L. Spurgeon, F. Yan*. Spectroscopic studies of micelle-enhanced ligand exchange of gallium (III)/4-(2-pyridylazo) resorcinol complex by calf thymus DNA. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy. 2014, 117, 120-126. DOI:10.1016/j.saa.2013.07.113

3.J.M. Romeika, F. Yan*. Recent Advances in Forensic DNA analysis. Journal of Forensic Research. 2013, S12, 1-13. DOI: 10.4172/2157-7145.S12-001

4. F. Yan*, Y. Shrestha, C. L. Spurgeon. Determination of ferric ions by surface-enhanced Raman scattering based on desferrioxamine-functionalized silver nanoparticles. Chemical Communications. 2013,49,7962-7964. DOI:10.1039/C3CC43916J

5. N. Kilibarda, S. E. Afton, J. M. Harrington, F. Yan, K. E. Levine*. Rapid speciation and determination of vanadium compounds using ion-pair reversed-phase ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography inductively coupled plasma-sector field mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A. 2013,1304,121-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2013.06.074

6. J. L. Beard, F. Yan*. Forensic ink analysis using thin-layer chromatography coupled with colorimetry and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy - An undergraduate instrumental analysis experiment. The Chemical Educator. 2013,18, 131-135. DOI:10.1007/s00897132483

7. F. Yan*. Plasmonic colorimetry: Visual detection of environmentally-relevant species. International Journal of Environment Technology and Management. 2013, 16, 49-64. DOI:10.1504/IJETM.2013.050683

8. J. Kim, Y. Yu, F. Yan, J. Bang, T. You, S. Lee*. A new strain of bacteria degrading TNT and 2,4/2,6-DNT from explosives-contaminated soil. Atlas Journal of Biology, 2012, 2, 116-124. DOI:10.5147/ajb.2012.0093

Research Interests

Analytical/Environmental/Forensic Chemistry
Chemical and biological sensor development based on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography, and gas chromatography

Synthesis and characterization of one-, two- and three-dimensional plasmonic nanostructures; Multifunctional nanocarriers for medical diagnostics and therapy

Chemical Education
Integration of authentic research experiences into undergraduate chemistry courses

Job Opening

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available immediately in the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina Central University. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year with possibility of extension. We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled candidate with a strong background in synthesis and characterization of plasmonic/photonic nanostructures. Candidates should hold a Ph. D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, or other relevant disciplines. The research project involves the development of surface plasmonic-based photonic devices, which includes a six-week research stay at the Center for Nanoscale Science at Pennsylvania State University. Interested candidates should send their CV with names of 3 referees to Dr. Fei Yan (


PhD State University of New York at Binghamton 2001


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