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COL Chi Nguyen

Director, Chemistry Program


Colonel Nguyen graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and was commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army in 1997. She subsequently earned a master of science degree in management from University of Maryland University College in 2003, and master of science and doctoral degrees in chemistry from University of California Santa Barbara in 2005 and 2016, respectively. 

Colonel Nguyen is an Academy Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science and serves as the Program Director for an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified Chemistry Program. She is the course director for General Chemistry II, Inorganic Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry. She is actively involved in advising Cadets as a Department Academic Counselor, mentoring Cadets as a research advisor, and facilitating enrichment opportunities for Cadets as the officer-in-charge of the ACS Student Section at West Point.


Ongoing Research Projects

Colonel Nguyen leads a research group that focuses on the synthesis and characterization of tunable composite and functionalized materials with novel properties that can be leveraged for applications that support Department of Defense and Department of the Army science and technology priorities. Ongoing research efforts include synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds for applications in nonlinear optics, functionalized porous and nonporous silica nanoparticles for the development of therapeutics, metal organic framework for the degradation of toxic chemicals, and investigating the properties of polymeric materials for optimization in 3D printing applications. 

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Matthew Armstrong,* Erin Milner, Dorian Bailey, Andre Pincot, Thomas Brown, Lam Nguyen, Kevin O’Donovan, Chi Nguyen, Trevor Corrigan. "Probing microstructural differences that manifest in human blood after taking aspirin using thixo-elasto-visco-plastic modeling and series of physical processes." AIP Advances 11, 115226 (2021);

Matthew Armstrong*, Erin Milner, Chi Nguyen, Trevor Corrigan, Yu-Fan Lee. "Visualizing and Exploring Nonlinear Behavior, Timescales, and Mechanical Signatures of Human Blood." Biorheology 1(2021).

Matthew Armstrong,* Jeff Baker, Jesse Trump, Erin Milner, J. Kenneth Wickiser, Kenneth Cameron, Nick Clark, Kaitlyn Schwarting, Thomas Brown, Dorian Bailey, Corey James, Chi Nguyen, Trevor Corrigan. "Structure-rheology elucidation of human blood via SPP framework and TEVP modeling". Korea-Aust. Rheol. J. 33, 45–63 (2021).

Chi K. Nguyen*. "A Multi-Faceted and Integrative Approach to Teaching Inorganic Chemistry". Advances in Teaching Inorganic Chemistry Volume 2: Laboratory Enrichment and Faculty Community; Jones, R. M., Ed.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington DC, 2020, 1371:101-111.

Chi K. Nguyen*, Daniel R. DeNeve, Lam T. Nguyen, Ryan Limbocker. "Impact of COVID-19 on General Chemistry Education at the United States Military Academy". J Chem Educ. Published online August 19, 2020. doi:10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00771

Laleh Emdadi, Luther Mahoney, Ivan C. Lee, Asher C. Leff, Wei Wu, Dongxia Liu, Chi K. Nguyen, Dat T. Tran*. “Assessment of coke deposits on lamellar metal-modified MFI zeolites in ethylene transformation to aromatic liquids.” Applied Catalysis A, 595(5), 117510 (2020).

Luther Mahoney, Laleh Emdadi, Asher C. Leff, Dat T. Tran*, Wei Wu; Sichao Cheng; Dongxia Liu, Chi K. Nguyen, Ivan C. Lee. "Influences of metal-modification and lamellar zeolite structure on ethylene to liquid aromatics conversion reaction using MFI catalysts." Fuel, 256 (2019).

Alexander N. Mitropoulos, F. John Burpo*, Chi K. Nguyen, Enoch A. Nagelli, Madeline Y. Ryu, Jenny Wang, R. Kenneth Sims, Kamil Woronowicz, J. Kenneth Wickiser. “Noble metal composite porous silk fibroin aerogel fibers.” Materials, 12, 894 (2019).

Chi K. Nguyen.  "Destruction of Chemical Munitions on San Jose Island, Panama." Army Chemical Review. Winter 2018, 9-13. (Silver Quill Award)

Damine Kudela, Stephanie. A. Smith, Anna May-Masnou, Gary B. Braun, Alesia Pallaoro, Chi K. Nguyen, Tracy T. Chuong, Sara Nownes, Riley Allen, Nicholas R. Parker, Hooman H. Rashidi, James M. Morrissey, Galen D. Stucky*. "Clotting Activity of Polyphosphate-Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles." Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. English, 54, 4018-4022 (2015).

Hongjun Liang, Gregg Whited, Chi Nguyen, Adam Okerlund, Galen D. Stucky*. "Inherently tunable electrostatic assembly of membrane proteins." Nano Lett. 8, 333 - 339 (2008)

Hongjun Liang, Gregg Whited, Chi Nguyen, Galen D. Stucky*. "The directed cooperative assembly of membrane proteins: 2-D and 3-D polarized proteorhodopsin arrays." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 8212-8217 (2007).

Keiki‐Pua. S. Dancil, Lynn F. Hilario, Richard G. Khoury, Kim U. Mai, Chi K. Nguyen, Katherine S. Weddle, Amy M. Shachter*. "Synthesis and aggregation of cationic porphyrins." J. Heterocyclic Chem. 34, 749-755 (1997).

Veronica Flores, Chi K. Nguyen, Carrie A. Sindelar, Lisa D. Vasquez, Amy M. Shachter*. "Synthesis and circular dichroism of tartrate-linked porphyrin dimers." Tetrahedron Lett. 37, 8633-8636 (1996).

* Corresponding author

Abstracts and Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Ryan M. O'Donnell, Thomas N. Rohrabaugh Jr., Jack M. Harrison, Justin Yeung, Victor A. Jaffett, Chi Nguyen, and William M. Shensky III "Installation of hole transport functionality in iridium complexes for reverse saturable absorption (RSA) materials development", Proc. SPIE PC12418, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XXV, PC1241808 (14 March 2023);

Victor A. Jaffett, Ryan M. O'Donnell, Thomas N. Rohrabaugh Jr., Jack M. Harrison, Nanki Verma, Chi K. Nguyen, William M. Shensky III. "Derivatized phenylbenzothiazole cyclometalating ligands for reverse saturable absorption materials development," Proc. SPIE 11998, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XXIV, 1199804 (7 March 2022); doi: 10.1117/12.2611252 (Paper, Oral)

Haval Kareem, Alex Langrock, Jeffery Auletta, Luther Mahoney, Hyung Kim, Chi Nguyen, Dat Tran, David Mackie. "Catalytic oxidation of propane over platinum-palladium alloyed with nickel: An assessment of the chemical and intermediate species." American Chemical Society National Meeting. Virtual, April 2021. (Poster)

Brooke Finnessy, Abigail Graham, Chi Nguyen. "Comparison of nonporous and porous silica nanoparticles for biomedical applications.” American Chemical Society National Meeting. Virtual, April 2021. (Poster)
Nanki Verma, Danielle Cross, Jack Harrison, Thomas N. Rohrabaugh Jr, Ryan M. O’Donnell, William M. Shensky, Victor A. Jaffett, Chi K. Nguyen. "Synthesis of organometallic chromophores to investigate novel materials for reverse saturable absorption.” American Chemical Society National Meeting. Virtual, April 2021. (Poster) 

Abigail Waldman, Kristen Guiney, Haval Kareem, Alex Langrock, Luther Mahoney, David Mackie, Chi K. Nguyen. "Characterization of catalyzed polymer-carbon composite material for the development of chemically-powered artificial muscle.” 21st Mid-Hudson ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium. Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, April 2021. (Poster)

Eunice Koh, Chi Nguyen*. “Synthesis and characterization of conductive mesoporous silica”. American Chemical Society National Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, March 2020. (Poster)

Chi K. Nguyen, Kyle Ploense, Damien Kudela, James H. Morrissey, Tod Kippin, Galen D. Stucky. "Hemorrhage control using biocompatible polyphosphate bound silica nanoparticles." 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting.  San Diego, CA, March 2016.  (Oral)

Chi K. Nguyen, John M. Ingram, Lance E. Richardson, Richard L. Comitz, Galen D. Stucky. "Assembly of proteorhodopsin for the development of bioinspired energy devices.” 235th American Chemical Society National Meeting.  New Orleans, LA, April 2008.  (Poster)

Chi Nguyen, John Ingram, Hongjun Liang, Galen Stucky. "Assembly of Proteorhodopsin for Bioinspired Alternative Energy Applications." Proceedings of the Army Science Conference (26th). Orlando, Florida, 1-4 December 2008.  (Poster)

Chi Nguyen, Hongjun Liang, Gregg Whited, Galen Stucky. "Photochemical and Physical Characterization of Proteorhodopsin for Applications in Bioinspired Energy." Materials Research Society Conference. San Francisco, CA, April 2006.  (Oral)

Hongjun Liang, Chi Nguyen, Gregg Whited, Galen Stucky. "Assembling Membrane Protein: Toward Bio-inspired Photovoltaic Devices." Materials Research Society Conference. San Francisco, CA, April 2006.  (Oral)