A New Chemistry Professor is a “Future Faculty Scholar”

Hao Sun (Ph.D.), who has just launched a research laboratory at the University of New Haven, was recognized by the Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society. This includes faculty members from Harvard and MIT.

Hao Sun was an undergraduate student in Wuhan University’s polymer chemistry course. This class sparked his interest and led to him becoming a Ph.D. Dr. Sun was inspired and informed by a professor who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the role of organic materials in modern society. He said they are everywhere around us, from packaging and building materials to electronic devices or nanomedicine.

Dr. Sun, now a professor, was recently made a Future Faculty Scholar by Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering. This division of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Sun is an organic and polymer chemist and his fellow honorees are invited to share their research at the ACS National Meeting next spring in San Diego. They are both from prestigious universities like Harvard and MIT. He will discuss his recent research in peptide-polymer-bioconjugates as high-performance therapeutics. This includes possible anticancer applications.

Dr. Sun stated, “It’s an honor to have been chosen as a 2021 American Chemical Society PMSE future scholar.” “This award is intended to recognize early-career scientists/engineers who have made significant contributions to the field of polymer materials science/engineering. These award recipients are from top-tier universities. This symposium will be used to discuss our research and create a network.

Dr. Sun joined Tagliatela College of Engineering’s faculty in the summer to teach organic chemistry and advanced chemistry this semester. He is thankful for the support he received from his colleagues and has enjoyed learning from them. His students have also impressed him.

His students are the best part of my University teaching experience, he stated. They always want to absorb new knowledge, and they often ask me questions in class or during office hours. This is very satisfying. It is a pleasure to share my knowledge of chemistry with them.

“My goal in teaching my students strong skills to prepare them to face the future”

Dr. Sun launched the Sun Polymer Lab at the University recently. He is thrilled to work with a young, diverse research team that includes undergraduate, graduate, and high school students. They are currently conducting innovative and important research such as projects related to the safe and efficient development of nanomedicine for veterinarian use and stimuli-responsive or “smart”, drug-delivery system.

Dr. Sun said, “Our research is highly interdisciplinary and chemistry-centered.” “We are developing a next-generation drug delivery system that can target delivery and allow for programmable release. These new nanomaterials are not only able to reduce side effects, but they can also improve the therapeutic efficacy of many diseases.

Dr. Sun is committed to fostering hands-on research experiences among his students. This includes publishing in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research at conferences, and collaboration with other universities.

He stated, “As a mentor, I aim to equip my students avec strong skills to prepare them to succeed in the future.” “At Sun Polymer Lab, our goal is to find creative, macromolecular ways to solve problems at the interface between chemistry, medicine, and materials. We’re currently studying several areas in synthetic polymer chemistry with a focus on those which are most closely linked to biomedical applications and the environment.