Welcome New Ph.D. Students

Welcome new Ph.D. students Yen H. Ha and My V. Nguyen!

My received his M.Sc. from VNU-HCMC in physical chemistry. For undergraduate studies, he attended Dong Thap University where he majored in chemistry.

Yen attended VNU-HCMC as an undergraduate student. She received her M.Sc. in material science and nanotechnology from the University of Science and Technology of Ha Noi last year.

Both My and Yen will be students at the University of Science at VNU-HCMC.

Congratulations on your acceptance to MANAR. We are excited to have you in our research family!


HCMC Delegation Visited UC Berkeley to Discuss INOMAR Achievements


On July 15, a delegation from Ho Chi Minh City led by H.E. Le Thanh Hai and VNU-HCM Executive Vice President Huynh Thanh Dat visited the University of California, Berkeley to discuss the progress and future development of INOMAR . During this meeting, the HCMC delegation learned about UC Berkeley's rich history of scientific achievements as well as INOMAR's outstanding accomplishments to date. The visit culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding concerning future collaborations between VNU-HCM and UC Berkeley in regards to INOMAR's development. The event was featured on VTV1's news program, which can be seen here (clip begins at the 3:50 mark).  Also, see our Group Pictures page for more pictures.

MANAR Researcher Spotlight July 2015: Tien Lo

researcher spotlight

Welcome to a new feature at MANAR, the Researcher Spotlight, to honor studnets that have made great accomplishments in their research within the past month. Here, you can learn more about the students, their research, and goals.

Our first monthly spotlight features master’s student Tien Lo. Recently Tien has done a terrific job overcoming roadblocks in her research. 



Lo Nu Hoang Tien


Ninh Thuan – Viet Nam

Research Focus:

Synthesis of new ZIFs; applications of CO2 adsorption

Tell us something about your current research: 

I'm working on the synthesis and properties of new ZIFs with open metal sites. Also, the modification of these via post synthesis linker exchange to get the better material for CO2 adsorption.

What got you interested in chemistry? How does chemistry inspire you?

Chemistry is full of challenges and difficult for me, but I love it. It has made me mature when I face challenges. Chemistry can changes the world, and the very least it has changed me. I have become more patient since I began working at MANAR. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I think about is what will happen with my experiment. Maybe it will be good or bad, but it always surprises me. Chemistry has made my life more colourful. 

What you like best about working at MANAR? What has been your proudest moment at MANAR? 

I think MANAR is the best place to research in Viet Nam. It is a good opportunity for me to learn. We have a lot of quality instruments, a professional environment, and everyone is friendly.

We do research in Viet Nam with international standards through global mentoring. Mentors come from reputable universities and have a wide array of knowledge, so they can really help us on our research direction. By making us better scientists, the science of Viet Nam will be better in the future. 

What are your future goals (scientific/career/short-term/long-term)? 

Now, I am a Master student, so I will finish conducting research to write a good thesis and graduate. Becoming a scientist is my biggest dream. So, after I finish my master’s degree, perhaps I will keep doing on research.

Favorite quote:

Never quit. If you stumble, get back up. What happened yesterday no longer matters. Today is another day, so get back on track on move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it.

Three words to describe yourself:

Hard working, Patient, Responsible.

Thanh V. Trong passes M.Sc. Examination

Congratulations to Thanh Trong on becoming a master’s student at University of Science, VNU-HCM. Thanh has previously been a research assistant at MANAR. He recently passed the admissions exam and will begin master’s course work in December. Congratulations and good luck!

MANAR Students Present Research at CMAE 2015 in Hanoi


MANAR students traveled to Hanoi to participate in the CMAE Conference from June 15-16, 2015. Invited participants from Vietnam and France spoke on the subject of ‘Chemicals and Advanced Materials for the Environment’ and to celebrate French-Vietnamese scientific relationships. Our students spoke about research projects for 20 minutes to attendees. Students who presented include:

Binh Nguyen: Integrated Amide Functionalities within an IRMOF-74 Series for CO2 Capture

Hung Pham: Engineering of Band Gap in Crystalline Framework Materials via Functionalizing Organic Linkers

Huong Nguyen: Synthesis of a Series of Metal-Organic Frameworks from a Hexatopic Linker for Carbon Dioxide Separation

Great job students!