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Dr. Chang Ji

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor

Dr. Chang Ji

Contact Information

Office:  CHEM 315

Phone:  (512) 245-4949

Fax:  (512) 245-2374


Educational Background

  • B.S., Chemistry, St. John's University (New York, NY) 1992
  • M.S., Environmental Chemistry, Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN) 1996
  • Ph.D., Analytical and Electrochemistry, Indiana University - Bloomington (Bloomington, IN) 2001
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON Canada)

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities (Dean Nominee) - 2013, 2010
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (Runner-Up) – 2009
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2002
  • Lubrizol Fellowship – 1999
Areas of Interest

Analytical and Electrochemistry


Research in the Ji Group

Research in Ji’s Group is focused on several areas: (1) electrochemical synthesis by using various Schiff base catalysts with study on the reaction mechanisms; (2) modification of electrode surface with novel catalysts for the development of chemical sensors; (3) synthesis of functionalized gold nanoparticles for electrochemical catalysis; (4) measurement of environmentally important parameters such as Henry’s law constants.

In the laboratory, the students will have opportunities to learn various techniques in analytical, electrochemistry, and organic synthesis. They would also acquire skills in purification, identification, and quantitation of chemical products by using different instruments including GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS, NMR, and UV-Vis.

Ji Figure
Alkanethiol-modified metal salen catalysts for making functionalized gold nanoparticles and electrodes

Recent Publications

Allen, C. R.; Brown, D. K.; Potts, J. L.; Ji, C. Electrochemical Reduction of Methyl 2-Bromomethylbenzoate at Carbon Cathodes in Dimethylformamide Containing Water. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2013, 160, G3069-G3072.
Zhu, J.; Liao, L.; Zhang, P.; Guo, K.; Kong, J.; Ji, C.; Liu, B. Size Dependent Cellular Uptake Efficiency, Mechanism, and Cytotoxicity of Silica Nanoparticles toward HeLa Cells. Talanta 2013, 107, 408-415.
Bian, X.; Guo, K.; Liao, L.; Xiao, J.; Kong, J.; Ji, C.; Liu, B. Nanocomposites of Palladium Nanoparticle-Loaded Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres for the Electrochemical Determination of Hydrogen Peroxide. Talanta 2012, 99, 256-261.
Bian, X.; Zhu, J.; Liao, L.; Scanlon, M. D.; Ge, P.; Ji, C.; Girault, H. H.; Liu, B. Nanocomposite of MoS2 on Ordered Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres: a Highly Active Catalyst for Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution. Electrochem. Commun. 2012, 22, 128-132.
Ji, J.; Gan, J.; Kong, J.; Yang, P.; Liu, B.; Ji, C. Electrochemical Detection of the Activities of Thrombin and Its Inhibitor. Electrochem. Commun. 2012, 16, 53-56.
Ji, J.; Zhao, Y.; Guo, L.; Liu, B.; Ji, C.; Yang, P. Interfacial Organic Synthesis in a Simple Droplet-Based Microfluidic System. Lab Chip 2012, 12, 1373-1377.
Zhang, Y.; Ji, C. Electro-Induced Covalent Cross-Linking of Chitosan and Formation of Chitosan Hydrogel Films: Its Application as an Enzyme Immobilization Matrix for Use in a Phenol Sensor. Anal. Chem. 2010, 82, 5275-5281.
Brown, D. K.; Dean, J. L.; Lopez, W. X.; Ji, C. Electrochemical Reduction of Cinnamyl Bromide at Carbon Cathodes in Acetonitrile: A Further Mechanistic Study. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2009, 156, F123-F127.
Ji, C.; Day, S. E.; Silvers, W. C. Catalytic Reduction of 1- and 2-Bromooctanes by a Dinickel(I) Schiff Base Complex Containing Two Salen Units Electrogenerated at Carbon Cathodes in Dimethylformamide. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2008, 622, 15-21.
Ji, C.; Evans, E. M. Using an Internal Standard Method to Determine Henry’s Law Constants. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2007, 26, 231-236.