Fangyuan Tian

Dr. Fangyuan Tian is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at California State University Long Beach. She earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Delaware and completed her postdoctoral work at the University of San Diego before joining CSULB in August 2015 as an Assistant Professor. She received her tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2021. Dr. Tian teaches Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHEM 451), Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 251), Materials Science (CHEM 385), and Surface Chemistry (CHEM 552). Her group has a broad research interest in the interdisciplinary area of surface material chemistry, with a focus on environmental and energy related questions. Specifically, she studies the fundamental properties and chemical reactivities of nanostructured solid hybrid materials for applications in greenhouse gas capture, photocurrent conversion, and water remediation. Her research has been funded by NIH, NSF, ACS PRF, and EREF.  Both undergraduate and graduate research students with various background, including chemistry, physics, and materials science, are welcome to join Dr. Tian's laboratory. To learn more about research opportunities and projects, please visit:


B.E. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Jilin, China (2008)

Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (2013)

Postdoctoral, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (09/2013 – 07/2015)

Research Interests

Thin Film: The development of nanoscale materials and nano processing technology is becoming critically important, as we are approaching the limit of the Moore's Law. Due to the nature of the highly ordered pore structures MOFs, MOF thin films are an ideal candidate for dielectric materials. The main goal of this project is to the synthesis of selective surface-anchored MOF thin films, and integrate MOF thin films as an insulating layer on semiconductor surfaces. 

Methane Capture: Methane is one of the primary greenhouse gases. A significant amount of methane has been released to the atmosphere over the Arctic, and this process has been accelerated by global warming. At the same time, methane as the main component in natural gas is a superstar in alternative fuels. Trapping natural methane and transferring it into usable energy would be one way to unite these efforts. In this research program, we will use hybrid MOFs to capture methane in the liquid phase and measure methane uptake amount in situ

Drug Delivery: A group of Fe-containing MOFs exhibits high drug loading capacity and low toxicity in various biological systems. Our research focuses on the preparation and characterization of Fe-containing MOF thin films as a surface coating material for drug elution. 


Last five years, undergraduate co-authors are bolded.

  1. Weber, M. D. R., Baker, T. L., Dao, B., Kwon, C., Tian, F., "Exploring the aggregative growth of nanoporous zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-8," Cryst. Growth Des., 2020, 20, 2305-2312.

  2. Pham, H., Ramos, K., Sua, A., Acuna, J., Slwoinska, K., Nguyen, T., Bui, A., Weber, M. D. R., Tian, F., "Tuning crystal structures of iron-based metal-organic frameworks for drug delivery applications," ACS Omega2020, 5, 3418-3427.

  3. Aldrich, J. A., Rousselo, S. M., Yang, M. L., Araiza, S. M., Tian, F., "Adsorptive separation of methane from carbon dioxide by zeolite@ZIF composite," Energy Fuels, 2019, 33, 348-355. 
  4. Ishihara, K. M., Tian, F., "Semiconducting Langmuir-Blodgett films of porphyrin paddle-wheel frameworks for photoelectric conversion," Langmuir, 2018, 34, 15689-15699.
  5. Chin, M., Cisneros, C., Araiza, S. M., Vargas, K. M., Ishihara, K. M., Tian, F., "Rhodamine B degradation by nanosized zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8)," RSC Adv., 2018, 8, 26987-26997.
  6. Ruiz, M. A., Sua, A., Tian, F., “Covalent attachment of metal-organic framework thin films on surfaces,” In: Wandelt, K., (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry, 2018, 4, 646–671. 
  7. Tian, F., Taber, D. F., Teplyakov, A. V., “–NH- terminated silicon surface and a method for its preparation”, US Patent 9,272,914, 2016
  8. Mosier, A. M., Larson, H. L. W., Webster, E. R., Ivos, M., Tian, F., Benz, L., “Low-temperature adsorption and diffusion of methanol in ZIF-8 nanoparticle films”, Langmuir, 2016, 32 (12), 2947-2954

Accomplishments and Awards

  • Early Academic Career Excellence Award, CSULB (2020)
  • CSUPERB New Investigator Award (2016)
  • ACS Dan Su Award (2014)
  • CAS Dean’s Doctoral Student Summer Scholar, University of Delaware (2013)
  • Professional Development Award, University of Delaware (2012)