Dr. Hao Fong

Dr. Hao Fong

Dr. Hao Fong, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota, USA


Dr. Hao Fong is one of the pioneers and renowned scientists nationwide/worldwide in the field of “Electrospinning and Nanofibers”.  Presently, he is a Full Professor (with Tenure) in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T); he is also an important faculty member in the SDSM&T’s multidisciplinary graduate programs of Materials Engineering and Science (MES), Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (NANO), and Biomedical Engineering (BME).  His highest degree is a Ph.D. earned in 1999 from the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron (in Ohio), and his Ph.D. advisor is Dr. Darrell H. Reneker.  Prior to joining the faculty at the SDSM&T in June 2003, he worked as a guest research scientist (i.e., on-site contractor) in the Polymer Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and as a staff research scientist in the Paffenbarger Research Center of the American Dental Association (PRC-ADA) and/or the Polymer Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland, for a total of three years. From July 2013 to June 2015, Dr. Hao Fong was the youngest Full Professor at the SDSM&T; in 2017, he was awarded the “Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor” (the most prestigious award at the SDSM&T, one awardee per year).

Presently, Dr. Hao Fong’s research endeavors are primarily focused on the preparation, characterization, and evaluation of electrospun polymer, ceramic, carbon/graphite, metallic, composite, and hierarchically-structured nanofibers and/or nanofibrous materials for various applications including, but not limited to, (1) filtration/separation applications (e.g., the separation of biomacromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, air/water purification, and reverse osmosis), (2) energy-related applications (e.g., solar cells, batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors), (3) biomedical applications (e.g., tissue engineering, drug delivery, and wound dressing), (4) microelectronics-related applications (e.g., sensors/detectors and transistors), and (5) composite applications (e.g., hybrid multi-scale composites and dental restorative composites).

Research Interest

The Materials-processing Technique of Electrospinning and Various Applications of Electrospun Polymer, Ceramic, Carbon/Graphite, Metallic, Composite, and Hierarchically-structured Nanofibers and/or Nanofibrous Materials