Prof. Dr. Thanh N. Truong

Prof. Dr. Thanh N. Truong
Department of Chemistry University of Utah
Quốc gia: Vietnamese American
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During his 5 years under the communist rule, the boy named Truong Nguyen Thanh was acigarette peddler at the Go Vap bus station, buffalo boy, grass cutter, ploughman ... at Lai Thieu, Binh Duong, to help his mother raise a family of 9 children and a hemiplegic father.

In 1980, together with his younger brother, Truong Hanh Phi, 14, and a cousin, 13, they fled Viet Nam by boat. In their five days on the tossing waves, they lost their cousin in a storm and were rescued by a U.S. Long Beach battle ship. Thanh and his brother were later sponsored by a Minnesota farmer, came to live with his family and attended high school there.

As Thanh could not read and write English, his year in high school was a terrible ordeal. However his efforts helped him complete his secondary education. He then attended the North Dakota State University and earned his B.S. with honor in Chemistry in 1985, with minors in Math, Computer, Physics and Statistics. He was accepted to pursue his post-graduate studies at many famous schools such as California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, ... but he chose the University of Minnesota to study under the guidance of Professor Donald Truhlar, a worldwide renowned scientist, and received his Ph. D. in Theoritical Chemistry in 1990.

Dr. Thanh was selected by the National Science Foundation as one of the brightest young Ph. D.'s to receive a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship. He spent two years doing post doctoral research at the University of Houston under the guidance of Professor Audrew McCammon, a worldwide reputed biophysicist.

In 1992, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Utah.

In 1993, Dr. Thanh was selected as one of the U.S. most promising young scientists. Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Sunday, December 19, 1993, revealed that Thanh and two other researchers from University of Utah have been chosen over 169 young scientists to receive a substantial sum of money from the National Science Foundation to continue their reasearch programs. Thanh will get a maximum of 100,000 dollars each year, in five years, to achieve his research on chemical reactions affecting living creatures.

Dr. Thanh is also one of the founders of the Vietnamese Association in Utah and teaches English to young Vietnamese newly settled in Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune News, Wednesday, June 9, 1993 issue. This newspaper also revealed Dr. Thanh's contribution to the Vietnamese community, viewed him as a good example for Vietnamese new comers. He is presently Vice-chairman of the Asian Association in Utah. He always wishes that Vietnamese youths don't have to experience the hardships he has borne on his way to success.

Aromatic stabilization energy

Quantifying the concept of aromaticity, which is one of the most important concepts in organic chemistry, using the molecular orbital theory.

Covalent bonding versus ionic bonding

Using molecular orbital theory to explore the differences between covalent bonding and ionic bonding.

Delocalized and localized molecular orbitals

Understand the differences between delocalized and localized molecular orbitals.

Exploring Potential Energy Surface

A brief overview on the concept of potential energy surface and how one can explore its topological features for calculating molecular properties and for elucidating reaction mechanisms.

Hydrogen bonding in DNA base pairs

Understanding hydrogen bond interaction in DNA base pairing and mechanism for point mutation.

Intermolecular forces

Understanding the nature of different types of intermolecular forces.

Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (LCAO) in homonuclear diatomic molecules

Use homonuclear diatomic molecules to understand the concept of linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO).

Mechanism of Berry pseudo-rotation in PF5

Examining the pentacoordinate pseudo-rotation in PF5 using the molecular orbital theory.

Orbital hybridization

Examining the concept of orbital hybridization for understanding molecular structure using BeH2 and HCCH for sp, BH3 and H2C=CH2 for sp2, and CH4 and H3C-CH3 for sp3 hybridization.

Pi-back bonding in transition metal complexes

Use molecular orbital theory to understand the pi-back bonding phenomenon in transition metal complexes.

Product distribution in dehydration of alcohols

Examining the relative stability of products to explain for the observed production distribution in dehydration of an alcohol.

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