Dr. Lihua Wang, Associate Professor of BioInorganic Chemistry
Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry from Purdue University, with expertise in the study of the properties of anti-cancer metal complexes and in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds and nanomaterials for biomedical imaging applications.
Wang sees Kettering students as good communicators, who are mature and capable and feels these qualities are the result of the cooperative education experience. She enjoys teaching and interacting with the high quality students at Kettering and was initially drawn to Kettering by their outstanding quality.
During one of her general chemistry classes, Wang mentioned that stomach acid is made of HCl. A few weeks later, she discussed the reaction of Zn with HCl to form ZnCl2 and hydrogen in class. One student who was interested in fuel cells quickly made an interesting connection between the two. He joked, "So, theoretically, if I swallow a piece of Zn, my stomach can generate the hydrogen gas that can be used to power fuel cell cars." (Warning: Danger! Do not try this at home!) This "Human Hydrogen Generator" will not work well in practice. However, imagination and innovation are the spirit of Kettering students.
Wang has two pieces of advice for prospective students. First, "as a Kettering student, you will not only gain classroom knowledge of science, engineering, or business but also gain valuable real-world work experiences" through Kettering's unique cooperative education program. This cooperative education provides the student "with the competitive edge that is necessary to face the ever more challenging global economy in your future career." Second, "you are not only expected to fulfill the academic requirements of a regular four-year college degree within 4-5 years, but also finish at least 15 months of co-op work within the same time period," making good time management and organizational skills very important in order to be successful at Kettering.
Hidden talents and outside interests: When not involved with teaching or her students, Wang enjoys travel, listening to music and reading.
Synthesis and characterization of metal complexes and nanoparticles for potential biomedical applications. Analysis and characterization of antioxidant activities of plant extracts.