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April 2016 – Graduate Student Research Highlight: Zuqin Xue

Graduate Student: Zuqin Xue, 5th-year Ph.D student in Prof. Colón’s lab

Notable recent achievements:

First author publication:  Xue, Z.; Vinci, J. C.; Colon, L. A., Nanodiamond-Decorated Silica Spheres as a Chromatographic Material. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2016, 8, 4149-4157. (link)

Research highlight:

My research is focused on preparation and separation of carbon nanomaterial by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and the development of novel diamond-based stationary phases for separation science. Our goals are to separate and purify the complex carbon nanodots mixture and also to advance the HPLC column technology.

I enjoy being a graduate student at UB because of the friendly atmosphere, opportunities to learn in the Chemistry Department and UB. I’m fortunate to get all the support from my professor Dr. Colón. I also enjoy the freedom to explore the unknown world of science.

Outside of lab, I enjoy spending time with my friends, ice-skating, skiing, and going to restaurants.

Congratulations, Zuqin!