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Department of Chemistry Ming Xian

Xian, Ming


Associate Chair

Ralph G. Yount Professor

Troy 224
Pullman, WA 99164-4630

(509) 335-6073

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, 2016–

Professor, 2015-present

Associate Professor, 2011-2014

Assistant Professor, 2006-2011
Washington State University, Pullman, WA


Post-Doctoral Organic Chemistry, 2003-2006
University of Pennsylvania, PA

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2003
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

B.S. Chemistry, 1995
Nankai University, China


Professor Ming Xian received his B.S. in chemistry from Nankai University, China. He then joined Professor Jin-Pei Cheng’s group at Nankai for his early graduate study. In 1999, he moved to the Wayne State University to continue his research under Professor Peng George Wang. After received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2003, he did postdoctoral research with Professor Amos B. Smith, III as a DOD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. In August 2006, he joined the faculty at the Washington State University in the Department of Chemistry.The core of Dr. Xian’s research interests comprises the desire to combine organic synthesis with bioorganic chemistry to examine, understand, and solve problems of biological and medicinal significance. We are interested in the areas of (1) synthetic methodology development; (2) natural product synthesis; (3) bioorthogonal reactions for protein identification; and (4) the development of bio-based new materials.