School Introduction

The University of North Texas (UNT) was established in 1890. It is a first-level research university of the Carnegie Foundation of the United States (top 4%). It was rated as the “Best University in the West” by the Princeton Review. It has been awarded as one of the 100 “Most Worth Investing Universities” for 23 consecutive years. The University of North Texas has attracted students from 121 countries around the world to study, and has reaped a wealth of fruits of studying abroad here. The school is located in Denton, Texas-a safe and friendly environment, only 30 minutes away from the economically and culturally prosperous Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. 

Department of Chemistry Admissions 

Most of the teachers in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas are engaged in multidisciplinary research fields, such as computational science, materials science, forensics, organometallic chemistry, chemical biology, and chemical education research. While maintaining a focused research focus, the Department of Chemistry is actively participating in cooperation to solve the most important issues in science and technology. Most teachers are members of different colleges, including Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Process Institute (AMMPI), Biological Discovery Institute (BDI) and PACCAR Technical Institute. Research in the Department of Chemistry has been fully funded by many federal agencies including NIH, NSF, DOD and DOE. The department has also received support from private and public resources in Texas, including the Welch Chairperson Foundation and the Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas, as well as industry sponsors (such as Reata Oharmaceuticals, ExxonMobil, Intel and other semiconductor research companies) stand by. The college currently recruits doctoral students from overseas. Language requirements: TOEFL 79 points / IELTS 6 points. GRE scores are exempt. 

Introduction to the research group

Ma Shengqian is a tenured chair professor at the University of North Texas Welch Foundation. He graduated from Jilin University with a bachelor’s degree in 2003, received a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2008, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory from 2008 to 2010, and worked in the Department of Chemistry at the University of South Florida from 2010 to 2020 and was named a tenured professor. In 2020, he joined the University of North Texas as the chief chemist of the “Welch Foundation”. Professor Ma Shengqian’s research group has been engaged in the development of functional porous materials for many years, including metal organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), porous organic polymers (POPs), and micro-organisms for energy, biological and environmental applications. Porous carbon material. Professor Ma Shengqian was rated as a highly cited scholar by Thomson Reuters for seven consecutive years from 2014 to 2020; with an H factor of 80, the article has been cited more than 23,000 times. Professor Ma Shengqian has published more than 230 articles in academic journals such as Nature, Nature Commun., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., Chemical Science, Chemical Society Review, etc. . He has won the Young Chemist Award of the Inorganic Chemistry Branch of the American Chemical Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Chemist Award, the Career Award of the American Science Foundation, and the University of South Florida Outstanding Research Achievement Award and Distinguished Professor Award. 


This research group has sufficient funds and currently has a vacancy for doctoral students. 

Requirements for doctoral students: hardworking, hardworking, strong teamwork ability. A maximum of 5 years of funding during the doctoral period, free tuition, and medical insurance.

The research group has Rigaku Xtalab Synergy-i single crystal diffractometer, Rigaku Smartlab X-ray powder diffractometer, Micromeritics ASAP2020, ASAP2020 Plus, 3FLEX atmospheric adsorption instrument, HPVA-ii high pressure adsorption instrument, Varian 400mhz/500mhz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, etc. For large-scale precision instruments, provide research assistant positions for instrument management, support and encourage research team members to learn instrument operation and test method development, master the use of advanced instruments, and improve experimental skills and related theoretical knowledge. 

The research team encourages and emphasizes the cross-integration of multi-disciplinary fields, contacts and cooperates with many well-known research groups around the world, and when they have a national laboratory test characterization machine, many members of the research team won the National Youth Program of the Central Organization Department and entered the top 985 in China , 211 colleges and universities. Doctoral students with different research experiences are welcome to join us, especially applicants with rich structural chemistry background (structural design, synthesis, analysis), organic synthesis, catalytic research, polymer synthesis and characterization experience. We look forward to learning and growing from each other. 


Interested students please send an e-mail (attached CV) to Professor Ma Shengqian
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