Dr. Peng He has joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. With primary responsibilities in analytical and forensic chemistry, Dr. He has interests in developing new types of polymeric materials and bioanalytical sensors for early screening, diagnosis of human diseases and forensic analysis. He is writing proposals with an aim of submitting them for funding with the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), NASA-Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition to teaching undergraduate courses such as Instrumental Analysis and Physical Chemistry, Dr. He looks to collaborate with UAPB experts from other scientific disciplines on research that will lead to coauthoring publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals. His research activities will be a valuable resource to attract more underrepresented minority students into science careers that the Department of Chemistry and Physics has for a long time been striving to achieve.
Dr. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University; Master of Science degree in Polymer Science from School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi; and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Applied Chemistry from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
Prior to this position, Dr. He worked as postdoctoral associate for electrochemical biosensors in microfluidics for rapid molecular diagnostics and battlefield health assessment and treatment in Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments at Cornell University. He also worked as scientist and project leader to support P&G Chemicals and Fabric & Home Care Business R&D at The Procter & Gamble Company.
Dr. He has 23 peer-reviewed scientific publications, three patents, and has spoken at multiple conference presentations and invited talks. He has served as the North America Regional Editor of Current Analytical Chemistry journal, been an invited review panelist for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and referee for more than 20 peer-reviewed journals. He also received academic research awards including the 2009 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad and First Place of Richard D. Gilbert Award in Polymer Science at North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.