Dr Tianfang Wang

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Dr Tianfang Wang


Research areas

  • Ion chemistry (mass spectrometry)
  • Proteomics of sponge
  • Computational chemistry
  • Interstellar chemistry


Dr Wang was awarded his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2008. He then moved to Australia, and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Adelaide. He joined USC in 2012 to continue his research in the areas of peptide chemistry, mass spectrometry and proteomics.

Dr Wang has been exploring the use of negative ion electrospray mass spectrometry for the sequencing of peptides, and other interesting ion chemistry processes. One of his ongoing interest is to identify and characterise aqueous pheromones and host-defence bioactive peptides from Australian frogs. Besides, he has extensive research experience computational chemistry (both quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics). He has been studying, by experiment and theory in concert, the possible interstellar synthetic pathways to form biomolecules of life significance. He has found that some of these interstellar reactions involve intramolecular H transfers, and these H transfers may be aided by quantum mechanical H tunnelling at low temperatures in cold molecular clouds.



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