Vivian Feng

Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professor in the Natural Sciences

Home Institution
Augsburg University
Host Institution
February 19, 2021–July 7, 2021

Vivian Feng is an associate professor of chemistry, and an affiliated faculty of the Environmental Studies Program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA degree in chemistry from Linfield College (Oregon) and her PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois. After initiating her career as an assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound (Washington) followed by a research educator position at the University of Texas, she started her current position at Augsburg University in 2008. Besides teaching analytical chemistry and general chemistry, Vivian enjoys teaching highly interdisciplinary courses in materials chemistry, and environmental sciences. Vivian leads an active undergraduate research lab at the interface of bioanalytical and materials chemistry. She applies analytical tools to probe the interactions at the nano-bio interface to better understand the environmental fates of novel nanomaterials. Her lab, a part of the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, investigates the impact of nanomaterials to biological models, such as bacteria or model membranes. She is a strong advocate for promoting diversity in the STEM disciplines and has mentored over 50 undergraduate researchers. Vivian has served as the chair of the Chemistry Department at Augsburg. She is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship award at Augsburg.