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Dr. Frank Ji, Chemistry

Hai-Feng (Frank) Ji, PhD

Affiliated faculty member of College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Office: Disque Hall 211
Phone: 215.895.2562
Lab Phone: 215.571.3648
Fax: 215.571.3525

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  • PhD, Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1996

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Drug discovery
    • Structure-based drug design for cancer and bacterial biofilm
    • Microcantilever Sensors for detection of cancer biomarkers and environmental applications
  • Green energy
    • Phosphorus based 1D, 2D and 3D nanomaterials
    • Optoelectronic devices
  • Advanced materials
    • Conductive polymers on textiles
    • Hydrogels on biomedical applications
    • Surface Chemistry
  • Plasma for biomedical, environmental, and agricultural applications


Dr. Hai-Feng (Frank) Ji is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. In addition, Professor Ji is an affiliated faculty member of the College of Engineering's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Ji’s research interests focus on drug discovery, polymer chemistry, hydrogels, plasma chemistry, MEMS devices, nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications, nanopillars and phosphorus-based nanomaterials for energy applications, and surface chemistry. He is a co-author of more than 215 peer-viewed journal articles and book chapters. He has an H-index of more than 43.

Selected Publications:

Topics chosen from >200 peer-reviewed publications:


Medicinal Chemistry

  • Donald Hall Jr, Hai-Feng Ji, A Search for Medications to Treat the 2019-nCoV via in silico Molecular Docking Models of the Spike Glycoprotein and the 2019-nCoV 3CL Protease. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 2020, 35: 101646.
  • A. Kojtari, V. Shah, C. Yang, H.-F. Ji, Structure-Based Design of Diphenyl -Aminoalkylphosphonates as Prostate-Specific Antigen Antagonists”. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2014, 54, 2967-2979

Plasma Chemistry and polymer chemistry

  • Y. Li, R. Atif, K. Chen, J. Cheng, Q. Chen, Z. Qiao, G. Fridman, A. Fridman, H.-F. Ji, Polymerization of D-Ribose in Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) Plasma. Plasma 2018, 1, 144-149.
  • J. B. Smith, I. Adams, H.-F. Ji, Biomolecule Response to Nonthermal Plasma. J. Plasma Medicine, 2017, 7, 427-443.
  • K. Drake, I. Mukherjee, K. Mirza, H.-F. Ji, J.-C. Bradley, Y. Wei, “Novel diacetylinic aryloxysilane polymers: A new thermally cross-linkable high temperature polymer system”, Macromol. 2013, 46, 4370-4377.

Development of Sensors

Academic Details:

Graduate Program Faculty Member

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