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Academic Affairs

Hongtao Yu

Dr. Hongtao Yu

Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Office: Truth Hall 300
Phone: 443-885-3350


Ph.D. Technical University of Munich, 1990
M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1986
B.S. University of Science & Technology of China, 1982

Honors and Awards

  • James C. Jones Humanitarian Award, National Technical Association, 2021
  • Diversity Award for Excellence, The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, 2016
  • HBCU Pioneer Award, National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, 2015
  • Outstanding Contributions to Science, Mississippi Academy of Sciences, 2014
  • Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, American Chemical Society, 2011
  • Undergraduate Research and Training Award, Jackson State University, 2007
  • Leadership in Doctoral Education Award, Jackson State University, 2006
  • Chairman's Service Award, International Week, Jackson State University, 2006
  • Outstanding Faculty Honoree, HEADWAE, Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence, Mississippi State Legislature, 2004
  • Group Research Award, Jackson State University, 2004
  • National ChemLuminary Award for "Best Activity with Underrepresented Minority Students and/or Organizations" for the 1998 National Chemistry Week Events, Honorable Mention, American Chemical Society, 1999

Positions Held

2021 - present         
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Chemistry, Morgan State University

2016 - present       
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Morgan State University

2004 - 2016
Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS           

2003 - 2004
Interim Chair, Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

2006 - 2016             
Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

2001 - 2016             
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

Summer, 1997         
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

1996 - 2001             
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

1994 - 1996             
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin, TX

1990 - 1994             
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Other Professional Positions

  • Chairman of the Board, Maryland Science Olympiad, 2021-present
  • Board Member, Maryland Science Olympiad, 2016-2021
  • Advisor, Northeast Maryland University Research Park, 2016-present
  • President, Mississippi Academy of Sciences, 2015-2016
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part C: Environmental Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Reviews, 2014-2020
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part C: Environmental Carcinogenesis and Ecotoxicology Reviews, 2008-2014
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, 2012- present

Research Interests:
Chemical toxicology, photochemistry, environmental chemistry, and nanoscience. The main interest is to study the properties of nanomaterials and their biological effects, and environmental fate, toxicity, and photochemistry of environmental chemicals including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), cosmetic and skin care products, nanomaterials, and industrial waste chemicals.

Selected Publications (Google Scholar Total >150, h-Index 46, citations>11,000)

  • H. Deng, PC Ray, WE Ghann, J Uddin, A Samokhvalov, H Yu, Distance-dependent fluorescence quenching on a silver nanoparticle surface, Chemistry Letters 48(12), 1504-1506.
  • Hua Deng and Hongtao Yu, Silver Nanoparticle Surface Enabled Self-Assembly of Organic Dye Molecules, Materials, 12 (16), 2592, 2019.
  • Shruti Budhani, Nzube P. Egboluche, Zikri Arslan, Hongtao Yu and Hua Deng, Phytotoxic effect of silver nanoparticles on seed germination and growth of terrestrial plants, J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part C, 37(4), 330-355, 2019.
  • Hua Deng and Hongtao Yu, Self-Assembly of Rhodamine 6G on Silver Nanoparticles, Chem. Phys. Lett., 692, 75-80, 2018.
  • Hua Deng, Danielle McShan, Ying Zhang, SS Sinha, Zikri Arslan, Paresh C. Ray, Hongtao Yu, Mechanistic Study of the Synergistic Antibacterial Activity of Combined Silver Nanoparticles and Common Antibiotics, Environmental Science & Technology 50 (16), 8840-8848, 2016.
  • Danielle McShan, Paresh C. Ray, and Hongtao Yu, Molecular Toxicity Mechanism of Nanosilver, J. Food Drug Anal., 22, 116-127, 2014.