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1.  Mailing address:                     K18/19 Pham Nhu Tang Street, Hoa Khe Ward, Thanh
                                                    Khe District, Danang City, Vietnam                                                 2.  Phone Number:                      +8490 970 5053                                                                             3.  E – mail:                       ,                    4. Nationality:                        Vietnamese                                                                                            


Sheffield Hallam University - Sheffield, United Kingdom:

PhD in Materials Engineering (2012-2016), within the Polymer, Composites and Spectroscopy (PCAS) group of the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI).

Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, University of Technology:

1.      MEng in Materials Technology, 2004 – 2007

Rank: 2/13

2.    BEng Hons 1st Class Degree in Chemical Engineering, Department of Polymer, 1999 – 2004

Rank: 1/39


Jun 2009 – Present:              The University of Danang – University of Science Technology

                                                Chemical Engineering – Oil and Gas Division

Working location:             54 Nguyen Luong Bang Street, Danang City, Vietnam

Position:                            Lecturer

Job Description:       

·        Teach courses in processes and equipment in chemical engineering

·        Run scientific research

·        Support faculty management team in applying CDIO framework for re-thinking engineering education into the Petroleum engineering programme.

Jun 2012 – 2015:                   Sheffield Hallam University (On – campus job)

Working location:             Howard Street, S1 1WB, Sheffield, UK

Position:                Student ambassador/ Graduation assistant/ Research opening day assistant  

Job Description:       

·        Supported university events. 

·        Introduced analytical instruments and techniques to visitors.

·        City campus tour guide/ Meet and Greet ambassador. 


Feb. 2005 – Mar. 2009:         Nike Vietnam Limited Liability Company

Working location:             235 Dong Khoi Str., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Position:                            Chemical Engineer I (previous: Product Integrity Auditor)

Job Description:               

·     Cooperated with factory to manage all chemical processes and projects within factory, confirmed the bonding process and application status of primer/cements used in production and worked with outside vendors.

·        Identified issues and resolved concerns in a timely manner.

·     Served as the main communication link between Nike Chemical Engineering team and factory management and staff.


1.  Polymer, Composites and Spectroscopy

2.  Material engineering

3.  Nanostructured materials

4.  Industrial and system engineering


2012 – 2016         PhD project related to biopolymer for packaging  

Topic:           Chemical/thermal modification of poly(vinyl alcohol) for enhanced water vapour barrier properties.

Brief:          The project aimed to enhance the water vapour barrier as well as mechanical properties of a biopolymer when applied as either a coating for paper and paperboard packaging or an independent packaging film.

Analytical and Measurable Methods:

1.         Infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

2.         X-ray diffraction.

3.         Thermogravimetric analysis.

4.         Dynamic mechanical analysis.

5.         Water vapour transmission rates.  

2004 – 2007         Dissertation project of MSc Degree in Material Technology

Topic:     Enhancing the adhesion of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials on metal/concrete by the primer vinyl ester stratum synthesized from epoxidized Soya – oil

Brief:             The study focused on the investigation of the properties of primer VESO, which was synthesised from epoxidized soybeans and methacrylic acid,. by means of physical and chemical modifications in order to improve the bonds between FRP and two different substrate.

Analytical and Measurable Methods:

6.         Shear and Pull-off tests for bonding measurement

7.         Physical/mechanical properties testing

8.         Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis.  

9.     X-ray and Transmission electron microscopy for elucidating nanocomposite structure.

10.     Electrochemical impedance method for measuring corrosive durability of coated substrates

1999 – 2004:    Dissertation project during BEng degree within Chemical Engineering, Department of Polymer

Topic:        Synthesis of bismaleimide from 4,4' - diamino diphenyl ether and maleic anhydride.

Brief:             The project aimed to investigate and study different conditions for synthesising bismalemide based on 4,4’-diamino diphenyl ether and anhydride maleic.

Analytical and Measurable methods:

1.         Infrared spectroscopy.

2. Thermal analysis methods: Differential scanning calorimetry, Thermogravimetric analysis, Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis.  


  •  A Vietnam-UK workshop on Development and Applications of Advanced biomaterials and Medical devices to improve health outcomes of underserved populations, funded by Newton Funds ans hosted by International University -VN National University HCMC, 27-29 June 2016
  • Materials and Engineering Research Institute Symposium Day - Sheffield Hallam University, 19-20th  May 2015; 13-14th  May 2014 and 21st June 2012. 
  • BMRC/MERI winter poster event - Sheffield Hallam University, December 2012, 2013, 2014
  •  Advance engineering UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 11th November 2014

    Composite essential training course, provided by NetComposite company, UK

  • COST Action FB1003 meeting - Sheffield Hallam University, 5-6th March 2014
  • Infrared and Raman discussion group (IRDG) (204th) Christmas meeting - University College London, UK, 19th December 2013.
  • (Oral talk) International conference for Early stage researchers POLYMAR 2013 - Barcelona, Spain, 3-7th November 2013. 
  • NewGenPak Optional Scientific training - Clay Nanocomposite - Sheffield Hallam University, 12-13th September 2013. 
  • MacroGroup Young researcher meeting - Nottingham university, UK, 24-25th June 2013.
  • Clay Mineral group meeting - Durham University, 26th March 2013. 
  • RSC Biomaterials chemistry group 7th Annual meeting - Sheffield Hallam University, 8-9th January 2013


Paper in preparation:

·           Pham T, Clegg F, Breen C, Crosslinking and its effects in enhancing the water vapour barrier property of poly(vinyl alcohol) films, final stage of preparation.


·           Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)

·           Member of the Clay Minerals Group (Mineralogical Society) (UK)


Active student representative for more than 70 MPhil and PhD students at MERI.

·        Supported new students in studying and any problems related to their study.

·     Performed as a communication link between MERI students and management staff. Regularly attended MERI postgraduate committee meeting.  

·    Cooperated with other student representatives to organise team-building events for PhD students.

Active member of PCAS group at MERI:

·           Active in coordinating, debating and discussing through regular group meetings.

·           Advised fellow PhD students on experimental design and sample characterization.

·           Gained knowledge from other members’ projects which include:  

* Polymer-based, antimicrobial controlled release wound dressings.

*The synthesis and development of novel, easily processable poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-based hydrogels.

* Identification and analysis of the intervertebral disc using ATR-FTIR imaging in combination with biological staining, bio-chemical assays and dynamic mechanical analysis.

PCAS group has a strong network with the Biomedical Sciences group within the Health and Wellbeing Faculty of Sheffield Hallam University to run some research projects related drug delivery.  


Associate lecturer course, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, May-Jun 2012.

Fundamentals in Thermal analysis by METTLER TOLEDO, Manchester, UK, Oct 2013.

Conceive, Design, Implement, and Operate (CDIO) framework for re-thinking engineering education training workshop by Singapore Polytechnic funded by TEMASEK foundation, Danang city, Vietnam, Feb – Jun 2016

Training on Learning Management System (LMS) by the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) at Danang University of Science and Technology, 16 September 2016.


Vietnamese Government Scholarship (322 project) for a PhD study programme in the United Kingdom, 2011

Runner up (2nd prize award) for the best PhD student talk - MERI symposium, Sheffield Hallam University, 13-14 May, 2014


Vietnamese:                     Native language

English:                            Profound at speaking, writing, reading and listening

                                         IELTS 6.5 (Nov. 2011)

                                         TOEFL 550 (2006)

Chinese:                           Elementary Level


Competent at Microsoft Office programs and AutoCAD Computer skills


·           Sports: Volley ball, Running, Swimming

·           Team-work activities

·           Outdoor activities


Friendly, sociable, straightforward, self-motivated, well-organized, and a good team player

Slogan for life: “Nothing is impossible”


Prof. Chris Breen, Head of Polymers, Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre, Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences - Sheffield Hallam University; Email:

Dr. Francis Clegg, Research fellow, PCAS group, Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences - Sheffield Hallam University; Email:

Dr. Dang Kim Hoang, Head of Chemical Engineering- Oil and Gas Division, The University of Danang - University of Science and Technology;





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