Thien Nguyen, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Design and synthesis of porous covalent organic polymers. 

Selected Publications

  • Covalent amine tethering on ketone modified porous organic polymers for enhanced CO2 capture, P. Jorayev, I. Tashov, V. Rozyyev, T. S. Nguyen, N. A. Dogan, C. T. Yavuz, ChemSusChem 2020, 13, 6433 6441, (2020)
  • Quantifying Nitrogen Effect on CO2 Capture Using Isoporous Network Polymers. Nguyen, T.S.; Yavuz, C.T., Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 42734275, (2020)
  • Gold Recovery from E-waste by Porous Porphyrin- phenazine Network Polymers. Nguyen, T.S.; Hong, Y.; Dogan, N.A.; Yavuz, C.T., Chem. Mater. 2020, 32, 53435349, (2020)
  • Catalytic Non-redox Carbon Dioxide Fixation in Cyclic Carbonates. Subramanian, S.; Oppenheim, J.; Kim, D.; Nguyen, T.S.; Silo, W.M.H.; Kim, B.K.; Goddard, W., Chem 2019, 5,32323242., (2019)
  • Inversion of Dispersion: Colloidal Stability of Calixarene-Modified Metal-Organic Framework Nanoparticles in Nonpol... Jeong, U.; Dogan, N.A.; Garai, M.; Nguyen, T.S.; Stoddart, J.F.; Yavuz, C.T. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 1218212186, (2019)
  • Organocatalyzed Asymmetric Conjugate Addition of Heteroaryl & Aryl Trifluoroborates: a Synthetic Strategy for Disco... Shih, J-L; Nguyen, T.S.; May, J. A Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54,99319935, (2015)
  • Experimental mechanistic insight into the BINOL-catalyzed enantioselective conjugate addition of boronates to enone... Nguyen, T.S.; Yang, M.S. Tetrahedron Letters 2015, 56, 33373341., (2015)
  • A general method for the enantioselective synthesis of α-chiral heterocycles Nguyen, T.S.; Le, P.Q.; May, J.A. Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 61046107 , (2012) 


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA, 2015

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Research Scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia;
  • 2018-2020: Postdoctoral Researcher at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST);
  • 2016-2017: Researcher/Lecturer at Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam;
  • 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Florida State University) 

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Porous organic materials Organic Synthesis