Going by the name of Frank, Chien-Yang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from National Tsing Hua University with Prof. Kuei-Jung Chao, he went to Columbia University in New York for conducting Ph. D. research with Prof. Colin Nuckolls; his doctoral work includes the synthesis of small molecules for organic electronics and the study of single-molecule DNA hybridization kinetics using carbon nanotube field-effect transistors. Now he is having great time working in the Hawker group and enjoys the time with his wife Penny and their little boy Joey.
The current research covers the synthesis and understanding of photoredox catalysts for photopolymerization.