University prior to coming to ASU: Nanjing University, China
Status at ASU: Ph.D. program, Geology, 1996 – 1998
Time period at ASU: Transferred to Science & Engr. of Materials prog.
My family and myself
During his graduate study (M.A.) in the Department of Earth Sciences at Nanjing University, Hongzhong was most interested in crystallography and min-eralogy. He worked on clay minerals (sepiolite, palygorskite, and smectite) and microstructures of minerals in meteorites. His thesis topic was the mineralogical characteristics of palygorskite from East China. He began his Ph.D. study in the ASU Department of Geology in August, 1996, studying clay minerals and organic matters. His wife, Yun Zhang, arrived in Phoenix at the beginning of December. They are trying to become accustomed to the new environment, though they have found it a little difficult in the beginning. They hope to become familiar with the American culture, tradition, and people as soon as possible. Hongzhong says he wants to learn science here, have a happy life here, make friends here, and...