Dr. Mu Zheng

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Sciences


Contact Information:

Office Location: 216 Boswell

Telephone: 615-963-5004

Email: mzheng@tnstate.edu


Research Interest:


  • Additives in synthetic polymer
  • Stable isotopic tracer enrichments

Chemical Education

  • Misconceptions and degree of mathematic skill
  • Pedagogical tools to enhance student interest in learning chemistry

Selected  Publications and Presentations:

Mu Zheng and Venkataswarup Tiriveedhi, “Determination of arginine and its metabolic bi-products in media extracts from inflammatory cytokine mediated endothelial cell injury”, 66th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Nashville, October 16-19, 2014

Pavlo Gilchuk, Charles T. Spencer, Stephanie B. Conant, Timothy Hill, Jennifer J. Gray, Xinnan Niu, Mu Zheng, John J. Erickson, Kelli L. Boyd, K. Jill McAfee, Carla Oseroff, Sine R. Hadrup, Jack R. Bennink, William Hildebrand, Kathryn M. Edwards, James E. Crowe Jr., John V. Williams, Søren Buus, Alessandro Sette, Ton N.M. Schumacher, Andrew J. Link, and Sebastian Joyce1, “Discovering naturally processed antigenic determinants that confer protective T cell immunity”,  Journal of Clinical Investigation,  2013,123, 1976–1987

Ling Jian, Xinnan Niu, Zhonghang Xia, Parimal Samir, Chiranthani Sumanasekera, Mu Zheng, Jennifer L. Jennings, Kristen Hoek, Tara Allos, Leigh Howard, Kathryn M. Edwards, P. Anthony Weil, and Andrew J. Link, “A Novel Algorithm for Validating Shotgun Proteomics Datasets”,  Journal of Proteome Research, 2013, 12, 1108-1119

Charles T. Spencer, Srdjan M. Dragovic, Jenninfer Jennings, Mu Zheng,Xinnan Niu, Magdalini Moutaftsi, Valerie Pasquetto, Alessandro Sette, Andrew J. Link, and Sebastian Joyce, “Sculpting the MHC class II-restricted self and non-self peptidome by cytosolic Ag-processing machinery and its impact on CD4+ TCR repertoire and Th cell responses”, Journal of Immunology, 2013, 43, 1162-1172

Paul J. Flakoll, Mu Zheng, Suzan Vaughan and Myfanwy J. Borel,  “Determination of Stable Isotopic Enrichment and Concentration of Glycerol in Plasma via Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for the Estimation of Lipolysis in vivo”, J.  Chromatography B, 2000, 744, 47-54

Mu Zheng, Jason T.Manka and Andrienne C. Friedli, “Polyelectrolytes for Battery applications: synthetic approaches and precursor properties”, NASA Conference Publication 1999, 225-228. 

Andrew G. Douglass, Mu Zheng, Andrienne C. Friedli and Piotr Kaszynske, “A Versatile Monomer for Polyelectrolytes via ROMP”,   Polym. Prepr. 1996, 643.

Mu Zheng and Andrienne Friedli, “Senior-Level Undergraduate Polymer Laboratory”, 14th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Clemson, SC, 1996, 62

Andrew G.Douglass, Mu Zheng, Andrienne C. Friedli and Piotr Kaszynski, “A versatile monomer for polyelectrolytes via romp”  Book of Abstracts, 211th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1996, POLY-118.

Zhizhong Yang, Mu Zheng and Canxiong, Liang, “UV Curable Camphene  Derivative-Modified Epoxy Macromer and Its Copolymerization Reaction”, Zhanjie, 1996, 17(4),1-6

Yonglie Chen, Mu Zheng, “Photo-initiated Cationic Polymerization III. DSC Study on Polymerization of Epoxide Initiated with Sulfonium Salt BDS”, Yingyong Huaxue. 1994, 11(2). 27-30

Mu Zheng, Yonglie Chen and Zhaoxi Liang, “DSC Study on the Photopolymerization of Epoxides”, International Conference on Materials Science and Environmental Chemistry of main Group Elements, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1994, 105


Basic Chemistry and Laboratory

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

General Chemistry II and Laboratory



B.S., 1987, M.S., 1990, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University;

D.A., 1997, Middle Tennessee State University.

Book Review:

The Molecular Nature of Matter, 6/e by Jesperson, Brady, Hyslop, John Wiley & Sons, 2012


University and Public Services:

Public Relations and Recruitment Committee (2011-2014)

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2010-2011, 2014-2015)

Textbook Adoption committee (2014-2015)

Search Committee for laboratory Coordinator (2012, 2015)

Search Committee for laboratory Technician (2010, 2012)

Homecoming Planning Committee of CAHNS (2011)

Faculty Senate Committee: Instruction with Technology (2011)

Served as a Judge at University-Wide Research Symposium (Mar. 2010)

Served as a Judge at Science Fair in Meigs Magnet School (Feb. 5, 2013)

Served as a Judge at 35th Annual University-Wide Research Symposium (April 4, 2013)

Served as a Judge at 12th Annual TLSAMP Undergraduate Research Conference (Feb. 27, 2015)

TSU Annual Community Service Day  (Aug. 2010 & Aug. 2013)

Big Blue Blitz-TSU Community Service Day (Aug. 2014)

National Chemistry Week at Adventure Science Museum (Oct. 2010)

Hands on Nashville/TSU day of service (Sept. 2011) 

Nashville Earth Day/ACS Nashville Section (April 2012)

Nashville Earth Day (April 19, 2014)

TCAP proctor at Meigs Magnet School (May 2, 2014)

Reviewer of the K-12 science standards drafts, Tennessee Department of Education and State Board of Education (Aug. 19, 2014)

College Board's 2014 AP Chemistry Reading, Louisville, KY (May 31 –June 7, 2014)

College Board's 2015 AP Chemistry Reading, Salt Lake City, Utah (June 10-18, 2015)

Society Membership:

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Member of Chemical Education Division

Professional Development:

Qualitative Educational Research: Design And Implementation, August 1, 2012, Pennsylvania  State University

Inspiring Minds through Games, Competitions, and Play: Engaging Students through Multi-Sensory Activities Session, July 31, 2012, Pennsylvania State University

Water for life: Advances in Water Safety Testing Through Innovations in LC/MS/MS, Sept. 13,2012, C&EN Webinar

Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course, Feb 28, 2013, TSU

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies That Work, Nov.21, 2013, TSU

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