About Ka Un Lao


Ka Un Lao was born in Macau and received a B.S. degree with a major in chemistry and a minor in Physics, and an M.S. degree in chemistry from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan working with Chin-hui Yu. He completed his Ph.D. in physical/theoretical chemistry at The Ohio State University under the guidance of John M. Herbert. This was followed by postdoctoral work with Robert A. DiStasio Jr. at Cornell University. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor in 2019.

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Selected Honors and Awards

2020               ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award
2019                Macau Excellent Talents Award Scheme (Macau Foundation)
2019                Top 10 Outstanding Chinese America Youth Award
2019                PCTC Postdoctoral Fellow Award (Penn Conference in Theoretical Chemistry)
2018                ACS COMP Division Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award
2016                1st place oral award at The Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum (OSU)
2015                Phi Tau Phi (PTP) Mid-America Scholarship Award
2015                ACS COMP Division CCG Research Excellence Award for Graduate Students
2015                Presidential Fellowship Award (OSU)
2015                1st place award in Albert L. Henne Research Competition (OSU)
2009               The President’s Scholarship (NTHU)
2007               Dr. I-Chi Mei Memorial Medal (NTHU)
2007               Honorary member of Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society in Taiwan