Niny Z. Rao

Niny Z. Rao
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Mathematics
Coordinator for Mathematics

Niny graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a bachelor degree in chemical engineering. She then received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Florida State University. She teaches non-major math courses, freshmen chemistry I and II, physical chemistry, and upper-level seminar courses in science.

Niny’s interests have stretched from inorganic ion clusters to protein-lipid bilayer complexes. A computational chemist by training, she is interested in using the computer as a tool to design, model and elucidate systems that may be difficult to study directly via experimental techniques.  Currently, she is working on electronic structures of boronic and borinic acids, a class of compounds with diverse applications in chemistry, material science, and medicine. She has also conducted research in protein-ligand interactions using molecular dynamics simulation.


  1. In 2015, Niny was awarded the Philadelphia University Faculty Research, Scholarship and Practice-based Grant

  2. In 2014, Niny received the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Computing Resource Startup Grant (70,000 cpu hours)

  3. "A comparison of the structure and bonding in the aliphatic boronic R–B(OH)2 and borinic R–BH(OH) acids (R=H; NH2, OH, and F): a computational investigation."  Niny Z. Rao, Joseph D. Larkin, and Charles W. Bock. Structural Chemistry (2015)