Electrochemistry is Synonymous to Sustainability and Future

TongLab is a well-equipped electrochemistry laboratory and a fun-filled place for willing students to be challenged, well-trained, and highly successful. This is because students will conduct well-mentored researches at the forefronts of related interdisciplinary fields potentially of great societal impacts. They currently focus on (1) fundamentals of electrocatalytic chemical reactions for clean energy generation/storage (fuel cells/rechargeable batteries) and greenhouse gases (CH4 and CO2) mitigation that are crucial to reverse the current trend of climate changes as exemplified in Paris Climate Deal, (2) chemistry at metal-molecule interfaces for many nanoscience-based applications, or (3) a combination of the two. Therefore, students will have rich opportunities to unravel fundamental chemistries that underline the aforementioned functionalities and contribute intellectually to addressing urgent environmental needs or/and laying foundations for future technological advances. Students are also encouraged to explore new research ideas driven by their curiosities. Research usually includes, but is not limited to, controlled synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and developing and applying a unique combination of several in situ electrochemical spectroscopies and techniques (NMR, IR, Raman, scanning probe microscope, and quartz crystal microbalance) for mechanistic studies, which is further augmented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations in close collaboration with NIST.  As a result, TongLab is a multi-disciplinary (inorganic materials chemistry, physical electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemistry of organic- and bio-fuels for fuel cells, etc.) place where "learning by doing" is a daily practice, "collaboration & helping each other" is an instinct, "nothing is impossible" is a governing philosophy, and "fun of scientific enlightenment" is a perpetual pursuit. Students will have plenty of opportunities to learn and perfect the transferable skills that are essential for success in any careers they may pursue afterwards. Track records show that TongLab boasts many honors & awards garneredscientific presentations given, and papers published by its members, including many undergraduate students. We appreciate your interest and taking time to visit this site. Feel free to contact us for more information, or even better, for scheduling a visit to the lab. 

Most Recent News

  • August 17, 2020. Safia co-authored a moral clarion article calling for more diversity, equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) in scientific community A group of dozens chemists have published a timely moral clarion article, simultaneously in Nature Chemistry, JACS, Angew. Chem., Chemical Science, and Canadian J. Chem., calling for building a scientific ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2020, 10:13 AM by YuYe Tong
  • Shaping leaders at the ACS Leadership Institute March 17, 2020. Safia shares her thoughts on what she has learned from this year's ACS Leadership Institute in an essay published in ACS's C&EN on March ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2020, 10:47 AM by YuYe Tong
  • A Yearly Spiritual Renewal of Ramadan June 26, 2019. Safia's essay on The Chemistry Graduate School Experience was selected among a few out of more than 80 submissions to the invitation by C&EN of ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2019, 3:41 PM by YuYe Tong
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