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The TongLab 2016 holiday party was held on December 17, 2016 at Dr. Tong's house. From left: Dr. Hamed Ataee-Esfahani, Hamed's wife Melika, Dr. Tong, Mei Zhai (a visiting student from Dr. Sun's lab in Xiamen, China), Dr. Dejun Chen, Yanyan Wang (5th year), Safia Jilani (3rd year), Ryan Penhallurick (1st year), Daniyal Kiani (senior), Florencia Son (junior), Rongfeng Zheng (2nd year), Dr. Yangwei Liu (who just defended his PhD on the past Monday), Dr, Shi-Gang Sun from Xiamen University, China (who is visiting Georgetown as the Royden Davis Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies), and Dr. Sun's wife Ying. Not in the picture, Dr. Tom Allison from NIST (Dr. Tong's collaborator) and his family, Dr. Bingchen Du (a TongLab alumnus) and his family. It was truly a fun time of great food and many laughters.
Dr. Shi-Gang Sun from Xiamen University China, who is currently the 2016 Royden B. Davis, S. J. Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Georgetown College and a long-time collaborator of Dr. Tong who is hosting Dr. Sun, delivered an enlightening Davis Chair Public Lecture entitled "Challenges in the Development of Electric Vehicles" on December 13, 2016 that was followed by a reception with good wines and foods in the College Dean's office.
Dr. Tong presented a souvenir plaque to Dr. Sun after his Davis Chair Lecture.
Yangwei Liu (3rd from right) who joined TongLab in fall 2010 after finishing a MS in Applied Science at William & Mary has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Akanethiolate-Protected Ag Nanoparticles and Clusters: Characterization, Synthesis Optimization and Formation Mechanism Investigation" on December 12, 2016 and become the latest minted PhD from TongLab. His thesis work revealed potentially new mechanism of nucleation for metal nanoparticle growth and different ligand etching chemistry for Ag as compared to Au. His work also demonstrated convincingly that post-synthesis treatment is equally critical in preserving the nanoparticles' size homogeneity. Congratulations to Dr. Yangwei Liu for his deservedly earned doctor of philosophy title after 6.5 years' hard work. TongLab wish him the best of luck onward.
The Chemistry Department headlines the front page of the Georgetown College website entitled The Chemistry Department Shines in Grant Awards: Chemistry Department Chair YuYe Tong and professors Sarah Stoll, Steve Metallo, and Travis Holman have all received major research grants from the U.S. government in recent months.
The Catalysis Program of the DOE’s BES (Basic Energy Science) has awarded TongLab a two-year grant of $340,000 for a new explorative project entitled "Exploring Electrocatalysis of Methane on Transition Metal Surfaces”, officially starting August 15, 2016, with the possibility of an additional 3rd year funding if we can demonstrate that the proposed new ideas will indeed hold their grounds. That is what TongLab plans to do in the next two years and hope that we will be lucky again.
In responding to Georgetown's Global Futures Initiative's The Challenge of Climate Change prompt, Dr. Tong has penned a blog entitled "The Only Savior for the Global Climate Change Challenge is the Societally Enabled Disruptive Scientific Discoveries and Technology Innovations".
Dr. Dejun Chen, who is a post-doc associate in Tonglab, has been awarded a prestigious 2016 Electrochimica Acta Travel Awards to Young Electrochemists by the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE). The €1000 travel award will assist his traveling to Hague, Netherlands to give a talk associated with the award at the 67th ISE Annual Meeting in August 2016. Congratulations, Dejun, way to go!
In TongLab, a multidisciplinary environment “where learning by doing is a daily practice,” and “helping each other is an instinct”, graduate and undergraduate students are often paired together under the supervision of lab director and department chairYuYe Tong. These partnerships offer valuable experience for undergraduate students to gain hands-on skills and one-on-one instruction inside the lab, and equally valuable experience for graduate students to become mentors and hone their teaching skills.
TongLab members Yanyan Wang (Ph.D. candidate) and Laura Woolls (C’16) collaborate on research related to platinum-cobalt nanoparticles. We sat down with them to learn about their research and hear how working together has changed them both.
Video by Kuna Malik Hamad @Georgetown College
A new provisional patent entitled "High Resolution in situ Electrochemical NMR with Interdigitated Electrodes" by Drs.Tong and Sorte has been filed on October 2, 2015 with a US application No: 62/236,772. The invention aims to improve integration of electrochemistry with high resolution solution NMR and is expected to find good uses in synthetic organo-electrochemistry.