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Heady Henna: Safia is the July 2018 Chempics winner

posted Aug 22, 2018, 1:23 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 1:24 PM ]

Safia's hands drawing that she submitted to ACS's Chempics monthly contest is the July 2018 winner. Congratulations, Safia! 

June 13, 2018: A novel in situ NMR technique for studying batteries chemistry

posted Jun 13, 2018, 8:24 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 8:27 PM ]

In collaboration with colleagues from George Washington University and Sandia National Lab, the TongLab has published a new paper in ChemElectroChem as a Communication entitled "In Situ Stripline Electrochemical NMR for Batteries". It reports a novel and successful adaption of stripline NMR detection to electrochemical systems in general and rechargeable batteries in particular. It leads to an in situ NMR technique that integrates seamlessly the NMR detection with the construction of an electrochemical device and has much higher detection sensitivity, higher sample filling factors, and which is particularly suitable for mass-limited samples.

Florencia Won the 2017-18 College Chemistry Achievement Award from the Chemical Society of Washington

posted Feb 9, 2018, 11:06 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 11:06 PM ]

Chemistry senior Florencia Son won the 2017-18 College Chemistry Achievement Award bestowed by the Chemical Society of Washington, which was given to her at the CSW dinner on February 8, 2018 at the American Chemical Society headquarter in Washington DC.

Florencia Goes to International

posted Feb 9, 2018, 10:51 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Aug 25, 2018, 1:28 AM ]

At the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program hosted by King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia, chemistry senior Florencia Son won the 1st place of the International Poster Competition in the Physical Science and Engineering Division by presenting her summer research conducted at the New York University's NSF REU site 

Congratulations to Dr. Yanyan Wang

posted Feb 9, 2018, 10:36 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 10:36 PM ]

On January 5, 2018, Yanyan Wang (the 5th from left) successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Mechanistic Studies of Enhancing Performance of Pt-based Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction and Formic Acid Oxidation Reaction by Surface Modifications" and became the newest PhD from TongLab.

Team Tong at the 2017 ACS & ISE Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:52 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 10:56 PM ]

At the 2017 ACS Meeting in DC, August 20 through 25, 2017, members from TongLab have given 3 oral and 5 poster presentations. From left: Safia Jilani, Yanyan Wang, Dejun Chen, Hamed Etaee-Esfahani, and Ryan Penhallurick.

At the 68th ISE (International Society of Electrochemistry) Meeting in Providence, RI, August 27 through September 1, 2017, members from TongLab have given 4 oral and 1 poster presentations. From left: Dr. Tong, Rongfeng Zheng, Professor Marc Koper from Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands (winner of the 2016 Brian Conway Prize), Safia Jilani, and Ryan Penhallurick. Rongfeng, Safia, and Ryan have also volunteered at ISE Meeting. 

In the News

posted Apr 27, 2017, 9:49 AM by YuYe Tong

Dr. Tong talks about the new Georegtown Environmental Metrology & Policy Program he helped establish: New Master's Degree Melds Measurements Science and Policy

2016 TongLab Holiday Party

posted Dec 18, 2016, 8:26 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Dec 18, 2016, 8:28 PM ]

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. 

2016 Royden Davis Chair Lecture

posted Dec 15, 2016, 11:44 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 9:09 PM ]

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Yangwei Liu, the latest minted PhD from TongLab

posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:49 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 9:13 PM ]

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.  

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