Group picture (2012)
Back: Simon, Feng, Jin, Ben, Clive, Hanif, Lusha
Middle: Linda, Serena, Abdullah, Matt, Weiran, Mary, Sharon, Amy
Front: Bee, Lucy, Steven, Edman, Terry, Ieuan, Aaron
Group 2012 Group 2011 Group 2010 Group 2009 Group
2008 Group 2007
group is headed by Professor S.C. Edman Tsang and is located in
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (ICL) in the University of Oxford. Now
the group is comprised of 24 members, including Post-doctoral researchers, D.Phil.
students, Part II students and visiting
researchers and students.
Dr Simon Fairclough
am Simon. I'm a post doc within the Tsang group. I have a MPhys in
Physics from the University of Bath and have recently completed my
DPhil at the Dept of Materials, University of Oxford working on
the carrier dynamics with magnetically doped and un-doped II-VI
semiconductor nanoparticles. I am currently working on enhancing olefin
epoxidation reactions, with specific interest in supported noble metal
nanoparticles to enhance the epoxidation of propylene to propylene
oxide. Outside the lab I enjoy cycling and scuba diving.
Cheng-Tar Terry Wu
Hello, I am Terry. I obtained my BSc and MSc in
Chemical Engineering at Taiwan's
National Chung Hsing University and National Taiwan University,
respectively. From 2006 to 2009, I took a
position as Research Scientist in the Biotech Division of Far Eastern
Group Research and Development Center. Currently
I am a third year DPhil student at University College, Oxford. My research is concerned
with heterogeneous catalysis. Outside the lab I
name is Aniwat Pengsawang (Bee). I am the third year DPhil student
reading Inorganic Chemistry at Merton College and I am from Thailand.
Currently, I am working on the synthesis and characterisation of PtSn
electrocatalyst for Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell (DEFC) applications. My
major goal for the first year is to investigate the effect of sizes and
shapes of PtSn nanoparticles synthesized by polyol process on the
catalytic activity for ethanol electro-oxidation reaction. Also, the
adsorption of CO species on different-sized Ru nanoparticles is being
commenced my DPhil the Tsang Group in
October 2010. My
undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics
was obtained from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa
where I continued with a postgraduate
chemistry degree, focusing on water soluble CdTe nanoparticles as
resonance energy detectors. My DPhil project at
Oxford investigates the photocatalytic properties of II-VI and
semi-conductor heterostructured nanoparticles. Outside of the lab, I
participate in debating and various ball sports.
I am Serena, a final year Dphil student from Linacre
College. My work focuses on photocatalytic hydrogen production via 2-D layered materials, such as graphene, MoS2. I am also looking into the electron transfer ability and active sites of single layer materials. Out of lab, I like all types of dance though jazz funk dancing is my favourite!
Hanif, a third year DPhil student from Univ. I'm from Brunei and I'm
under Brunei Government Scholarship since 2005. I did my undergraduate in
Oxford University and spent 1 year with Tsang Group for my Part II. My research
is on morphologies of metal oxides and their behaviour towards catalytic reactions. I spend my spare time playing sports like badminton, football and golf.
I am Aaron, a third year DPhil student at Univ. My
research is on supported silver catalysts, and its use in industrial
reactions such as diesel soot abatement and methane oxidatoin. I am
also looking into novel reactions such as photo-thermal decomposition
of soot, and new methods of synthesizing silver metal nanoparticles. In
my spare time I am a keen photographer.
I am Fenglin, a third year of Dphil
student from Wadham college. I am synthesising bimetallic clusters in
order to apply them to some biomass reactions. Out of the lab, I enjoy in playing badminton
and Pingpang tennis.
I'm Ieuan and I'm a second year DPhil at University College looking at modifying the catalytic properties of palladium
through the addition of small atoms to the octahedral interstitial sites of the Pd lattice. The catalysts are tested on alkyne
hydrogenations. I previously studied at Cardiff University before
joining the Tsang group. In my spare time I play cricket and squash.
Hi, I am Will. I am a first year D.Phil student at St Edmund Hall.
Before I joined Professor Tsang's group, I recieved my BSc and MSc
degrees in chemistry from National Chung Cheng University and National
Taiwan University. Currently, my research is focussed on using NMR
techniques to probe the active sites in nanocatalysts. During my spare
time I enjoy playing piano and swimming.
Ben Lo, a previous Part II student from St. Johns College. I will
partially work at the Diamond Light Source to study heterogeneous
catalyst mechanism via high resolution powder X-ray diffraction.
Oustide lab I enjoy travelling and sports (e.g. rafting in Slovenia).
I'm Hannah, a first year D.Phil Corpus Christi College and I work on biomass activation using niobium oxides as catalysts.
Before joining the Tsang group I studied at Jacobs University in Germany. During my free time I like swimming and hiking.
Bin, a first year DPhil student. My research will focus on discovering
the epoxidation mechanism and designing a new route for propene
epoxidation. Hopefully I'll get some good science done. Life is so much
better with chemistry!
Part II students
I am Wen Wen, a Part II student at St. Annes College. Now I am doing
research on a new Ag photocatalyst for oxidation. In my spare time
I like playing video games and swimming.
I'm Lizzie and I'm a Part II student from Lady Margaret Hall. This year
I will be working on new oxides of defined morphology for the use in
the oxidation of methane. This will hopefully be used to reducce the
temperature of the reaction to remove methane from exhaust fumes. In my
spare time I enjoy skiing, playing tennis and travelling.
I'm Elisabeth and I'm a Part II at St Anne's. I am looking at modifying palladium
by adding small atoms to the interstitial sites. these catalysts
will be characterised using a number of techniques and are tested
researchers and students
Dr Keizo Nakagawa
I am Keizo, an associate professor in the University of Tokushima,
Japan. Here I have started collaborative research with Professor
Tsang concerning structure-controlled nanomaterials and their catalytic
application. In particular, layered nanosheets and the photocatalytic
performance are investigated. I enjoy playing 5-a-side football at
Uni Club every week, but my recent priority is taking care of my
I previously worked on shape-control synthesis of metal
nanoparticles and now on the promotion effect of organic semiconductors
on metal nanoparticles. My research interest was the degree of
electronic property modification of noble metals. Other than lab work,
I like travelling, history and museums, as well as talking with friends.
Iam Leo, a visiting student from Wuhan University in China. It's my
great honour to join Prof. Tsang's group for two years. My research
mainly focuses on the metal sulfide based catalytic hydrogenation
mechanism. I like playing badminton and swimming in my spare time.
I am Scharffer, a joint PhD student from East China University of
Science and Tecnologu (ECUST). Currently my research is focussed on the
catalytic conversion of biomass into liquid fuels and fine chemicals.
In the following year I will be researching how to convert microalgae oil into diesel using Nb compounds as catalysts.
Dr Xiwen Zhou (09-13)
Dr Aaron Chan (08-12)
Dr Porn Luksirikui
Dr Kai Man Kerry Yu (PhD 01-04, Postdoc 04-12)
Dr Katarzyna Morawa Eblagon
Dr Gordon Lee (07-11)
Dr Jiahui Xu (06-11)
Dr Tong Li (07-11,
shared with Materials Dept)
Dr Karaked Tedsree
Dr Eric Yu (PhD +
Dr William Oduro
Dr Igor Curcic (06-10).
Teresa Valdes-Solis (Postdoc, 08-09)
Nadia Acerbi (06-09)
William Owusu Oduro (05-09)
Asun Hurtado-Juan (04-08)
Amanda Chang (04-08)
Roy Awbery (04-08)
Adam Kong (04-08)
Nick Caiulo (04-08)
Connie M. Y. Yeung (PhD + postdoc, 01-06)
Matthew Thornton (KTP, postdoc, 04-05)
Alan Robertson (Postdoc, 02-05)
Pascal Meric (Postdoc, 03-05)
P. M. Ferreira ( 01-04, AH Marks with Dr. W.
S. Garcia (01-05)
S. Shrestha (02-06)
Xin Gao (02-05)
Peter Jenkins (02-05)
James Zhu (00-03)
Queenie Fu (RETF/EU, PhD + Postdoc. 98-03)
Valerie Caps (EPSRC/JM, PhD + Postdoc. 97-02)
Andrew Steele (EPSRC, postdoc. 98-01)
L. Theolodolu (98-01)
C. Bulpitt (EPSRC, 01)
C. Cooper (Postdoc. Azur environmental, plc.
-Teaching Co. scheme 98-00)
Ben Lo, Mary Burkitt-Gray, Sharon He, Lusha Fu (12-13)
Maxwell Gordon-Brown (11-12)
Aaron Lau, Hanif Mahadi, Adam West,
Joe Elliott, Kevin Cheung
Anna Mclaren; Emma Penn (09-10)
Henry Morganstewart, Richard Duffy (08-09)
Ollivere, Adnan Syed, Ranya Hummeida
Wekesa, I. Paraskevas (00-01)
Enna Ha (12-13)
Jin Qu (11-13)
Qin Lu (11-12)
Qingkun Shang (11-12)
Yun Zhao (11)
Min Liu (10)
Andrzej Krasinski (07-09)
Qiu (China, 08-09)
X. H. Li (China, 06-07)
J. S. Qiu (visitor and Royal
Society China Research Fellow, 96-97 and 98-99)
S. F. Ji (China, 99)
S. Nishiyama (academic visitor from
Kobe University, Japan, 98-99)
E. Lau (UK/Hong Kong funds,
visiting student, 98-99)
N. Zhang (China, 98-99)