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Principal Investigator



Prof. Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung

Email: frank.tsungbc.edu

Prof. Tsung received his B.A. degree in chemistry from the National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan in 1999. After two-year mandatory military service, he began his Ph.D. study with Professor Galen D. Stucky at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002 and received his Ph.D. in 2007. In October 2007, he started his joint postdoctoral research in Prof. Peidong Yang’s and Prof. Gabor A. Somorjai’s groups at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the chemistry faculty at Boston College in the summer of 2010.

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Postdoctoral Fellows


We are looking for talented and enthusiastic postdocs with a background in nanomaterials catalysis to join our dynamic team. The primary responsibility of the positions is to design novel catalysis measurement systems, and to develop new wet-chemistry synthetic strategies of nanomaterials for catalytic applications. The requirements include:
▪ Extensive hands-on experience in setting up GC-MS micro-reactor systems and measuring catalytic properties
▪ Good skill in synthesizing and characterizing metal and metal oxide nanostructures
▪ Basic knowledge of solid state physics and measurement of electro-chemistry/-catalysis properties
    For full consideration, please send letter of application, including a brief statement of research interests, C.V./resume, and the contact information for three references to Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung





Graduate Students


Brian Sneed 

Email: brian.sneedbc.edu


Brian Thomas Sneed was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1988. He grew up in the South, though, moving around from Tennessee to Mississippi to Alabama to Texas and, finally, to the mountains of North Carolina. He essentially had the childhood of a preacher’s son as his father has a Ph. D in Old Testament and Hebrew. Brian received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Carolina University, majoring in chemistry and minoring in physics. He felt a yearning to live among the northern aggressors, though, and moved to Brighton, MA in 2010 when he was admitted to the Boston College chemistry Ph. D program. He has discovered that he likes the fast-speaking Yanks very much and that the fast-paced lifestyle suits his innate northerner. In his spare time, Brian loves playing Wii sports and Mariokart as well as footbagging (“hacky sack” to the Northerners). He also plays guitar, keyboard, and drums (he is clearly very musical) and is into electronic/breakbeat music. Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Tom Morello are his idols, in addition to Frank Tsung, naturally. He enjoys a good hot pot and is quickly finding that his true emotional heritage lies not in the South or the North, but somewhere to the east…


Maggie Sheehan

Email: margaret.sheehanbc.edu


Margaret Kelline Sheehan, a Scorpio, was born in Maywood, Illinois AD 1987. She moved to Broadview, Illinois as a child, and then to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she lived for several years before moving less than a mile down the road to another residence. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Stonehill College in 2010 and now resides in Merkert Hall, room 218. Maggie enjoys running, playing soccer, attending concerts at various music venues, and getting coffee from Dunkin’ D’s with her fellow researchers. Maggie also shares an interest in the TV show, How I Met Your Mother, with Leo Lamontagne (no relation). She has an upcoming appointment to trounce postdoctoral student, Chun-Hong Kuo, in a game of basketball.



Lien-Yang (Randy) Chou

Email: choulabc.edu


Lien-Yang arrived at Boston College in 2011 after receiving my master's degree from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. There He worked under Dr. Harvey Hou trying to achieve solar energy conversion by Mn-containing water splitting catalysts and the mechanisms of cranberries against environmental stress. Besides, he also had a research experience of membrane protein manipulation. He is currently working on spray drying method, trying to synthesize new nano-catalytic materials.



    Jia Zhuang

Email: zhuangubc.edu


Jia Zhuang was born and raised in Nanjing, China. He moved to Shanghai,China to pursue a B.S. degree in Fudan University since 2007. After graduation in 2011, he made his mind to study in US as a Ph.D. student with chemistry major. Being attracted by Frank's kindness and Chun-Hong's basketball talent, he will work in Tsung Lab in next few years, as a joint student with Weerapana Lab. He loves S. S. Lazio in Italian Serie A, while Tomasso Rocchi and Miroslav Klose are his favorite players in Lazio. In rest time, he likes to share time with family and friends, discover wonderful places nearby and all around the nation.


    Pan Hu

Email: Hupabc.edu


Pan Hu received his B.S. from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He went to UCSB for summer research in 2010 and decided to pursue a Ph.D degree in the US. This chubby guy enjoys everything good in the world, the gourmet food, euphonic music, splendid landscape and especially, the beauty of science. He believes the ultimate goal of science is to benefit people, therefore he tries to put nanoscience into industrial application, and wants to start his own business someday if possible. His favorite musician includes Baroque composer Bach and avant-garde artist Prokofiev. He also likes photography and sports cars, as well as the fantasy literature.




Joe Morabito

Email: morabitjbc.edu


Joe is the most interesting man in the world.


Zhehui Li

Email: liir@bc.edu


2008.9-2011.7 B.S. Soochow University, China
2011.8-2013.6 M.S. The University of Akron, US
2013.9-Present PhD Candidate Boston College, US
Joint student with Prof. Tsung and Prof. Byers
She a is funny, sweet girl, and definitely not a ‘node’~~

Allison Young

Email: youngdt@bc.edu


Allison Young was born in Waterville, Maine in 1991. Shortly thereafter she moved from the beautiful and populated region of southern Maine to the northern Maine woods and potato fields of Presque Isle, Maine, 15 minutes from the Canadian border. She received her B.S. as a double major in Chemistry and Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (Connecticut) in 2013 and joined Boston College in the fall of 2013. In her spare time, Allison enjoys swimming, reading, working out, and super hero movies.

  All graduate students of backgrounds in physics, chemistry, and/or materials science are gladly welcome to join our young team.  


Undergraduate Students


Casey Brodsky

Email: casey.brodskybc.edu

Class of 2014

Casey Brodsky was born in Moraga, California in 1992. She grew up in Moraga with her parents and younger brother Dylan until moving to Boston in 2010 to study Chemistry at Boston College. When she is not in school, Casey is competing with the Lexettes, a synchronized ice skating team in Lexington, Massachusetts. Casey also enjoys watching sitcoms, listening to country music, and eating cereal in her free time. Casey joined the Tsung research group in Spring 2011 and plans on pursuing a graduate degree so that she can eventually become a chemistry professor.



Joseph Palomba

Email: joseph.palomba@bc.edu

Class of 2015

Joseph (Joey) Palomba was born in Worcester, MA and grew up in Shrewsbury, where he currently resides. For high school he went to Suffield Academy a boarding preparatory school in northern Connecticut. He is a chemistry major at Boston College and began working for the Tsung Lab in the spring of his second year. In addition to his interests in nanoparticles, Joey spends a great of his time on a bike. He is on the BC Cycling Club team and is an obsessive road cyclist. He also has a passion for music through trumpet playing and an avid listener to a variety of music from alternative rock to electronic to jazz. When not working or riding he spends his time with friends and family. After BC he plans to pursue graduate work.



Rutvin Kyada

Email: rutvin.kyada@bc.edu

Class of 2015

Rutvin spent half his life in Ahmedabad, India, before moving to the gentle and luscious Los Angeles and then to the rude and crowded Brooklyn and finally to the haunted and deserted Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently studying chemistry with mathematics minor at Boston College; upon graduation, he hopes to attend medical school. Though he is not a fan of any of Lakers, Nets, Nicks, or 76ers (seriously, he had to Google these names), he follows religiously the little known game of cricket (he swears he knows just about every statistic from memory). In his spare time, when he is not browsing through stats or Facebook, he prefers to go to the gym or work on his drawing and portraiture skills.


Shunjia Molly Mao

Email: maosb@bc.edu

Class of 2016

Molly is born in Beijing, 1993. She came to the U.S. as an exchange student and did a four-month exchange program with Newton South High School in 2008. She came to the U.S. to continue her high school as a sophomore in 2009. She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley and went to Boston College, 2012. She likes chemistry and physics and wants to go to engineering school as a graduate student. She joined the Tsung research group in spring 2013.


Christopher Petroff

Email: christopher.petroff@bc.edu

Class of 2015

Christopher Petroff was born in Waterbury, CT and grew up in Cheshire. He attended The Taft School, a preparatory school in northwestern Connecticut, before coming to Boston College to pursue a degree in Chemistry. He began working in the Tsung Lab in the fall of 2013. Outside of academic work, Chris spends his time training for marathons and playing Trombone. He ran cross country and track in high school, but, since starting at BC, he has transitioned to running marathons having run one each semester beginning with the Boston Marathon the spring of his freshman year. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue graduate work.


Michael John Rudden 

Email: ruddenmi@bc.edu

Class of 2015

Michael Rudden loves science and music...

Matthew C Golden 

Email:  goldenmg@bc.edu

Class of 2017

Matthew Golden was born on December 12, 1994, in Concord, California. His family moved back to Gloucester, Massachusetts shortly after his birth, and then to The Woodlands, Texas. Matt decided to return to Massachusetts to study chemistry at Boston College. He began working with the Tsung research group in spring semester of 2014. When he isn’t in the lab or studying, Matt enjoys running and occasionally baking for his friends and family.

  Any undergraduate students with energy and enthusiasm are gladly welcome to join our group.  

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Former Group Members



Dr. François Dabeux

Email: francois.dabeuxulb.ac.be

Visiting Scholar 2010

Current: Researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles






Dr. Melissa Fardy

Email: mfardycalmail.berkeley.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow 2010




Dr. Chun-Hong Kuo

Email: d9523805oz.nthu.edu.tw

Dr. Chun-Hong Kuo received his BS in chemistry from National Cheng Kung University in 2002 and MS in chemistry from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 2004. After one-and-a-half-year mandatory military service (2004-2006), he went on his PhD degree in chemistry under the direction of Professor Michael H. Huang at National Tsing Hua University for three years. Dr. Kuo joined our group in the fall of 2010.

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Baichuan Zhu

Email: baichuan.zhubc.edu

Graduate Student 2010




Yang Tang

Email: yang.tangbc.edu

Graduate Student 2010

Yang Tang was born in the Jiangsu province of China in August 29, 1988 (only six days after Kobe Bryant’s birthday!). She graduated from FuDan University in 2010 with a B.S. in chemistry. Yang came to the United States in hopes of going on tour with Linkin Park, but when that didn’t work out she decided to enter into the Boston College chemistry Ph. D program in August of 2010. After she receives her Ph. D and makes her contribution to the chemistry world, Yang plans on becoming a Kindergarten teacher. She wants a house with a yard so she can have a large garden where she will ultimately raise her many children and teach them how to play basketball.


Momo Yaguchi 

Email: yaguchimbc.edu

Graduate Student 2010

Momo Yaguchi was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1987 in October (her favorite month).  She graduated from International Christian University in 2010, majoring in physics and minoring in chemistry.  She moved to the states in August 2010 to pursue the Boston College chemistry Ph. D program.  If she wasn`t studying chemistry at BC, Momo would be travelling all over the world with just her backpack.  Momo is a fan of ice cream and frozen yogurt.  She likes the boston cream donuts from Dunkin Donuts and the lattes from Starbucks.  Momo is also very cultured.  She likes classical ballet and photography in addition to museums.  She has stellar taste in music, with favorite artists in Franz Ferdinand, MIKA, and The Libertines.  Momo is very calm as a result of her weekly yoga classes, but she is also very fierce due to her training in Kendo Martial Arts.

    Zipeng (Alex) Zhao

Email: zipeng.zhaobc.edu

Graduate Student 2011

Alex was born in Hunan, China, 1988. He get his BS from Xiamen University. He likes nano materials a lot and he hopes to participate into the developing for next generation materials for all humans. And he loves history and literature besides materials science. If he did not study chemistry, he may travel around the China to see historical sites and collect history stories.



Leo Lamontagne

Email: lamontalbc.edu

Class of 2013

Leo Lamontagne is majoring in chemistry and mathematics. He is from Andover, Massachusetts and has a twin brother and two older sisters. Leo is a resident assistant on campus and has worked as a lobster cook at Markey’s Lobster Pool for several summers. With his free time, he enjoys skiing, playing the piano, and going to Salisbury beach during the summer. Leo shares an interest in How I Met Your Mother with Maggie Sheehan. He joined the Tsung group in August of 2010, and hopes to go to graduate school after Boston College.


George Massey

Email: masseyge@bc.edu

Class of 2013

George is an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and philosophy. He was born in 1990 and hails from South Hadley, Massachusetts, the home of the first women’s college in the United States. George was inspired to join the Tsung group after taking physical and inorganic chemistry courses, being drawn in by Frank’s enthusiasm, Maggie’s calm assuredness, and Randy’s decisive style (“Just do it”). In addition to lab, George volunteers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as an EMT. He is known to eat almost as voraciously as he researches, which makes his mother very proud. For whatever reasons, several of his friends have nicknamed him “παππού” (papou) or “grandpa.” In his free time, he likes to play soccer, watch films, dance lindy hop, and contemplate the meaning of life.


Andrew Platt

Email: plattanbc.edu

Class of 2013

Andrew is cool.