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Principal Investigator




Prof. Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung

Email: frank.tsung@bc.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 Yangs and Prof. Gabor A. Somorjais groups at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the chemistry faculty at Boston College in the summer of 2010. [ Curriculum Vitae ]



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:

 Hands-on experience in measuring catalytic properties
 Good skill in synthesizing and characterizing metal and metal oxide nanostructures
 Basic knowledge of solid state physics and 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.sneed@bc.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.sheehan@bc.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: choula@bc.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: zhuangu@bc.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: Hupa@bc.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: morabitj@bc.edu

Joe grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.S. in chemistry in 2012 from Boston College, where he joined the Tsung Lab at its inception in the summer of 2010. He continued at BC for his graduate studies, where his current research focuses on metal-organic frameworks and catalysis. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, gardening, and seeing live music. Also, 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.


Visiting Scholars

Chia-I Yen

Email: yencb@bc.edu

Chia-I came from steaming hot Tainan, Taiwan! She joined the Tsung research group as a visiting student from Fa-Kuen Shieh's lab in National Central University,Taiwan, where she worked as a graduate student in chemistry, making researches mainly on metal-organic frameworks. She received bachelor's degree as major in Life Science and minor in Chemistry from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She is now looking forward to the coming of the snow white winter in BC.


Chane-Chen Wu

Email: Caihu@bc.edu

Chane-Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1991. He is a visiting student in the group for 6 months starting from Feb. 2015. He received his B.S.  degree from National Central University, Taiwan in 2013. After he undergraduated, he works in Fa-Kuen Shieh's lab as a mater student. Now, he is developing a new story in BC!






Undergraduate Students


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.

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 is a native of Long Island. He is currently pursuing degrees in both Chemistry and English, and he is completing his first year with the Tsung group. Upon graduation, Michael plans to pursue a career in environmental conservation. Outside of the lab, he is an avid runner and environmental activist. His other hobbies include reading novels and filling the lab with music (when he isn’t singing himself, that is).

Maria Nero 

Email: maria.nero@bc.edu

Class of 2015

Maria Nero joined Tsung group in 2015.


Jane Yang 

Email: yanguv@bc.edu

Class of 2016

Jane Yang was born in Seoul, S. Korea in 1995. She grew up in sunny San Diego, CA where she attended Torrey Pines High School. She is a chemistry major at Boston College and joined the Tsung group in the summer of 2014. Outside of the lab, Jane likes to rock climb, swim, and walk around aimlessly.



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.



Donald Gummow 

Email: gummow@bc.edu

Class of 2017

Don Gummow was born in Brockton, MA. He has lived on the South Shore of Massachusetts all his life and attended Boston College High School before coming to BC. He joined the Tsung research group in the spring of his second year. He plans to pursue graduate work after graduating from BC.


Ilektra Andoni 

Email: ilektra.andoni@bc.edu

Class of 2017

Born in the stone city of Gjirokaster, Albania, Ilektra and her family made their way to ‘Merica in 1999, ending up in Boston and staying in Massachusetts ever since. She joined the Tsung group in the spring of 2015 and is studying biochemistry at BC. Outside of lab and studies, Ilektra might be caught dancing, hiking, crocheting, skating, making jewelry, running, and basically any athletic or crafting activity except knitting. Also, if you tell her a bad pun, she will laugh way too hard.


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



Former Group Members



Dr. Chun-Hong Kuo

Postdoctoral Fellow 2010


Current: assistant research fellow at the Institute of Chemistry in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. [Link]

Dr. Melissa Fardy

Postdoctoral Fellow 2010


Current: Staff Scientist at Eve Biomedical

Dr. François Dabeux

Visiting Scholar 2010


Current: Researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dr. Da-Chao Hong

Exchange Student 2013

Current: Postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley

Baichuan Zhu

Graduate Student 2010

Yang Tang

Graduate Student 2010

Momo Yaguchi 

Graduate Student 2010

Zipeng (Alex) Zhao

Graduate Student 2011

Leo Lamontagne

Under Class of 2013

George Massey

Under Class of 2013

Andrew Platt

Under Class of 2013

Casey Brodsky

Under Class of 2014

Shunjia Molly Mao

Under Class of 2016

Daniel Jalalpoor

Exchange Student 2013

Shao-Chun Wang

Exchange Student 2014

Sheng-Hong Chen

Exchange Student 2014


Li Wan

Exchange Student 2014

Feichen Yang

Exchange Student 2014

Yingze Cao

Exchange Student 2014

Yingze was born and grow up in Beijing. She is a visiting student in the group for 3 months starting from Dec. 2014. She received her B.S. in Tsinghua University in 2007 and decided to pursue a PhD degree in Tsinghua. She enjoys the visiting and really likes the research in BC. Plus, she thinks herself very lucky to witness the historical amount of snow this winter (2015).