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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 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. [ Curriculum Vitae ]


 Postdoctoral Fellows


We are looking for talented and enthusiastic postdocs to join our dynamic team. 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

Allison Young

Email: youngdt@bc.edu

Presque Isle, ME, U.S.A.

BS: University of New Haven (2013)

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.

Zhehui Li

Email: liir@bc.edu


BS: Soochow University (2011)

MS: University of Akron (2013)

Zhehui’s current research involves the development of methods for encapsulating homogeneous catalysts in porous solids to improve previous gas storage and reagent conversion.


Ben Williams

Email: willicaj@bc.edu

Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.

B.S.: University of Florida (2015)

Ben’s research is focused on understanding the way in which intermetallic phases form in the nanoscale, applying that knowledge to synthesize shape-controlled intermetallic nanoparticles, and tailoring these nanoparticles to serve as catalysts.

Ben was born in Corpus Christi, TX, and lived in Batesville, AR, before, thankfully, moving to Florida and losing his Southern drawl. Though he loves the city of Boston, he must admit that he’s not sure humans were meant to live so close together or in such cold weather. Outside of lab, Ben enjoys playing basketball, Rocket League, and the tuba.

Tom Rayder

Email: rayder@bc.edu

Chatham, MA, U.S.A.

BS: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2015)

Tom’s research involves the encapsulation of homogeneous transition-metal catalysts in MOFs through aperture-opening processes. Most recently, he is applying this approach to optimization of the cascade reduction of CO2 to methanol as an alternative fuel source.

Tom grew up on Cape Cod before attending WPI for his undergraduate education, where he was introduced to MOF chemistry through his Major Qualifying Project. Outside of the lab, Tom is very involved in the local music scene and counts various positions involved in concert planning and performance among his past achievements.

Yang Li

Email: liaxv@bc.edu

Zhengzhou, Henan, China

BS: University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) (2016)
Yang mainly studies the synthesis and modification of MOF materials. She is also interested in the mechanism behind these processes and development of novel applications for MOFs.

Yang Li was born in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 2016. In the fall of 2016, she became a graduate student in Boston College and joined the Tsung lab. Yang enjoys traveling, watching movies and gourmet food in her spare time.

Chenhao Ren

Email: rencd@bc.edu

Jinhua, Zhejiang, China

BS: University of Science & Technology of China (2017)

Chenhao’s undergraduate research mainly focused on the synthesis and catalytic applications of noble metal nanoparticles. After joining Tsung’s group, he will work on the boundary of MOFs and nanoparticles. Outside of the lab, Chenhao is a big fan of soccer and Chelsea is his favorite team.

Wei-Shang Lo

Email: lowf@bc.edu

Taiwan, R.O.C.

BS: National Central University, Taiwan (2015)
MS: National Central University, Taiwan (2017)

Wei-Shang Lo worked on the design of MOF–enzyme composites for biological applications, under supervision of Prof. Fa-Kuen Shieh as an undergradaute and master student. He also worked in  ShanghaiTech University as a visiting scholar under supervision of Prof. Lien-Young Chou. He is now in Prof. Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung’s group at Boston College as a PhD student and his research focuses on nanoscale surface chemistry in self-assembly coordination entities.

Adam Bensalah

Email: bensalah@bc.edu

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

BS:The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma (2017)

Adam is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He majored in chemistry at The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, studying nitrogen centered radical formation with Dr. Angus Lamar. He is now a joint graduate student in the Byers and Tsung research groups at Boston College. Outside of lab, Adam enjoys watching Cardinals baseball, reading behavioral psychology books, playing basketball, and attending live comedy shows.

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

 Visiting Scholars

Talented and enthusiastic researchers are welcomed to join our dynamic research team as visiting scholars. 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.

 Undergraduate Students

Yucai Shao

Email: shaoyb@bc.edu

Class of 2019

Yucai joined Tsung group when she was a sophomore and she is currently studying well-defined core-shell and hollow MOFs.



Nima Boluriaan

Email: boluriaa@bc.edu

Class of 2020




Noella D'Souza

Email: dsouzan@bc.edu

Class of 2020



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



 Former Group Members


Former PhD Studnets


Dr. Brian Sneed

Ph.D. 2015

Dr. Maggie Sheehan

Ph.D. 2016

Dr. Lien-Yang Chou

Ph.D. 2016

Dr. Joe Morabito

Ph.D. 2017

Former Graduate Studnets

Baichuan Zhu


Yang Tang


Momo Yaguchi 


Zipeng (Alex) Zhao


Jia Zhuang


Pan Hu



Fred Zhang



Former Postdoctoral Fellows



Dr. Chun-Hong Kuo

Postdoc 2010


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

Dr. Melissa Fardy

Postdoctoral 2010


Current: Staff Scientist

at Eve Biomedical

Dr. Xiangwen Liu

Postdoc 2016

Current: Postdoc in NUS

Dr. François Dabeux

Visiting Scholar 2010


Current: Researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles

Former Exchange Scholars

Dr. Da-Chao Hong


Daniel Jalalpoor


Shao-Chun Wang


Sheng-Hong Chen


Li Wan


Feichen Yang


Yingze Cao


Chane-Chen Wu


Chia-I Yen


Yu-Hsiu Li


Fu-Siang Liao


Yu-Shen Hsu


Yu-Te Liao


Xiaoyuan Liu


Tz-Han Wei


Shi-Hong Wu



Yi-Da Huang



Former Undergraduate Students

Leo Lamontagne

Class of 2013

George Massey

Class of 2013

Andrew Platt

Class of 2013

Casey Brodsky

Class of 2014

Joseph Palomba

Class of 2015

Rutvin Kyada

Class of 2015

Chris Petroff

Class of 2015

Michael Rudden 

Class of 2015

Maria Nero 

Class of 2015

Shunjia Molly Mao

Class of 2016

Jane Yang 

Class of 2016

Matthew C Golden 

Class of 2017

Donald Gummow 

Class of 2017

Ilektra Andoni 

Class of 2017

Seung Hea Jung

Class of 2018

Nick Ueng

Class of 2018

Gregory Tam

Class of 2018