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 a 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


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 the development of novel applications for MOFs.

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


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 the supervision of Prof. Fa-Kuen Shieh as an undergraduate and master student. He also worked at ShanghaiTech University as a visiting scholar under the supervision of Prof. Lien-Young Chou. He is now in Prof. Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung’s group at Boston College as a Ph.D. student and his research focus 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 the lab, Adam enjoys watching Cardinals baseball, reading behavioral psychology books, playing basketball, and attending live comedy shows.


Connor Gallacher

Email: gallachc@bc.edu

Colchester, CT, USA

BA: Boston University (2019)

Connor’s research is focused on controlling the competition reaction between hydrogen gas evolution and other reduction reactions on electrode surfaces by coating the electrode in metal-organic frameworks.

Connor was born in Colchester, CT before going Boston University for his undergraduate degree, where he did his undergraduate research developing novel mechanochemical syntheses of nanoparticles with Professor Kevin Smith. Outside of the lab, he enjoys performing in and watching musical theater.


Banruo Li

Email: banruo@bc.edu

Taiyuan, Shanxi, China.

BS: Nanjing University

Banruo comes from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. He majored in chemistry at Nanjing University during his undergraduate studies, focusing on the construction of novel luminescent metal-organic frameworks. He is now a joint student in the Byers and Tsung research groups at Boston College. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton and go (an abstract strategy board game).


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 a 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



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 Students


Dr. Brian Sneed
Ph.D. 2015
Dr. Lien-Yang Chou
Ph.D. 2016
Dr. Maggie Sheehan
Ph.D. 2016
Dr. Joe Morabito
Ph.D. 2017
Dr. Allison P. Yang
Ph.D. 2018
Dr. Zhehui Li
Ph.D. 2018


Former Graduate Students


Baichuan Zhu
2011
Momo Yaguchi 
2011
Jia
Zhuang

2012
Fred Zhang
2015
Yang Tang
2011
Zipeng (Alex) Zhao
2012
Pan
Hu

2013


Former Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Chun-Hong Kuo
Postdoc 2010
chunhong@gate.sinica.edu.tw
Current: assistant research fellow at the Institute of Chemistry in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. [Link]
Dr. Xiangwen Liu
Postdoc 2016
Current: Postdoc in NUS
Dr. Melissa Fardy
Postdoctoral 2010
mfardy@calmail.berkeley.edu
Current: Staff Scientist
at Eve Biomedical
Dr. François Dabeux
Visiting Scholar 2010
francois.dabeux@ulb.ac.be
Current: Researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles

Former Exchange Scholars


Dr. Da-Chao Hong
2013
Li Wan
2014
Chia-I Yen
2015
Yu-Te Liao
2017
Yi-Da Huang
2018
Daniel Jalalpoor
 2013
Feichen Yang
2014
Yu-Hsiu Li
2016
Xiaoyuan Liu
2017
Shao-Chun Wang
2014
Yingze Cao
2014
Fu-Siang Liao
2017
Tz-Han Wei
2018
Sheng-Hong Chen
2014
Chane-Chen Wu
2015
Yu-Shen Hsu
2017
Shi-Hong Wu
2018

Former Undergraduate Students


Leo Lamontagne
Class of 2013
Joseph Palomba
Class of 2015
Maria Nero 
Class of 2015
Donald Gummow 
Class of 2017
Gregory Tam
Class of 2018
George Massey
Class of 2013
Rutvin Kyada
Class of 2015
Shunjia Molly Mao
Class of 2016
Ilektra Andoni 
Class of 2017
Nima Boluriaan
Class of 2019
Andrew Platt
Class of 2013
Chris Petroff
Class of 2015
Jane Yang 
Class of 2016
Seung Hea Jung
Class of 2018
Yucai Shao
Class of 2019
Casey Brodsky
Class of 2014
Michael Rudden 
Class of 2015
Matthew C Golden 
Class of 2017
Nick Ueng
Class of 2018

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