DPhil Students


Fourth Year DPhil

Lizzie RaineLizzie Raine

I’m Lizzie, a fourth year DPhil student from University College. I did my undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, and completed my part ii in the Tsang group. I am working on new nanoparticle alloys for catalysis. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, playing tennis and travelling.


Hi, I’m Molly. I’m a fourth year DPhil student at university college. I have been working in Tsang’s group as a research associate prior to my DPhil study, working on the synthesis of Cu-based and Pd-based catalysts. Currently, I am based on my previous research and further expand the horizon toward the catalysis of CO2 hydrogenation.

Third Year DPhil

JoshJosh Fellowes

I’m Josh. I got into chemistry because I’m passionate about developing environmentally friendly technologies, and working on our electrochemical ammonia project is a great way to pursue this. I like to spend my free time travelling, doing sports, or just hanging out with friends.

ThomasThomas Lau

I am Thomas, a third year DPhil student. You can also call me Hiu-Ming. I am currently working on synthesising green electrocatalyst under the supervision of Edman and Prof. John Foord. Working out in Gym and watching movies are some of my favourite activities during weekends.

TimTim Sudmeier

Hi I’m Tim and I am working on electrochemical ammonia synthesis. With this research we’re trying to partially replace the Haber-Bosch process and substitute it with a more economical and environmentally friendly alternative. Outside science, I enjoy all kinds of sports like frisbee, football or skiing, and like to get involved at my college, St Hugh’s.

JiriJiri Kulhavy

I’m Jiri, a third year DPhil student from St Peter’s College. My research in the group focuses on synthesizing, modifying and testing of two-dimensional materials, studying their properties, and engineering them into novel layered nanostructures. Successful new nanostructures are consequently tested as electrode materials in batteries or as catalysts. Outside of the lab I enjoy travelling, hiking, sports and dancing. I am also a part of the University’s dancesport competition team.

LinusLinus Lin

I am Linus, a third year DPhil student from St Cross. My current research topic is zeolites synthesis and characterisation. In addition, I will try to use these zeolite samples as catalysts in methane activation reaction. Before joining the Tsang group I received my bachelor and master at National Taiwan University and University College London respectively. I enjoy swimming in my spare time.

Second Year DPhil

SimsonSimson Wu

I’m Simson, a second year DPhil student from Wolfson College. I am working on the synthesis of ammonia under low pressure using novel ruthenium-based catalysts. With this research we are trying to produce a carbon-free source of electricity via wind power. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and playing pool.

KirstyKirsty Purchase

I’m Kirsty, a second year DPhil student from St Annes. I’m researching ammonia absorbents with the aim of improving the efficiency of ammonia production. I completed my undergraduate at the University of St Andrews. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and cooking.

TatchyTatchamapan Yoskamtorn

Hi I am Tatchy, a second year DPhil student from St Edmund Hall. I received my master’s degree in chemistry from Kasetsart University, Thailand. My current research is based on monitoring catalysis of metal clusters inside crystalline porous materials by using Synchrotron techniques. I usually spend my spare time on doing yoga, Zumba dancing, travelling and taking a photo.

TianyiTianyi Chen

I am Tianyi Chen, a second year DPhil student from Oriel College. I received my BSc and MRes degree in Chemistry from Imperial College London. My research project focus on synthesizing, imaging and testing of some modified non-precious metal nanoparticles under the supervision of Prof. Edman Tsang and Prof. Peter Nellist. Besides of Chemistry, I like traveling , watching Japanese TV drama and reading books.

First Year DPhil

IrisJiaying Mo

I’m Jiaying, a first year Dphil student from Wolfson College. And you can call me Iris. I am working on cathode catalysts for hydrogen production at atmospheric pressure and low temperature. With this research we are trying to use PEM water electrolysis for hydrogen production in an energy-saving and economical way. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling.

WillWilliam Vickery

Hi, my name is Will, I’m from St. Cross college and I am currently in the 1st year of my DPhil. I have previously worked on green polymer chemistry and homogeneous catalysis at the University of Florida and Cardiff University. My current research with the Tsang group is focused on the heterogeneous catalysis of methanol steam reforming; my initial plan is to try and improve a CuZnGaOx catalyst previously prepared by the Tsang group. In my free time I enjoy: playing various sports, being in the countryside, lots of music, hanging out with friends and dunking biscuits in tea.

BruceYiyang Li

I am Yiyang, a first year DPhil student from St Peter’s College, and you can call me Bruce. I am working on hydrogen evolution from water with photocatalytic method, trying to produce hydrogen much more efficiently under visible light radiation. In my spare time, I enjoy working out in gym, rock-climbing and Muay Thai. And classical music is also my favourite.

ChrisChristopher Foo

I’m Chris, a first year DPhil student at Linacre College. I am working on inorganic layered materials and MOFs for use as high capacity electrode materials in lithium and sodium ion batteries, as well as for catalysis. I carry out synthetic work at the University of Oxford, then XRD and XAS analysis at the Diamond Light Source who partly-fund my work. Outside of the lab I mostly enjoy playing all kinds of sports, listening to and playing all kinds of music, and supporting Southampton football club.