Postdoctoral Researchers

TugceDr. Tugce Ayvali

Hi, I am Tugce Ayvali. I completed my BSc major and minor degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkey in 2009. Then, I received my MSc (2011) in Chemistry from the same university by developing highly active rhodium nanoparticles as catalyst for dehydrogenation of ammonia-borane. Afterwards, I moved to France where I carried out my PhD (2015) work on the synthesis and surface reactivity studies of rhenium based mono- and bimetallic-nanoparticles at CNRS/LCC-University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse before joining the group of Prof. Edman Tsang at University of Oxford. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the team. My job duties include designing active and selective heterogeneous catalysts for variety of chemical reactions and investigate the nature of active species using complementary characterization methods. Outside the lab, I like doing many different things such as socializing with my friends, going to the gym, trekking in the nature and travelling to new places.

JianweiDr. Jianwei Zheng

Hi, I am Jianwei, a postdoctoral research assistant in the Tsang group. I completed my DPhil work in University of Xiamen on research of coinage mono-/bimetallic- catalysts in application of heterogeneous catalysis. Now I am working on developing high efficient catalysts in ammonia synthesis and also interested in bimetallic materials for biomass hydrogenation. Outside the lab, I like music and travelling.

IanDr. Ian McPherson

Hi, I’m Ian, a postdoctoral research assistant in the Tsang group. I carried out my DPhil work in Oxford developing in situ infrared spectroscopic techniques for studying electrocatalysts. Now I am working on developing and testing electrocatalysts for use in molten salts. Outside the lab I enjoy running and cycling.

Lin YeDr. Lin Ye

Hi, I am Lin. I am a post doc in Tsang group. I have a PhD degree from Fudan University, China. I did some work on the synthesis and application of mesoporous transition metal oxides. I also have about one year post doc experience in Fudan University and done some research about the acidity and charge density of metal oxides by using solid state NMR. Currently, my project is based on transition metal dichalcogenides and synchrotron XRPD technology. Outside the work, I like painting.

Dr DuanDr. Haohong Duan

I am haohong, a post doctoral fellow in the Tsang group. I received my BS degree from Peking University in 2009, and PhD degree from Tsinghua University in 2014, with Acad. Yadong Li, where he worked on the synthesis and catalytic studies of rhodium-based nanomaterials. Currently I am working on the fabrication of novel heterogeneous catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of bio-oil in collaboration with Prof. Dermot O’Hare and SCG Chemicals and Papers. Away from the lab, I enjoy watching musical and drama.

Dr PuDr. Pu Zhao

I am Pu, a postdoctoral research associate in the Tsang group. My project focuses on zeotype materials for the catalytic conversion of C2-4 hydrocarbons. The project is funded by SCG Chemicals. Before joining the Tsang group, I worked on CO2 storage in zeotype MOFs during my PhD in the University of Cambridge. Synchrotron and neutron based experimental techniques were intensively employed. Prior to my PhD, I received my undergraduate education in Fudan University (China), during which I was involved in the design of novel MOFs. I also had one-year internship in DSM China R&D Center working on vitamin quantification. As for hobbies, I like reading and singing. I am a former member of Fudan University Choir and Cavendish Chorale (Cambridge).

Dr. Simantini NayakDr. Simantini Nayak

Hi, I’m Simantini, a postdoctoral researcher in the Tsang group. I took up a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship in April 2015. Outside chemistry I enjoy cooking traditional Chinese food.

Yung-Kang PengDr. Yung-Kang Peng

Hi, I am Will. I am post doctoral researcher at the Tsang group. Before I joined Professor Tsang’s group, I recieved my BSc and MSc degrees in chemistry from National Chung Cheng University and National Taiwan University. Currently, my research is focussed on using NMR techniques to probe the active sites in nanocatalysts. During my spare time I enjoy playing piano and swimming.