Postdoctoral Researchers

BoDr. Bozhidar Stefanov

I’m Bozhidar (a.k.a. Bo, west from Essos). Originally from Bulgaria, I did my BS (Computational chemistry) and MS (Nanomaterials) at the University of Sofia. Later I moved to Sweden, where I obtained a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics at Uppsala University. I joined Tsang group in April ’16 to work on catalysts for electrochemical synthesis of ammonia. My research interests are in photo- and electro- catalysis, and nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications. My researcher superpowers revolve around building automated experimental setups (I like tinkering with electronics and gadgetry, and writing my own software), in operando chemical kinetics, and finding my way around studies where a combination of computational and experimental techniques is needed. In my free time I like reading, listening to music, to travel around Europe, and do photography.

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. Gary ChangDr. Gary Chang

Hi, I’m Gary, a postdoctoral researcher in the Tsang group. I carried out my DPhil work in Oxford studying CO activation and poisoning on metallic and enzymatic sites by an in situ spectroelectrochemical approach. Now I am working on finding materials for methanol adsorption and catalytic conversion of biomass to useful chemicals. Outside the lab I enjoy all sort of food and drinks.

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.

TugceDr. Tugce Ayvali

Hi, I’m Tugce, a postdoctoral research assistant in the Tsang group. Now I am working on propene epoxidation. Outside the lab I enjoy playing extreme sports such as parkour and bungee jumping.