Emily Tsui

Emily Tsui

Catalyst Design and Synthesis


Fall 2017
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington
Ph.D. in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
B.S. in Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Awards

Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award
Herbert Newby McCoy Award, California Institute of Technology
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Research Interests

Research in the Tsui group will focus on the development of new catalysts using principles and techniques from the areas of bioinorganic, organometallic, and nanomaterials chemistry. Biological enzymes and heterogeneous catalysts are capable of activating very strong bonds in small molecules with high activity and specificity. We will design transition metal complexes and nanoscale materials as models of these systems, incorporating new structural or compositional motifs from enzymatic or heterogeneous active sites to enhance the performance of our artifical catalytic systems. An improved fundamental understanding of these systems will have important applications in chemical synthesis, liquid fuels production, and energy storage. 

Recent Papers

  • Lee, H. B.; Tsui, E. Y.; Agapie, T. A "CaMn4O2 model of the biological oxygen evolving complex: synthesis via cluster expansion on a low symmetry ligand." Chem. Commun. 2017, 53.
  • Tsui, E. Y.; Carroll, G. M.; Miller, B.; Marchioro, A.; Gamelin, D. R. "Extremely Slow Spontaneous Electron Trapping in Photodoped n-Type CdSe Nanocrystals." Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 3754-3762.
  • Carroll, G. M.; Tsui, E. Y.; Brozek, C. K.; Gamelin, D. R. "Spectroelectrochemical Measurement of Surface Electrostatic Contributions to Colloidal CdSe Nanocrystal Redox Potentials." Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 7912-7918.
  • Tsui, E. Y.; Hartstein, K. H.; Gamelin, D. R. "Selenium Redox Reactivity on Colloidal CdSe Quantum Dot Surfaces." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11105-11108.
  • Lin, P.; Tsui, E. Y.; Habib, F.; Murugesu, M.; Agapie, T. "Effect of the Mn Oxidation State on Single-Molecule-Magnet Properties: Mn-III vs Mn-IV in Biologically Inspired DyMn3O4 Cubanes." Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 6095-6099.
  • Carroll, G. M.; Brozek, C. K.; Hartstein, K. H.; Tsui, E. Y.; Gamelin, D. R. "Potentiometric Measurements of Semiconductor Nanocrystal Redox Potentials." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 4310-4313.

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