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 Publications

  • Prather, K. V., Lee, S., Tsui, E. Y. "Metal-Carbonyl-Functionalized CdSe Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Surface Redox, and Infrared Intensities" 2021 Inorganic Chemistry, 60 (70), pp. 4269-4277. DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c03641.
  • Ballesteros Ii, M., Tsui, E. Y. "Sulfur transfer reactions of a zinc tetrasulfanido complex" 2020 Dalton Transactions, 49 (45), pp. 16305-16311. DOI:10.1039/d0dt01384f.
  • ​​​​​​Ballesteros, M., Tsui, E. Y. "Reactivity of Zinc Thiolate Bonds: Oxidative Organopolysulfide Formation and S3 Insertion" 2019 Inorganic Chemistry, 58 (16), pp. 10501-10507. DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01074.
  • Schival, K. A., Gipson, R. R., Prather, K. V., Tsui, E. Y. "Photoinduced Surface Charging in Iron-Carbonyl-Functionalized Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals" 2019 Nano Letters, 19 (11), pp. 7770-7774. DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02726.
  • Lionetti, D., Suseno, S., Tsui, E. Y., Lu, L., Stich, T. A., Carsch, K. M., Nielsen, R. J., Goddard, W. A.,III, Britt, R. D., Agapie, T. "Effects of Lewis Acidic Metal Ions (M) on Oxygen-Atom Transfer Reactivity of Heterometallic Mn3MO4 Cubane and Fe3MO(OH) and Mn3MO(OH) Clusters" 2019 Inorganic Chemistry, 58 (4), pp. 2336-2345. DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b02701.
  • Hartstein, K.H., Erickson, C.S., Tsui, E.Y., Marchioro, A., Gamelin, D.R. "Electron Stability and Negative-Tetron Luminescence in Free-Standing Colloidal n-Type CdSe/CdS Quantum Dots" 2017 ACS Nano, 11 (10), pp. 10430-10438. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b05551.

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