Tailoring Heterogeneous Catalysts at the Atomic Level: In Memoriam, Prof. Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung

Benjamin P. Williams*, Wei Shang Lo, Joseph V. Morabito, Allison P. Young, Frances Tsung, Chun Hong Kuo, Joseph M. Palomba, Thomas M. Rayder, Lien Yang Chou, Brian T. Sneed, Xiao Yuan Liu, Leo K. Lamontagne, Christopher A. Petroff, Casey N. Brodsky, Jane Yang, Ilektra Andoni, Yang Li, Furui Zhang, Zhehui Li, Sheng Yu ChenConnor Gallacher, Banruo Li, Sheng Yuan Tsung, Ming Hwa Pu, Chia Kuang Tsung

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Professor Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung made his scientific impact primarily through the atomic-level design of nanoscale materials for application in heterogeneous catalysis. He approached this challenge from two directions: above and below the material surface. Below the surface, Prof. Tsung synthesized finely controlled nanoparticles, primarily of noble metals and metal oxides, tailoring their composition and surface structure for efficient catalysis. Above the surface, he was among the first to leverage the tunability and stability of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to improve heterogeneous, molecular, and biocatalysts. This article, written by his former students, seeks first to commemorate Prof. Tsung's scientific accomplishments in three parts: (1) rationally designing nanocrystal surfaces to promote catalytic activity; (2) encapsulating nanocrystals in MOFs to improve catalyst selectivity; and (3) tuning the host-guest interaction between MOFs and guest molecules to inhibit catalyst degradation. The subsequent discussion focuses on building on the foundation laid by Prof. Tsung and on his considerable influence on his former group members and collaborators, both inside and outside of the lab.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51809-51828
Number of pages20
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number44
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • host-guest composites
  • lattice strain
  • metal-organic frameworks
  • nanoparticles


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