In Situ Vibrational Spectroscopy of Catalytic Interfaces

Our research team engages in spectroscopic investigation of catalytic interfaces that show potential for the synthesis of renewable fuels and high-value commodity chemicals. Our aim is to facilitate the development of efficient catalysts by elucidating how interfacial properties give rise to observed catalytic activity. To this end, we combine surface-enhanced infrared and Raman spectroscopies with mass spectrometric approaches. We are particularly interested in the rich chemistry exhibited by electrified interfaces suitable for (photo-) catalytic carbon dioxide reduction, methane activation, and water oxidation.

Group News

August 18th, 2021

Vincent publishes his perspective article on pH effects in electrocatalysis in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! Check out the article here.

May 22nd, 2021

Our team and Professor Burch's group at BC Physics receive a joint internal grant from Boston College's Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society. The grant will support our project on "Plasmonic Nanoantenna Electrodes for Probing Solar Fuel Catalysis".

April 14th, 2021

Jingyi publishes her collaborative work on water oxidation with Profs. Dunwei Wang, Victor Batista, and Gary Brudvig in Chem! Great job everyone. Check out the article here.

March 25th, 2021

Xiang and Jingyi successfully defended their PhD Theses! Congratulations Dr. Xiang Li and Dr. Jingyi Li! Xiang will assume a postdoctoral position at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and work on X-ray spectroscopy of water oxidation catalysts.

January 1st, 2021

Yu-Shen Hsu joins the research team as a graduate student. Hongna Zhang joins the team as a joint postdoctoral scholar with the Wang lab. Welcome Yu-Shen and Hongna!

September 10th, 2020

Charuni successfully defended her PhD Thesis and is ready to assume her new position as a Battery Engineer at Gru Energy Lab in California! Congratulations Dr. Gunathunge!

September 10th, 2020

Charuni, Jingyi , and Xiang publish their Invited Viewpoint article in ACS Catalysis! Check it out here.

August 27th, 2020

Matthias gave a talk as part of the CatTheory Webinar Series. Watch the presentation here.

June 12th, 2020

Vincent publishes his work on the effects of anions on CO adsorption on Cu in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! Check out the article here.

June 1st, 2020

Xiang and Charuni publish their collaborative work with Prof. Michael Janik's research group in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society! Check out the article here.

May 26th, 2020

Charuni, Jingyi, Xiang, and Julie publish their manuscript on the determination of the predominant surface facets of rough metal electrodes in ACS Catalysis! Check out the article here.

January 6th, 2020

Xiang, Charuni, and Vincent presented posters on their recent studies at the Electrochemistry Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, California. Great job everyone!

January 1st, 2020

Connor joins the research team! Connor will be co-advised by Professor Tsung and will spearhead our collaborative efforts.

December 5th, 2019

Vincent gave a terrific talk at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Well done, Vincent!

October 29th, 2019

Our invited perspective article on the effects of cations on the electric double layer and the rates and selectivity of electrocatalytic processes is published in the Journal Chemical Physics! Check out the article here.

October 1st, 2019

Our collaborative research with the Wang laboratory on probing water oxidation mechanisms on heterogeneous catalysts with atomically defined structure is funded by the Department of Energy's Solar Photochemistry Program!

September 17th, 2019

Vincent publishes his paper on the effects of pyridinium additives on the catalytic properties of the Cu/electrolyte interface in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! Check out the article here.

August 22nd, 2019

Our collaborative research with the Wang laboratory on highly selective photocatalysis on titanium dioxide with atomically dispersed active centers is funded by the NSF!

June 10th, 2019

The group receives two out of three poster awards at the New England Energy Research Forum at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute! Congratulations, Vincent and Charuni, for earning the first- and third-place prizes!

Jingyi gave an awesome talk about our recent work! Well done!

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April 19th, 2019

Jingyi's, Xiang's, and Charuni's article entitled "Hydrogen Bonding Steers the Product Selectivity of Electrocatalytic CO Reduction" is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! Check out the article here.

February 5th, 2019

Matthias receives an NSF CAREER Award! The award will support the team’s research on how the molecular properties of an electrocatalytic interface control catalytic selectivity. In addition, the award will support related educational efforts. Read the BC News article here.

December 11th, 2018

Jingchen joins the research team!

November 30th, 2018

Charuni gave an awesome talk at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Well done, Charuni!

October 29th, 2018

Matthias receives a Doctoral New Investigator Award from the ACS Petroleum Fund. The award will support our mechanistic work on metallaphotocatalysis.

August 25th, 2018

Julie joins the research team!

July 6th, 2018

Charuni and Vincent publish their collaborative work with Prof. Michael Janik's research group in ACS Catalysis! Check out the article here.


May 6th, 2018

The group co-hosted an outreach event for 60 high-school students and their parents. Take a look at the pictures.


April 26th, 2018

Xiang's and Jingyi's collaborative work with Prof. Dunwei Wang's research group is published in ACS Central Science! Read the article here.


November 6th, 2017

Charuni and Vincent publish their work on cation effects in PCCP! Read the article here.


May 26th, 2017

The team's first paper is published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! Read the article here.


January 1st, 2017

Paul and Vincent join the research team!

May 1st, 2016

First External Funding! Matthias receives an NSF grant. The award will support the team’s research efforts on the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide.

January 1st, 2016

The first graduate students join the lab. Welcome Charuni, Jingyi, and Xiang!


July 1st, 2015

Matthias joins Boston College!