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Peer-Reviewed Publications
After Joining 

(v)  Zhou, W.; Mo, X.; Cheung, C. W.;​ Tse, E. C. M.*

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Pulsed Laser Treatment Optimized by Taguchi Method to Achieve >90% O2-to-H2O2 Selectivity

(iv)  Gao, X.;​ Tse, E. C. M.*

Submitted, -, -, -.

In-silico Nano-phase Diagram to Discover Unconventional Molybdenum Nitride Surfaces as Electrocatalysts

(ii)  Mo, X.; Cheung, C. W.;​ Haw, S.-C.; Tse, E. C. M.*
Submitted, -, -, -.

Surface Hydrophobicity at Hybrid Electrochemical Interface Governs C3 Product Selectivity of Glycerol Oxidation

(iii)  Wang, W.; Zeng, T.; Yu, H.-L.; Mo, X.; Gao, X.; Wu, H.-L.;​ Tse, E. C. M.*

Submitted, -, -, -.

Cooperative Dicopper Active Site Steers Direct Electrocatalytic Nitrate Reduction Toward Ammonia

(i)  Zeng, T.; Yu, Z. H.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Submitted-, -, -.

Synergy between Heterobimetallic Active Sites in Hybrid Bilayer Membranes Enhances the Electrocatalytic Activity and Product Selectivity of O2 Reduction

Preprint on ChemRxiv

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(51)  Liu, K.‡; Gao, X.‡; Liu, C.-X.; Shi, R.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Liu, F.*; Chen, Y.*

Advanced Energy Materials2024Early View, 2304065.

Energy-Saving Hydrogen Production by Seawater Splitting Coupled with PET Plastic Upcycling​


(50)  Li, L.; Han, J.; Lo, H.-Y. G.; Tam, W. W. L.; Jia, H.; Tse, E. C. M.; Taliaferro, J. M.*; Li, Y.*

Nucleic Acid Research202452, e36.

Symmetry-breaking Malachite Green as a Near-infrared Light-activated Fluorogenic Photosensitizer for RNA Proximity Labeling


(49)  Liang, J.; Han, J.; Gao, X.; Jia, H.; Li, R.; Tse, E. C. M.; Li, Y.*

Analytical Chemistry202496, 685-693.

Clickable APEX2 Probes for Enhanced RNA Proximity Labeling in Live Cells​


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(48)  Trump, B. D.*; Antunes, D.; Palma-Oliveira, J.; Nelson, A.; Hudecova, A. M.; Rundén-Pran, E.; Dusinska, M.; Gispert, I.; Resch, S.; Alfaro-Serrano, B.; Afantitis, A.; Melagraki, G.; Tse, E. C. M.; Trump, J.; Kohl, Y.; Linkov, I.

Environment Systems and Decisions202444, 177-188.

Safety-by-Design and Engineered Nanomaterials: the Need to Move from Theory to Practice


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(47)  Wang, W.; Chen, J.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Journal of the American Chemical Society2023, 145, 26678-26687.

Synergy between Cu and Co in a Layered Double Hydroxide Enables Close to 100% Nitrate-to-Ammonia Selectivity​



Preprint on ChemRxiv

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(46)  Gao, X.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Small202320, 2306311.

Unraveling the Performance Descriptors for Designing Single-Atom Catalysts on Defective MXenes for Exclusive Nitrate-to-Ammonia Electrocatalytic Upcycling



Preprint on ChemRxiv

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(45)  Liu, F.; Gao X.; Shi, R.; Xiong, J.; Guo, Z.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Chen, Y.*

Advanced Functional Materials202334, 2310274.

Graphdiyne as an Electron Modifier for Boosting Electrochemical Production of Adipic Acid


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(44)  Yau, H. T.; Yu, Z. H.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers202310, 7308-7318.

Protonic Nanoenvironment Engineering for Tuning the Electrocatalytic Efficiency and Product Selectivity of O2 Reduction



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(43)  Liang, J.; Gao, X.; Xu, K.; Lu, J.; Liu, D.; Zhao, Z.; 
Tse, E. C. M.*; Peng, Z.; Zhang, W.; Liu, J.*

Small2023, 19, 2304889.

Unraveling the Asymmetric O─O Radical Coupling Mechanism on Ru─O─Co for Enhanced Acidic Water Oxidation​


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(42)  Shiu, S. C.-C.; Kinghorn, A. B.; Guo, W.; Slaughter, L. S.; Ji, D.; Mo, X.; Wang, L.; Tran, N. C.; Kwok, C. K.; Shum, A. H. C.; Tse, E. C. M.; Tanner, J. A.*

Methods in Molecular Biology2023, 2639, 301-337.

​Aptamers as Functional Modules for DNA Nanostructures


​DNA and RNA Origami on Pubmed

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(41)  Wang, S.‡; Gao, X.‡; Mo, X.; Phillips, D. L.; Tse, E. C. M.*

ACS Catalysis2023, 13, 5599-5608.

​Immobilization of Molecular Copper Complex and Carboxylate-terminated Co-catalyst on Metal Oxide Electrode for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction


Preprint on ChemRxiv

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(40)  Mo, X.‡; Deng, Y.‡; Lai, S. K.-M.; Gao, X.; Yu, H.-L.; Low, K.-H.; Guo, Z.; Wu, H.-L.; Au-Yeung, H. Y.*; Tse, E. C. M.*

Journal of the American Chemical Society2023145, 6087-6099.

​Mechanical Interlocking Enhances the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction Activity and Selectivity of Molecular Copper Complexes


Cover on JACS by Wing and Denny

​Preprint on ChemRxiv
Highlight on Nat. Rev. Chem. by Stephanie Greed 

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(38)  He, X.; Gao, X.; Chen, X.; Hu, S.; Tan, F.; Xiong, Y.; Long, R.; Liu, M.; Tse, E. C. M.; Wei, F.; Yang, H.*; Hou, J.*; Song, C.*; Guo, X.*

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental2023327, 122418.

​Dual-Optimization Strategy Engineered Ti-based Metal Organic Framework with Fe Active Sites for Highly Selective CO2 Photoreduction to Formic Acid


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(39)  Liu, F.‡; Gao, X.‡; Shi, R.; Guo, Z.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Chen, Y.*

Angewandte Chemie International Edition202362, e202300094.

​Concerted and Selective Electrooxidation of Polyethylene-Terephthalate-Derived Alcohol to Glycolic Acid at an Industry-Level Current Density over a Pd−Ni(OH)2 Catalyst


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(37)  Mo, X.; Bouchet Fabre, B.; Herlin-Boime, N.*; Tse, E. C. M.*

SmartMat2023, 4, e1181.

​Rapid Laser Synthesis of Surfactantless Tantalum-based Nanomaterials as Bifunctional Catalysts for Direct Peroxide–peroxide Fuel Cells


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(35)  Mo, X.; Gao, X.; Gillado, A. V.; Chen, H.-Y.; Chen, Y.; Guo, Z.; Wu, H.-L.*; Tse, E. C. M.*

ACS Nano202216, 12202-12213.

Direct 3D Printing of Binder-Free Bimetallic Nanomaterials as Integrated Electrodes for Glycerol Oxidation with High Selectivity for Valuable C3 Products


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(36)  Zeng, T.; Gautam, R. P.; Ko, D. H.; Wu, H.-L.; Hosseini, A.*; Li, Y.*; Barile, C. J.*; Tse, E. C. M.*

Nature Reviews Chemistry2022, 6, 862-880.

Hybrid Bilayer Membranes as Platforms for Biomimicry and Catalysis​


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(34)  Liu, F.; Gao, X.; Shi, R.; Tse, E. C. M.; Chen, Y.*

Green Chemistry202224, 6571-6577.

A General Electrochemical Strategy for Upcycling Polyester Plastics into Added-value Chemicals by a CuCo2O4 Catalyst​


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(33)  Sun, Z.; Ma, W.; Cao, Y.; Wei, T.; Mo, X.; Chow, H. Y.; Tan, Y.; Cheung, C. H. P.; Liu, J.; Lee, H. K.; Tse, E. C. M.; Liu. H.; Li, X.*

Chem, 2022, 8, P2542-2557.

Superfast Desulfurization for Protein Chemical Synthesis and Modification


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(32)  Li, D.; Wang, X.; Mo, X.; Tse, E. C. M.; Cui, X.*

Nature Communications, 2022, 13, 4648.

Electronic Gap Characterization at Mesoscopic Scale via Scanning Probe Microscopy under Ambient Conditions



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(31)  Wang, W.; Tse, E. C. M.*

European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2022, 25, e202200291.

Enhanced Nitrite Electrovalorization to Ammonia by NiFe Layered Double Hydroxide


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(30)  Fang, M.‡; Gao, X.‡; Liang, J.‡; Guo, B.; Zou, L.; Lu, J.; Gao, Y.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Liu, J.* 

Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2022, 10, 7013-7019.

Bioinspired NiFe–Gallate Metal–Organic Frameworks for Highly Efficient Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis


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(29)  Li, K.; Ngo, F. M.; Yau, A. Y. L.; Tam, W. W. L.; Tse, E. C. M.; Tsoi, J. K. H.; Yiu, C. K. Y.* 

Dental Materials, 2022, 38, 1149-1161.

Mussel-Inspired Monomer - A New Selective Protease Inhibitor Against Dentine Collagen Degradation


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(28)  Wu, K.-J.; Tse, E. C. M.; Shang, C.; Guo, Z.*

Progress in Materials Science, 2021, 123, 100821.

Nucleation and Growth in Solution Synthesis of Nanostructures – From Fundamentals to Advanced Applications


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(26)  Wang, W.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Inorganic Chemistry, 2021, 60, 6900-6910.

Proton Removal Kinetics That Govern the Hydrogen Peroxide Oxidation Activity of Heterogeneous Bioinorganic Platforms


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(27)  Liang, J.‡; Gao, X.‡; Guo, B.; Ding, Y.; Yan, J.; Guo, Z.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Liu, J.* 

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2021, 60, 12770-12774.

Ferrocene-Based Metal–Organic Framework Nanosheets as a Robust Oxygen Evolution Catalyst


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(25)  Wei, Z.‡; Wang, W.‡; Li, W.; Bai, X.; Zhao, J.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Phillips, D. L.*; Zhu, Y.* 

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2021, 60, 8236-8242.

Steering Electron‐Hole Migration Pathways using Oxygen Vacancies in Tungsten Oxides to Enhance their Photocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Performance



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(24)  Ngo, F. M.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Chemistry Letters, 2021, 50, 974-986.

Bioinorganic Platforms for Sensing, Biomimicry, and Energy Catalysis


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(23)  Zeng, T.; Gautam, R.; Barile, C. J.*; Li, Y.*; Tse, E. C. M.*

ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 13149-13155.

Nitrile-Facilitated Proton Transfer for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction by Hybrid Electrocatalysts


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(22)  Saunders, S. H.; Tse, E. C. M.; Yates, M. D.; Otero, F. J.; Trammell, S. A.; Stemp, E. D. A.; Barton, J. K.*; Tender, L. M.*; Newman, D. K.*

Cell, 2020, 182, 919-932.

Extracellular DNA Promotes Efficient Extracellular Electron Transfer by Pyocyanin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2020.07.006            bioRxiv:872085

(21)  Mo, X.; Chan, K. C.*; Tse, E. C. M.*
Chemistry of Materials, 2019, 31, 8230-8238.

A Scalable Laser-assisted Method to Produce Active and Robust Graphene-supported Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts


(20)  Zeng, T.; Wu, H.-L.; Li, Y.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Barile, C. J.*
Electrochimica Acta, 2019, 320, 134611.

Physical and Electrochemical Characterization of a Cu-based Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst Inside and Outside a Lipid Membrane with Controlled Proton Transfer Kinetics


(19)  Li, L.; Liang, J.; Luo, H.; Tam, K. M.; Tse, E. C. M.*; Li, Y.*

Chemical Communications, 2019, 55, 12340-12343.

A New Chemical Approach for Proximity Labelling of Chromatin-associated RNAs and Proteins with Visible Light Irradiation


(18)  Tse, E. C. M.; Zwang, T. J.; Bedoya, S.; Barton, J. K.*
ACS Central Science, 2019, 5, 65-72.

Effective Distance for DNA-Mediated Charge Transport between Repair Proteins


Highlight   First Reactions   ACS Cent. Sci. 2019, 5, 7–9.

(17)  Gautam, R.; Lee, Y. T.; Herman, G. L.; Moreno, C. M.; Tse, E. C. M.; Barile, C. J.*

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, 57, 13480-13483.

Controlling Proton and Electron Transfer Rates Enhances the Activity of an Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst


Prior to Joining HKU

(16)  Zwang, T. J.; Tse, E. C. M.; Barton, J. K.*

ACS Chemical Biology, 2018, 13, 1799-1809.

Sensing DNA through DNA Charge Transport


(15)  Zwang, T. J.; Tse, E. C. M.; Zhong, D.; Barton, J. K.*

ACS Central Science, 2018, 4, 405-412.

A Compass at Weak Magnetic Fields using Thymine Dimer Repair


Highlight   First Reactions   ACS Cent. Sci. 2018, 4, 318–320.

(14)  Tse, E. C. M.; Zwang, T. J.; Barton, J. K.*

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017, 139, 12784–12792.        

​The Oxidation State of [4Fe4S] Clusters Modulates the DNA-Binding Affinity of DNA Repair Proteins


(13)  Tse, E. C. M.‡; Barile, C. J.‡; Li, Y.; Zimmerman, S. C.; Hosseini, A.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2017,19, 7086–7093.
Proton Transfer Dynamics Dictate Quinone Speciation at Lipid-Modified Electrodes


​(12)  Tse, E. C. M.; Varnell, J. A.; Hoang, T. T. H.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2016, 7, 3542–3547.

Elucidating Proton Involvement in the Rate-Determining Step for Pt/Pd-based and Non-Precious-Metal Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalysts Using the Kinetic Isotope Effect


​Highlight   Spotlights   JPC Lett. 2016, 7, 3711.

​(11)   Varnell, J. A.; Tse, E. C. M.; Schulz, C. E.; Fister, T. T.; Haasch, R. T.; Timoshenko, J.; Frenkel, A. I.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 12582.

Identification of Carbon-encapsulated Iron Nanoparticles as Active Species in Non-Precious Metal Oxygen Reduction Catalysts


Highlight   Illinois News Bureau

​(10)  Tse, E. C. M.; Hoang, T. T. H.; Varnell, J. A.; Gewirth, A. A.*

ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 5706–5714.

Observation of an Inverse Kinetic Isotope Effect in Oxygen Evolution Electrochemistry


​(9)  Barile, C. J.‡; Tse, E. C. M.‡; Li, Y.; Gewargis, J. P.; Kirchschlager, N. A.; Zimmerman, S. C.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Biophysical Journal, 2016, 110, 2451–2462.

The Flip-Flop Diffusion Mechanism across Lipids in a Hybrid Bilayer Membrane


​(8)  Tse, E. C. M.‡; Barile, C. J.‡; Kirchschlager, N. A.; Li, Y.; Gewargis, J. P.; Zimmerman, S. C.; Hosseini, A.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Nature Materials, 2016, 15, 754–759.

Proton Transfer Dynamics Control the Mechanism of O2 Reduction by a Non-Precious Metal Electrocatalyst


​(7)  Li, Y.; Tse, E. C. M.; Barile, C. J.; Gewirth, A. A.*; Zimmerman, S. C.*

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 14059–14062.

Photoresponsive Molecular Switch for Regulating Transmembrane Proton-Transfer Kinetics


​(6)  Tse, E. C. M.‡; Barile, C. J.‡; Gewargis, J. P.; Li, Y.; Zimmerman, S. C.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Analytical Chemistry, 2015, 87, 2403–2409.

Anion Transport through Lipids in a Hybrid Bilayer Membrane


(5)  Tse, E. C. M.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2015, 119, 1246–1255.

Effect of Temperature and Pressure on the Kinetics of Oxygen Reduction Reaction


​(4)  Tse, E. C. M.; Schilter, D.; Gray, D. L.; Rauchfuss, T. B.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53, 8505−8516.

Multicopper Models for the Laccase Active Site: Effect of Nuclearity on Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction


​(3)  Barile, C. J.‡; Tse, E. C. M.‡; Li, Y.; Sobyra, T. B.; Zimmerman, S. C.; Hosseini, A.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Nature Materials, 2014, 13, 619−623.

Proton Switch for Modulating Oxygen Reduction by a Cu Electrocatalyst Embedded in a Hybrid Bilayer Membrane


​(2)  Thorseth, M. A.; Tornow, C. E.; Tse, E. C. M.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Coordination Chemistry Review, 2013, 257, 130–139.

Cu Complexes that Catalyze the Oxygen Reduction Reaction


(1)  Thorseth, M. A.; Letko, C. S.; Tse, E. C. M.; Rauchfuss, T. B.; Gewirth, A. A.*

Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 628–634.

Ligand Effects on the Overpotential for Dioxygen Reduction by Tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine Derivatives


* denotes corresponding author                ‡ denotes equal contribution

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