Peer-Reviewed Publications
After Joining 

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(26)  Wang, W.; Tse, E. C. M.*

Inorganic Chemistry, 2021, Just Accepted.

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


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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, Just Accepted.

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, Just Accepted.

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, 1-14.

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