Edman Tsang Ph.D.

Tsang, Edman
Position Department / Business Unit
Professor School of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
University of Reading Chemistry
City State / Provence
Reading England
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Research Activities

Novel Nano-Materials for Catalysis, Sensor and Bio-medical applications

Nanoscience is the study of phenomena at the dimension of 1-100 nm but little has been achieved to tailor such small nanomaterials for catalytic applications. By making use of unique combination of expertise in both material chemistry and catalysis, Prof. Tsang and his team are developing a leading expertise at Reading in nano-arechitecture of catalyst particles. Their recent research has identified new directions leading to rational designs of fundamentally more active and cost effective catalytic materials.
In particular, the new concept has been on the appliance of novel chemically-functionalised coatings onto nano-catalysts, rendering the nano-composite catalysts highly active but separable from product. The precise manipulation of individual catalyst particles at molecular level may lead to a new design of modern catalysts (reviewed by iAc Newletter 2003 and The Chemical Engineer, 2004 etc).
As a result, a new class of carbon coated magnetic separable nano-sized catalysts has been developed at Reading (Angew Chem. in press). In a related subject, an account of new silica coated nano-magnet of controlled dimensions to host biocatalysts with many unique advantages is disclosed (Chem Comm, 2003). His team has also developed new encapsulated nano-catalysts that control the composition/size of the core (J Phys Chem, Chem Comm 2003). This time, the core contains catalytically active sites, which are protected by a porous oxide coating of tailored size. It offers an exciting possibility of independently optimising the important local metal to oxide (coating) interactions that has never been achieved, for catalytic reactions.
His team also work on development of micro-emulsion nano-catalysts in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) as a new environmental friendly process that represents a new but greener approach for the production of chemicals (Chem. Comm 2002, Langmuir 2004).
In nano-sensor and biomedical areas, their interests include using hollow carbon nanotube as nano-scale test tube (two articles in Nature, 1994) for catalysis, separation, storage, magnetic, electronic applications. Research on attachment, testing and characterizations of enzymes and DNA in opened carbon nanotubes at Reading are underway (Angrew. Chem; Chem Comm, 1997-1998). These studies open up promising lines allowing developments of biosensors or drug or gene-delivery/ storage methods (patents & ongoing projects with Astrazeneca 2002-2004) as well as nano-surgerical devices. Also, very recently, Prof. Tsang is working on new synthesis of materials (magnetic, radionuclides) encapsulated in nano-carbon onions. By teaming up with Manchester hospital important applications of these encapsulated radioisotopes in onions for medical diagnosis are being developed (Advanced Materials 2004).


PhD from University of Reading (1988-1991)

Career Highlights


Professor Tsang obtained his PhD from University of Reading (1988-1991) and undertook post-doctoral research at University of Oxford (1991-1993) and later becoming a departmental fellow at Oxford (1993-1995). He obtained a Royal Society University Research Fellowship Award (1995-2000). In 1996, he returned to Reading as a Lecturer (1996-2000) at the School of Chemistry and then promoted as a Reader In Materials and Catalysis (2000-2004). Recently, he has been appointed as Professor in Nanomaterials and Catalysis (Aug 2004- present) heading the Surface and Catalysis Research Centre and is Director of Research at the same school.

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