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Michael Wong

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry

My laboratory is engaged in interdisciplinary research at the interface of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science, with a focus on designing functional nanoparticle-based materials for catalytic and encapsulation/delivery applications. To achieve synthetic control over the materials structures, we seek to develop the chemical tools necessary for nanoparticle assembly to take place, and this requires an intimate understanding of the underlying chemical and colloidal interactions that can dominate at the nanometer scale. Treating nanoparticles as building blocks and assembling them into functional archetypal structures is a powerful concept in materials synthesis and chemical engineering, in which the dimension-dependent properties of the nanoparticles can be handled and exploited in a usable form. Emerging innovations from my laboratory center on several new types of nanostructured materials: (1) nanoparticle-supported metal oxides as next-generation catalysts; (2) hollow microcapsules that can self-assemble from nanoparticles and polymers; and (3) palladium-coated gold nanoparticles that are ~2000 times more active than palladium black for the environmental remediation of water contaminated by chlorinated compounds. We are also learning how to scale up quantum dot synthesis through a combined experimental and computational approach.


K.-S. Lee, I. Kim, S. Gullapalli, M. S. Wong, and G. E. Jabbour, "Enhanced Performance of Hybrid Solar Cells Using Longer Arms of Quantum Cadmium Selenide Tetrapods," Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 223515 (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3662839 

M. S. Wong, P. J. J. Alvarez, Y. L. Fang, N. Akcin, M. O. Nutt, J. T. Miller, and K. N. Heck, "Cleaner Water using Bimetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts," J. Chem. Tech. Biotech. 84, 158-166 (2009). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jctb.2002 

J. M. Berlin, J. Yu, W. Lu, E. E. Walsh, L. L. Zhang, P. Zhang, Wei. Chen, A. T. Kan, M. S. Wong, M. B. Tomson, and J. M. Tour, "Engineered Nanoparticles for Hydrocarbon Detection in Oil-Field Rocks," Energy Environ. Sci. 4, 505 (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C0EE00237B 

S. -J. Li, Y.-L. Fang, C. D. Romanczuk, Z.-H. Jin, T.-L, Li, and M. S. Wong, "Establishing the Trichloroethene Dechlorination Rates of Palladium-based Catalysts and Iron-based Reductants," Appl. Catal. B-Environ. 125, 95-102 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2012.05.025 

H. Qian, L. A. Pretzer, J. C. Velazquez, Z. Zhao, and M. S. Wong, "Gold Nanoparticles for Cleaning Contaminated Water," J. Chem. Tech. Biotech. 88, 735 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jctb.4030 

C. -C. Hwang, L. Wang, W. Lu, G. -D. Ruan, G. C. Kini, C. -S. Xiang, E. L. G. Samuel, W. Shi, A. T. Kan, M. S. Wong, M. B. Tomson, and J. M. Tour, "Highly Stable Carbon Nanoparticles Designed for Downhole Hydrocarbon Detection," Energy Environ. Sci. 5, 8304-8309 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C2EE21574H 

L. A. Pretzer, H. J. Song, Y. L. Fang, Z. Zhao, N. Guo, T. Wu, I. Arslan, J. T. Miller, and M. S. Wong, "Hydrodechlorination catalysis of Pd-on-Au nanoparticles varies with particle size," J. Catal. 298, 206-217 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2012.11.005 

Z. Zhao, K.N. Heck, P. Limpornipipat, H. Qian, J.T. Miller, and M.S. Wong "Hydrogen-Generating Behavior of Pd-Decorated Gold Nanoparticles via Formic Acid Decomposition".  Catalysis Today

W. Zhou, E. I. Ross-Medgaarden, W. V. Knowles, M. S. Wong, I. E. Wachs, C. J. Kiely, "Identification of Active Zr-WOx Clusters on a ZrO2 Support for Solid Acid Catalysts," Nature Chem. 1, 722-728 (2009). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/NCHEM.433 

S. Guo, K.N. Heck, S. Kasiraju, H. Qian, Z. Zhao, L.C. Grabow, J.T. Miller, and M.S. Wong "Insights into Nitrate Reduction over Indium-Decorated Palladium Nanoparticle Catalysts".  ACS Catalysis

Y. L. Fang, K. N. Heck, P. Alvarez, and M. S. Wong, "Kinetics Analysis of Palladium/Gold Nanoparticles as Colloidal Hydrodechlorination Catalysts," ACS Catal. 1, 128-138 (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cs100067k 

M. D. Blankschien, L. A. Pretzer, R. Huschka, N. J. Halas, R. Gonzalez, and M. S. Wong, "Light- Triggered Biocatalysis Using Thermophilic Enzyme-Gold Nanoparticle Complexes," ACS Nano 7, 654-663 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn3048445 

S. E. Plush, M. Woods, Y.-F. Zhou, S. B. Kadali, M. S. Wong, A. D. Sherry, "Nano-assembled Capsules as Delivery Vehicles for Large Payloads of High Relaxivity Gd3+ Agents," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 15918-15923 (2009). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja906981w 

W. Zhou, N. Soultanidis, H. Xu, M.S. Wong, M. Neurock, C.J. Kiely, and I.E. Wachs "Nature of Catalytically Active Sites in the Supported WO3/ZrO2 Solid Acid System: A Current Perspective.  ACS Catalysis, 7: 2181-2198

E. I. Ross-Medgaarden, W. V. Knowles, T. Kim, M. S. Wong, W. Zhou, C. J. Kiely, and I. E. Wachs, "New Insights into the Nature of the Acidic Catalytic Active Sites Present in ZrO2-supported Tungsten Oxide Catalysts," J. Catal. 256, 108-125 (2008). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2008.03.003 

K. N. Heck, B. G. Janesko, G. E. Scuseria, N. J. Halas, and M. S. Wong, "Observing Metal-catalyzed Chemical Reactions in situ using Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy on Pd-Au Nanoshells," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130 (49), 16592-16600 (2008). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja803556k 

N. Soultanidis and M. S. Wong, "Olefin Impurity Effect on n-Pentane Bimolecular Isomerization over WOx/ZrO2," Catal. Commun. 32, 5-10 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catcom.2012.11.017 

N. Soultanidis, W. Zhou, A. C. Psarras, A. J. Gonzalez, E. F. Iliopoulou, C. J. Kiely, I. E. Wachs, and M. S. Wong, "Relating n-Pentane Isomerization Activity to the Tungsten Surface Density of WOx/ZrO2," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 13462-13471 (2010). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja105519y 

J. Yu, D. Javier, M. A. Yaseen, N. Nitin, R. Richards-Kortum, B. Anvari and M. S. Wong, "Self- assembly Synthesis, Tumor Cell Targeting, and Photothermal Capabilities of Antibody-coated Indocyanine Green Nanocapsules," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 1929-1938 (2010). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja908139y 

H. G. Bagaria, M. R. Dean, C. A. Nichol and M. S. Wong, "Self-Assembly and Nanotechnology: Real- Time, Hands-On, and Safe Experiments for K-12 Students," J. Chem. Educ. 88, 609-614 (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed100598y 

H. G. Bagaria, S. B. Kadali, and M. S. Wong, "Shell Thickness Control of Nanoparticle/Polymer Assembled Microcapsules," Chem. Mater. 23, 301-308 (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm102472h 

N. Soultanidis, W. Zhou, C. J. Kiely, and M. S. Wong, "Solvothermal Synthesis of Ultrasmall Tungsten Oxide Nanoparticles," Langmuir 28, 17771-17777 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la3029462 

Y. L. Fang, J. T. Miller, N. Guo, K. N. Heck, Pedro. J. J. Alvarez, and M. S. Wong, "Structural Analysis of Palladium-decorated Gold Nanoparticles as Colloidal Bimetallic Catalysts," Catal. Today 160, 96- 102 (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2010.08.010 

Q. X. Nguyen, T. G. Belgard, J. J. Taylor, V. S. Murthy, N. J. Halas, and M. S. Wong, "Water-Phase Synthesis of Cationic Silica/Polyamine Nanoparticles," Chem. Mater. 24, 1426-1433 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm203132m 

K. N. Heck, M. O. Nutt, P. Alvarez, and M. S. Wong, "Deactivation Resistance of Pd/Au Nanoparticle Catalysts for Water-phase Hydrodechlorination," J. Catal. 267, 97-104 (2009). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2009.07.015 

M. Thakur, S. L. Sinsabaugh, M. J. Isaacson, M. S. Wong, and S. L. Biswal, "Inexpensive Method for Producing Macroporous Silicon Particulates (MPSPs) with Pyrolyzed Polyacrylonitrile for Lithium Ion Batteries," Sci. Reports 2, 1-7 (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00795 

W. K. O’Keefe, Y. Liu, M. R. Sasges, M. S. Wong, H. Fu, T. Takata, K. Domen Photocatalytic Hydrodechlorination of Trace Carbon Tetrachloride (CCl4) in Aqueous Medium.  Ind. Eng. Chem. Res, 53: 9600-9607

H. G. Bagaria and M. S. Wong, "Polyamine–salt Aggregate Assembly of Capsules as Responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles," J. Mater. Chem. 21, 9454-9466 (2011). Feature Article http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C1JM10712G 

E. I. Ross-Medgaarden, I. E. Wachs, W. V. Knowles, A. Burrows, C. J. Kiely, and M. S. Wong, "Tuning the Electronic and Molecular Structure of Catalytic Active Sites with Titania Nanoligands," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 680-687 (2009). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja711456c 

C. Hwang, G. Ruan, L. Wang, H. Zheng, E. L. G. Samuel, C. Xiang, W Lu, W. Kasper, K. Huang, Z. Peng, Z. Schaefer, A. T. Kan, A. A. Martí, M. S. Wong, M. B. Tomson, J. M. Tour, Carbon-Based Nanoreporters Designed for Subsurface Hydrogen Sulfide Detection.  Appl. Mater. Interf. in press 2014

H. ShamsiJazeyi, C. A. Miller, M. S. Wong, J. M. Tour, R. Verduzco Polymer-Coated Nanoparticles for Enhanced Oil Recovery.  J. Appl. Polym. Sci. online 2014

G. C. Kini, J. Yu, L. Wang, A. T. Kan, S. L. Biswal, J. M. Tour, M. B. Tomson, and M. S. Wong Salt- and Temperature-Stable Quantum Dot Nanoparticles for Porous Media Flow.  Colloids Surf. A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects , 443 2014: 492-500

H. Qian, Z. Zhao, J. C. Velazquez, L. A. Pretzer, K. N. Heck, and M. S. Wong Supporting Palladium Metal on Gold Nanoparticles Improves Its Catalysis for Nitrite Reduction.  Nanoscale , 6 2014: 358-364

M. C. F. Soares, M. M. Viana, Z. L. Schaefer, V. S. Gangoli, Y. Cheng, V. Caliman, M. S. Wong,* and G. G. Silva Surface Modification of Carbon Black Nanoparticles by Dodecylamine: Thermal Stability and Phase Transfer in Brine Medium".   Carbon online (2014) 2014

K. Zhou,W. Wang,Z. Zhao,G. Luo,J. T. Miller,M. S. Wong, F. Wei (2014) Synergistic Gold-Bismuth Catalysis for Non-Mercury Hydrochlorination of Acetylene to Vinyl-Chloride Monomer.  ACS Catal. online 2014

V. S. Gangoli, E. H. Haroz, J. Azhang, J. Kono, T. T. Willett, R. H. Hauge, S. A. Gelwick, M. S. Wong Using Nonionic Surfactants for Production of Semiconductor-type Carbon Nanotubes by Gel-based Affinity Chromatography.  Nanomater. Nanotech. online 2014

Z. Zhao, J. Arentz, L. A. Pretzer, P. Limpornpipat, J. M. Clomburg, R. Gonzalez, N. M. Schweitzer, T. Wu, J. T. Miller, M. S. Wong Volcano-shape glycerol oxidation activity of palladium-decorated gold nanoparticles.  Chem. Sci. online 2014

Z. Zhao, Y.-L. Fang, P. J. J. Alvarez, and M. S. Wong, "Degrading Perchloroethene at Ambient Conditions Using Pd and Pd-on-Au Reduction Catalysts," Appl. Catal. B-Environ. 140-141, 468-477 (2013). http://dx.doi.org//10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.04.032 

K. N. Heck, B. G. Janesko, G. E. Scuseria, N. J. Halas, and M. S. Wong, "Using Catalytic and Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy-Active Gold Nanoshells to Understand the Role of Basicity in Glycerol Oxidation," ACS Catal. 3, 2430-2435 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cs400643f 

10. J. C. Velázquez, S. Leekumjorn, Q. X. Nguyen, Y.-L. Fang, K. N. Heck, G. D. Hopkins, M. Reinhard, and M. S. Wong Chloroform Hydrodechlorination Behavior of Alumina-supported Pd and PdAu Catalysts.  AIChE J. , 59 2013: 4474-4482

S. S. Warudkar, K. R. Cox, M. S. Wong, and G. J. Hirasaki Influence of stripper operating parameters on the performance of amine absorption systems for post-combustion carbon capture: Part I. High pressure strippers.  Int. J. Greenh. Gas. Con., 16 2013: 342-350

S. S. Warudkar, K. R. Cox, M. S. Wong, and G. J. Hirasaki Influence of stripper operating parameters on the performance of amine absorption systems for post-combustion carbon capture: Part II. Vacuum strippers.  Int. J. Greenh. Gas. Con, 16 2013: 351-360

V. S. Murthy, J. N. Cha, G. D. Stucky, and M. S. Wong Charge-driven Flocculation of Poly-L-lysine - Gold Nanoparticle Assemblies Leading to Microshell Formation.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 126 2004: 5292-5299

B. Sitharaman, S. Asokan, I. Rusakova, M. S. Wong, and L. J. Wilson Nanoscale Aggregation Properties of Neuroprotective Carboxyfullerene (C3) in Aqueous Solution.  Nano Lett., 4 2004: 1759-1762

V. S. Murthy, R. K. Rana, J. Yu, and M. S. Wong Self-assembly of Inorganic Nanoparticles and Polyelectrolytes into Micron-sized Hollow Sphere Structures.  PMSE Preprints, 90 2004: 632-633

J. A. Kloepfer, R. E. Mielke, M. S. Wong, K. H. Nealson, G. Stucky, and J. L. Nadeau Quantum Dots as Strain- and Metabolism-Specific Microbiological Labels.  Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 69 2003: 4205-4213

J. N. Cha, M. H. Bartl, M. S. Wong, A. Popitsch, T. J. Deming, and G. D. Stucky Single Mode Lasing from Block Peptide Hierarchically Assembled Quantum Dot Spherical Resonators.  Nano Lett., 3 2003: 907-911

J. N. Cha, H. Birkedal, M. H. Bartl, M. S. Wong, and G. D. Stucky Spontaneous Formation of Nanoparticle Vesicles from Homopolymer Polyelectrolytes.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125 2003: 8285-8289

Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory
Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering (1994) California Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering Practice (1997) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2000) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
  • Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • Smalley-Curl Institute
  • Nanotechnology; Materials chemistry; Catalysis; Encapsulation; Water Purification; Nanomanufacturing; Nanoparticle Assembly
Email: mswong@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-3511
Office: Abercrombie Lab, B217