Charlie Tsai

Graduate Student

My research interests mainly involve:

  • Studying non-precious catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution, ammonia synthesis, CO2 reduction as well as thermochemical alcohol synthesis and methane activation.
  • Developing approximate physical models for predicting the energetics and kinetics of catalytic reactions.
  • Using supervised machine learning methods for the high-throughput screening of catalytic materials such as metal alloys

I have also created a web interface for searching and visualizing catalytic data here.


How Doped MoS2 Breaks Transition-Metal Scaling Relations for CO2 Electrochemical Reduction. Xin Hong, Karen Chan, Charlie Tsai, Jens K. Nørskov . ACS Catalysis. 2016. Chemical and Phase Evolution of Amorphous Molybdenum Sulfide Catalysts for Electrochemical Hydrogen Production. Sang Chul Lee, Jesse D. Benck, Charlie Tsai, Joonsuk Park, Ai Leen Koh, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Robert Sinclair. ACS Catalysis, 10, 624-632. 2016.
Activating and Optimizing MoS2 Basal Planes for Hydrogen Evolution through the Formation of Strained Sulfur Vacancies. Hong Li, Charlie Tsai, Ai Leen Koh, Alex W. Contryman, Alex H. Fragapane, Jiheng Zhao, Hyun Soo Han, Hari C. Manoharan, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K. Nørskov, Xiaolin Zheng. Nature Materials, 15, 48-53. 2016. Designing an improved transition metal phosphide catalyst for hydrogen evolution using experimental and theoretical trends. Jakob Kibsgaard, Charlie Tsai, Karen Chan, Jesse D. Benck, Jens K. Nørskov, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 3022-3029. 2015.
Predicting Promoter-Induced Bond Activation on Solid Catalysts Using Elementary Bond Orders. Charlie Tsai, Allegra A. Latimer, Jong Suk Yoo, Felix Studt, Frank Abild-Pedersen. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6, 3670-3674. 2015. Theoretical Insights into the Hydrogen Evolution Activity of Layered Transition Metal Dichalcogenides. Charlie Tsai, Karen Chan, Jens K. Nørskov, Frank Abild-Pedersen. Surface Science, 640, 133-140. 2015.
The Challenge of Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis: A New Perspective on the Role of Nitrogen Scaling Relations. Joseph H. Montoya, Charlie Tsai, Aleksandra Vojvodic, Jens K. Nørskov. ChemSusChem, 8, 2180-2186. 2015. Transition Metal Doped Edge Sites in Vertically Aligned MoS2 Catalysts for Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution. Haotian Wang, Charlie Tsai, Desheng Kong, Karen Chan, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K. Nørskov, Yi Cui. Nano Research, 8, 566-575. 2015.
Rational design of MoS2 catalysts: tuning the structure and activity via transition metal doping. Charlie Tsai, Karen Chan, Jens K. Nørskov, Frank Abild-Pedersen. Catalysis Science & Technology, 5, 246-253. 2015. Operando Characterization of an Amorphous Molybdenum Sulfide Nanoparticle Catalyst during the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Hernan Sanchez Casalongue, Jesse D. Benck, Charlie Tsai, Rasmus Karlsson, Sarp Kaya, May Ling Ng, Lars Pettersson, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K. Nørskov, Hirohito Ogasawara, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Anders Nilsson. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118, 29252-29259. 2014.