Tsun-Kong (T.K.) Sham Tsun-Kong (T.K.) Sham
B.Sc. Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D. University of Western Ontario

Office: Rm 030A, Lab Rm 030, Rm 030C, Rm 032, Rm125
Office: (519) 661-2111 ext. 86341
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Electronic Structure, Spectroscopy and Chemistry of Materials


   Canada Research Chair (2002-2016)
   The Canadian Society for Chemistry John C. Polanyi Award (2010) 
   • Distinguished Research Professor (UWO) (2005)
   Award of Merit of The Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) (2004)
   Florence Bucke Award (1994)
   Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Visiting Professorship (short term: UVSOR, Institute of Molecular Science, 1992, Hiroshima University, 1998)

Current Research Programs:

Our research focuses on the experimental and theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of matter and its interplay with material properties and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on metallic and semiconductor materials in low dimensions (nanostructures), and more recently soft matters and energy materials. Major ongoing thrusts are (1) synthesis, assembly and characterization of nanomaterials and (2) development and applications of synchrotron radiation at the Canadian Light Source, a national facility in Saskatoon and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Detailed description of research areas can be found at the research group homepage.

Community Service:

Panellist, Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation Early-Research Award Adjudication (2010); Organizer, Synchrotron Radiation Symposium Pacifichem, Honolulu, December, (2010); International Advisory Committee, XAFS 14 (Camerino, Italy 2009) and XAFS 15 (Beijing 2012); Chair, International XAFS Society (2003-2006); Executive Director, Board of Ontario Synchrotron Consortium (2006 - ); Board of Directors of the Canadian Light Source (2001-2006); Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation; Beamline Advisory Committee, Canadian Light Source; User’s Advisory Committee, Synchrotron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Member, Working group for IUCr XAFS Commission on XAFS Nomenclature (2009); Member, International Review Committee, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (April, 2009), Member, Foreign Editorial Board, Chinese Physics C (2009- ).

Selected Publications:

“Controllable morphology of SnO2 nanostructures by hydrothermal method: substrates effects and optical luminescence” Dongniu Wang, Jinli Yang, Xifei Li, Ruying Li, T.K.Sham, Xueliang Sun, Crystal Growth and Design 12, 397−402 (2012)

“2D XAFS-XEOL study of Ga1-xZnxN1-xOx nanostructured solid solutions: The indium effect” Matthew James Ward, Wei-Qiang Han, Tsun-Kong Sham, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 20507–20514 (2011)

"X-ray excited optical luminescence from hexagonal boron nitride nanotubes: electronic structures and the role of oxygen impurities" L. Liu, T.K. Sham, W.-Q. Han, C. Zhi, Y. Bando, ACS Nano 5, 631-639 (2011).

“Nanoparticles and Nanowires: Synchrotron Radiation Studies” T.K. Sham, International Journal of Nanotechnology, 5, 1194-1246 (2008).

“An Electrochemical Avenue to Blue Luminescent Nanocrystals from Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)” J. Zhou, C. Booker, R. Li, X.-T. Zhou, T.-K. Sham, X. -L Sun and Z.-F. Ding, Journal of American Chemical Society, 129, 744-745 (2007).

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