Tsun-Kong (T.K.) Sham

Tsun-Kong (T.K.) Sham

Contact Information

Title: Distinguished University Professor
Office: Rm 030A ChB,
Lab: Rm 030, 030C, 032, 125
Phone (Office): ext 86341
Phone (Lab): 86297
E-mail: tsham@uwo.ca

Physical & Analytical Teaching Division

Materials: Design, Function and Characterization

Electronic Structure, Synchrotron Spectroscopy and Energy Materials

Group Website


B.Sc. Chinese University of Hong Kong; Ph.D. University of Western Ontario


  • Allen Pratt Award, Canadian Light Source (2017)
  • Hellmuth Prize (2017)
  • Officer of Order of Canada (2016)
  • Distinguished University Professor (2015)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2012)
  • Canada Research Chair (2002-2023)
  • 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 Science Prize (1994)
  • Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Visiting Professor (Institute of Molecular Science, 1992, Hiroshima University, 1998)


My research centres on the experimental and theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of matter and its interplay with materials properties, materials performance in a designed functionality and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on nanomaterials in general and energy materials and nano carrier for drug delivery in particular. Major ongoing thrusts are (1) synthesis, assembly and characterization of nanomaterials and composites; (2) development and applications of synchrotron capabilities 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.

Professional Activities:

Director, Soochow University-Western University Centre for Synchrotron Radiation Research (2012-2023); Co-organizer, Synchrotron Radiation Symposium Pacifichem, Honolulu, December, (2020); Chair, Ontario Synchrotron Consortium (2006 - ); Member, Board of Directors of the Canadian Light Source (2001-2006); Chair, International X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS) (2003-2006).


  • 1050 - Discovering Chemistry
  • 1200b - Discovering Chemistry II
  • 2214b - Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • 3364b - Physical Chemistry of Materials
  • 9724y - Materials Analysis Using Synchrotron Radiation
  • 9774Q - Synchrotron and Materials I
  • 9784Q - Synchrotron and Materials II


  • "Tracking the Interaction of Drug Molecules and Calcium Phosphate Nanocarriers – An X-ray Spectromicroscopy Study", Y.-Y. Jiang, Z.-Q. Wang, J.-T. Chen, Y.-J. Zhu, J. Li, L.-J. Liu, X.-X. Guo, Y.-F. Hu, J. Wang, Q.-F. Xiao, J. Wu, F. Chen and T.-K. Sham. PhysChemChemPhys, (2020) https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CP00797H10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b01673
  • "Elucidating the Many-Body Effect and Anomalous Pt and Ni Core Levels Shifts in XPS of Pt-Ni Alloys", J. Chen,Y.-M. Yiu, Z. Wang, D. Covelli, R. Sammynaiken, Y. Zou Finfrock, T.-K. Sham, J. Phys. Chem. C (2020), https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b09940
  • "Copper adparticle enabled selective electrosynthesis of n-propanol", J. Li, F. Che, Y. Pang, C. Zou, J. Y. Howe, T. Burdyny, J. P. Edwards, Y. Wang, F. Li, Z. Wang, P. De Luna, C.-T. Dinh, T.-T. Zhuang, M. I. Saidaminov, S. Cheng, T. Wu, Z. Finfrock, L. Ma, S.-H. Hsieh, Y.-S. Liu, G. A. Botton, W.-F. Pong, X. Du, J. Guo, T.-K. Sham, E. H. Sargent, D. Sinton, Nature Communications, 17, 125, (2020) 
  • "Synchrotron‐Based X‐ray Absorption Fine Structures, X‐ray Diffraction, and X‐ray Microscopy Techniques Applied in the Study of Lithium Secondary Batteries", W. Li, M. Li, Y. Hu, J. Lu, A. Lushington, R. Li ,T. Wu, T.‐K. Sham, X. Sun, Small Methods, 2 1700341 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1002/smtd.201700341
  • "Dynamic Study of Sub-micro Sized LiFePO 4 Cathodes by in-situ Tender X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure", D. Wang, H. Wang, J. Yang, J. Zhou, Y.F. Hua, Q. Xiao, H. Fang, T.K. Sham, Journal of Power Sources, 302, 223-232 (2016);  https://doi.org/10.1002/smtd.201700341