Tong Leung's research interests include the design and fabrication of new molecular and nanoscale materials, and the manipulation of their structure-property-performance relations for emerging applications. His laboratory houses the Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory (WATLab), a premier materials research facility with state-of-the-art surface and nanomaterials research tools in microscopy, spectromicroscopy, fabrication, lithography, and rapid prototyping.
WATLab is also the home of one of the very few helium ion microscopes and ion beam lithography systems in the world. As Canada's first and only such facility with both of these unique tools, WATLab offers sub-nanometer surface imaging and lithography capabilities second to none in the world.
- Green energy: solar cells and hydrogen generation
- Biosensing and environmental remediation using hybrid nanomaterials
- Quantum electronics
- Surface chemical physics
- Ultra-large scale computational chemistry
Tong Leung's laboratory is one of the very few multidisciplinary laboratories in Canada. His mission is to develop a basic understanding of radiation-matter interactions for applications in the research and design of new molecular and nanoscale materials.
The laboratory is fully equipped with several electron impact and surface science systems for studying novel processes on silicon single-crystal surfaces, and novel nanostructured materials. The laboratory also houses the premier materials research facility, Waterloo Advanced Technology Lab (WATLab), in Canada's Technology Triangle, equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art surface and nanomaterials research tools in microscopy (HR-XRD, SEM, EDX, OIM, AFM,VT-SPM, HIM), spectromicroscopy (Imaging ESCA, SAM, UPS, SIMS, Auger Microprobe, optical microscopy fleet), fabrication (ECD, CVD, MBE, PLD), lithography (EBL,Nanoman, IBL), and rapid prototyping (for bottom-up device manufacturing) for conducting exploratory studies in all emerging areas of nanotechnology and nanosciences.
As the home of one of the very few helium ion microscopes and ion beam lithography systems in the world, WATLab offers sub-nanometer surface imaging and novel rapid prototyping capability second to none in the world.
Tong Leung teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. Recent course offerings have included
- Introductory Chemical Thermodynamics
- Thermodynamics 2
- Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics
- Surface Science and Nanomaterials Technology
- Techniques for Materials and Nanosciences
Recent publications include
- N. Moghimi, F.R. Rahsepar, K. T. Leung, Coord. Chem. Rev. 320-321 (2016) 82-99. “Supported binary hybrid nanomaterials and their applications"
- F.R. Rahsepar, N. Moghimi, K. T. Leung, Acc. Chem. Res. 49 (2016) 942-51. “Surface-mediated hydrogen bonding of proteinogenic alpha-amino acids on silicon"
- M. Abd-Ellah, N. Moghimi, L. Zhang, J. P. Thomas, D. McGillivray, S. Srivastava, K.T. Leung, Nanoscale 8 (2016) 1658-64. “Plasmonic gold nanoparticles for ZnO-nanotube photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cell application”
- Md A. Rahman, S. Bazargan, S. Srivastava, X. Wang, M. Abd-Ellah, J. P. Thomas, N.F. Heinig, D. Pradhan , K.T. Leung, Energy Environ. Sci. 8 (2015) 3363-73. “Defect-rich decorated TiO2 nanowires for super-efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting driven by visible light”
- M. Abd-Ellah, S. Bazargan, J. P. Thomas, Md A. Rahman, S. Srivastava, X. Wang, N. F. Heinig, K.T. Leung, Adv. Electronic Mater. 1 (2015) 1500032 (6 pp). “Hierarchical Tin Oxide Nanostructures for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Application”
Awards and Distinctions
- Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, 2014
- Outstanding Performance Award, Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo, 2006
- Noranda Lecture Award, 1997
- Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada, 1997
- NSERC-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1984-86
- Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1984-86
- NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, University Graduate Scholarship, 1982-84
- F.J. Nicholson Scholarship, 1981-82
- NSERC Undergraduate University Summer Research Award, 1980-81
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Member of the Water Institute
- Member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Professional Associations and Service
- Scientific Co-Director, Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) Fabrication Lab, University of Waterloo, 2010-present
- Director of Operation, QNC Metrology, University of Waterloo, 2010-present
- Director, Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory (WATLab), University of Waterloo, 1999-present
- Member of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, Elsevier Science, 1997-present
- Associate Editor, Materials Express, American Scientific Publishers, 2011-14
- Special Issue Editor, VUVX-2010 Conference Proceedings in “Special Issue: Advances in Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics”, J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenomen. Vol. 184, No. 3-6 (2011), 2011
- Member of the Organizing Committee, 37th International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX-2010), Vancouver, B.C., 2010
The following news stories have featured Tong Leung's research:
September 12, 2013: UW’s new microscope ‘better than the one at Harvard’
1984 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of British Columbia, BC
1980 B.Sc., Combined Honours in Physics and Chemistry, University of British Columbia, BC