Dr. TC Ong joins the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center (MIC)

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We welcome MIC’s new NMR scientist Ta-Chung “TC” Ong to UCLA.                                

“We are so pleased to recruit Dr. TC Ong,” Department Chair Prof. Catherine F. Clarke said. “I think our students will benefit from his considerable experience and expertise in maintaining and using NMR spectrometers, gained during his PhD research at MIT and as a postdoc at the ETH in Zurich.”

Prior to joining UCLA, TC was a postdoctoral research associate at ETH Zurich in the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences,  under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Copéret where he studied the application of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR to characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.

“Dynamical nuclear polarization (DNP) is a state-of-the-art sensitivity enhancement method for solid-state NMR,” Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education Prof. Yung-Ya Lin said. “During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral research, TC improved the instrumentation and developed new methodology to expand the applicability of DNP to heterogeneous catalysts and functional materials.”

As an undergraduate at Colby College TC was a research assistant for Prof. D. Whitney King.  He graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Physics and Chemistry.  He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014 where he conducted research in the laboratory of Prof. Robert G. Griffin.

TC’s office is 1422 Molecular Sciences Building and he can be reached at x60577 or ong@chem.ucla.edu. He looks forward to working with the students, staff, and faculty at UCLA.