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Our research provides molecular solutions and develops catalytic conversion technology for addressing the challenges in the fields of environment, health, medicine, and energy. We adopt a multidisciplinary strategy that integrates materials synthesis, spectroscopy, electronic structure theory, and kinetic and isotopic assessments to deepen the fundamental understanding of physical and chemical events at molecular scale during chemical transformations. As part of our rigorous efforts in establishing structure and kinetic property correlations, we synthesize novel catalytic materials with well-defined atomic connectivity and compositions and then probe their structures and kinetic consequences.

News

 

Winter 2024:

 

Congrats to William and Professor Chin for their publication in ACS Catalysis!

 

Fall 2023:

 

Happy Holidays from the Chin Lab! Group lunch at the Faculty Club.

 

The Chin lab welcomes Peng Zhang as a visiting scholar! Peng is a PhD student in Chemistry at the China University of Petroleum – Beijing.
 

 

Congrats to Guangming and Professor Chin for their publication in ACS Catalysis! 

 

The Chin lab welcomes four new PhD students: Sebastian, Puhua, Bolin, and Kamal! You can learn more about their projects here

 

 

Spring/Summer 2023:

 

William and Professor Chin went to the Swiss Light Source for operando-XAS experiments.
 

Congrats to Guangming, William, Haiting, and Professor Chin for publication of their perspective article in Topics in Catalysis!

 

Congrats to Professor Chin and collaborators for publication of a perspective article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C!

 

Members from the Chin lab (William, Guangming, Junfeng, Abel, and Professor Chin), plus Sebastian from Western University, presented their research at NAM28 in Providence, RI. 
 

 

Before NAM28, Professor Matteo Maestri (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and Professor Hyun-Seog Roh (Yonsei University, South Korea) visited Toronto to share their state-of-the-art research on CO2 activation. 

 

As a part of the CATHEX program, Guangming, William, and Professor Chin presented their research at NTNU in Trøndheim, Norway.   


 

Welcome to Summer Undergraduate Researchers Michael Chan and Joyce Kexin Qian! Michael and Joyce are researching alcohol-to-hydrocarbon reactions on zeolite catalysts. 

 

Winter 2023:

 

Happy Holidays! The Chin lab went on a group outing for ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square, with hot pot to warm up afterwards! 

 

Congrats to Roham, Jaekyoung, and Professor Chin for their contribution to a publication in Nature Catalysis

 

Congrats to Weifeng, Professor Chin, and co-authors for their contribution to a publication in JACS!

 

A new master’s student, Arwa, joins the lab. Welcome Arwa!

 

Fall 2022:

 

Congrats to William and co-authors for their publication in ACS Catalysis!

 

Congrats to Rui and co-authors for their publication in ACS Catalysis!

 

Congrats to Guangming for receiving the Climate Positive Graduate Scholarship!

 

A new master’s student, Kalpak, joins the lab. Welcome Kalpak! 

 

Undergraduate Summer Student Bella decides to stay as a fourth-year Thesis student for two semesters, welcome back Bella!

 

Summer 2022:

 

Congrats to Mackenzie for winning 1st place in the “Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition” at the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE).

Congrats to Mackenzie Gole for winning 1st Place at the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), Research Symposium at the University of Toronto.

Congrats to our summer student Edward Lombo for the best poster presentation in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s Undergraduate Research Day. 

Representatives from our industrial partner Suncor and collaborators from Western University came for an annual review meeting.

William presented his research at the Gordon Research Conference in New Hampshire.

Congrats Junfeng for receiving the NACS student award for his presentation at CSC2022!

Chengqian, Junfeng, and Guangming presented their work at the CSC2022 conference in Vancouver.

 

William and Professor Chin presented their research at NAM27 in New York.

   

 

Chin group reunion lunch at NAM (Yinan, Fan, Petar, and William from left to right)!

 

Summer students Bella, Edward and Mackenzie join the lab. Welcome!

   

 

Fall 2021:

Congrats to Professor Chin for contributing two Activity Articles to the first volume of Chem Catalysis!

Three new PhD students join the lab, welcome to Lili, Sara, and Abel!

Summer 2021:

Congrats to Jaekyoung and co-authors for their manuscript’s acceptance to Applied Catalysis A!

The Lab is now fully vaccinated

Winter 2021:

The Lab is back in business after the short winter break

Fall 2020:

Congrats to Haoyu for successfully defending his PhD Thesis

Congrats to Haiting and co-authors for their manuscript’s acceptance to ACS Catal.!


Congrats to Junnan and co-authors for their manuscript’s acceptance to ACS Catal.!


Congrats to Zhenwei and co-authors for their manuscript’s acceptance to Jounal of Catalysis!


PhD graduate Haiting rejoins the Lab as a post-doctoral fellow, welcome back Haiting!

Undergraduate Summer Student Anthony decides to stay as a research intern for a semester, welcome back Anthony!

Congrats to Zhenwei and Roham for successfully defending their MASc thesis!

Two new PhD students join the Lab, welcome Anlan and Chengqian!

Summer 2020:

Congrats to Anthony for being selected for the best presenter award in the “Environment and Materials” category for his poster session during the Undergraduate Engineering Research Day!

Congrats to Haiting for successfully defending her PhD thesis!

Congrats to Rui and co-authors on their manuscript’s acceptance to ACS Catal.!

The Lab is reopen with Covid-19 Preventative measures in place

Summer students Anthony and Yinrui join the lab

Winter 2020:

The lab is temporarily shut-down for the Covid-19 Pandemic

Cathy Chin gave an live CBC interview on converting waste plastics into valuable products

Post-Doctoral Fellows Guang and Jaekyoung join the lab

Fall 2019:

The Group enjoyed some delicious Chinese Food in preparation for the Christmas Holidays, and said farewell to Junnan and Rui!

Congrats to Haiting and co-authors on their manuscript’s acceptance to ACS Catal.!

Summer 2019:

The group enjoyed some delicious barbeque in preparation for the upcoming Fall Semester!

Graduate Student Guangming, Junfeng and William join the lab  

Post-Doctoral Fellow Gang joins the lab

Winter 2019:

Congrats to Haoyu and co-authors on their manuscript’s acceptance to ACS Catal.!

Cathy Chin gave a talk at the Spring 2019 ACS National Meeting.

The group enjoyed some delicious hotpot with visiting speaker Prof. Jingguang Chen!

Congrats to Cathy Chin and co-authors on their manuscript’s acceptance to J. Am. Oil Chem.’ Soc.!

Congratulations to Petar on earning his PhD!

Alyssa, Haoyu, and Junnan were accepted to give oral presentations at the 2019 North American Catalysis Society Meeting.

Cathy Chin gave an invited lecture titled Directing Hydrogen Transfer Traffic During C-H Bond Cleavage and Formation on Transition Metal Surfaces at the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Reactions at Surfaces.

Graduate student Shaihroz joins the lab.

Congrats to Zhoule and co-authors on their ACS Catal. publication!

Congrats to Junnan and co-authors on their ACS Catal. publication!

Fall 2018:

The group enjoyed some outdoor ice skating and warmed up with delicious hotpot!

Congratulations to Junnan on earning his PhD!

Congrats to Petar Lachkov and co-authors on their ChemCatChem publication!

Visiting scholar Zhishan joins the lab.

Summer student Samantha Kim was named a ChemE Future Leader. Congrats, Samantha!

Congrats to Junnan Shangguan and co-authors on their J. Catal. publication!

Congrats to Cathy Chin and co-authors on their ACS Catal. publication!

Junnan and Alyssa presented their research at the Clean Manufacturing and Nanoengineering of Sustainable Materials Annual Meeting at University of Toronto.

Congrats to Chuck Mims on his well-earned retirement and to all the presenters at his special symposium at the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference!

Congrats to Petar Lachkov and co-authors on their ACS Catal. publication!

Great work Junnan, Alyssa, Wenyao, Haoyu, and Zhenwei on their presentations at the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference!

Summer 2018:

Cathy was awarded an NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant for research on the next generation catalytic after-treatment technology for exhaust emission control.

Congrats to Samantha on winning the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition! Samantha will present her talk Adsorption Isotherms for Phenol Removal from Aqueous Solutions with HZSM-5 Zeolite at the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference this October.

Congrats to Petar Lachkov and co-authors on their J. Catal. publication!

Postdoctoral fellows Alyssa and Wenyao and graduate student Roham join the lab.

Congrats to Fan Lin and co-authors on their Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. publication!