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Stanislaus S. Wong, Distinguished Professor & Chair

Stanislaus S. Wong

B.Sc., 1994, McGill University
A.M., 1996, Harvard University
Ph.D., 1999, Harvard University
Postdoctoral fellow, 1999-2000, Columbia University

415 Chemistry
Phone: (631) 632-1703 | BNL Phone: (631) 344-3178

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  • Assistant Professor (2000-2006), Associate Professor (2006-2010), Professor (2010-2019), and Distinguished Professor (2019-present) of Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
  •  Vice Chair (June 2019- present) for Facilities, Budget, and Research in the Chemistry Department at SUNY Stony Brook.
  • Joint appointment (2000-2017) with the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Sciences Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Affiliated member of the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Biophysics Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
  • Executive Editor (August 28, 2018 – present) and Associate Editor (January 1, 2014 – present) of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemistry of Materials (2008 - 2013).and of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2013).
  • Section editor for the ‘Materials: synthesis and self-assembly’ section of Nanotechnology (2010-2013) and current member of editorial advisory boards of both Nanotechnology (2010 – present) and of Nano Futures (2017 – present).
  • Nanoscience Chair-Elect (2008), Nanoscience Chair (2009), and Nanoscience Programming Chair (2009-2012) of the Inorganic Chemistry Division (American Chemical Society).
  • Scientific advisory board member of the Association of Students and Postdoctoral Fellows (ASAP) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (2010 - 2017).
  • Member of the Institutional Nanoscience Safety Advisory Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory (2006 - 2014).
  • Chair of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) User Executive Committee at BNL (2009–2010; 2013-2014; and 2016-2017).
  • Co-organizer of the following joint National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) / CFN Users’ Meetings: (a) 2010 - “Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change Using Synchrotron and Nanoscience Research”; (b) 2013 - “Telling our Story, Sharing our Science”; and (c) 2016 - “Illuminating our Future”.
  • Guest co-editor (with Barbara Karn), ‘Green Nanotechnology’, Special issue, Nanotechnology, volume 23, issue 29, July 27, 2012. Special issue papers 294001 through 294014.
  • Guest co-editor (with Taeghwan Hyeon and Liberato Manna). Special themed collection on “Sustainable Nanotechnology”, Chemical Society Reviews, volume 44, issue 16, August 21, 2015.
  • Member of the Materials Research Society National Nanotechnology Initiative Task Force (Summer 2010).

Research Description

I. Global Directions and Themes

My group’s research has primarily focused on two main areas (namely, nanotube chemistry and nanostructure synthesis) that will broaden the potential impact and practical applicability of nanostructures.

A. Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Functionalization

In this area, we have reacted nanotubes as if there were chemical ligands (be it inorganic or organic) in their own right, e.g. as if these were simply complex alkenes. The work in our laboratory has been involved with understanding chemical reactivity involving carbon nanotubes from a structural and mechanistic perspective, which should hopefully expand the breadth and types of reactions CNTs can undergo in the solution phase. Specifically, the protocols that we have created have significantly enhanced the ability to purify, exfoliate, process, solubilize, and even render biocompatible CNTs, thereby permitting more facile photophysical, catalytic, and biomedical applications of these systems. Controllable chemical functionalization suggests that the unique optoelectronic and mechanical properties of SWNTs can be tailored in a determinable manner.

Research IA

Key Case Studies of Successful Carbon Nanotube Functionalization in Inorganic, Organic, and Biological Systems

(i). Inorganic Systems
(ii). Organic Systems
(iii). Nanotube-Nanocrystal Heterostructures
(iv). Biological Systems

B. Green Nanostructure Synthesis

Early on, we expended a lot of effort on developing innovative syntheses of nanoscale formulations (including cubes, tubes, wires, spheres, and rhombohedra as well as aggregates and arrays) of perovskite oxide materials. More generally, we have implemented a number of viable environmentally friendly synthetic methodologies in the fabrication of a range of ternary and binary metal oxides, elemental metals, titanates, fluorides, phosphates, sulfides, tungstates, niobates, zirconates, ruthenates, and ferrites. In fact, most of our processes run under either ambient conditions or low temperatures, and can be efficiently scaled up. Moreover, our simple protocols are generally cost-effective; use mainly nontoxic precursors; limit the numbers of reagents and reaction steps; minimize waste, reagent use, and power consumption; and involve the development of high-yield processes with a relative absence of volatile and toxic byproducts.

In particular, we have made important advances in the use of molten-salt synthetic methods, hydrothermal protocols, and ambient template-directed techniques as green, cost-effective methodologies to generate monodisperse nanostructures with precise size and shape control without sacrificing on sample quality, purity, and crystallinity. Our as-prepared nanomaterials maintain fundamentally interesting size-dependent electronic, optical, and magnetic properties. In terms of applications, these nanostructures have wide-ranging utility in areas as diverse as catalysis, energy storage, biomedicine, computation, power generation, photonics, remediation, and sensing.

Research IB

Key Case Studies of Successful Metal-Containing Nanostructure Synthesis

(i). Tungstates
(ii). Fluorides
(iii). Magnetic Nanostructures
(iv). Perovskite Nanostructures
(v). Titanate Nanostructures
(vi). Binary Systems
(vii). Nanostructures for Biological Labeling
(viii). Nanomaterials for Fuel Cells
(ix). Nanomaterials for Batteries

II. New and Emerging Trends

A. Fuel Cells

Despite increasing interest in the use of one dimensional (1D) noble metal nanostructures for the oxygen reduction reaction, there has been a surprising lack of effort expended in thoroughly and rationally examining the influence of various physicochemical properties of 1D electrocatalysts with respect to their intrinsic performance. In this area of the group, we have attempted to address this important issue by investigating and summarizing recent theoretical and experimental progress aimed at precisely deducing the nature of the complex interplay amongst size, chemical composition, and electrocatalytic performance in high-quality elemental and bimetallic 1D noble metal nanowire systems. In terms of these structural parameters, significant enhancements in both activity and durability of up to an order of magnitude in the case of Pt~Pd1-xAux nanowires, for example, can be achieved by rationally tuning both wire size and composition. The fundamental insights acquired are then utilized to discuss future and potentially radically new directions towards the continuous improvement and optimization of 1D catalysts.

Research IIA

B. Solar Cells

We have investigated the use of various morphologies, including nanoparticles, nanowires, and sea-urchins of TiO2 as the semiconducting material used as components of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Analysis of the solar cells under AM 1.5 solar irradiation reveals the superior performance of nanoparticles, by comparison with two readily available commercial nanoparticle materials, within the DSSC architecture. The sub-structural morphology of films of these nanostructured materials has been directly characterized using SEM and indirectly probed using dye desorption. Furthermore, the surfaces of these nanomaterials were studied using TEM in order to visualize their structure, prior to their application within DSSCs. Surface areas of the materials have been quantitatively analyzed by collecting BET adsorption and desorption data. Additional investigation using open circuit voltage decay measurements reveals the efficiency of electron conduction through each TiO2 material. Moreover, the utilization of various chemically distinctive titanate materials within the DSSCs has also been investigated, demonstrating the deficiencies of using these particular chemical compositions within traditional DSSCs.

Research IIB

C. Nuances of Nanomaterial Toxicology

The use of any material for practical applications engenders risk. Frankly, even water itself can be fatal if misused. What is important is in understanding what constitutes acceptable risk. For nanomaterials, the key point is in determining whether a substance is inherently toxic and under what specific circumstances, it can be particularly harmful. In both cellular and marine studies, our group has found that the toxicity of a nanomaterial is often a function not only of its actual chemical composition but also of its particular structural morphology.

research IIC


Representative Perspective, Review, and Concept Articles

Nathaniel Hurley, Scott C. McGuire, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Assessing the Catalytic Behavior of Ultrathin Nanowires Using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy”, invited contribution, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13(49), 58253−58260 (2021).

Stanislaus S. Wong, “Sustainable synthesis of functional nanomaterials” in “Voices: Sustainable opportunities for critical metals”, invited contribution, One Earth4(3), 327-330 (2021).

Kenna L. Salvatore and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Exploring Strategies Towards Synthetic Precision Control within Core-shell Nanowires”, invited contribution, Accounts of Chemical Research54(11), 2565−2578 (2021).

Luyao Li, Sha Tan, Kenna L. Salvatore, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Nanoscale Perovskites as Catalysts and Supports for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells”, invited contribution with Frontispiece, Chem. Eur. J.25(33), 7779-7797 (2019).

Shiyu Yue, Luyao Li, Scott C. McGuire, Nathaniel Hurley, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Quantum Dot-Sensitized 1D-based Heterostructures for Optical-related Applications”, invited Perspective, Energy & Environmental Sciences, 12(5), 1454-1494 (2019).

Luyao Li and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Ultrathin Metallic Nanowire-based Architectures as High-Performing Electrocatalysts”, invited Perspective, ACS Omega,3(3), 3294−3313 (2018).

Lei Wang, Shiyu Yue,Qing Zhang, Yiman Zhang, Yue Ru Li, Crystal S. Lewis,Kenneth J. Takeuchi, Amy C. Marschilok, Esther S. Takeuchi, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Morphological and chemical tuning of high-energy density metal oxides for lithium ion battery electrode applications”, invited Perspective,ACS Energy Letters,2(6), 1465−1478 (2017).

Haiqing Liu, Luyao Li, Megan E. Scofield, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Synthesis, Properties, and Applications of Ultrathin Metallic Nanowires and Associated Heterostructures”, invited Research Update, APL Materials,3(8), 080701/1-15 (2015).

Megan E. Scofield, Haiqing Liu, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “A Concise Guide to Sustainable PEMFCs: Recent Advances in Improving both Oxygen Reduction Catalysts and Proton Exchange Membranes”, invited Critical Review, Chem. Soc. Rev.(inside cover), 44(16), 5836-5860 (2015).

Lei Wang, Haiqing Liu, Robert M. Konik, James A. Misewich, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Carbon Nanotube-based Heterostructures for Solar Energy Applications”, invited Critical Review, Chem. Soc. Rev., 42(20), 8134 – 8156 (2013).

Christopher Koenigsmann, Megan E. Scofield, Haiqing Liu, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Designing Enhanced One-Dimensional Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction: Probing Size-and Composition-Dependent Electrocatalytic Behavior in Noble Metal Nanowires”, invited Perspective, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (cover), 3(22), 3385-3398 (2012). Featured in “The Magic of Electrocatalysts” editorial (J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 3(22), 3404 (2012)) and highlighted in accompanying Perspective video located at

Christopher Koenigsmann and Stanislaus S. Wong, “One-Dimensional Noble Metal Electrocatalysts: A New Structural Paradigm for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells”, invited Perspective article, Energy & Environmental Sciences (cover), 4(4), 1161 – 1176 (2011).

Jonathan M. Patete, Xiaohui Peng, Christopher Koenigsmann, Yan Xu, Barbara Karn, and Stanislaus S. Wong, invited critical review, “Viable methodologies for the Synthesis of High-Quality Nanostructures”, Green Chemistry, 13(3), 482-519 (2011). One of the top 10 accessed articles in Green Chemistry in March, April, and June 2011.

Amanda L. Tiano, Alexander C. Santulli, Christopher Koenigsmann, and Stanislaus S. Wong,“Solution-Based Synthetic Strategies for One-Dimensional Metal-Containing Nanostructures”, invited Feature Article, Chem. Commun., 46(43), 8093-8130 (2010).

Xiaohui Peng, Jingyi Chen, James A. Misewich, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Carbon Nanotube-Nanocrystal Heterostructures”, invited Critical Review, Chem. Soc. Rev. (inside cover), 38(4), 1076-1098 (2009).

Xiaohui Peng and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Functional Covalent Chemistry of Carbon Nanotube Surfaces”, invited Progress Report, Adv. Mater., 21(6), 625-642 (2009).

Yuanbing Mao, Tae-Jin Park, Fen Zhang, Hongjun Zhou, and Stanislaus S. Wong; “Environmentally friendly methodologies of nanostructure synthesis”, invited review, Small, 3(7), 1122-1139 (2007).

Tae-Jin Park, Sarbajit Banerjee, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Purification Strategies and Purity Evaluation Techniques for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes”, J. Mater. Chem. (Feature Article; cover), 16(2), 141-154 (2006).

Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, Sarbajit Banerjee, Sharadha Sambasivan, Mahalingam Balasubramanian, Daniel A. Fischer, Gyula Eres, Alexander A. Puretzky, David B. Geohegan, Douglas H. Lowndes, Weiqiang Han, James A. Misewich, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Near-edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy as a Tool for Investigating Nanomaterials”, Small (Concepts Article), 2(1), 26-35 (2006).

Yuanbing Mao, Tae-Jin Park, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Synthesis of classes of ternary metal oxide nanostructures”, Chem. Commun. (Invited Feature Article; inside cover), (46), 5721-5735 (2005).

Sarbajit Banerjee, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Routes Towards Separating Metallic and Semiconducting Nanotubes”, invited review, J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 5(6), 841-855 (2005).

Sarbajit Banerjee, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Covalent Surface Chemistry of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes”, invited review, Adv. Mater., 17(1), 17-29 (2005).

Sarbajit Banerjee, Michael G.C. Kahn, and Stanislaus S. Wong, “Rational Chemical Strategies for Carbon Nanotube Functionalization”, invited Concepts article, Chem. Eur. J., 9(9), 1898-1908 (2003).