Professor TSE, Ying Lung Steve(謝應龍教授)

Associate Professor


location    Room 246 Science Centre

Phone No.    (852) 3943 6373


Research Group    Tse Research Group Website





2006 – 2011 Ph.D. (Stanford Graduate Fellow) Stanford University
2001 – 2005 B.Sc. (Summa cum laude) Towson University


2021 – present Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2015 – 2021 Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2012 – 2015 Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago
2011 – 2012 Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago, Colorado School of Mines, and The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Research Interests

By using theory and computation, our group is interested in understanding

1. Force field parametrization for interfacial systems
2. Thermodynamic and dynamical properties of organic-coated water droplets
3. Hindered diffusion of colloidal particles near liquid-liquid/liquid-solid interfaces
4. Chemical kinetics of catalyzed asymmetric organic reactions (in collaboration with Prof. Ying-Yeung YEUNG)


Honors and Awards

2019 Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2013-2015 Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hong Kong
2011 Annual Reviews Prize in Physical Chemistry, Stanford
2006-2009 Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford
2006 Paul Flory Award, Stanford
2005 Achievement in Chemistry, ACS Maryland Section
2005 Merck Award in Organic, Towson
2005 Floyd Blankenship Memorial Award in Physical Chemistry, Towson
2004 American Institute of Chemists Student Award, Towson
2004 Tutor of the Year, Towson
2004 The Ronald and Linda Raspet Scholarship Endowment, Towson

Representative Publications

1. Liu, Y.; Wang, X.; Wan, Z; Ngai, T.*; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Capturing Coacervate Formation and Protein Partition by Molecular Dynamics Simulation, Chem. Sci., 2023, 14, 1168-1175. [Link]
2. Wang, X.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Flexible Polarizable Water Model Parameterized via Gaussian Process Regression, J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2022, 18 (12), 7155–7165. [Link]
3. Ng, S. I. M.; Ng, K. H.; Yeung, P. W. F.; Xu, R.; So, P.-K.; Huang, Y.; Yu, J. Z.; Choi, C. K. K.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*; Chan, M. N.*, Chemical Transformation of a Long-Chain Alkyl Organosulfate via Heterogeneous OH Oxidation: A Case Study of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate, Environ. Sci. Atmos., 2022, 2, 1060-1075. [Link]
4. Guan, X.; Liu, Y.; Wan, Z.*; Tse, Y.-L. S.*; Ngai, T.*, Non-covalent reconfigurable microgel colloidosomes with a well-defined bilayer shell, Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 6205-6216. (Inside front cover) [Link]
5. Zheng, T.; Wang, X.; Ng, W.-H.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*; Yeung, Y.-Y.*, Catalytic Enantio- and Diastereoselective Domino Halocyclization and Spiroketalization, Nat. Catal. 2020, 3 (12), 993-1001. [Link]
6. Chio, C.C.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Hindered Diffusion near Fluid-Solid Interfaces: Comparison of Molecular Dynamics to Continuum Hydrodynamics, Langmuir 2020, 36 (32), 9412-9423. (ACS Editors’ Choice) [Link]
7. Pak, C.Y.; Li, W.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Free Energy and Dynamics of Organic-Coated Water Droplet Coalescence, J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124 (16), 8749-8757. [Link]
8. Li, W.; Pak, C.Y.; Wang, X.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Uptake of Common Atmospheric Gases by Organic-Coated Water Droplets, J. Phys. Chem. C 2019, 123 (31), 18924-18931. [Link]
9. Chen, C.; Arnsten, C.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Simulation Study of the Effects of Phase Separation on Hydroxide Solvation and Transport in Anion Exchange Membranes, J. Chem. Phys. 2020, 152 (9), 094903. [Link]
10. Chio, C.C.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Patchy Colloidal Particles at the Fluid-Fluid Interface, Soft Matter 2018, 14 (46), 9457 – 9465. [Link]
11. Pak, C.Y.; Li, W.; Tse, Y.-L. S.*, Free Energy and Dynamics of Water Droplet Coalescence, J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122 (40), 22975–22984. [Link]
12. Tse, Y.-L. S.; Chen, C.; Lindberg, G. E.; Kumar, R.; Voth, G. A.*, Propensity of hydrated excess protons and hydroxide anions for the air-water Interface. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (39), 12610-12616. [Link]
13. Tse, Y.-L. S.; Voth, G. A.*; Witten, T. A.*, Ion Mixing, Hydration, and Transport in Aqueous Ionic Systems. J. Chem. Phys. 2015, 142 (18), 184905. [Link]
14. Tse, Y.-L. S.; Andersen, H. C.*, A Lattice Model of the Translational Dynamics of Nonrotating Rigid Rods. J. Chem. Phys. 2012, 136 (2), 024904. [Link]

Major Research Grants

GRF = General Research Fund; RGC = Research Grants Council of Hong Kong

  • PI, “Developing multi-scale simulation models to study the atmospheric reactions between hydroxyl radical and isoprene in gas phase and near air-water interfaces”, GRF 2022/2023 by RGC
  • Co-I, “Study on particulate emulsions as next-generation vaccine adjuvant”, Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme 2022 by Innovation and Technology Fund/Commission
  • PI, “Constructing multi-scale reactive simulation models for studying on-water catalysis”, GRF 2021/2022 by RGC
  • PI, “Developing efficient and accurate molecular simulation models to study mechanisms of phase-transfer catalysis at fluid-fluid interfaces”, GRF2020/2021 by RGC
  • PI, “Molecular simulation of organic-coated water droplets”, GRF (Early Career Scheme) 2017/2018 by RGC