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Dr Benedict T.W. Lo
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Dr Lo Tsz-woon, Benedict

Assistant Professor

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Chemistry, University of Oxford
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University of Oxford

Research Overview

With a keen interest in materials and catalysis, our previous research has focused on the fundamental aspects of zeolitic and MOF materials and their catalytic applications. We have developed a new structural methodology in using state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray facility, which can provide some critical information to many unanswered questions in catalysis.

Research Interests

  • Catalysis
  • Functional Materials
  • Synchrotron and Neutron Diffraction and Scattering
  • Structure-reactivity Functions
  • In situ and operando techniques


  1. Chen T, Huang B, Day S, Tang CC, Tsang SCE, Wong KY, Lo BTW*. Differential adsorption of L‐and D‐lysine on achiral MFI zeolites as determined by synchrotron X‐ray powder diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis. Angewandte Chemie. 2020 Jan 13;132(3):1109-13.
  2. Xue Q, Xie Y, Wu S, Wu TS, Soo YL, Day S, Tang CC, Man HW, Yuen ST, Wong KY, Tsang SCE, Wang Y*, Lo BTW*. A rational study on the geometric and electronic properties of single-atom catalysts for enhanced catalytic performance. Nanoscale. 2020;12(45):23206-12.
  3. Lin WC, Wu S, Li G, Ho PL, Ye Y, Zhao P, Day S, Tang C, Chen W, Zheng A, Lo BTW*, Tsang SCE*. Cooperative catalytically active sites for methanol activation by single metal ion-doped H-ZSM-5. Chemical Science. 2020.
  4. Chen T, Wun CK, Day S, Lo BTW*. Enantiospecificity in achiral zeolites for asymmetric catalysis. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2020, 22, 18757-18764 (Invited)
  5. Xue Q, Zhang Z, Ng KY, Lo BTW*. Recent Advances in the Engineering of Single-atom Catalysts through Metal-organic Frameworks, Topics in Current Chemistry 2021, Accepted
  6. Chen T, Xue Q, Lo BTW*. Recent advances of precise Cu nanoclusters in microporous materials. Chemistry–An Asian Journal. 2020 (Invited)
  7. Lo BTW, Ye L, Chang GG, Purchase K, Day S, Tang CC, Mei D, Tsang SCE.  Modification of pore opening of SAPO-34 by adsorbed surface methoxy species during induction of catalytic methanol-to-olefins reactions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 2018; 237:245-50.
  8. Lo BTW, Ye L, Qu J, Sun J, Zheng J, Kong D, Murray CA, Tang CC, Tsang SCE. Elucidation of Adsorbate Structures and Interactions on Brønsted Acid Sites in H‐ZSM‐5 by Synchrotron X‐ray Powder Diffraction. Angewandte Chemie. 2016; 128(20):6085-8. (Back cover)
  9. Teixeira IF, Lo BTW, Kostetskyy P, Stamatakis M, Ye L, Tang CC, Mpourmpakis G, Tsang SC. From Biomass‐Derived Furans to Aromatics with Ethanol over Zeolite. Angewandte Chemie. 2016; 128(42):13255-60. (Inside cover)
  10. Ye L, Lo BTW, Qu J, Wilkinson I, Hughes T, Murray CA, Tang CC, Tsang SC. Probing atomic positions of adsorbed ammonia molecules in zeolite. Chemical Communications, 52(16), 3422-3425.
  11. Lo BTW, Ye L, Tsang SCE. The Contribution of Synchrotron X-Ray Powder Diffraction to Modern Zeolite Applications: A Mini-review and Prospects. Chem. 2018 9;4(8):1778-808. (Invited)
  12. Lo BTW, Ye L, Murray CA, Tang CC, Mei D, Tsang SCE. Monitoring the methanol conversion process in H-ZSM-5 using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction-mass spectrometry. Journal of Catalysis. 2018; 365:145-52.

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