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Jianhua "Joshua" Tong


Associate Professor

Phone: (864) 656-4954
Office: 287 Sirrine Hall


Dr. Tong is currently an associate professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. In 2002, he earned his Ph.D. from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science. After that, Dr. Tong worked at as researcher, JSPS fellow, and postdoc scholar for about 6 years in Japan and USA at the academic institutions of Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, University of Cincinnati, and California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Clemson in 2016, Dr. Tong has been working as a research associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines for more than 7 years.

Dr. Tong’s research interests focus on Advanced Solid State Ionic Materials and Devices for efficient, clean, and sustainable energy conversion/storage/harvest. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed technical papers and 5 book chapters, and filed 13 patents. His research papers have been cited >2900 times and his H-index is >25.


Ph.D., Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics Chinese Academy of Science (2002)
M.S., Dalian University of Technology (1998)
B.S., Liaoning Shihua University (1995)

Research Areas

Solid State Ionics
Solar Fuel Production
Catalytic Membrane Reactors
Perovskite Compounds
Renewable Ammonia Synthesis
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization
All Solid State Batteries
High Temperature Memory Materials and Devices
Electrochemical Characterization, Catalysis, and Synthesis
Low and Intermediate-Temperature Ceramic Fuel Cells/Electrolysis Cells.

Selected Publications

C. Duan, J. Tong, M. Shang, S. Nikodemski, M. Sanders, S. Ricote, A. Almansoori, R. O’Hayre, Readily processed protonic ceramic fuel cells with high performance at low temperatures, Science, 2015,  349 (6254), 1321-1326.

A.H. McDaniel, E.C. Miller, D. Arifin, A. Ambrosini, E.N. Coker, R. O’Hayre, W.C. Chueh, J. Tong, Sr- and Mn-doped LaAlO3-δ for solar thermochemical H2 and CO production, Energy & Environmental Science, 2013, 6, 2424-2428.

M. Shang, J. Tong, R. O'Hayre, A promising cathode for intermediate temperature protonic ceramic fuel cells: BaCo0.4Fe0.4Zr0.2O3-δ, RSC Advances, 2013, 3(36), 15769-15775.

J. Tong, A. Subramaniyan, H. Guthrey, D. Clark, B.P. Gorman, R. O'Hayre, Electrical conductivities of nano ionic composite based on yttrium-doped barium zirconate and palladium metal, Solid State Ionics, 2012, 211, 26-33.

J. Tong, D. Clark, M. Hoban, R. O’Hayre, Cost-effective solid-state reactive sintering method for high conductivity proton conducting yttrium-doped barium zirconium ceramics, Solid State Ionics, 2010, 181, 496-503.

J Tong, D Clark, L Bernau, M Sanders, R O'Hayre, Solid-state reactive sintering mechanism for large-grained yttrium-doped barium zirconate proton conducting ceramics, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20(30), 6333-6341.

J. Tong, L. Su, K. Haraya, H. Suda, Thin Pd membrane on ?-Al2O3 hollow fiber substrate without any interlayer by electroless plating combined with embedding Pd catalyst in polymer template, Journal of Membrane Science, 2008, 310, 93-101.