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Jianhua "Joshua" Tong



Phone: (864) 656-4954
Office: 162A Sirrine Hall


Dr. Tong is currently an associate professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University and the Principal Investigator of Sustainable Clean Energy Laboratory (SCEL). He earned his Ph.D. in 2002 from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science (China). Prior to joining Clemson in 2016, he had been working in the sustainable clean energy field for many years at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (Japan), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, University of Cincinnati (US), California Institute of Technology (US), and the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Tong’s research interests focus on sustainable clean energy based on Solid State Ionic Materials and Devices. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed technical papers and 6 book chapters and filed 13 patents. His research papers have been cited >3800 times, and his H-index is >29. 


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

Electrochemical Characterization, Catalysis, and Synthesis
Low-Temperature Ceramic Fuel Cells/Electrolysis Cells
Electrochemical/Electrocatalytic Sensors
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization
High-Temperature Memory Materials
Solid State Reactive Sintering
Catalytic Membrane Reactors
Laser Sintering/Synthesis
All Solid State Batteries
3D Printing of Ceramics
Solar Fuel Production
Hydrogen Production
Ammonia Synthesis
New Ionic Materials
Ionic Transistors

Selected Publications

D. Jiang, Z. Zhao, S. Mu, V. Phaneuf, J. Tong*, “Simple and efficient fabrication of mayenite electrides from a solute-derived precursor,” Inorganic Chemistry2017, 56, 11702-11709. 

C. Duan, D. Hook, Y. Chen, J. Tong*, R. O’Hayre*, “Zr and Y co-doped perovskite as a stable, high-performance cathode for solid oxide fuel cells operating below 500°C,” Energy & Environmental Science, 2017, 10, 176-182.

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 α-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. 

J. Tong, W. Yang*, R. Cai, B. Zhu, L. Lin, “Novel and ideal zirconium-based dense membrane reactors for partial oxidation of methane to syngas,” Catalysis Letters2002, 78, 129-137.