Kong Ooi TAN


Junior Professor, Department of Chemistry

I am currently a junior professor in the Department of Chemistry, École Normale Supérieure. My research expertise is in methods development in solid-state NMR and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP). I am mainly interested in developing both theory and instrumentation for pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization, which will be applied to study inorganic materials and biomolecules. I serve as an editor in the Magnetic Resonance journal, and run ssNMR/DNP Zoominar.

Here are my Google Scholar, Twitter, YouTube channel, and GitHub site. Additionally, if you want to learn more about me, here is an interview conducted by ENS.

Contact & Office Location

Email: kong-ooi.tan (a) ens.psl.eu . My office is ES 106 in the Department of Chemistry at ENS, 24 Rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris. Click here for the lab location.

Teaching Activities

I am teaching two courses: (1) NMR (Basic solid-state NMR) for M1 students at ENS (2) MR (solid-state NMR/EPR/DNP) for M2 students at PSL.

Team Members
  • Postdoc: Zhenfeng Pang
  • PhD Student: Utsab Banerjee, Jake Lumsden
  • Alumni: Ngoc Diep Le (M1), Cyriaque Amerein (L3)
  • Support from CNRS research engineers: Nicolas Birlirakis and Mathieu Baudin
Education and Professional Career
  • 2020-now   Junior Professor (tenure-track), Ecole Normale Superieure, France
  • 2016-2020   Postdoc in Prof. Robert G. Griffin’s group, MIT, USA
  • 2011-2016   PhD student in Prof. Dr. Matthias Ernst / Prof. Dr. Beat H. Meier’s group, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2007-2011   Undergraduate in Physics, Imperial College London, UK
Fundings and Grants




Unraveling the Mechanisms of Zirconium Metal–Organic Frameworks-Based Mixed-Matrix Membranes Preventing Polysulfide Shuttling Article de journal

Wenqing Lu; Zhenfeng Pang; Aran Lamaire; Fu Liu; Shan Dai; Moisés L. Pinto; Rezan Demir-Cakan; Kong Ooi Tan; Veronique Van Speybroeck; Vanessa Pimenta; Christian Serre

Small Science, 2024.


Efficient 18.8 T MAS-DNP NMR reveals hidden side chains in amyloid fibrils Article de journal

Alons Lends; Nicolas Birlirakis; Xinyi Cai; Asen Daskalov; Jayakrishna Shenoy; Muhammed Bilal; Mélanie Berbon; Fabien Ferrage; Yangping Liu; Antoine Loquet; Kong Ooi Tan

Journal of Biomolecular NMR, 77 , 2023.

In-house fabrication of 1.3 to 7 mm MAS drive caps using desktop 3D printers Article de journal

Cyriaque Amerein; Utsab Banerjee; Zhenfeng Pang; Wenqing Lu; Vanessa Pimenta; Kong Ooi Tan

Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 2023.


Room-Temperature Quantitative Quantum Sensing of Lithium Ions with a Radical-Embedded Metal–Organic Framework Article de journal

Lei Sun; Luming Yang; Jin-Hu Dou; Jian Li; Grigorii Skorupskii; Michael Mardini; Kong Ooi Tan; Tianyang Chen; Chenyue Sun; Julius J. Oppenheim; Robert G. Griffin; Mircea Dincă; Tijana Rajh

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 144 , p. 19008−19016, 2022.

Observing Nearby Nuclei on Paramagnetic Trityls and MOFs via DNP and Electron Decoupling Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Luming Yang; Michael Mardini; Choon Boon Cheong; Benoit Driesschaert; Mircea Dincă; Robert Guy Griffin

Chemistry – A European Journal, 2022.

Designing broadband pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization sequences in static solids Article de journal

Nino Wili; Anders Bodholt Nielsen; Laura Alicia Völker; Lukas Schreder; Niels Chr. Nielsen; Gunnar Jeschke; Kong Ooi Tan

Science Advances, 8 , 2022.

A unified description for polarization-transfer mechanisms in magnetic resonance in static solids: Cross polarization and DNP Article de journal

Zhenfeng Pang; Sheetal Jain; Chen Yang; Xueqian Kong; Kong Ooi Tan

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 156 (24), p. 244109, 2022.

Integrated, Stretched, and Adiabatic Solid Effects Article de journal

Yifan Quan; Jakob Steiner; Yifu Ouyang; Kong Ooi Tan; W. Thomas Wenckebach; Patrick Hautle; Robert G. Griffin

J. Phys. Chem. Lett, 13 , p. 5751, 2022.

Observation of a Four-Spin Solid Effect Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Robert G. Griffin

J. Chem. Phys., 2022.


Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization with Selectively Deuterated BDPA Radicals Article de journal

Léo Delage-Laurin; Ravi Shankar Palani; Natalie Golota; Michael Mardini; Yifu Ouyang; Kong Ooi Tan; Timothy M. Swager; Robert G. Griffin

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 143 (48), p. 20281–20290, 2021.

Time domain DNP at 1.2 T Article de journal

T V Can; Kong Ooi Tan; C Yang; R T Weber; R G Griffin

Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 329 , p. 107012, 2021, ISSN: 1090-7807.

DNPSOUP: A simulation software package for dynamic nuclear polarization Article de journal

Chen Yang; Kong Ooi Tan; R G Griffin

Journal of Magnetic Resonance, p. 107107, 2021, ISSN: 1090-7807.


Adiabatic Solid Effect Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Ralph T Weber; Thach Van Can; Robert G Griffin

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 11 (9), p. 3416–3421, 2020, ISSN: 1948-7185.


Pulsed Dynamic Nuclear Polarization incollection

Kong Ooi Tan; Sudheer Jawla; Richard J Temkin; Robert G Griffin

eMagRes, p. 339–352, 2019, ISBN: 9780470034590.

Three-spin solid effect and the spin diffusion barrier in amorphous solids Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Michael Mardini; Chen Yang; Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen; Robert Guy Griffin

Science Advances, 5 (7), p. eaax2743, 2019, ISSN: 2375-2548.

Time-optimized pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Chen Yang; Ralph T Weber; Guinevere Mathies; Robert G Griffin

Science Advances, 5 (1), p. eaav6909, 2019, ISSN: 2375-2548.


Efficient low-power TOBSY sequences for fast MAS Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Vipin Agarwal; Nils-Alexander Lakomek; Susanne Penzel; Beat H Meier; Matthias Ernst

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 89 (October), p. 27–34, 2018, ISSN: 09262040.

Metal-free class Ie ribonucleotide reductase from pathogens initiates catalysis with a tyrosine-derived dihydroxyphenylalanine radical Article de journal

Elizabeth J Blaesi; Gavin M Palowitch; Kai Hu; Amelia J Kim; Hannah R Rose; Rahul Alapati; Marshall G Lougee; Hee Jong Kim; Alexander T Taguchi; Kong Ooi Tan; others

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (40), p. 10022–10027, 2018.


Peptide and protein dynamics and low-temperature/DNP magic angle spinning NMR Article de journal

Qing Zhe Ni; Evgeny Markhasin; Thach V Can; Björn Corzilius; Kong Ooi Tan; Alexander B Barnes; Eugenio Daviso; Yongchao Su; Judith Herzfeld; Robert G Griffin

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 121 (19), p. 4997–5006, 2017.

Optimizing symmetry-based recoupling sequences in solid-state NMR by pulse-transient compensation and asynchronous implementation Article de journal

Johannes Hellwagner; Kshama Sharma; Kong Ooi Tan; Johannes J Wittmann; Beat H Meier; Perunthiruthy K Madhu; Matthias Ernst

The Journal of chemical physics, 146 (24), p. 244202, 2017.


Theoretical description of RESPIRATION-CP Article de journal

Anders B Nielsen; Kong Ooi Tan; Ravi Shankar; Susanne Penzel; Riccardo Cadalbert; Ago Samoson; Beat H Meier; Matthias Ernst

Chemical Physics Letters, 645 , p. 150–156, 2016.

Improved transfer efficiencies in radio-frequency-driven recoupling solid-state NMR by adiabatic sweep through the dipolar recoupling condition Article de journal

Lasse A Straasø; Ravi Shankar; Kong Ooi Tan; Johannes Hellwagner; Beat H Meier; Michael Ryan Hansen; Niels Chr Nielsen; Thomas Vosegaard; Matthias Ernst; Anders B Nielsen

The Journal of chemical physics, 145 (3), p. 034201, 2016.

A generalized theoretical framework for the description of spin decoupling in solid-state MAS NMR: Offset effect on decoupling performance Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Vipin Agarwal; Beat H Meier; Matthias Ernst

The Journal of chemical physics, 145 (9), p. 094201, 2016.


Asynchronous symmetry-based sequences for homonuclear dipolar recoupling in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; M Rajeswari; PK Madhu; Matthias Ernst

The Journal of chemical physics, 142 (6), p. 02B605_1, 2015.


Improved decoupling during symmetry-based C9-TOBSY sequences Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Ingo Scholz; Jacco D van Beek; Beat H Meier; Matthias Ernst

Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 239 , p. 61–68, 2014.

Broad-band DREAM recoupling sequence Article de journal

Kong Ooi Tan; Anders B Nielsen; Beat H Meier; Matthias Ernst

The journal of physical chemistry letters, 5 (19), p. 3366–3372, 2014.


Selective inversion of 1H resonances in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance: Use of double-DANTE pulse sequence Article de journal

Venus Singh Mithu; Kong Ooi Tan; PK Madhu

Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 237 , p. 11–16, 2013.

Polarization Transfer Pathway during DNP.