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Dr. Mitchell Ong
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  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003

Mitchell Ong is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the research group of Evan Reed in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University. He performed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated there in 2003 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, which included a computer specialization. He conducted undergraduate research under the supervision of Emily Carter. His research project involved modeling the kinetics and energetics of vacancy formation and diffusion in aluminum as a potential mechanism for void formation and ultimately materials’ failure.

In 2004, Mitchell began the doctoral program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign under the guidance of Todd Martínez. His thesis work focused on understanding possible exceptions to the Woodward-Hoffmann rules in the photochemical and mechanochemical ring-opening reaction of cyclobutene. He moved to Stanford University with his advisor in 2009 as a visiting research scholar and finished his Ph.D a year later in May 2010.

Currently, his postdoctoral work focuses on using ab initio methods to understand and manipulate the properties of graphene for electronic and photonic applications. Recently, he has demonstrated through ab initio calculations that piezoelectricity can be engineered in graphene by surface adsorption of atoms.

In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, following sports, playing tennis, learning web programming and design, listening to music, watching movies and singing.


M. T. Ong and E. J. Reed, Engineered Piezoelectricity in Graphene, ACS Nano, (2012).

J. M. Lenhardt, J. W. Ogle, M. T. Ong, R. Choe, T. J. Martinez, S. L. Craig, Reactive Cross-Talk between Adjacent Tension-Trapped Transition States, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133 (10), 3222-3225 (2011).

J. M. Lenhardt, M. T. Ong, R. Choe, C. R. Evenhuis, T. J. Martínez, S. L. Craig, Trapping a Diradical Transition State by Mechanochemical Polymer Extension, Science, 329 (5995), 1057-1060 (2010).

M. J. Kryger, M. T. Ong, S. A. Odom, N. R. Sottos, S. R. White, T. J. Martinez, J. S. Moore, Masked Cyanoacrylates Unveiled by Mechanical Force, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132 (13), 4558-4559 (2010).

D. A. Davis, A. Hamilton, J. Yang, L. D. Cremar, D. Van Gough, S. L. Potisek, M. T. Ong, P. V. Braun, T. J. Martínez, S. R. White, J. S. Moore, N. R. Sottos, Force-induced activation of covalent bonds in mechanoresponsive polymeric materials, Nature, 459, 68 – 72 (2009).

M. T. Ong, J. Leiding, H. Tao, A. M. Virshup, T. J. Martínez, First Principles Dynamics and Minimum Energy Pathways for Mechanochemical Ring Opening of Cyclobutene, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (18), 6377 – 6379 (2009).

J. D. Coe, M. T. Ong, B. G. Levine, T. J. Martínez, On the Extent and Connectivity of Conical Intersection Seams and the Effects of Three-State Intersections, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 112 (49), 12559 – 12567 (2008).

G. Ho, M. T. Ong, K. J. Caspersen, E. A. Carter, Energetics and kinetics of vacancy diffusion and aggregation in shocked aluminum via orbital-free density functional theory, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 9, 4951 – 4966 (2007).

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