Professor Emeritus
LEE, Albert W. M. - Professor Emeritus

Educational Background
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ph.D., UCLA
  • Postdoctoral, MIT

Professional Membership
  • American Chemical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow and Chartered Chemist, CChem. FRSC

  • President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service, HKBU, 2016
  • Team Award, Reward and Recognition Scheme for Non-teaching Staff, HKBU, 2015
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching, HKBU, 2000-01

Research Interests
  • asymmetric synthesis, synthesis of functional materials, chemical sensor, computer application in chemistry, chemical education.

Highlights in Current Synthetic Organic Chemistry (Thieme Stuttgart) 


Selected Publications
  1. C. Y. Poon, Q. H. Li, J. L. Zhang, Z. P. Li, C. Dong, A.W.M. Lee, W. H. Chan, H. W. Li, “FRET-based Modified Graphene Quantum Dots for Direct Trypsin Quantification in Urine”, Anal. Chim. Acta917, 64-70 (2016).
  2. H. Y. Tse, Q. H. Li, S. M. Chan, Q. H. You, A.W.M. Lee, W. H. Chan, “A Ratiometric Fluorescent and Colorimetric Probe for Selective Detection of Hydrazine”, RSC Adv.6, 14678-14681 (2016).
  3. S. M. Chan, Q. H. Lee, H. Y. Tse, A.W.M. Lee, N. K. Mak, H. L. Lung, W. H. Chan, “A Rhodamine-based “off–on” Fluorescent Chemosensor for Selective Detection of Fe3+ in Aqueous Media and its Application in Bioimaging”, RSC Adv.6, 74389-74393 (2016).
  4. Q. H. You, Y. M. Lee, W. H. Chan, N. K. Mak, A. W. M. Lee, S. C. K. Hau, T. C. W. Mak, “A Colorimetric and Ratiometric Fluorescent pH Probe Based on Ring Opening/Closing Approach and its Applications in Monitoring Cellular pH Change”, RSC Adv.5, 4099-4102 (2015).
  5. Q. H. You, A. W. M. Lee, W. H. Chan, X. M. Zhu, K. C. F. Leung, “A Coumarin-based Fluorescent Probe for Recognition of Cu2+ and Fast Detection of Histidine in Hard-to-transfect Cells by A Sensing Ensemble Approach”, Chem. Comm., 50, 6207-6210 (2014).
  6. Q. H. You, L. Fan, W. H. Chan, A. W. M. Lee, S. Shuang, “Ratiometric Spiropyran-based Fluorescent pH Probe”, RSC Advances3, 15762-15768 (2013).
  7. Y. P. Chan, F. Li, Q. H. You, W. H. Chan, A. W. M. Lee, “Ratiometric pH Responsive Fluorescent Probes Operative on ESIPT”, Tetrahedron69, 5874-5879 (2013).
  8. A. W. M. Lee, J. K. Y. Ng, E. Y. W. Wong, A. Tan, A. K. Y. Lau, S. F. Y. Lai, “Lecture Rule No. 1: Cell Phones ON, Please! A Low-Cost Personal Response System for Learning and Teaching”, J. Chem. Educ.90, 388-389 (2013).
  9. L. Y. Chen, H. He, W. H. Chan, A. W. M. Lee, “Chiral Sulfonimide as a Brønsted Acid Organocatalysts for Asymmetric Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Indoles with Imines”, J. Org. Chem., 76, 7141-7147 (2011).          (Selected by SYNFACTS, p. 1132, 2011, as a "Highlight in Current Synthetic Organic Chemistry". Contributors: List, B.; Mahlau, M.).
  10. B. J. Pei, W. H. Chan, A. W. M. Lee, “Anthracene Capped Isobenzofuran: A Synthon for the Preparations of Iptycenes and Iptycene Quinones”, Org. Lett.13, 1774-1777 (2011).
  11. Q. Li, W. Y. Wong, W. H. Chan, A. W. M. Lee, “Second Generation CaSH (Camphor Sulfonyl Hydrazine) Organocatalysis. Asymmetric Diels-Alder Reactions and Isolation of the Catalytic Intermediate”, Adv. Synth. Catal., 352, 2142-2146 (2010).
  12. B. J. Pei, W. H. Chan, A. W. M. Lee, “Oxadisilole Fused Triptycene and Extended Triptycene: Precursors of Triptycene and Extended Triptycene,” J. Org. Chem., 75, 7332-7337 (2010). (Selected by SYNFACTS, Jan, 2011, page 35, as one of the “Highlights in Current Synthetic Organic Chemistry”. Contributors: Timothy. M. Swager, Stefanie. A. Sydlik)