Teaching Staff
LEUNG, Ken C. F. - Associate Professor

Educational Background
  • B.Sc., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ph.D., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral: The University of California, Los Angeles
Professional Status
  • Honorary Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong
  • MACS
  • MRSC
  • CChem
  • CSci
Current Research Interests
  • Nanoparticles and supramolecular materials for theranostic, catalysis, sensor, and surface applications
  • Current Research activity

more detail:
Nature Chemistry blog - The Sceptical Chymist

The Croucher Foundation

Selected Publications
(See also: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-1764-2009)
  1. X. Li, C. H. Wong, T. W. Ng, K. C. F. Leung, L. J. Jin, “The Spherical Nanoparticle-encapsulated Chlorhexidine Enhances Anti-biofilm Efficiency Through an Effective Releasing Mode”, Int. J. Nanomed., 11, 2471-2480 (2016).
  2. C. S. Kwan, A. S. C. Chan, K. C. F. Leung, “A Fluorescent and Switchable Rotaxane Dual Organocatalyst”, Org. Lett., 18, 976-979 (2016).
  3. J. Q. Wang, P. F. Zhang, C. Huang, G. Liu, K. C. F. Leung, Y. X. J. Wang, “High Performance Photoluminescent Carbon Dots for In-Vitro and In-Vivo Bioimaging: Effect of Nitrogen Doping Ratios”, Langmuir, 31, 8063-8073 (2015).
  4. Y. X. J. Wang, X. M. Zhu, Q. Liang, C. H. K. Cheng, W. Wang, K. C. F. Leung, "In Vivo Liver Cancer Chemoembolisation and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Iron Oxide Nanoshell/Doxorubicin/Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Hybrid Composites", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 53, 4812-4815 (2014). [Very Important Paper]
  5. Q. H. You, A. W. M. Lee, W. H. Chan, X. M. Zhu, K. C. F. Leung, "Coumarin-based Fluorescent Probe for Recognition of Cu2+ and for Fast Detection of Histidine in Hard-to-transfect Cells by Sensing Ensemble Approach", Chem. Commun., 50, 6207-6210 (2014). [Back Cover]
  6. W. K. W. Ho, S. F. Lee, C. H. Wong, X. M. Zhu, C. S. Kwan, C. P. Chak, P. M. Mendes, C. H. K. Cheng, K. C. F. Leung, "Type III-B Rotaxane Dendrimers", Chem. Commun., 49, 10781-10783 (2013). [Inside Front Cover]
  7. K. C. F. Leung, C. P. Chak, S. F. Lee, J. M. Y. Lai, X. M. Zhu, Y. X. J. Wang, K. W. Y. Sham, C. H. K. Cheng, “Enhanced Cellular Uptake and Gene Delivery of Glioblastoma with Deferoxamine-coated Magnetic Nanoparticle/Plasmid DNA/Branched Polyethylenimine Composites”, Chem. Commun., 49, 549-551 (2013). [Front Cover]
  8. S. F. Lee, X. M. Zhu, Y. X. J. Wang, S. H. Xuan, Q. H. You, W. H. Chan, C. H. Wong, F. Wang, J. C. Yu, C. H. K. Cheng, K. C. F. Leung, "Ultrasound, pH, and Magnetic Responsive Crown Ether-coated Core/shell Nanoparticles as Drug Encapsulation and Release Systems", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5, 1566-1574 (2013).
  9. K. C. F. Leung, S. H. Xuan, X. M. Zhu, D. W. Wang, C. P. Chak, S. F. Lee, W. K. W. Ho, B. C. T. Chung, “Gold and Iron Oxide Hybrid Nanocomposite Materials”, Chem. Soc. Rev., 41, 1911-1928 (2012).
  10. S. H. Xuan, F. Wang, J. M. Y. Lai, K. W. Y. Sham, Y. X. J. Wang, S. F. Lee, J. C. Yu, C. H. K. Cheng, K. C. F. Leung, “Synthesis of Biocompatible, Mesoporous Fe3O4 Nano/Micro-Spheres with Large Surface Area for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Therapeutic Applications”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 3, 237-244 (2011).
  11. C. P. Chak, S. H. Xuan, P. M. Mendes, J. C. Yu, C. H. K. Cheng, K. C. F. Leung, “Discrete Functional Gold Nanoparticles: Hydrogen Bond-Assisted Synthesis, Magnetic Purification, Supramolecular Dimer and Trimer Formation”, ACS Nano, 3, 2129-2138 (2009).
  12. H. Hou, K. C. F. Leung, D. Lanari, A. Nelson, J. F. Stoddart, R. H. Grubbs, “Template-Directed One-Step Synthesis of Cyclic Trimers by ADMET”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128, 15358-15359 (2006).


Advanced Materials
Organic Synthesis
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Spectroscopic Techniques for Structural Determination

Notice: (For further information and details, please contact Dr. Leung by e-mail)

1. Research Associate/Post-doctoral position available in Dr. K.C.F. Leung's group. Requirement: PhD degree and specialized in Materials Chemistry, Nanoscience, Supramolecular Chemistry, or related disciplines.

2. Laboratory research assistant position available in a university-funded institute. Requirement: BSc, MSc, or MPhil degree specialized in Materials Chemistry, or related disciplines.

3. Researcher position available in a chemical industry located at HK/Mainland. Requirement: BSc degree or above in Chemistry or related disciplines.

4. Students who have excellent academic scores can apply for The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship scheme.