Teaching Staff
WONG, Gary Ka-Leung - Associate Professor

Educational Background
  • B.Sc., City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral: City University of Hong Kong and Durham University, UK

Current Research Interests
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Luminescent Materials
  • Sol-Gel Chemistry
  • Lanthanide Spectroscopy


The European Rare Earth and Actinide Society, 2015 ERES Junior Award

Professional Appointment
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Luminescence (Elsevier)
  • International Advisory Board Member, ChemPlusChem (Wiley-VCH)

Selected Publications
  1. L. Jiang, R. Lan, T. Huang, C.-F. Chan, H. Li, S. Lear, J. Zong, W.-Y. Wong, M. M.-Lan Lee, B. D. Chan, W.-L. Chan, W.-S. Lo, N.-K. Mak,* M. L. Lung, G. S. Taylor, Z.-X. Bian, W. C. S. Tai, G.-L. Law,* W.-T. Wong,* S. L. Cobb,* and K.-L. Wong,* ‘Targeting EBNA1: A therapeutic approach for EBV-related tumour with tailor responsive optical imaging’, Nature Biomedical Engineering, (2017) 0042. (Highlighted in Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2017, 0059 and Cell Chemical Biology, 2017, 647-648) 
  2. H. Li, R. Lan, C.-F. Chan, G. Bao, C. Xie, P.-H. Chu, W. C. S. Tai, J.-X. Zhang and K.-L. Wong,* 'Luminescent lanthanide approach towards direct visualization of primary cilia in living cells’, Chemical Communications, 53 (2017) 7084-7087.
  3. Y. Zhou, C.-F. Chan, D. W. J. Kwong, G.-L. Law, S. Cobb, W.-K. Wong and K.-L. Wong,* ‘αvb3-isoform specific erbium complexes highly specific for bladder cancer imaging and photodynamic therapy’, Chemical Communications, 53 (2017) 557-560.
  4. A. Nonat, C.- F. Chan, T. Liu, C. Platas-Iglesias, Z. Li, Wing-Tak Wong, W.-K. Wong, K.-L. Wong,* and L. J. Charbonnièrea* ‘Room temperature molecular up-conversion in solution’, Nature Communications, (2016) 11978.
  5. Z. Liang, T.-H. Tsoi, C.-F. Chan, L. Dai, Y. Wu, G. Du, L. Zhu, C.-S. Lee, W.-T. Wong, G.-L. Law and K.-L. Wong,* ‘A smart “off-on” gate for in-situ detection of hydrogen sulphide with Cu(II)-assisted europium emission’, Chemical Science, 7 (2016) 2151-2156.
  6. H. Li, R. Lan, C.-F. Chan, L. Jiang, L. Dai, M. H.-W. Lam and K.-L. Wong,* ‘Real-time in-situ  monitoring via europium emission of the photo-release of antitumor cisplatin from a Eu-Pt complex’, Chemical Communications, (2015) 14022-14025. (Inside front cover)
  7. T. Zhang, R. Lan, C.-F. Chan, G.-L. Law, W.-K. Wong and K.-L. Wong,* ‘In vivo selective cancer tracking gadolinium eradicator as new generation photodynamic therapy agent’, Proceedings of National Academy of Science USA, 111 (2014) E5492-E5497.
  8. L. Jiang, L.-L. Lau, H. Li, C.-F. Chan, R. Lan, W.-L. Chan, T. C.-K. Lau, G. S.-W. Tsao, N.-K. Mak and K.-L. Wong,* ‘EBNA1 specific luminescence small molecules for imaging and inhibition of latently EBV-infected tumor cells’, Chemical Communications, 50 (2014) 6517-6519.
  9. T. Zhang, C.-F. Chan, R. Lan, H. Li, N.-K. Mak, W.-K. Wong and K.-L. Wong,* ‘Potential differentiation of cancer cells imaging bioprobes by porphyrin-based ytterbium complexes targeting anionic phospholipid membrane’, Chemical Communications, 49 (2013) 7258-7260.
  10. J.-X. Zhang, H.-G. Li, C.-F. Chan, R.-F. Lan, W.-L. Chan, G.-L. Law, W.-K. Wong and K.-L. Wong,* ‘A potential water-soluble ytterbium-based porphyrin-cyclen dual bio-probe for Golgi apparatus imaging and photodynamic therapy’, Chemical Communications, 48, (2012) 9646-9648.
  11. H.-K. Kong, F. L. Chadbourne, G.-L. Law, C. Y.-T. Ko, H.-L. Tam, S. L. Cobb, C.-K. Lau, C.-S. Lee and K.-L. Wong,* ‘Two-photon induced responsive f-f emissive detection for Cyclin A with a europium- chelating peptide’, Chemical Communications, 47 (2011) 8052-8054.
  12. T. Zhang, X. Zhu, W.-M. Kwok, C. T.-L. Chan, H.-L. Tam, W.-K. Wong and K.-L. Wong,* ‘Water-soluble mitochondria-specific ytterbium complex with impressive NIR emission’, Journal of the American Chemistry Society, 50, (2011) 20120-20122.