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

Current Research Interests

Selected Publications

(See also:
  1. C.-S. Kwan, R. Zhao, M. A. Van Hove, Z. Cai, K. C.-F. Leung, “Higher-Generation Type III-B Rotaxane Dendrimers with Controlling Particle Size in Three-Dimensional Molecular Switching”, Nature Commun., 9, 497 (2018).
  2. X. Li, W. Luo, T.-W. Ng, P. C. Leung, C. F. Zhang, K. C.-F. Leung, L. J. Jin, “Nanoparticle-encapsulated Baicalein Markedly Modulates Pro-inflammatory Response in Gingival Epithelial Cells”, Nanoscale, 9, 12897-12907 (2017). [Hot Article]
  3. L. W. C. Ho, W.-Y. Yung, K. H. S. Sy, H. Y. Li, C. K. K. Choi, K. C.-F. Leung, T. W.-Y. Lee, C. H. J. Choi, “Effect of Alkylation on the Cellular Uptake of Polyethylene Glycol-Coated Gold Nanoparticles”, ACS Nano, 11, 6085-6101 (2017).
  4. Q. L. Fang, S. X. Duan, J. F. Zhang, J. X. Li, K. C.-F. Leung, “Dual Shelled Fe3O4/Polydopamine Hollow Microspheres as an Effective Eu(III) Absorbent”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 5, 2947-2958 (2017). [Highlighted in Advances in Engineering]
  5. C.-S. Kwan, A. S. C. Chan, K. C.-F. Leung, “A Fluorescent and Switchable Rotaxane Dual Organocatalyst”, Org. Lett. 18, 976-979 (2016).
  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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).
  11. 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).
  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)

  • 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.
  • Laboratory research assistant position available in a university-funded institute. Requirement: BSc, MSc, or MPhil degree specialized in Materials Chemistry, or related disciplines.
  • Researcher position available in a chemical industry located at HK/Mainland. Requirement: BSc degree or above in Chemistry or related disciplines.
  • Students who have excellent academic scores can apply for The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship scheme.