Hello! We have migrated to a new site - Click here to view our latest information.
LEONG, Weng Kee

Associate Professor

Education: BA, MA, Cambridge U; Dip Ed, NIE; MSc, NUS; PhD, Simon Fraser U

Research Area: Organometallic Chemistry

Phone: (65) 6592 7577

Fax: (65) 6791 1961

E-mail: chmlwk@ntu.edu.sg


Research Interest

Our research interest is in organometallic chemistry and its applications in a number of different areas:

Bioorganometallic chemistry
Bioorganometallic chemistry lies at the confluence of organometallic and biological chemistry. Current activities in this new field are already very wide-ranging and varied. Our own interest is in the application of organometallic carbonyl clusters in particular, in the biomedical areas and in biology.

Nanomaterials are finding increasing utility in a number of areas, including biomedical imaging and heterogeneous catalysis. Control of their size and composition are very important, and organometallic compounds, in particular organometallic clusters, are useful precursors for this purpose.

Homogeneous catalysis and bond activation
The link between organometallic chemistry and catalysis, especially homogeneous catalysis, is well established. Our current interest in homogeneous catalysis lies mainly in bond activation reactions and a detailed study of the reaction pathways utilising spectroscopic, kinetic and computational methods.

<Please check out my group webpage for details.>

Selected Publications

  1. S.L. Kuan, W.K. Leong, R.D. Webster and L.Y. Goh. Mixed-sandwich Cp*Cr Complexes Containing Poly(methimazolyl)borates (Cp* = C5Me5) – Syntheses, Structural and Electrochemical Studies. Organometallics 2012, 31, 273-81.

  2. E. Kumaran and W.K. Leong. Rhodium(III) Catalysed Hydroamination of Aromatic Terminal Alkynes with Anilines. Organometallics 2012, 31, 1068-72.

  3. Y.L.K. Tan, P. Pigeon, S. Top, E. Labbé, O. Buriez, E.A. Hillard, A. Vessières, C. Amatore, W.K. Leong and G. Jaouen. Ferrocenyl catechols: Synthesis, oxidation chemistry and anti-proliferative effects on MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 7537-49. 

  4. E. Kumaran and W.K. Leong. The Reaction of [Cp*RhCl2]2, Aniline and a Terminal Alkyne - Formation of Cyclometallated Rhodium(III) Complexes. Organometallics 2012, 31, 4849-53.

  5. S.L. Kuan, W.K. Leong, R.D. Webster and L.Y. Goh. Mixed-sandwich (Cp*/(HMB))Ru Complexes Containing bis(methimazolyl)(pyrazolyl)borate (Cp* = 5-C5Me5, HMB = 6-C6Me6). Organometallics 2012, 31, 5159-68.

  6. K.V. Kong, Z. Lam, W.D. Goh, W.K. Leong, M. Olivo. Metal Carbonyl-Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates for Live-Cell SERS Imaging. Angew. Chem. 2012, 51, 9796-9.