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LEUNG, Kevin

Title:

Professor

Education Background

PhD (The University of Western Australia)

M.Sc (The University of Sussex)

B.Sc (The University of Kent at Canterbury)

Research Field
Synthetic, Structural and Mechanistic Studies of Organometallic Compounds; Reactivity Studies; Catalytic Studies
Email

kevinleung@cuhk.edu.cn

Biography:


Professor Leung received his B.Sc.(Hon.) degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1979), M.Sc. (Organometallic Chemistry) from the University of Sussex (1980) and Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia (1984). After his Senior Postdoctoral Fellow position in Sussex University (UK), he joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1990. He was appointed as the Director of Applied Chemistry and Management Studies Programme from 2001 to 2006. He was the Professor in the Chemistry Department from 1997 to 2015. He was appointed as the Chairman of Chemistry Department in 2014 to 2015. He is now the Adjunct Professor of Chemistry Department. He is currently a member and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist. He is serving as the regional editor for the journal Main Group Chemistry. He has also served as the reviewers for international journals such as Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and J.C.S. Dalton Trans. His research areas include:

1. Synthetic, structural and mechanistic studies of organometallic compounds, focusing on the use of bulky ligands in stabilizing otherwise kinetically labile molecules.

2. Reactivity studies of main group G14 metal carbene analogues.

3. Synthetic and catalytic studies of organo-zirconium and lanthanide compounds.


Academic Publications:


1. W.-P. Leung*, Y.-C. Chan and C.-W. So, Organometallics, 2015, 2015, “Chemistry of Heavier Group 14 Base-Stabilized Heterovinylidenes”.

2. W.-P. Leung*, Wang-Kin Chiu and T. C. W. Mak, Organometallics, 2014, 33, 225-230.“Reactivity of Pyridyl-1-azallyl Germanium (I) Dimer: Synthesis of a Digermahydrazine Derivative and an Iron-coordinated germanium (I) Dimer”.

3. W.-P. Leung*, Yuk-Chi Chan and T. C. W. Mak, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43(1), 63-66. “Synthesis and Characterization of an Octanuclear Copper (I) Methanediide Cluster”.

4. W.-P. Leung*, Wang-Kin Chiu and T. C. W. Mak, Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52 (16), 9479- 9486. “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Base-Stabilized Oligomeric Heterovinylidenes”.

5. W.-P. Leung*, Yuk-Chi Chan and T. C. W. Mak, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 2584-2592. “Synthesis and Structural Characterisation of Lithium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Heavier group 14 Metal Complexes derived from 2-quinolyl-linked (Thiophosporano) methane”.

6. W.-P. Leung*, Kwok-Wai Kan, Yuk-Chi Chan and T. C. W. Mak, Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 4571-4577. “Synthesis of Hetero-Binuclear Complexes from Bisgermavinylidene”.

7. W.-P. Leung*, Wang-Kin Chiu and T. C. W. Mak, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 6966 - 6971. “Synthesis and Structural Characterisation of Metallogermylenes, Cp-Substituted Germylene, and a Germanium (II-Borane Adduct from Pyridyl-1-Azzaallyl Germanium (II) Chloride”.

8. W.-P. Leung*, Yuk-Chi Chan and T. C. W. Mak, Inorganic Chemistry, 2011, 50 (21), 10517. “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of a Tin Analogue of Allene”.

9. W.-P. Leung,* Z.-X Wang, H.-W Li, and T. C.W. Mak Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2001, 40, 2501; Angew. Chem. 113, 2501. “Bis (germavinylidene) [(Me3SiN=PPh2)2C=Ge→Ge=C(Ph2P=NSiMe3)] and 1,3-dimetallacyclobutanes [M{μ2-C(Ph2P=NSiMe3)2}]2 (M = Sn, Pb)”.

10. W.-P. Leung,* Z.-X Wang, H.-W Li, and T. C.W. Mak, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 8123. “Synthesis and structures of novel low-valent Group 14 1,3-dimetallacyclobutanes and a mixed-metal 1,3-stanna-plumbacyclobutane”.

11. W.-P. Leung,* C.-W. So, J.-Z. Wang and T. C.W. Mak, J. Chem, Soc., Chem. Commun., 2003, 248. “A novel synthesis of metallogermacyclopropane and molybdenum bis (iminophosphorano) carbene complexes from bisgermavinylidene”.

Book Chapters

1. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, Chapter on “Alkali Metals”, published by VCH, 2006.

2. W.P. Leung, Q.W.Y. Ip, "Alkali Metals: Inorganic Chemistry" in Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, ed R. H. Crabtree, John Wiley: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia003. Published 15 March 2006.

3. W.P. Leung, Y.C. Chan "Alkali Metals: Inorganic Chemistry" in Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, ed R. H. Crabtree, John Wiley: Chichester. Published 2014.

Patents

1. Co-inventor German Patent 1-96-16-523-7, 1997. “Polymerisationkatalysatoren mit Beta-Diketiminatliganden”.

2. Co-inventor of European Patent EP-0-803-520-B1, 16 Dec., 1998. "Polymerisationkatalysatoren mit Beta-Diketiminat-Liganden".

3. Co-inventor of United States Patent No.6,034,258, 7 March, 2000. "Polymerization Catalysts Containing Beta-Diketiminate Ligands".

Co-inventor Japanese Patent 97/106939, 2000 "Polymerization Catalysts Containing Beta-Diketiminate Ligands".