Parvej Alam

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Education Background

Postdoctoral Fellow (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Ph.D. (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani)

M.Sc. (DDU Gorakhpur University)


Research Field
Luminescent functional materials, Organic room temperature phosphorescence and Long-persistent luminescence, Biomedical application
Academic Area
Chemistry, Materials
Personal Website

Dr. Parvej Alam obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani in India (2011-2016), where he worked on the synthesis and applications of aggregation-induced emission (AIE) active transition metal complexes. He then joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as a postdoctoral researcher (2016-2023) in the pioneering AIE lab of Prof. Ben Zhong Tang.

At HKUST, Dr. Alam designed and synthesized a wide range of novel AIE-active metal complexes and organic molecules. His work covered the full scope of AIE research, including new iridium and gold-based phosphorescence metal complexes, pure organic room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) and long-persistent luminescence (OLPL) materials.

Dr. Alam published over 41 papers, including 21 as first author in high-impact journals such as J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., and Nat. Commun. Dr. Alam has four granted patents related to AIE, RTP, and OLPL materials.

In July 2023, Dr. Alam joined the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-Shenzhen) as a research scientist and received Oversea National Talent Program. His current research focuses on developing near-infrared RTP and OLPL materials for biomedical applications, including bioimaging, photodynamic therapy, and sensing.


Academic Publications
  1. P. Alam* and B. Z. Tang et al., Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE), Life and Health, ACS Nano 2023, 14347.
  2. M. Zhang, J. Zhang, P. Alam, W. Li, J. W.Y. Lam, G. Jia, B. Z. Tang, Hydrazone-Based AIEgens with Photofluorochromic Ability for Rewritable, Intensity-Variable, and High-Resolution Photopattern, Advanced Functional Materials 2023, 2213927.
  3. J. Ma, Z. Lu, C. Li, Y. Luo, Y. Shi, P. Alam, J.W.Y. Lam, Z. Wang, B. Z. Tang, Fluorescence ratiometric assay for discriminating GSH and Cys based on the composites of UiO-66-NH2 and Cu nanoclusters, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2022, 114582.
  4. J. Zhang#, P. Alam#, S. Zhang#, H. Shen, L. Hu, H. Sung, I. Williams, J. Sun, J. W.Y. Lam, H. Zhang, B. Z. Tang, Secondary Through-Space Interactions: Achieving Single-Molecule White-Light Emission from Clusteroluminogens with Isolated Phenyl Rings, Nature Communications 2022, 13, 3492.
  5. P. Alam#, T. S. Cheung#, N. L. C. Leung, J. Zhang, J. Guo, L. Du, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, Z. Zeng, D. L. Phillips, H. H. Y. Sung, I. D. Williams, and B. Z. Tang, Organic Long-Persistent Luminescence from a Single-Component Aggregate, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2022, 144, 7, 3050.
  6. H. Xie, Z. Li, J. Gong, L. Hu, P. Alam, Xiaofan Ji, Yubing Hu, Joe HC Chau, Jacky W. Y. Lam, Ryan T. K. Kwok, Ben Zhong Tang, Photo-triggered Aggregation-Induced Emission and Direct Generation of 4D Soft Patterns, Advanced Materials 2021, 2105113.
  7. S. Biswas, G. Manna, B. Das, A. Bhattacharya, A. K Pal, A. Datta, P. Alam, I. R. Laskar, Pramita Mondal, Mrinmay K Mukhopadhyay, Milan K Sanyal, Somobrata Acharya, Origin of Intense Luminescence from Supramolecular Two-dimensional Molecular Crystals, Small 2021, 2103212.
  8. K. Siddharth#, P. Alam#, Md D. Hossain, N. Xie, G. S. Nambafu, F. Rehman, J. W. Y. Lam, G. Chen, J. Cheng, Z. Luo, G. Chen, B. Z. Tang, M. Shao, Detection of Intermediate in Ammonia Oxidation Reaction Using Aggregation-Induced Emission Phenomenon, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2021, 2433.
  9. J. Zhang, B. He, Y. Hu, P. Alam, H. Zhang, J. W. Y. Lam, B. Z. Tang, Stimuli-Responsive AIEgens, Advanced Materials 2021, 2008071.
  10. P. Alam, N. L. C. Leung, J. Zhang, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, and B. Z. Tang, AIE-based luminescence probes for metal ions detection, Coordination Chemistry Review 2021, 213693.
  11. J. Zhang, B. He, W. Wu, P. Alam, H. Zhang, J. Gong, F. Song, Z. Wang, H. H. Y. Sung, I. D. Williams, Z. Wang, J. W. Y. Lam, B. Z. Tang, Molecular Motions in AIEgen Crystals: Turning on Photoluminescence by Force-Induced Filament Sliding, Journal of the American Chemical Society 142, 14608.
  12. P. Alam#, N. L. C. Leung #, J. Liu, T. S. Cheung, X. Zhang, Z. He, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, H. H. Y Sung, I. D. Williams, C. C.S. Chan, K. S. Wong, Q. Peng, B. Z. Tang, Two Are Better Than One: A Design Principle for Ultralong‐Persistent Luminescence of Pure Organics, Advanced Materials 2020, 2001026.
  13. P. Alam#, H. Wei#, N. L. C. Leung, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, H. H-Y Sung, I. D. Williams, B. Z. Tang, Tunable Red Aggregation Induced Emission core with specific organelle targeting, Advanced Functional Materials 2019, 1909268.
  14. X. Zhang, L. Du, W. Zhao, Z. Zhao, Y. Xiong, X. He, P. F. Gao, P. Alam, C. Wang, Z. Li, J. Leng, J. Liu, C. Zhou, J. W. Y. Lam, D. L. Phillips, G. Zhang, B. Z. Tang, Ultralong UV/mechano-excited room temperature phosphorescence from purely organic cluster excitons, Nature Communications 2019, 1-10.
  15. P. Alam, C. Climent, P. Alemany, A. R. Choudhury, I. R. Laskar Aggregation-Induced Emission" of Transition Metal Compounds: Design, Mechanistic Insights, and Applications, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, C: Photochemistry Reviews 2019, 100317.
  16. P. Alam#, N. L. C. Leung#, Y. Cheng, H. Zhang, J. LIU, W. Wu, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, H. H. Y. Sung, I. D. Williams, B. Z. Tang, Spontaneous and fast molecular motion at room temperature in the solid-state, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019, 4584.
  17. P. Alam#, N. L. C. Leung#, H. Su, Z. Qiu, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, B. Z. Tang, A Highly Sensitive Bimodal Detection of Amine Vapours Based on Aggregation Induced Emission of 1, 2‐Dihydroquinoxaline Derivatives, Chemistry-A European Journal 2017, 1–8.
  18. S. Maji, P. Alam, G. S. Kumar, S. Biswas, P. K. Sarkar, B. Das, I. Rehman, B. B. Das, N. R. Jana, I. R. Laskar, S. Acharya, Induced Aggregation of AIE‐Active Mono‐Cyclometalated Ir(III) Complex into Supramolecular Branched Wires for Light‐Emitting Diodes, Small 2017, 1603780.
  19. C. Climent#, P. Alam#, S. S. Pasha, G. Kaur, A. R. Choudhury, I. R. Laskar, P. Alemany, D. Casanova, Dual emission and multi-stimuli-response in iridium (III) complexes with aggregation-induced enhanced emission: applications for quantitative CO2 detection, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2017, 7784.
  20. P. Alam, I. R. Laskar, A multi-stimuli responsive "AIE" active salicylaldehyde-based Schiff base for sensitive detection of fluoride, Sensors and Actuators B 2016, 228.
  21. P. Alam, G. Kaur,  A. Gupta, A. R. Choudhury, and Inamur Rahaman Laskar, Highly sensitive explosive sensing by "aggregation-induced phosphorescence" active cyclometalated iridium(III) complexes, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2015, 5450.
  22. P. Alam, P. Das, C. Climent, M. Karanam, D. Casanova, P. Alemany, A. R. Choudhury, N. R. Jana, I. R. Laskar, Facile Tuning of the Aggregation Induced Emission Wavelength in a Common Framework of a Cyclometalated Iridium(III) Complex: Micellar Encapsulated Probe in Cellular Imaging, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2014, 5615.