Academic Profile

ScD Cambridge University, UK (2015)
PhD Simon Fraser University, Canada (1995)
MSc National University of Singapore (1992)
Dip Ed National Institute of Education, Singapore (1985)
BA, MA Cambridge University, UK (1982, 1986)

Professor Leong joined the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry on 19 Jan 2009. He obtained his BA (Natural Sciences Tripos) from Cambridge University under an Overseas Merit Scholarship in 1982, and his Dip Ed (after completing his full-time NS) from NIE in 1985, before joining the teaching service. He completed his MSc in NUS in 1991, was with Glaxo Development briefly, before embarking for his PhD at Simon Fraser University. On returning to Singapore, he joined NUS as a Teaching Fellow and was eventually promoted to Associate Professor. He was awarded his ScD by Cambridge University in 2015. His main research area is the chemistry of organometallic clusters and related areas. He has over 200 research publications.
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Assoc Prof Leong Weng Kee
Associate Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry

Professor Leong's main research area is organometallic chemistry, particularly organometallic cluster chemistry, and includes: (a) Development of novel and especially mixed-metal cluster chemistry, (b) Bioorganometallic chemistry especially of clusters, (c) Mechanistic studies in catalysis and bond activation, and (d) Organometallic clusters in nanoscience and nanomaterials.
  • Development of a new class of multimodal probes for bioimaging: High nuclearity carbonyl clusters

  • Osmium Carbonyl Clusters for Cancer Therapy

  • Seed Funding

  • Subnanometre Silicon(0) and Germanium(0) Clusters for Catalysis and Electronics

  • The Reactivity of Organometallic Compounds with the Se-Sand S-S Bonds
  • Z. Lam, K.V. Kong, M. Olivo and W.K. Leong. (2016). The Vibrational Spectroscopy of Metal Carbonyls for Bio-Imaging and -Sensing. The Analyst, 141, 1569-86.

  • C. kr Barik, R. Ganguly, Y. Li, C. Przybylski, M. Salmain and W.K. Leong. (2018). Embedding a Ruthenium-based Structural Mimic of the [Fe]-Hydrogenase Cofactor into Papain. Inorganic Chemistry, 57, 12206-12.

  • Y. Liu, R. Ganguly, H.V. Huynh and W.K. Leong. (2019). Platinum-Osmium Heterometallic Clusters Containing N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands and an Electron Deficient Tetraosmium Byproduct. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2019, 1966-9.

  • W.X. Koh, L. Coppo, A. Holmgren, J.W. Kong and W.K. Leong. (2020). Inhibition of Thioredoxin Reductase by Triosmium Carbonyl Clusters. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 33, 2441-5.

  • Y.-Z. Li, R. Ganguly and W.K. Leong. (2018). Expedient Synthesis of a Metallostibine Os2(CO)8(m-SbPh): An Unusual and Strong Two-electron Donor Ligand. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 2541-6.