(010) (Apr 2021- Mar 2022, Postdoc) Dr. Jason Jiajun Jiang received his BSc in Chemical Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016, where he carried out his PhD in chiral gold(III) catalysis under supervision of Dr. Man-Kin Wong. In April 2021, before his PhD defence in Jun 2021, he served as a postdoctoral fellow under co-supervision of Dr. Man-Kin Wong and Dr. Franco Leung. His major research interest is the development of photo-controlled drug delivery systems. Jason has left our group on Mar 2022 to be a postdoc in Shenzhen.

Postgraduate Student

(007) (Sep 2020–May 2024, MPhil & Research Assistant) Miss Khloe Shuk-Ying Kwan received her BEng in Chemical Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2019. After completing undergraduate studies, she intends to embark on materials design and applications. She has experience in synthesizing and designing metal-organic frameworks from the perspective of environmental protection. To further investigate soft materials for biomedical purposes, she  joined our group as a research assistant in Sept 2020 with focus on photoresponsive gating systems. In Sept 2021, Khloe has started to carry out her MPhil. study in exploration of photoresponsive soft materials and photoresponsive gating systems. Later in Sept 2023, Khloe continues her works serving as a research associate. Khloe has left our group on May 2024.

PhD Exchange Student

(023) (Sep-Dec 2022, PhD Exchange Student) Ms. Jiahui Meng completed her BSc in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Qingdao Agricultural University in June 2019. Later, she joins Prof. Jiawen Chen's research group in South China Normal University as a master's student, mainly focusing on supramolecular chemistry and photoresponsive materials studies. She is now studying her PhD under Prof. Chen's guidance, while she is strongly motivated and enthusiastic in supramolecular chemistry and materials. In Sept 2022, she will join our team as part of her exchange program in PhD, promoting scientific exchange between Prof. Chen and our research teams. Jiahui has left our group on Dec 2022.

(025) (Summer 2023, Master Exchange Student) Ms. Lea Woldeiesus received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Darmstadt University of Applied Science, Germany in 2020. In the same year, she pursued her Master of Science degree in Chemical and Biotechnology with a focus on Chemical Technology at the same university. From November 2020 to April 2023, Lea worked as a student research assistant and completed her Master's thesis at Tenneco Powertrain Company in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was part of the R&D Bearings Department/Electroplated Overlays team, where she focused on the electrodeposition of plain bearings for internal-combustion engines. In July 2023, she joined our group as a research intern to further enlarge her research endeavors. Lea has left our group on Aug 2023.

Research Assistant

(003) (Jul-Aug 2022, Research Assistant; Sept 2021-Jun 2022, FYP; Jul 2020-Aug 2021, Student Helper) Mr. Sean Renshan Guo has received his higher diploma in Chemical Technology in 2020, and he is joining our Laboratory as a research student helper. Sean is a curious and responsible student who want to learn more knowledge. Also, Sean is interested to organic synthesis which inspires him to expand his knowledge. Sean has finished his final year project in the year of 2021/2022. Sean has left our group on Aug 2022 to be a local high school teacher.

(006) (Aug-Nov 2020, Research Assistant) Mr. Fulin Yao obtained his BSc in Anhui University of Chinese Medicine (2009), and then he finished his Master in Chemistry from Jiangxi Normal University (2013) with focus on polymeric materials synthesis and characterizations. Fulin served as research assistant in Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering (2013-2015), later he became an organic synthesis research fellow in Shanghai ChemPartner (2015-2019) and TCI (2019-2020). After his long journey in commercial companies, in late July 2020, Fulin joined us as a research assistant to strengthen our synthetic capability. Fulin has left our group on Nov 2020.

(009) (Sep 2020-May 2023, Research Assistant) Miss Astra Ying-Ying Lui has finished her BSc degree in Chemical Technology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2020. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Man-Kin Wong’s group (PolyU) for bioconjugation and photocleavable linkers research. Currently, she is serving as a research assistant in developing controlled drug delivery systems under co-supervision of Dr. Man-Kin Wong and Dr. Franco Leung. Astra finished her work here and left our group on May 2023.

(013) (Aug 2021-Sep 2022, Research Assistant) Mr. Anson Kwok-Hei Chau received his BSc degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2017. He was a research assistant in the Department of Clinical Oncology in the group of Prof. Maria Li Lung (HKU), before commencing his MPhil in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Ho-Yu Au Yeung (HKU) with mechanically interlocked molecules as his research focus. To further explore the scope of supramolecular chemistry in biology, he is joining our research group in Aug 2021 as a research assistant, focusing on the development of biocompatible photoresponsive soft materials. Anson finished his works here and left our group on Sep 2022.

Undergraduate Student

(004) (Jul-Aug 2020, Student Helper) Mr. Kwok-Chen Yung will receive his higher diploma in Chemical Technology in 2020. He recently joined Dr. Franco Leung Laboratory as a research student helper. Chen is a conscientious and optimistic student with strong motivation to learn more chemistry knowledge. He was working on synthesis and characterization of novel photoresponsive amphiphiles.

(008) (Sept-Dec 2020, FYP) Mr. Yuk-Sing Lo is going to finish his BSc in Chemical Technology in 2021. The degree programme introduced various chemical knowledge from different realms to him. He decided to choose organic synthesis as his final year project's orientation. He is focusing on the synthesis and supramolecular assembling of azobenzene-based amphiphiles in our group. Yuk Sing has left our group on Dec 2020.

(014) (Sept-Dec 2021, Student Helper; Jan-July 2023, FYP) Miss Chelsea Tesvara is studying her BSc in Chemical Technology. In Sept 2021, she joined our team as a research student helper. Chelsea is interested in learning organic synthetic techniques and supramolecular studies, understanding soft materials for biomedical applications. Chelsea is continuing her research student helper in 2022 Summer. In Sept 2022, she will start her proposed research project of photoresponsive amphiphiles assembly. Chelsea has left our group on July 2023.

(016) (Jan-July 2022, FYP) Miss Charlotte Yan-Yi Lam is studying her BSc in Chemical Technology. Before joining our team as a final year project student, she had served as a summer laboratory assistant in Prof. Pei Li’s research team to carry out bacterial time-kill test studies for CareCoatex antibacterial spray. Charlotte likes to obtain more experimental techniques in organic synthesis. She is now working on the characterisation and synthesis of amphiphilic Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts (DASAs). Charlotte has left our group on July 2022.

(018) (Jun 2022 - Mar 2023, Student Helper) Miss Shrija Pathak from India is a second year Chemical Technology undergraduate in PolyU. After joining our team in June of 2022, she will study the synthesis, applications, and properties of Indigoid photo-switches. Currently, Shrija aims to further her knowledge and experience in organic synthesis and photo-responsive molecules; in the future, she hopes to explore the application of organic chemistry and its principles in sustainable energy systems. Shrija has left our group on March 2023.

(019) (Jun-Aug 2022, Jun-Aug 2023, Student Helper) Mr. Henry Hung-Ming Chan is pursuing Chemical Technology for his higher diploma. Henry likes Physics and Chemistry since his secondary school life. He is eager to acquire more experimental experience and become an expert in chemistry. In 2022 summer, Henry is joining us to be a research student helper with the research focus on the photoresponsive amphiphiles design and synthesis. Henry has left our group on Aug 2023.

(027) (Aug 2023, Student Helper) Mr Yiu Sing Chung is currently pursuing his BSc in Applied Biology with Biotechnology, with a keen interest in medical laboratory science and biochemistry. In July 2023, he joined our team as a student helper to assist the research on hydrogel design with supramolecular materials. Yiu Sing has left our group on Aug 2023.

(028) (Sep 2023 - Apr 2024, FYP) Mr. FAN Jintian is studying his BSc in Chemical Technology. He focusses on organic synthesis and biological applications. Before joining our team, he had joined Dr. MA Cong’s laboratory to be a student helper and worked for discovery of novel anti-influenza and anti-bacterial agents in April 2022 and May 2023 separately. Now he is doing his FYP in our team with focus on the photoresponsive molecular amphiphiles synthesis and characterizations. Jintian has left our group on Apr 2024.

(029) (Sep 2023 - Apr 2024, FYP) Mr. Peter Kai Feng Chen is studying his BSc in Chemical Technology. Peter is interested in design and synthesis of water-soluble and long wavelength driven hemi-indigo photoswitches. In Sept 2023, he is joining our laboratory as a Final Year Project Student and eager to promote his experimental techniques skills and gain further hands-on experience in the field of Organic Chemistry. Peter has left our group on Apr 2024.