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Dr Franco K.C. Leung
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Dr Leung King-chi, Franco

Assistant Professor

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Master of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Doctor of Science in Electronic Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Professional Qualifications

  • Croucher Fellowship for postdoctoral research at University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Research Overview

Our research direction uses the advanced synthetic methodologies for developing novel stimuli-responsive molecular switches, out-of-equilibrium supramolecular systems, and next-generation supramolecular soft matters towards application in biomedical materials and drug deliveries.

Research Interests

  • Supramolecular Assembly
  • Molecular Machinery
  • Soft Robotic Material
  • Biomedical Material
  • Supramolecular Dynamics


    • Young Innovative Researcher Award (2022)
      The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • Croucher Innovation Award (2021)
      Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong, China
    • Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowships (2017-2019)
      Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong, China
    • International Program Associate, Ph.D. Scholarship (2014-2017)
      RIKEN, Japan
  1. L.-H. Cheung, T. Kajitani, F. K.-C. Leung*. Visible-Light Controlled Supramolecular Transformations of Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts Amphiphiles at Multiple Length-Scale. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2022, In Press (DOI). [IF: 9.96]
  2. K. S.-Y. Kwan, Y.-Y. Lui, T. Kajitani,  F. K.-C. Leung*. Aqueous Supramolecular Co-Assembly of Anionic and Cationic Photoresponsive Stiff-Stilbene Amphiphiles. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2022, 2200438 (DOI). [IF: 5.73]
  3. S. Chen, R. Costil, F. K. C. Leung,* B. L. Feringa*. Self-Assembly of Photoresponsive Molecular Amphiphiles in Aqueous Media. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 11604–11627. [IF: 16.82]
  4. S. Chen, F. K. C. Leung,*M. C. A. Stuart, C. Wang,* B. L. Feringa*. Dynamic Assemblies of Molecular Motor Amphiphiles Control Macroscopic Foam Properties. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020142, 10163–10172. [IF: 16.38]
  5. F. Xu, L. Pfeifer, M. C. A. Stuart, F. K. C. Leung,* B. L. Feringa*. Multi-Modal Control over the Assembly of a Molecular Motor Bola-Amphiphile in Water. Chem. Commun. 202056, 7451–7454. [IF: 6.06]
  6. F. K. C. Leung,* T. Kajitani, M. C. A. Stuart, T. Fukushima, B. L. Feringa*. Dual-Controlled Macroscopic Motions in A Supramolecular Hierarchical Assembly of Motor Amphiphiles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58,10985–10989, and selected asHot Paper. [IF: 16.82]
  7. F. K. C. Leung, T. van den Enk, T. Kajitani, J. Chen, M. C. A. Stuart, J. Kuipers, T. Fukushima, B. L. Feringa*. Supramolecular Packing and Macroscopic Alignment Controls Actuation Speed in Macroscopic Strings of Molecular Motor Amphiphiles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 17724–17733. [IF: IF: 16.38]
  8. J. ChenF. K. C. Leung, M. C. A. Stuart, T. Kajitani, T. Fukushima, E. van der Giessen, B. L. Feringa*. Artificial Muscle-Like Function from Hierarchical Supramolecular Assembly of Photoresponsive Molecular Motors. Nature Chemistry 201810, 132–138. († Equal Contribution) [IF: 24.27]
  9. F. K. C. Leung, F. Ishiwari, T. Kajitani, Y. Shoji, T. Hikima, M. Takata, A. Saeki, S. Seki, Y. M. A. Yamada, T. Fukushima*. Supramolecular Scaffold for Tailoring the 2D Assembly of Functional Molecular Units into Organic Thin Films. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11727–11733. [IF: 16.38]

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