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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


    • Rising Stars in Polymer Science (2023)
      Polymer Journal, Springer Nature & The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
    • Outstanding Young Alumni Award of Faculty of Science (2023)
      The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
    • Outstanding Young Alumni Award of Department of ABCT (2023)
      The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
    • Young Innovative Researcher Award (2022)
      The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
    • 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

(Underscore First Author)(* Corresponding Author)

  1. J. C.-K. Yau, K.-L. Hung, Y. Ren, T. Kajitani, M. C. A. Stuart, F. K.-C. Leung*. Red-Light-Controlled Supramolecular Assemblies of Indigo Amphiphiles at Multiple Length Scales. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2024662, 391–403. (DOI)
  2. L.-H. Cheung, J. C. To, W.-K. Wong, M. C. A. Stuart, T. Kajitani, V. W. Keng*, F. K.-C. Leung*. Tailoring Multi-Controlled Supramolecular Assemblies of Stiff-Stilbene Amphiphiles into Macroscopic Soft Scaffolds as Cell-Material Interfaces. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 202416, 3, 4056–4070. (DOI)
  3. A. K.-H. ChauF. K.-C. Leung*. Exploration of Molecular Machines in Supramolecular Soft Robotic Systems. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 2023315, 102892. (DOI)
  4. 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. 2022628, 984–993. (DOI)
  5. S. Chen, L. Yang, F. K.-C. Leung*, T. Kajitani, M. C. A. Stuart, T. Fukushima, P. van Rijn*, B. L. Feringa*. Photoactuating Artificial Muscle of Motor Amphiphiles as Extracellular Matrix Mimetic Scaffold for Mesenchymal Stem Cells. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022144, 3543–3553. (DOI)
  6. S. Chen, R. Costil, F. K. C. Leung,* B. L. Feringa*. Self-Assembly of Photoresponsive Molecular Amphiphiles in Aqueous Media. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11604–11627. (DOI)
  7. 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. (DOI)
  8. 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. (DOI)

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