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Wei Lu

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry


Education Qualifications


   Jan. 2000—Dec. 2003       PhD, Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

   Sept. 1995—July 1998      MSc, Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

   Sept. 1991—July 1995      BSc, Department of Chemistry, Sichuan University


Academic Experience


  Sept. 2013—present     Tenured Associate Professor, Acting Head, Department of Chemistry, South University of Science and Technology of China

  Aug. 2011—Aug. 2013     Tenure-Track Associate Professor, Acting Head, Department of Chemistry, South University of Science and Technology of China

  Jan. 2009—Aug. 2011      Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

  Aug. 2005—Dec. 2008      Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Dr. Chi-Ming Che, Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

  Feb. 2004—Aug. 2005      Postdoctoral Scholar with Prof. Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology


Publicaitions(asterisks indicating corresponding auther(s))


1. Yong Chen, Chi-Ming Che,* Wei Lu

Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 5371–5374 (Emerging Investigator Special Issue).

Phosphorescent organoplatinum(II) complexes with a lipophilic anion: Supramolecular soft nanomaterials through ionic self-assembly and metallophilicity

2. Bin Wang, Deepak Prakash Shelar, Xian-Zhu Han, Ting-Ting Li, Xiangguo Guan, Wei Lu, Kun Liu, Yong Chen,* Wen-Fu Fu, Chi-Ming Che 

Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 1184–1190. Long-lived excited states of zwitterionic copper(I) complexes for photoinduced cross-dehydrogenative coupling reactions

3.  Xin-Shan Xiao, Wei Lu,* Chi-Ming Che* 

Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 2482–2488.

Phosphorescent nematic hydrogels and chromonic mesophases driven by intra- and inter-molecular interactions of bridged dinuclear cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes

4.  Yong Chen, Gang Cheng, Kai Li, Deepak P. Shelar, Wei Lu,* Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 1348–1353.

Phosphorescent polymeric nanomaterials with metallophilic d10×××d10 interactions self-assembled from [Au(NHC)2]+ and [M(CN)2]-

5.  Guo Chen, Hisahiro Sasabe,* Wei Lu, Xiao-Feng Wang, Junji Kido,* Ziruo Hong,* Yang Yang* 

J. Mater. Chem. C 2013, 1, 6547–6552.

J-aggregation of a squaraine dye and its application in organic photovoltaic cells

6.  Xin Shan Xiao, Wai-Lun Kwong, Xiangguo Guan, Chen Yang, Wei Lu,* Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 9457–9462.

Platinum(II) and gold(III) allenylidene complexes: phosphorescence, self-assembled nanostructures and cytotoxicity

7.  Kai Li, Gang Cheng, Chensheng Ma, Xiangguo Guan, Wai-Ming Kwok, Yong Chen, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 2630–2644.

Light-emitting platinum(II) complexes supported by tetradentate dianionic bis(N-heterocyclic carbene) ligands: towards robust blue electrophosphors

8.  Gang Cheng, Yong Chen, Chuluo Yang, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Asian J. 2013, 8, 1754–1759.

Highly efficient solution-processable organic light-emitting devices with pincer-type cyclometalated platinum(II) arylacetylide complexes

9.  Yong Chen, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che*

Organometallics 2013, 32, 350–353.

Luminescent pincer-type cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes with auxiliary isocyanide ligands: phase-transfer preparation, solvatomorphism, and self-aggregation

10.  Jing-Jing Zhang, Wei Lu, Raymond Wai-Yin Sun,* Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 4882–4886.

Organogold(III) supramolecular polymers for anti-cancer treatments

11.  Gang Cheng, Wei Lu, Yong Chen, Chi-Ming Che*

Opt. Lett. 2012, 37, 1109–1111.

Hybrid light-emitting devices based on phosphorescent platinum(II) complex sensitized CdSe/ZnS quantum dots

12.  Wai-Pong To, Glenna So-Ming Tong, Wei Lu, Chensheng Ma, Jia Liu, Andy Lok-Fung Chow, Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 2654–2657.

Luminescent organogold(III) complexes with long-lived triplet excited states for light-induced oxidative CH bond functionalization and hydrogen production

13.  Wei Lu, Kaai Tung Chan, Shui-Xing Wu, Yong Chen, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 752–755.

Quest for an intermolecular Au(III)···Au(III) interaction between cyclometalated gold(III) cations

14.  Jia Wang, Yong Chen, Yuen-Chi Law, Meiyi Li, Ming-Xin Zhu, Wei Lu,* Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Asian J. 2011, 6, 3011–3019.

Organo- and hydrogelators based on luminescent monocationic terpyridyl platinum(II) complexes with biphenylacetylide ligands

15.  Wei Lu, Wai-Ming Kwok, Chensheng Ma, Chris Tsz-Leung Chan, Ming-Xin Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 14120–14135.

Organic triplet excited states of gold(I) complexes with oligo(o- or m-phenyleneethynylene) ligands: conjunction of steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic studies on exciton delocalization and emission pathways

16.  Kai Li, Xiangguo Guan, Chun-Wah Ma, Wei Lu,* Yong Chen and Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 9075–9077.

Blue electrophosphorescent organoplatinum(II) complexes with dianionic tetradentate bis(carbene) ligands

17.  Yong Chen, Jun-Li Li, Glenna So Ming Tong, Wei Lu, Wen-Fu Fu,* Siu-Wai Lai, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1509–1514.

Nanostructures of tetranuclear copper(I) complexes with short Cu(I)···Cu(I) contacts: crystallization induced emission enhancement

18.  Chun-Kit Hau, Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che, Ping-Shing Cheng, Thomas C. W. Mak, Qian Miao, Henry N. C. Wong*

Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1068–1075.

Thermotropic liquid crystals based on 1,8,9,16-tetrasubstituted tetraphenylenes and their structure-property relationship studies

19.  Kai Li, Yong Chen, Wei Lu, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 4109–4112.

A cyclometalated platinum(II) complex bearing a pendent pyridyl motif as solid-state luminescent sensory material for acidic vapors

20.  Chi-Ming Che,* Cheuk-Fai Chow, Mai-Yan Yuen, V. A. L. Roy, Wei Lu, Yong Chen, Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Nianyong Zhu

      Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 216–220 (Inside Cover Article).

Single microcrystals of organoplatinum(II) complexes with high charge-carrier mobility

21.  Yong Chen, Kai Li, Harriet O. Lloyd, Wei Lu,* Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9968–9971 (Highlighted by Nature China).

Tetrakis(arylisocyanide) rhodium(I) salts in water: NIR luminescent and conductive supramolecular polymeric nanowires with hierarchical organization

22.  Steven C. F. Kui, Yuen-Chi Law, Glenna So Ming Tong, Wei Lu, Mai-Yan Yuen, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 221–228.

Spectacular luminescent behaviour of tandem terpyridyl platinum(II) acetylide complexes attributed to solvent effect on ordering of excited states, “ion-pair” formation and molecular conformations

23.  Andy Lok-Fung Chow, Man-Ho So, Wei Lu,* Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Asian J. 2011, 6, 544–553 (Special Issue Dedicated to Prof. Eiichi Nakamura).

Photophysical properties and molecular aggregation of gold(I) complexes containing carbon-donor ligands

24.  Ping Wang, Chung-Hang Leung, Dik-Lung Ma, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che *

Chem. Asian J. 2010, 5, 2271–2280.                           

Organoplatinum(II) complexes with nucleobase motifs as inhibitors of human topoisomerase II catalytic activity

25.  Ho-Wai Tang, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che,* Kwan-Ming Ng*

Anal. Chem. 2010, 82, 1589–1593.                      

Gold nanoparticles and imaging mass spectrometry: double imaging of latent fingerprints

26.  Yong Chen, Kai Li, Wei Lu,* Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Chun-Wah Ma, Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 9909–9913.

Photo-responsive supramolecular organometallic nanosheets induced by PtII···PtII and CH···π interactions

27.  Wei Lu, Yong Chen, V. A. L. Roy, Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 7621–7625.

Supramolecular polymers and chromonic mesophases self-organized from phosphorescent cationic organoplatinum(II) complexes in water

28.  Chi-Chung Kwok, Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che*

MRS Proceedings, 2008, DOI: 10.1557/PROC-1149-QQ10-01.

Self-assembled functional molecular materials for optoelectronic applications

29.  Ho-Wai Tang, Kwan-Ming Ng,* Wei Lu, Chi-Ming Che*

Anal. Chem. 2009, 81, 4720–4729.                      

Ion desorption efficiency and internal energy transfer in carbon-based surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry: desorption mechanism(s) and the design of SALDI substrates

30.  Wei Lu, Kwan-Ming Ng, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Asian J. 2009, 4, 830–834 (Special Issue Dedicated to Prof. C. N. R. Rao).

From supramolecular organoplatinum(II) nanowires to platinum-containing nanocomposites

31.  Mai-Yan Yuen, V. A. L. Roy, Wei Lu, Steven C. F. Kui, Glenna So Ming Tong, Man-Ho So, Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Michele Muccini, J. Q. Ning, S. J. Xu, Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9895–9899 (Hot Paper of Angew. Chem.).

Semiconducting and electroluminescent nanowires self-assembled from organoplatinum(II) complexes

32.  Ming-Xin Zhu, Wei Lu, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 9736–9746 (Highlighted by ACS Noteworthy Chemistry).

Structures and solvatochromic phosphorescence of dicationic terpyridyl-platinum(II) complexes with foldable oligo(ortho-phenyleneethynylene) bridging ligands

33.  Wei Lu, Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Kwan-Ming Ng, Chi-Ming Che*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 4568–4572 (Highlighted by Nature China).     

A Submicrometer wire-to-wheel metamorphism of hybrid tridentate cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes

34.  Wei Lu, Yuen-Chi Law, Jie Han, Stephen Sin-Yin Chui, Dik-Lung Ma, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

Chem. Asian J. 2008, 3, 59–69.

A dicationic organoplatinum(II) complex containing a bridging 2,5-bis-(4-ethynylphenyl)-[1,3,4]oxadiazole ligand behaves as a phosphorescent gelator for organic solvents

35.  Fangwei Shao, Benjamin Elias, Wei Lu, Jacqueline K. Barton*

Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 10187–10199.                

Synthesis and characterization of iridium(III) cyclometalted complexes with oligonucleotides: insight into redox reaction with DNA

36.  Kwan-Ming Ng,* Zhitao Liang, Wei Lu, Ho-Wai Tang, Zhongzhen Zhao, Chi-Ming Che,* Yung-Chi Cheng

Anal. Chem. 2007, 79, 2745–2755.                      

In vivo analysis and spatial profiling of phytochemicals in herbal tissue by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry

37.  Wei Lu, V. A. L. Roy, Chi-Ming Che*

      Chem. Commun. 2006, 42, 3972–3974 (Cover Article, Highlighted by ACS Heart Cut).

Self-assembled nanostructures with tridentate cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes

38.  Wei Lu, David A. Vicic, Jacqueline K. Barton

      Inorg. Chem. 2005, 44, 7970–7980.                           

Reductive and oxidative DNA damage by photoactive platinum(II) intercalators

39.  Wei Lu, Michael C. W. Chan, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che,* Chuannan Li, Zheng Hui

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 7639–7651.                 

Structural and spectroscopic studies on Pt···Pt and pp interactions in luminescent multinuclear cyclometalated platinum(II) homologues tethered by oligophosphine auxiliaries

40.  Wei Lu, Bao-Xiu Mi, Michael C. W. Chan, Zheng Hui, Chi-Ming Che,* Nianyong Zhu, Shuit-Tong Lee

      J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 4958–4971.                 

Light-emitting tridentate cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes containing s-alkynyl auxiliaries: tuning of photo- and electrophosphorescence

41.  Wei Lu, Michael. C. W. Chan, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che,* Zhike He, Kowk-Yin Wong

      Chem. Eur. J. 2003, 9, 6155–6166 (Cover Article).         

Structural basis for vapoluminescent organoplatinum materials derived from non-covalent interactions as recognition components

42.  Wei Lu, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

      J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 16081–16088.             

Polymorphic forms of a gold(I) arylacetylide complex with contrasting phosphorescent characteristics

43.  Phyllis K. M. Siu, Siu-Wai Lai, Wei Lu, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che

      Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2003, 2749–2752.                     

A diiminoplatinum(II) complex of 4-ethynylbenzo-15-crown-5 as a luminescent sensor for divalent metal ions

44.  Wei Lu, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

      J. Organomet. Chem. 2003, 670, 11–16 (Special Issue on Metal Alkynyl Chemistry).

Luminescent properties of carbon-rich starburst gold(I) acetylide complexes. Crystal structure of [TEE][Au(PCy3)]4 ([TEE]H4 = tetraethynylethene)

45.  Hsiu-Yi Chao, Wei Lu, Yanqin Li, Michael C. W. Chan, Chi-Ming Che*, Kung-Kai Cheung, Nianyong Zhu

      J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 14696–14706.             

Organic triplet emissions of arylacetylide moieties harnessed through coordination to [Au(PCy3)]+. Effect of molecular structure upon photoluminescent properties

46.  Wei Lu, Hai-Feng Xiang, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

      Organometallics 2002, 21, 2343–2346.                     

The 3(pp*) emission of Cy3PAu(CºC)nAuPCy3 (n = 3, 4). Effect of chain length upon acetylenic 3(pp*) emission

47.  Wei Lu, Nianyong Zhu, Chi-Ming Che*

      Chem. Commun. 2002, 38, 900–901.                         

Tethered trinuclear cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes: from crystal engineering to tunable emission energy

48.  Siu-Wai Lai, Hiu-Wah Lam, Wei Lu, Kung-Kai Cheung, Chi-Ming Che*

      Organometallics 2002, 21, 226–234.                  

Observation of low-energy metal-metal-to-ligand charge transfer absorption and emission: Electronic spectroscopy of cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes with isocyanide ligands

49.  Wei Lu, Bao-Xiu Mi, Michael C. W. Chan, Zheng Hui, Nianyong Zhu, Shuit-Tong Lee, Chi-Ming Che*

      Chem. Commun. 2002, 38, 206–207.                         

[(C^N^N)Pt(CºC)nR] (HC^N^N = 6-aryl-2,2'-bipyridine, n = 1–4, R = aryl, SiMe3) as new class of light-emitting materials and their applications in electrophosphorescent devices

50.  Wei Lu, Michael C. W. Chan, Kung-Kai Cheung, Chi-Ming Che*

     Organometallics 2001, 20, 2477–2486.               

pp interactions in organometallic systems. Crystal structures and spectroscopic properties of luminescent mono-, bi-, and trinuclear trans-cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes derived from 2,6-diphenylpyridine

51.  Mei-Ming Luo, Ru-Gang Xie,* De-Qi Yuan, Wei Lu, Ping-Fang Xia, Hua-Ming Zhao

     Chin. J. Chem. 1999, 17, 384–390.                            

Syntheses of imidazolium-bridged cyclodextrin dimers and their catalytic properties in the hydrolytic cleavage of p-nitrophenyl alkanoates

52.  Mei-Ming Luo, Ru-Gang Xie,* Wei Lu, Ping-Fang Xia, Hua-Ming Zhao

      Chin. Chem. Lett. 1998, 9, 135–138.                   

Synthesis of novel cyclodextrin dimers linked by multidentate coordination units




1.  Chi-Ming Che,* Wei Lu, Michael C. W. Chan

     US Patent 7,026,480 B2; China ZL02118533.6; Japan 3965319; HK 1049679.

     Organometallic light-emitting material

2.  Kowk-Yin Wong,* Chi-Ming Che,* Wei Lu, Zhike He

     US Patent 6,998,271 B2.

Luminescent sensory material for organic-halogen compounds and methods and apparatus utilizing such


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