Dr. Vincent C C KO

PhD (HK)

Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry

Dr. Vincent Ko

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B6515
Phone: +852 3442-6958
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: vinccko@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Personal Homepage
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2426-3206
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Research Interests

  • Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Photocatalysis
  • Photochemistry
  • Photoswitching and Photochromic Material

Dr. Vincent Ko received his B. Sc. (1999) and Ph. D. (2003) from the University of Hong Kong. His Ph. D. works mainly focused on the designs, syntheses, photophysics, and photochemical studies of metal-containing photochromic compounds and luminescent organometallic compounds. After his doctoral study, he continued to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Vivian Yam. He joined City University of Hong Kong in September 2006. His current research interests include the design and synthesis of luminescence, photoswitching and photochromic materials, and functionalization of these molecular materials towards the design of photo-regulated active transporters, scavengers, chemosensors, smart surfaces and devices.

Selected Publications

  • Z.-G. Guo, S.-W. Cheng, C. Cometto, E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, S.-M. Ng, C.-C. Ko, G.-J. Liu, L.-J. Chen, M. Robert, T.-C. Lau, “Highly Efficient and Selective Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction by Iron and Cobalt Quaterpyridine Complexes”, in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 9413–9416.
  • C.-O. Ng, S.-C. Cheng, W.-K. Chu, K.-M. Tang, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “Luminescent Rhenium(I) Pyridyl-Diaminocarbene Complexes – Photophysics, Anion Binding and CO2 Capturing Properties”, in Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55, 7969–7979.
  • A. Maurin, C.-O. Ng, L.-J. Chen, T.-C. Lau, M. Robert, C.-C. Ko, “Photochemical and Electrochemical Catalytic Reduction of CO2 with NHC-Containing Dicarbonyl Rhenium(I) Bipyridine Complexes”, in Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 14524–14529 (highlighted in Chemistry World, RSC).
  • W.-K. Chu, X.-G. Wei, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, K.-C. Lau, “Strongly Phosphorescent Neutral Rhenium(I) Isocyanoborato Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Photophysical, Electrochemical, and Computational Studies”, in Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 2603-2612.
  • W.-K. Chu, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “Neutral Luminescent Bis(bipyridyl) Osmium(II) Complexes with Improved Phosphorescent Properties”, in Organometallics, 2014, 33, 6771-6777.
  • W.-K. Chu, C.-C. Ko, K.-C. Chan, S.-M. Yiu, F.-L. Wong, C.-S. Lee, V. A. L. Roy, “A Simple Design for Strongly Emissive Sky-Blue Phosphorescent Neutral Rhenium Complexes: Synthesis, Photophysics and Electroluminescent Devices”, in Chem. Mater., 2014, 26, 2544–2550.
  • C.-O. Ng, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Photophysical Study of Luminescent Rhenium(I) Diimine Complexes with Various Types of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands”, in Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 3022-3031.
  • H. Feng, F. Zhang, S.-W. Lai, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “Luminescent Cyanoruthenate(II) and Cyanoruthenium(II) Diimine Complexes”, in Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 15190-15198.
  • L. T.-L. Lo, C.-W. Lai, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “New Class of Highly Solvatochromic Dicyano Rhenate(I) Diimine Complexes – Synthesis, Photophysics and Photocatalysis”, in Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 2311-2313.
  • C.-C. Ko, C.-O. Ng, S.-M. Yiu, “Luminescent Rhenium(I) Phenanthroline Complexes With Benzoxazol-2-ylidene Ligand – Synthesis, Characterization and Photophysical Study”, in Organometallics, 2012, 31, 7074-7084.
  • C.-C. Ko, A. W.-Y. Cheung, L. T.-L. Lo, J. W.-K. Siu, C.-O. Ng, S.-M. Yiu, “Synthesis and Photophysical Study of New Classes of Luminescent Isocyano Rhenium(I) Diimine Complexes”, invited contribution to Coord. Chem. Rev., 2012, 256, 1546-1555.
  • L. T.-L. Lo, W.-K. Chu, C.-Y. Tam, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, S.-K. Chiu, “Aggregation and DNA Interculation Properties Of Di(isocyano) Rhodium(I) Diimine Complexes” in Organometallics, 2011, 30, 5873-5881.
  • C.-O. Ng, C.-W. Lai, H. Feng, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “Luminescent Rhenium(I) Complexes With Acetylamino- and Trifluoroacetylamino-Containing Phenanthroline Ligands: Anion-Sensing Study” in Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 10020-10028.
  • C.-C. Ko, J. W.-K. Siu, A. W.-Y. Cheung, S.-M. Yiu, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Photophysical and Emission Solvatochromic Study of Tetra(isocyano) Rhenium(I) Diimine Complexes” in Organometallics, 2011, 30, 2701-2711.
  • A. W.-Y. Cheung, L. T.-L. Lo, S.-M. Yiu, C.-C. Ko, “Synthesis, Functionalization, Characterization and Photophysical Study of Carbonyl-Containing Isocyano Rhenium(I) Diimine Complexes”, in Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 4798-4810.
  • C.-C. Ko, L. T.-L. Lo, C.-O. Ng, S.-M. Yiu, “Photochemical Synthesis Of Intensely Luminescent Isocyano Rhenium(I) Complexes With Readily Tunable Structural Feature” in Chem.–Eur. J, 2010, 16, 13773-13782.
  • C.-C. Ko, V. W.-W. Yam, “Transition Metal Complexes With Photochromic Ligands – Photosensitization and Photoswitchable Properties”, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 2063 - 2070.
  • L. T.-L. Lo, C.-O. Ng, H. Feng, C.-C. Ko, “Thermochromic and Aggregation Properties of Bis(phenylisocyano) Rhodium(I) Diimine Complexes” in Organometallics, 2009, 28, 3597-3600.
  • V. W.-W. Yam, J. K.-W. Lee, C.-C. Ko, N. Zhu, “Photochromic Diarylethene-Containing Ionic Liquids and N-Heterocyclic Carbene” in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 912-913.
  • C.-C. Ko, W.-H. Lam, V. W.-W. Yam, “Photochromic Oligothienoacene Derivatives with Photo-Switchable Luminescence Properties and Computational Studies” in Chem. Commun., 2008, 5203-5205.
  • Z.-H. Bao, K. Y. Ng, V. W.-W. Yam, C.-C. Ko, N. Zhu, L.-X. Wu, “Syntheses, Characterization and Photochromic Studies of Spirooxazine-Containing 2,2’-Bipyridine Ligands and Their Zinc(II) Thiolate Complexes” in Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 8912-8920.
  • C.-O. Ng, L. T.-L. Lo, S.-M. Ng, C.-C. Ko, N. Zhu, “A New Class of Isocyanide-Containing Rhenium(I) Bipyridyl Luminophore with Readily Tunable and Highly Environmentally Sensitive Excited-State Properties” in Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 7447-7449.
  • P. H.-M. Lee, C.-C. Ko, N. Zhu, V. W.-W. Yam, “Metal Coordination-Assisted Near-Infrared Photochromic Behavior - A Large Perturbation on Absorption Wavelength Properties of N,N-Donor Ligands Containing Diarylethene Derivatives by Coordination to Rhenium(I) Metal Center” in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 6058-6059.
  • C.-C. Ko, W.-M. Kwok, V. W.-W. Yam, D. L. Phillips, “Triplet MLCT Photosensitization of Ring-Closing Reaction of Diarylethenes Via the Design and Synthesis of a Photochromic Rhenium(I) Diarylethene-Containing 1,10-Phenanthroline Complex” in Chem. Eur. J., 2006, 12, 5840–5848.
  • V. W.-W. Yam, C.-C. Ko, N. Zhu, “Photochromic and Luminescence Switching Properties of A Versatile Diarylethene-Containing 1,10-Phenanthroline Ligand and Its Rhenium(I) Complex” in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 12734–12735.
  • C.-C. Ko, L.-X. Wu, K. M.-C. W., N. Zhu, V. W.-W. Yam, “Synthesis, Characterisation and Photochromic Studies of Spirooxazine-Containing 2,2’-Bipyridine Ligands and Their Rhenium(I) Tricarbonyl Complexes” in Chem. Eur. J., 2004, 10, 766–776.
  • V. W.-W. Yam, C.-C. Ko, L.-X. Wu, K. M.-C. W., K.-K. Cheung, “Syntheses, Crystal Structure and Photochromic Properties of Rhenium(I) Complexes Containing Spironaphthoxazine Moiety” in Organometallics, 2000, 19, 1820–1822.