Michael Chan was born in Hong Kong, and emigrated to England in 1978. He
received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Durham University under the tutelage of
Prof. Vernon C. Gibson FRS (Imperial) in the field of catalyst design and
polymerization technology. His studies continued as a post-doctoral fellow
with Prof. Chi-Ming Che in the area of light-emitting materials at the
University of Hong Kong, where he was appointed Research Assistant
Professor in 1998. He joined City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant
Professor in 2004, and was promoted to Associate Professor (B) in 2009,
Associate Professor (A) in 2013, and Professor in 2018.
Member, Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (year of
PhD studentships are available in topics
including (but not limited to): coordination/organometallic
(Schlenk-type)/supramolecular chemistry and/or homogeneous catalysis.
The following topics, underpinned by utilization
of supramolecular strategies, are under
(1) design of novel catalyst systems for polymerization reactions, and development of 'weak attractive ligand–polymer interactions' in catalysis;
(2) crowded and shape-persistent luminescent molecular and polymeric architectures exhibiting unusual photophysical and conformational properties;
(3) development of 'shape-persistent bimetallic design' approach for catalytic production of valuable feedstock and polymers from sustainable resources.
Multifaceted Chelating μ-(η3:η3-antifacial)-(cis-C4R2H2) Coordination Motif in Binuclear Complexes, C.-C. Liu, M. C. W. Chan, P.-K. Lo, K.-C. Lau, S.-M. Yiu, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 11056–11059 (Cover Article; Inside). DOI: 10.1039/c6cc05535d
Topologically Diverse Shape-Persistent Bis-(Zn-salphen) Catalysts: Efficient Cyclic Carbonate Formation under Mild Conditions, S. He, F. Wang, W.-L. Tong, S.-M. Yiu, M. C. W. Chan, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 1017–1020. DOI: 10.1039/c5cc08794e
Chelating σ-Aryl Post-Metallocenes: Probing Intramolecular [C–H···F–C] Interactions and Unusual Reaction Pathways, C.-C. Liu, M. C. W. Chan, Acc. Chem. Res., 2015, 48, 1580–1590. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00008
Luminescent Oligo(ethylene glycol)-Functionalized Cyclometalated Platinum(II) Complexes: Cellular Characterization and Mitochondria-Specific Localization, Z. Guo, W.-L. Tong, M. C. W. Chan, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 1711–1714. DOI: 10.1039/c3cc47150k
Shape-Persistent (Pt-salphen)2 Phosphorescent Coordination Frameworks: Structural Insights and Selective Perturbations, Z. Guo, S.-M. Yiu, M. C. W. Chan, Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 8937–8947. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201300421
Crowded Bis-(M-salphen) [M = Pt(II), Zn(II)] Coordination Architectures: Luminescent Properties and Ion-Selective Responses, W.-L. Tong, S.-M. Yiu, M. C. W. Chan, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 7114–7124. DOI: 10.1021/ic400692x