Professor of Department of Chemistry


Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B6517
Phone: +852 3442-7304
Fax: +852 3442-0522
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2764-7256
Scopus Author ID: 35569416300

Research Interests

  • Organic & Inorganic Chemistry
  • Asymmetric Synthesis & Catalysis
  • Reaction Mechanisms

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hoi-Lun Kwong obtained his BSc degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1987. Under the supervision of  Chi-Ming Che, he obtained his MPhil degree from the same university in 1989. In the summer of 1989, he moved to the US where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of K. Barry Sharpless in 1993. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Eric N. Jacobsen's group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard University. He has been teaching at the City University of Hong Kong since 1994.


  • "M8L12 cubic cages with all facial Delta or facial A configuration: effects of surface anions on the occupancy of the cage and anion exchange", J. YANG, X. CHANG, K.-C. SHAM, S.-M. YIU, H.-L. KWONG and C. CHE Chem. Commun, 52(35), 31 March 2016, pp 5981-5984, doi: 10.1039/c6cc01635a.
  • "Metallosupramolecular Ni2L3 and Ni4L6 complexes of bis-bidentate pyridine-containing ligands: X-ray structures and catalytic proton reduction", C.-S. TSANG, L. CHEN, L. LI, S.-M. YIU, T.-C. LAU and H.-L. KWONG Dalton Transactions, Vol 44, 5 June 2015, pp 13087-13092, doi: 10.1039/C5DT01706H.
  • "Single-, double- and triple-stranded helical metal complexes of chiral tetradentate pyridyl-thiazole ligands: Stereoselective synthesis, spectroscopic properties and structural characterization", C.-S. TSANG, C.-C. YEE, S.-M. YIU, W. WONG and H.-L. KWONG Polyhedron, Vol 83, 24 November 2014, pp 167-177, doi: 10.1016/j.poly.2014.05.062.
  • "Carbon Nanoparticle-based Ratiometric Fluorescent Sensor for Detecting Mercury Ions in Aqueous Media and Living Cells.", M. LAN, J. ZHANG, Y.-S. CHUI, P. WANG, X.-F. CHEN, C.-S. LEE, H.-L. KWONG and W.-J. ZHANG ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol 6, 13 November 2014, pp 21270-21278.
  • "New binuclear double-stranded manganese helicates as catalysts for alkene epoxidation" K.-C. Sham, H.-L. Yeung, S.-M. Yiu, T.-C. Lau, H.-L. Kwong Dalton Trans. 2010, 39, 9469.
  • "Stereoselective formation of helical binuclear metal complexes: Synthesis, characterization and crystal structures of chiral bis-rhenium(I) quaterpyridine complexes" H.-L. Yeung, W.-Y. Wong, C.-Y. Wong, H.-L. Kwong Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 4108.
  • "Stereoselective formation of a dicopper(I) helicate with a chiral tetradentate pyridyl-thiazole ligand" C.-S. Tsang, H.-L. Yeung, W.-T. Wong, H.-L. Kwong Chem. Commun. 2009, 1999.
  • "Chiral iron sexipyridine complexes as catalysts for alkene epoxidation with hydrogen peroxide" H.-L. Yeung, K.-C. Shum, C.-S. Tsang, T.-C. Lau, H.-L. Kwong Chem. Commun. 2008, 3801.
  • "Supramolecular double helical copper complexes for asymmetric catalysis" C.-T. Yeung H.-L. Yeung, C.-S. Tsang, W.-Y. Wong, H.-L. Kwong Chem. Commun. 2007, 5203.
  • "Catalytic and asymmetric cyclopropanation of alkenes catalyzed by rhenium bipyridine and terpyridine tricarboyl complexess" C.-T. Yeung, P.-F. Teng, H.-L. Yeung, W.-T. Wong, H.-L. Kwong Org. Biomol. Chem. 2007, 5, 3859.
  • "Chiral pyridine-containing ligands in asymmetric catalysis" H.-L. Kwong, H.-L. Yeung, C.-T. Yeung, W.-S. Lee, C.-S. Lee and W.-L. Wong Coord. Chem. Rev. 2007, 251, 2188.
  • "Stereoselective formation of a single-stranded helicate: Structure of a bis(palladium-allyl) quaterpyridine complex and its use in catalytic enantioselective allylic substitution" H.-L. Kwong, H.-L. Yeung, W.-S. Lee, W.-T. Wong Chem. Commun. 2006, 4841.
  • "A novel chiral terpyridine macrocycle as a fluorescent sensor for enantioselective recognition of amino acid derivatives" W.-L. Wong, K.-H. Huang, P.-F. Teng, C.-S. Lee, H.-L. Kwong Chem. Commun., 2004, 384.
  • "First asymmetric catalysis using chiral 2,2':6',2"-terpyridine: Synthesis of new C2-symmetric terpyridine ligands and copper-catalyzed enantioselective cyclopropanation of alkenes" H.-L. Kwong, W.-S. Lee Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2000, 11, 2299.