Chi-Ming Che is the Dr. Hui Wai-Haan Chair of Chemistry at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the director of China’s State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry at HKU. He is an inorganic chemist recognized for his pioneering contributions to a variety of fundamental research and interdisciplinary research areas particularly phosphorescent d10 and d8 metal complexes, reactive metal-ligand multiple bonded complexes, and inorganic medicines. Che was born and educated in Hong Kong. He received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from HKU in 1978 and 1982, respectively. Following research studies at the California Institute of Technology from 1980 to 1983, he joined the Department of Chemistry at HKU in 1983 and was promoted to a Chair Professor in 1992. He has a current H-index of 87 and is listed in the ISI Highly Cited Researchers. His honors include the First Class Prize of the State Natural Science Award from China (2006), TWAS Prize in Chemistry from the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (2006), Seaborg Memorial Lectureship from University of California at Berkeley (2007), Julia S. and Edward C. Lee Lectureship from University of Chicago (2008), Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), Davison Lectureship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013-2014), and election as Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1995) and Fellow of TWAS (2007).

Research Interests

Che's research covers interdisciplinary areas integrating Inorganic Chemistry with Materials Science, Catalysis, and Medicines. He develops reactive group VIIIB metal-ligand multiple-bonded complexes for thermal and photochemical atom or group transfer/insertion reactions and for practical C-H functionalization, osmium-nitrido complex for nitrido coupling reaction, metalloporphyrin-catalyzed organic transformations, and alkene oxidation by air or hydrogen peroxide. He develops phosphorescent d10 and d8 metal complexes with long-lived emissive excited states in solutions, along with their uses as bio-molecular probes/enzyme inhibitors, practical OLED emitters, and building blocks for self-assembly of functional nanostructured/supramolecular materials via weak metallophilic interactions. His recent endeavor includes inorganic photophysics in femtosecond time domain, inorganic medicines by combining coordination chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology, and physiologically stable gold(III) compounds for treatment of drug resistant cancers.

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International Member

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Section 14: Chemistry

Secondary Section

Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences