Associate Professor HUYNH Han Vinh

Dipl. Chem. (1999), Dr. rer. nat. (2002), Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster, Germany; Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, 2003-2004.

Contact Information

Office: MD1-17-03D
Tel: (65)-6516-2670 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691
Email: | Personal webpage


ORCID: 0000-0003-4460-6066

ResearcherID: A-1489-2008


Recognition and Achievements

  • Asian Core Program Lectureship Award for Hong Kong 2010.
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2003-2004


Research Interests

Our research involves ligand design for applications in organometallic and classical coordination Chemistry. Specific foci are:

  • Development of unprecedented and non-classical carbenes and related strong donor ligands
  • Applications of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) complexes in catalysis and bioorganometallic chemistry
  • Physical organic chemistry


Research Highlight

Ref: Bernhammer, J. C.; Frison, G.; Huynh, H. V., Electronic Structure Trends in N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCs) with Varying Number of Nitrogen Atoms and NHC−Transition-Metal Bond Properties. Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 12892−12905.


Teaching Contributions

  • CM2111 Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • CM4212 Advanced Organometallic Chemistry


Representative Publications   

  • Bernhammer, J. C.; Singh, H.; Huynh, H. V. Amine-Functionalized Indazolin-3-Ylidene Complexes of Palladium(II) by Postmodification of a Single Precursor. Organometallics 2014, 33, 4295–4301.
  • Yuan, D.; Teng, Q. Q.; Huynh, H. V. Template-Directed Synthesis of Palladium(II) Sulfonate-NHC Complexes and Catalytic Studies in Aqueous Mizoroki-Heck Reactions. Organometallics 2014, 33, 1794−1800.
  • Liu, Y.; Ganguly, R.; Huynh, H. V.; Leong, W. K. Direct Evidence for the Attack of a Free N-Heterocyclic Carbene at a Carbonyl Ligand: A Zwitterionic Osmium Carbonyl Cluster. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12110−12113.
  • Huynh, H. V.; Teng, Q. Q. Highly Modular Access to Functionalised Metal-Carbenes via Post-Modifications of a Single Bromoalkyl-Substituted NHC-Pd(II) Complex. Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 4244–4246. [Invited contribution for the special issue “Emerging Investigators 2013”].
  • Guo, S.; Sivaram, H.; Yuan, D.; Huynh, H. V. Gold and Palladium Hetero-Bis-NHC Complexes: Characterizations, Correlations, and Ligand Redistributions. Organometallics 2013, 32, 3685−3696.