Associate Professor YIP Hon Kay, John

B.Sc.(1st  class hons.), 1989, University of Hong Kong; Ph.D., 1993, University of Hong Kong; 1993-1995, TU Munich; Alexander von Humboldt Fellow; 1995-1997, Caltech; Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact Information

Office: S5-05-05
Tel: (65)-6516-6256 | Fax: (65)-6779-1691


Research Interests

We design and synthesize inorganic and organometallic molecules for photocatalytic CO2 reduction, H2 formation and multichromophoric supramolecular assemblies for light harvesting and energy transfer.


Research Highlight

Ref: Nguyen, M.-H.; Yip, J. H. K. Gold(I) and Platinum(II)-Tetracenes and Tetracenyl-diacetylides: Structural and Fluorescence Color Changes Induced by σ-Metalation. Organometallics 2010, 29, 2422–2429.

Ref: Nguyen, M.-H.; Yip, J. H.K. Pushing Pentacene-Based Fluorescence to the Near-Infrared Region by Platination. Organometallics 2011, 30, 6383–6392.

Ref: Nguyen, M.-H.; Yip, J. H. K. Platinum-Conjugated Homo- and Heterobichromophoric Complexes of Tetracene and Pentacene. Organometallics 2012, 31, 7522–7531.


Teaching Contributions

  • CM2111 Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • CM4215 Bioinorganic Chemistry


Representative Publications 

  • Hu, J.; Yip, J. H. K.; Ma, D. L.; Wong, K. Y.; Chung, W. H. Switching on the Phosphorescence of Pyrene by Cycloplatination. Organometallics 2009, 28, 51-59.
  • Wang, Y. Y.; Lin, R.; Yip, J. H. K. Templated Assembly of a Pseudorotaxane of Gold Rectangles. Dalton T. 2008, 21, 2806-2808. [Selected as Hot paper and cover page].
  • Heng, W. Y.; Hu, J.; Yip, J. H. K. Attaching Gold and Platinum to the Rim of Pyrene: a Synthetic and Spectroscopic Study. Organometallics 2007, 26, 6760-6768.
  • Hu, J.; Lin, R.; Yip, J. H. K.; Wong, K. Y.; Ma, D. L.; Vittal, J. J. Synthesis and Electronic Spectroscopy of Luminescent Cyclometalated Platinum-anthracenyl Complexes. Organometallics 2007, 26, 6533-6543.
  • Lin, R.; Yip, J. H. K.; Zhang, K.; Koh, L. L.; Wong, K. Y.; Ho, K. P. Self-Assembly and Molecular Recognition of a Luminescent Gold Rectangle. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 15852-15869.
  • Yip, J. H. K.; Wu, J. G.; Wong, K. Y.; Ho, K. P.; Pun, C. S. N.; Vittal, J. J. Electronic Communication Mediated by a Pt-I-Pt-I Sigma-Bond. Organometallics 2002, 21, 5292-5300.