Professor Vivian Wing-Wah YAM is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor at HKU.

She was elected to Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001 at the age of 38 as the youngest member of the Academy, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) and Founding Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong in 2015, and Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS) in 2006. She was the Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including the 2005/06 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Centenary Medal, 2015 RSC Ludwig Mond Award, 2005 State Natural Science Award, 2006 Japanese Photochemistry Association Eikohsha Award, 2014 Chinese Chemical Society-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize, 2011 Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress, 2007 Hong Kong Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, 2000-01 Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship, 2015 Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong SAR Government, and others.

Her research interests include inorganic and organometallic chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.



Luminescent Metal-Based Materials – From Discrete Molecules To Supramolecular Assembly and Functions

Recent works in our laboratory have shown that novel classes of light-absorbing and luminescent metal-containing molecular materials could be assembled through the use of various metal-ligand chromophoric coordination motifs and building blocks. In this presentation, various design and synthetic strategies will be described. A number of these metal-ligand chromophoric complexes have been shown to display rich optical and luminescence behavior. Their optical and luminescence behavior have been explored. A systematic study of the electronic absorption and luminescence spectroscopy of these newly synthesized metal complex systems has provided fundamental understanding on the spectroscopic and luminescence origin as well as the structure-property relationship of these complexes. Correlations of the chromophoric and luminescence behavior with the electronic and structural effects of the metal complexes have also been made. These simple discrete metal complexes have been shown to undergo assembly to give a variety of supramolecular assemblies, nanostructures and morphologies with unique optical properties. By understanding the spectroscopic origin and the structure-property relationships, the characteristics of these metal complexes could be fine-tuned for specific applications and functions through rational design and assembly strategies. These metal-ligand chromophoric complexes have provided new strategies and insights into the design of novel classes of luminescent metal-containing materials that would lead to interesting optical properties and functions.