Prof Wai-Yeung WONG
Wai-Yeung Wong

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Chemistry Division



Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Wong received his B.Sc.(First Class Honours) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hong Kong. He pursued his postdoctoral works at the Texas A&M University (Advisor: Prof. F. Albert Cotton) and University of Cambridge (with Profs. Lord Lewis, FRS and Paul R. Raithby). He started his academic career in the Department of Chemistry at Hong Kong Baptist University in 1998 as Assistant Professor, rising through the academic ranks to become Chair Professor in Chemistry in 2011. He served as the Head of the Department there from 2014 before he moved to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016. He is currently Chair Professor of Chemical Technology at the Department of Applied Biology & Chemical Technology and Dean of the Faculty of Science. Professor Wong’s research focuses on the design and synthesis of new molecular functional materials and metallopolymers with photofunctional properties and energy functions. His work ranges from innovative basic research to application studies. He has produced more than 800 research papers in leading international scientific journals including Nature MaterialsNature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie and Advanced Materials. He is featured among the world’s top 1% on the Institute for Scientific Information list of most-cited chemists and materials scientists. He was named on the list of Highly Cited Researchers (2014–2020) published by Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics for seven consecutive years and the World’s top 2% most-cited scientists by Stanford citation ranking (2019–). His current H-index is 90 (Web of Science) with the total citations over 36,000. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2005. At present, he is Chairman of Hong Kong Chemical Society and plays leadership roles by taking on the editorships and serving on the editorial boards of many key international journals covering his specialty. Among these, he has served as Associate Editor for Journal of Materials Chemistry C for nine consecutive years (2013–2022) and is currently Associate Editor for Energy Advances as well as Editor for Topics in Current Chemistry and Journal of Organometallic Chemistry.

Professor Wong has earned a number of international and national awards. He became the first Chinese scientist to be presented with the RSC Chemistry of the Transition Metals Award in 2010, and won the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, the Natural Science Award (First Class) of the Ministry of Education of China, the FACS Distinguished Young Chemist Award, the Japanese Photochemistry Association Lectureship Award for Asian and Oceanian Photochemist, the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation, the State Natural Science Award (Second Class) of China and Research Grants Council Senior Research Fellow Award, among others. In 2018, he was elected as the Founding Member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences. He is elected as the Foreign Member of the European Academy of Sciences in the Chemistry Division in 2023.