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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty & Staff

Lee, Wei Tsung

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Inorganic Chemistry

Office #: 402A

Phone: 773-508-3205

E-mail: wlee5@luc.edu


Research Interests

Our research is concerned with synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry to address current scientific challenges in areas such as fundamental inorganic chemistry, medicinal inorganic chemistry, and renewable energy. We will focus on the incorporation of earth-abundant metal and highly tunable ligands to control both physical properties and chemical reactivity.


Students in the group can expect to undertake synthetic and spectroscopic investigations of air-sensitive materials. In addition, students will receive broad training in synthesis, by designing and preparing molecular complexes, and in physical methods, by investigating compounds using techniques such as spectroscopy, crystallography, and voltammetry.


Lee, W.-T.; Muñoz, S. B.; Twum, E.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* Reversible Styrene Aziridination by an Iron(IV) Nitride. Under revision.

Juarez. R. A.; Lee, W.-T.; Wang, H.*; Smith, J. M.* Investigation of Ligand Donor Strength of Tris(carbine)borate Ligands: A Theoretical Study. Dalton Trans. 2014. Accepted. (DOI: 10.1039/C4DT01426J)

Lee, W.-T.; Jeon, I.-R.; Xu, S.; Dickie, D. A.; Pink, M.; Smith, J. M.* Low Coordinate Iron(II) Complexes of a Bulky Bis(carbene)borate Ligand. Organometallics 2014,  ASAP. (DOI: 10.1021/om500417y)

Lee, W.-T.; Juarez. R. A.; Scepaniak, J. J.; Muñoz, S. B.; Wang, H.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* Reaction of an Iron(IV) Nitride Complex with Cyclohexadienes: Cycloaddition and Hydrogen Atom Abstraction. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 8425-8430. (Highlight article)

Lee, W.-T.; Muñoz, S. B.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* Ligand Modification Transforms a Catalase Mimic into a Water Oxidation Catalyst. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014,  Accepted. (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201402407)

Lee, W.-T.; Dickie, D. A.; Metta-Magaña, A. J.; Smith, J. M.* A Tripodal Ligand Constructed from Mesoionic Carbene Donors. Inorg. Chem.2013, 52, 12842-12846.

Lee, W.-T.; Xu, S.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* A Robust Mn Catalyst for H2O2 Disproportionation in Aqueous Solution. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 3867-3873.

Rohde, J.-U.*; Lee, W.-T. Stabilization of Iridium(IV) by Monoanionic Dialkyldiarylguanidinato Ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 9162-9163.

Rohde, J.-U.*; Kelley, M. R.; Lee, W.-T. Synthesis, Characterization, and O2-Reactivity of Iridium(I) Complexes Supported by Guanidinato Ligands. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 11461-11463.

Chang, Y.-T.; Wang, Y.-M.*; Lee, W.-T.; Cheng, T.-L.; Liu, G.-C. Synthesis and Characterization of a New Bioactivated Paramagnetic Gadolinium(III) Complex [Gd(DOTA-FPG)(H2O)] for Tracing Gene Expression. Bioconjugate Chem. 2007, 18, 1716-1727.

Cheng, T.-H.; Lee, W.-T.; Jeng, J.-S.; Wu, C.-M.; Liu, G.-C.; Chiang, Y.-N.; Wang, Y.-M.* Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Paramagnetic Macromolecular Complex [Gd(TTDASQ-protamine)]. Dalton. Trans. 2006, 47, 5149-5155.

Ou, M.-H.; Tu, C.-H.; Tsai, S.-C.; Lee, W.-T.; Liu, G.-C.; Wang, Y.-M.* Synthesis and Physicochemical Characterization of Two Gadolinium(III) TTDA-like Complexes and Their Interaction with Human Serum Albumin. Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45, 244-254.

Cheng, T.-H.; Wang, Y.-M.*; Lee, W.-T.; Liu, G.-C. Synthesis of Two N'-2-Pyridylmethyl and N'-2-Hydroxypropyl Derivatives of Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid and the Stabilities of Their Complexes with Ln3+, Ca2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+. Polyhedron 2000, 19, 2027-2037.


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