Professor MAK, Chung Wai Thomas(麥松威教授)

Wei Lun Research Professormcw
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

location Room 263 Science Centre
Phone No. (852) 3943 6279










1960 B.Sc. (1st Class Hon. Chem. & Phys.)
1963 Ph.D. (Chem.) The University of British Columbia




        Wei Lun Research Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Research Interests

1. Crystal engineering
2. Structural inorganic chemistry
3. Coordination network assembly


Books and Articles

1. T.C.W. Mak and G.-D. Zhou: Crystallography in Modern Chemistry: A Resource Book of Crystal Structures, Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1992. Wiley Professional Paperback Edition, 1997.
2. W.-K. Li, G.-D. Zhou and T.C.W. MakAdvanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford University Press, 2008.
3. T.C.W. Mak and Q. Li: “Novel Inclusion Compounds with Urea/Thiourea/Selenourea-Anion Host Lattices”, in Advances In Molecular Structure Research (M. Hargittai and I. Hargittai, Eds.), JAI Press, Greenwich, Connecticut, Vol. 5, 1998, pp. 151-225.
4. T.C.W. Mak and C.-K. Lam: “Hydroquinone”, in Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry (J.L. Atwood and J.W. Steed, Eds.), Marcel-Dekker, New York, 2004, pp. 679-686.
5. T.C.W. Mak, C.-K. Lam, J. Han, Q. LI and F. Xue: “Urea/Thiourea/Selenourea-Anion Host Lattices, Stabilization of Labile Species, and Designed Construction of Rosette Ribbons and Layers”, in Organic Crystal Engineering (E. R. T. Tiekink, J. J. Vittal and M. J. Zaworotko, Eds.), Wiley, Chichester, 2010, Chap. 8, pp. 239-312.
6. T.C.W. Mak, L. Zhao and X.-L. Zhao: “Supramolecular Assembly of Silver(I)Complexes with Argentophilic and Silver…Carbon Interactions”, in The Importance of Pi-Interactions in Crystal Engineering (E. R. T. Tiekink, and J. Zukerman Schpector, Eds.), Wiley, Chichester, 2012, Chap. 13, pp. 323-366.


Representative Publications

1. Y.-P. Xie,* J.-L. Jin, G.-X. Duan, X. Lu* and T.C.W. Mak*:
High-nuclearity silver(I) chalcogenide clusters: A novel class of supramolecular assembly.
Coord. Chem. Rev. 331, 54-72 (2017).
2. S.C.K. Hau, M.C.-L. Yeung, V. W.-W. Yam and T.C.W. Mak*:
Assembly of Heterometallic Silver(I)-Copper(I) Alkyl-1,3-diynyl Clusters via Inner-Core Expansion.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 13732-13739 (2016).
3. L.-M. Zhang and T.C.W. Mak*:
Comproportionation Synthesis of Copper(I) Alkynyl Complexes Encapsulating Polyoxomolybdate Templates: Bowl-Shaped Cu33 and Peanut-Shaped Cu62 Nanoclusters.
J. Am. Chem. Soc138, 2909-2912 (2016).
4. S.C.K. Hau and T.C.W. Mak*:
Synthesis of Unstable Carbides Ag2C2n (n = 3, 4) and Characterization via Crystallographic Analysis of their Double Salts with Silver(I) Trifluorocetate.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 902–905 (2014).
5. X.-Y. Dong, B. Li, B.-B. Ma, S.-J. Li, M.-M. Dong, Y.-Y. Zhu, S.-Q. Zang,* Y. Song,* H.-W. Hou and T.C.W. Mak*:
Ferroelectric Switchable Behavior through Fast Reversible De/adsorption of Water Spirals in a Chiral 3D Metal Organic Framework.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 10214-10217 (2013).
6. S.C.K. Hau, P.-S. Cheng and T.C.W. Mak*:
Enlargement of Globular Silver Alkynide Cluster via Core Transformation.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 2922-2925 (2012).
7. Y.-P. Xie and T.C.W. Mak*:
Silver(I)-Ethynide Clusters constructed with Phosphonate-functionized Polyoxovanadates.
J. Am. Chem. Soc133, 3760-3763 (2011).
8. G.-G. Gao, P.-S. Cheng and T.C.W. Mak*:
Acid-induced Surface Functionalization of Polyoxometalate by Enclosure in a Polyhedral Silver-Alkynyl Cage.
J. Am. Chem. Soc131, 18257-18259 (2009).
9. J. Han, C.-W. Yau, C.-K. Lam and T.C.W. Mak*:
Designed Supramolecular Assembly of Anionic Hydrogen-bonded Rosette Layers.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 10315-10326 (2008).
10. L. Zhao and T.C.W. Mak*:
Assembly of Polymeric Silver(I) Complexes of Isomeric Phenylenediethynides with the Supramolecular Synthons Agn⊂C2—R—C2⊃Agn (R = p-, m-, o-C6H4; n = 4, 5).
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 14966-14967 (2005).


Professional Activities

        Member of International Union of Crystallography Book Series Committee