- Fellowship in 2017 at University of Groningen
Franco studied his BSc in Chemistry at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he carried out his Masters research in catalysis and chemical biology under supervision of Prof. Man Kin Wong. He expanded his research scopes in his PhD to supramolecular chemistry and material science under guidance of Prof. Takanori Fukushima in Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan).
In April 2017, he joined Prof. Ben L. Feringa's group (2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) in University of Groningen, the Netherlands, as a postdoc fellow where he is developing photo-responsive soft materials of molecular motors and switches. His main research interests are dynamic supramolecular polymers, functional molecular assembly, and biocompatible functional materials. In June 2019, he appointed as Assistant Professor in Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, PolyU.
F. Xu, L. Pfeifer, M. C. A. Stuart, F. K. C. Leung,* B. L. Feringa*. Multi-Modal Control over the Assembly of a Molecular Motor Bola-Amphiphile in Water. Chem. Commun. 2020, Just Accepted, doi.org/10.1039/D0CC02177F.
S. Chen, F. K. C. Leung,* M. C. A. Stuart, C. Wang,* B. L. Feringa*. Dynamic Assemblies of Molecular Motor Amphiphiles Control Macroscopic Foam Properties. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, Just Accepted, doi.org/10.1021/jacs.0c03153.
F. K. C. Leung,* T. Kajitani, M. C. A. Stuart, T. Fukushima, B. L. Feringa*. Dual-Controlled Macroscopic Motions in A Supramolecular Hierarchical Assembly of Motor Amphiphiles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 10985–10989; Angew. Chem. 2019, 131, 11101 –11105, and selected as Hot Paper.
J. Chen†, F. K. C. Leung†, M. C. A. Stuart, T. Kajitani, T. Fukushima, E. van der Giessen, B. L. Feringa*. Artificial Muscle-Like Function from Hierarchical Supramolecular Assembly of Photoresponsive Molecular Motors. Nature Chemistry 2018, 10(2), 132–138. († Equal Contribution); highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News “Molecular motors made into muscles”.
F. K. C. Leung, T. van den Enk, T. Kajitani, J. Chen, M. C. A. Stuart, J. Kuipers, T. Fukushima, B. L. Feringa*. Supramolecular Packing and Macroscopic Alignment Controls Actuation Speed in Macroscopic Strings of Molecular Motor Amphiphiles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 17724–17733.