Dr Yuen Cheong (Richard) TSE 謝沅昌

  • Todd-Croucher Fellowship in 2023 at University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford Croucher Scholarship in 2017 at University of Oxford


Dr Yuen Cheong (Richard) Tse is a supramolecular chemist based in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He has been elected as a Todd-Croucher Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and is also a postdoctoral research fellow in the research group of Prof Oren A. Scherman. His primary research interest lies in the exploitation of mechanical bonds in molecular recognition and the development of smart functional materials.

Richard graduated from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with a BSc degree in Chemistry (First Class Honours). He was then awarded the University of Oxford Croucher Scholarship to pursue a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof Paul D. Beer at the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall). His doctoral research focused on incorporating sigma-hole donors (e.g. halogen bonding, chalcogen bonding) into the molecular framework of mechanically interlocked structures (e.g. rotaxanes, catenanes) for the selective recognition of anions and ion pairs. After receiving his DPhil degree, he briefly returned to Hong Kong and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Dr Ho Yu Au-Yeung before joining Christ’s in 2023 as a Todd-Croucher Junior Research Fellow.


  1. Y. C. Tse, A. Docker, V. Felix, P. D. Beer*, “Amphoteric Chalcogen Bonding and Halogen Bonding Rotaxanes for Anion, Cation and Ion-Pair Recognition”, manuscript under preparation
  2. T. Bunchuay, T. Khianjinda, P. Srisawat, Y. C. Tse, C. Gateley, P. D. Beer*, “Enhanced anion recognition by ammonium [2]catenane functionalisation of a halogen bonding acyclic receptor”, Chem. Commun. 2023, Advance Article
  3. Y. C. Tse, H. Y. Au-Yeung*, “Catenane and Rotaxane Synthesis featuring Cucurbit[6]uril-Mediated Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition”, Chem. Asian J. 2023, 18, e202300290
  4. H. M. Tay, A. Docker, Y. C. Tse, P. D. Beer*, “Alkali Metal Halide Ion-Pair Binding in Conformationally Dynamic Halogen Bonding Heteroditopic [2]Rotaxanes”, Chem. Eur. J. 2023, e202301316
  5. J. T. Wilmore, Y. C. Tse, C. Whitehead, A. Docker, C. K. Williams*, P. D. Beer*, “Dynamic Metalloporphyrin-Based [2]Rotaxane Molecular Shuttles by Neutral Lewis Base and Anion Coordination”, Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e202300608
  6. H. M. Tay, Y. C. Tse, A. Docker, C. Gateley, H. Kuhn, Z. Zhang, P. D. Beer*, “Halogen-Bonding Heteroditopic [2]Catenanes for Recognition of Alkali Metal/Halide Ion Pairs”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202214785
  7. A. Docker, Y. C. Tse, H. M. Tay, A. J. Taylor, Z. Zhang, P. D. Beer*, “Anti-Hofmeister Anion Selectivity via a Mechanical Bond Effect in Neutral Halogen-Bonding [2]Rotaxanes”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202214523
  8. Y. C. Tse, R. Hein, E. J. Mitchell, Z. Zhang, P. D. Beer*, “Halogen-Bonding Strapped Porphyrin BODIPY Rotaxanes for Dual Optical and Electrochemical Anion Sensing”, Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 14550
  9. Y. C. Tse, A. Docker, Z. Zhang, P. D. Beer*, “Lithium Halide Ion-pair Recognition With Halogen Bonding and Chalcogen Bonding Heteroditopic Macrocycles”, Chem. Commun. 2021, 57, 4950
  10. K.-L. Tong, C.-C. Yee, Y. C. Tse, H. Y. Au-Yeung*, “Discoveries From a Phenanthroline-based Dynamic Combinatorial Library: Catenane From a Copper(i) or Copper(ii) Template?”, Inorg. Chem. Front. 2016, 3, 348
[] These authors contributed equally to the work.