Weng Kee Leong

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Conjugates of organometallic osmium carbonyl clusters and gold nanoparticles show a strong carbonyl signal in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The ease of bio-functionalization and the high stability and good dispersibility in aqueous solution make these conjugates excellent candidates for biomedical applications, as demonstrated by live-cell imaging(More)
Zidovudine (azidothymidine, AZT) was the first drug approved for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment. Unfortunately, AZT is known to lead to severe side effects, many of which are generally thought to result from increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. In this work, the pro-oxidative properties of AZT and other thymidine analogues were(More)
A triosmium carbonyl cluster-boronic acid conjugate is used as a secondary carbohydrate probe in a SERS-based assay. The assay does not require conjugation of the metal carbonyl probe to a SERS-active species, and it utilizes the CO stretching vibrations of the metal carbonyl, which lies in a silent region of the SERS spectrum (1800-2200 cm(-1)), for(More)
Osmium carbonyl clusters, especially the cluster [Os(3)(CO)(10)(NCCH(3))(2)], were found to be active against four cancer cell lines, namely, ER+ breast carcinoma (MCF-7), ER- breast carcinoma (MDA-MB-231), metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma (SW620), and hepatocarcinoma (Hep G2). The mode of action was studied in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines by a(More)
The synthesis and anti-tumoral properties of a series of compounds possessing a ferrocenyl group tethered to a catechol via a conjugated system is presented. On MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell lines, the catechol compounds display a similar or greater anti-proliferative potency (IC(50) values ranging from 0.48-1.21 μM) than their corresponding phenolic(More)
A study into the possible molecular targets of the osmium carbonyl cluster Os(3)(CO)(10)(NCCH(3))(2) (2) in the ER- breast carcinoma (MDA-MB-231) cell line was carried out. Infrared and (1)H NMR analyses of cells treated with 2 showed the formation of carboxylato- and thiolato-bridged clusters from the interaction with intracellular carboxylic acid and(More)
The interaction between the osmium clusters [Os3(CO)12], [Os3(CO)10(mu-H)2], [Os3(CO)10(mu-H)(mu-OH)], and a series containing a free functional group, viz., [Os3(CO)10(mu-H)(mu-S--EH)] (where -- =alkylwedge chain or an aromatic ring, E=COO, S or O), with SiO2, ZnO and In2O3, was examined by ToF-SIMS and IR spectroscopy. While the interaction with the(More)
The reaction of [Cp*RuCl2]2 (1; Cp* = eta5-C5Me5) with tetraalkyldithiuram disulfides (R2NC(S)SS(S)CNR2, R = Me, Et), isopropylxanthic disulfide ([iPrOC(S)S]2), and bis(thiophosphoryl) disulfide ([(iPrO)2P(S)S]2) led to the isolation of dark-red crystalline solids of Cp*RuIVCl2(eta2-dithiolate) complexes [dithiolate = S2CNR2, DTCR (2a, R = Me; 2b, R = Et),(More)
The vibrational relaxation dynamics of the four infrared active carbonyl (CO) stretching normal modes of Os(3)(CO)(12) at 2068 cm(-1), 2034 cm(-1), 2014 cm(-1), and 2002 cm(-1) were measured using broad-band frequency resolved pump-probe spectroscopy. Transient absorption spectra of these modes were collected, and the fundamental, overtone, and combination(More)